Coming up next Monday night is one of the last chances for MASSatto and his “onboard” City Councillors to thwart even more density into city neighbourhoods before October 20th. And all you have to do is look in any city community and you will see without fail a “city development application sign,” to be APPROVED before October 20th! Some of these signs are only a block or two from each other. Our colluding City Council and their lapdog City Planners are “comin’ to getcha.” #vote4changeOct20
A City Council agenda that has absolutely no regard for residents who want to take a deep breath and “live for today” and not ALWAYS prioritizing for tomorrow. A city council basking in reckless over development, noise pollution, lane closures, street parking shortages, failing road infrastructures, businesses shutting down or moving away from our city shores. A city council hell bent in uprooting and sucking out the city’s marrow needed for the economic and social wellness of its city i.e. low income workers and millennial families. #cnvSOL
What needs to happen and what should be the right of every citizen not yet displaced from our city is: 1. Just how many residents since early 2015 forward has the Mayor, his Team Slate and our horse trading councillors have callously evicted from their homes. 2. How many of these renters found via the developer or city an equal affordable rental in “their area.” 3. How many displaced renters could not find equal affordable rent and now live elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. 4. How many have ended up living on the street, in parks, out of their cars or from: seen better days RV’s. #WeNeedToKnow #ShamelessCityCouncil
Guy Heywood is running for city mayor believing he has a chance since our NDP Gov has drastically limited developer, union and private interest groups ability to manipulate local city councils. No argument there but… thanks to our previous Liberal Government allowing developers and the like to throw endless amounts of buying power into city elections have left in their wake – city’s like North Van helplessly choking in du jour infused density gridlock. #NorthShoreSOL
During the last 4 years alone under Mussatto’s 4 to 3 empowered CityShaping Team Slate rule our city has been under siege by an unprecedented unaffordable OCP bonus gentrified density jungle with no chance of full recovery – ever. What our existing City Council has fornicated along with the mayor’s compliant city planners will be profusely felt well into the next decade! #CityHallDespicables
And now we have first out of the North Van “TeamSlateGate” is Guy Heywood and his precarious NVCAA five maybe more: “like minded
independent Bolshie candidates.” Which of course is nothing more than a surreptitious oxymoron for “Team Slate by Association.” I, like so many other city residents WON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN. Enough Team Slate intervention into our city politics under any given pseudo coalition.
Last Monday Night’s jammed packed fight card featured many bouts with all OCP amendments, rezoning bylaws and new projects being the big winners. And now for the next 8 weeks we all get a break from city council’s love affair with en masse developments. Though we will have to all still put up with the never ending noise pollution from gravel and ready mix cement trucks sitting out in front of your favourite Lonsdale coffee shops. Shouting back and forth over the annoying hyper sounds of Mussatto’s CityShaping. Not to mention all the construction site street delays, traffic congestion and reduced street parking!
On the streets and in coffee shops everybody’s talking about the proposed Harry Jerome (Titanic) SportsPlex. But we must all keep an open mind, acknowledging our infamous 2014 elected city council has not written a blank cheque for the project… yet. Hopefully the new elected city council will downsize and have a little more mercy on city taxpayers as annual operating costs are projected to be in and around six million and city property taxes will be going up 2.2%!
Anyone running for city council like Councillors Clark, (Bell) & non city resident Back bantering a $237+ million Harry Jerome SportsPlex undoubtedly will be – swimming up stream – when it comes to voter support north of City Hall, where a majority are dead against this Titanic sinkhole. #vote4ChangeOct20
And just how did we get to this culpable Tsunami… here is my POV video composite from last Monday night’s main bout: Harry Jerome Financing Structure & Risk…
With only “615” CNV/DNV residents responding to the District’s NRG survey represents a realized critical mass of those simply not interested in any amalgamation study. A meek, weak survey based on hollow numbers is if anything irrelevant and INSIGNIFICANT and best re-defined as “North Shore Bolshevik-ism.” #abstractSurvey #noInterest
Yet unbelievably a majority of the District Council lead by Councillor Bassam-vik are standing behind this “615 NV residents charade”, (and might be NVCAA’s Guy Heywood maybe running for CNV mayor?) – believing this “slim pickings survey” does in fact represent a majority of “the people”. An inane adverse reality believing “the 615 surveyed equals an 87% majority of CNV/DNVC voters” as ordained in the NRG Research Group’s +/- 3.9% at a 95% level of bullshit er confidence!” #Trump-likeSurvey #unconstitutional
And what is so damn hypocritical and reported by the District ★ Trojan Crier aka NSNews is District Councillor Bassam now running for District mayor is pleading that “it is time for politicians to get out of the way and turn it over to the citizens.” So why in the hell then is “he & his District city council NOT the CNV/DNV people” putting on their District election’s ballot a “peoples manifesto” seeking further study on this issue! #DistrictCouncilTyranny #undemocratic
Mayor Mussatto and rightly so does not trust the survey’s methodology stating: “The District is going rogue… their own study said amalgamation would not save rather cost the District money… this is a politically motivated populist tactic to distract from their issues… our city is seen as more progressive, more diverse… we’re doing just fine, thanks very much.”
