April much like March and every month before displayed the same Team Slate 4 to 3 compliant autocracy favouring our mayor’s developer pals at the expense of more density and traffic gridlock. When our infamous mayor says “we live in a very compact city” due in part to his inoculated city planners he could not be more dense! Much like the “District ★ Trojan Crier” aka NSN maybe we are in need of a name change like: “Sardinia”.
And on Friday WTH… wannabe night-mayor Buchanan announced rather re-announced she wants to continue densifying our city on behalf of her revered Mussatto, building more costly and unnecessary bike lanes/trails for the 1% who bike daily. Wannabe quips “Without the right leader we will be taking a big leap backwards” – so where do you fit in.
The underlying theme for my city councillor campaign is: “prioritizing” NIMBY concerns ahead of fornicating developer interests. i.e. “taking a giant step forward persevering & respecting neighbourhood interests.” Wannabe’s continued disregard for neighbourhood development concerns will be her wearing
green albatross necklace come October 20th.
I don’t believe Buchanan is the solution leading us out of the city’s log jammed density she “helped create” alongside her fellow ‘4 to 3’ Team Slate!
Without further adieu here is my blog’s top April most viewed… whew!
It was quite the roller coaster ride on many agenda fronts during Monday Night’s fight card. The believed sign bylaw “6363” having constitutional infractions went unchecked. And of course of course Mussatto’s developer pal Pezzente got their way with Mussatto’s infamous Team Councillors voting 4 to 3 in favour of all Pezzente could ever hope for by way of rezoning amendments to rescinding zoning bylaws that got in the way of their project like closing off 26 street access to Lonsdale Avenue and much larger building footprint.
In attendance sitting in the press box seat was the “pro amalgamation” NSNews reporter. One can only hope after he listened to the many cons, comparing apples to apples when it came to mill rates and property taxes to comparing our city’s many “compact condos” verses the District’s mostly single spread out home property values and their higher infrastructure costs including maintaining 5 fire halls to our “one”. It should be interesting in reading how the NSNews “spins” their heavy-handed one-sided District Bolshevik uprising or comes clean and concedes their “amalgamation revolution failed” – don’t hold your breath.
City Council voted “5 to 1″ (Bell opted #1)” x-naying any further amalgamation study talks – period! More on this in Friday’s video amalgamation multi composite. #shouldBefun
City Council also voted down any further casino and lottery terminal discussions which also prevented Mr. Epp’s pin the casino tail NIMBY site location options by a majority rule “5 to 2”, with mayor Mussatto and councillor Keating looking from the outside in.
And now to my Wednesday’s blog main event whereby mayor “G.” Mussatto put on his little Napoleon hat and proceeded to inform us all he has every right to bring back Starlight’s Victoria Park defeated development for reconsideration. Nothing had changed outside of moving from our 10/10/10 policy to 20 units at 10% under 2021 market value rates and in perpetuity. Further WTF: Councillors Bookham and Clark pointed out that only the mayor and councillor aka NDP President Keating had advance notice of this better late than never change in heart i.e. they were unaware of this “lobbying change” – invalidating five city councillors