Tonight’s 771 paged agenda will not disappoint the disappointed. Translink will be there, blatantly sugar coating their Marine-Main B Line Buses for late 2019 demanding curb right-of-way along Marine and Main. And the city is prepared to toss (only) $250K towards the Seabus Gateway Project. I say Instead of finishing the
Green Black Necklace bike path swerving in and around Harry Jerome lands knowing now it will have to be eventually bulldozed to make room for double dipping donor Darwin’s fornicating towering project. Would not these monies be better spent i.e. re-purposed on infrastructure projects like the Seabus Gateway… $250K seems a little on the sly-side in resolving our transportation problems.
There is also a Public Hearing for 127-129 E 12th as if the public contrary to our sanctimonious city council should even bother attending. And of course we could not have a council night go by where we did not “amend” zoning bylaws complying and enhancing developer profits. And as an extra treat we will also be “rescinding and amending” business bylaws.
Tonight our infamous Housing Action Team will be proposing amendments and rezoning options to meet our city’s (in)ability to sustain livability… Interesting and suspiciously enough their report wraps up with a “post-it board page” on Zoning Bylaw Livability Review – Summary of Open House Feedback. There are “21” post-it comments which are impossible to read but below they deciphered only “10” out of the 21… hmm too much repetitive negative feedback or just apathy? #disinformation
And our NVMA want to auction off a good chunk of our heritage wares since their new horse trading locale doesn’t even begin to “fit their existing needs.” Having gleefully given in exchange to Polygon Homes a much taller high rise in order to obstruct even more neighbourhood condo views. I see the most expensive item for sale is the “Aquarius Submersible” for only a grand, $1K… hmm, I have an idea.
“What if” we imagine and only imagine 100 density angered NIMBY residents (knowing there are a lot more) each contributed $10 and bought the Aquarius. At which point they then crammed our entire city Mussatto Team buffoons, inept city planners and city councillor horse traders into the newly re-painted Aquarius “Yellow Submersible” and lowered them deep into Burrard Inlet until after our October 20th elections.
Any anti density heritage takers out there… just mashing a little fun Beatles memorabilia with our City Hall’s never-ending submersible colluding protocol. Vote4ChangeOctober20
And how could I not… when imagination wasn’t density compliant.
A majority of our “we know what is best sanctimonious City Councillors” once again do not and will not support the majority of residents AGAINST any proposed project regardless of its scope in either its front or backyard.
Monday Night’s Public Hearing fiasco lived up to this city council’s over-righteousness and in turn favoured for the good of their legacies and North Shore residents AHEAD of the concerns of the neighbourhood most effected by these en masse dueling developments that should NEVER HAVE BEEN INTERTWINED; but that is not how our sitting council likes to mandate its underhanded, inane 21st Century horse trading agendum. #HarryJeromeResidentsSOL
And don’t get too worked up over the fact wannabe mayor Buchanan, councillor Keating and the mayor voted against the unprecedented 30/26 storey HJ rezoning. Their reasons for nay-ing did not ever once cite the fact that a 1,000+ submitted petition against these projects was ever a good enough, valid reason to vote against. (more in Friday’s blog)
But at least now you know which councillors over its four year term haven’t been supporting community concerns regarding too much density or the wrong kind of density… EVERY MEMBER of our city council is now on record in having STOPPED LISTENING to too many city residents!
On October 20th “let’s not get fooled again”… play/skip to the very end.
The feature bout from last Monday Night’s fight card was reinforcing the need for a public town hall meeting featuring this year’s Main Event: Building a new Harry Jerome Sports Enchilada that no other North Shore city would dare venture and all on the backs of a neighbourhood who have overwhelming been against this “Sports” not ‘Community’ Rec Centre AND chained to its hip is an 8 year crushing towering OCP rezoning en masse Mussatto donor development!
The odds on favourite i.e. hitting below the money belt favours a new
Community “Sporting” Harry Jerome mega structure and an en masse Darwin twin towering development i.e. basically shitting on the neighbourhood residents. Screw you NIMBY’s, senior lawn bowlers and Norseman Park – skateboard lovers. We (Back, Bell, Bookham, Clark) can get re-elected without your damn NIMBY support on October 20th!
Here are just a few choice video clips I pulled from last Monday’s city council meeting dealing with the new proposed HJ ‘Sports Centre’ & Darwin Lands verses the city’s neighbourhood from each councillor. Which I am sure all will be reiterating at the June 18th Public Hearing… Even our mayor is on record (District ★ Trojan Crier aka NSN) saying: you don’t buy the house and then figure out how to pay for it.
First up is Councillor Keating’s POV – pulling back the curtains!
Then along comes Councillors Bell and Back…
Wrapping up Councillors Buchanan, Bookham and Clark…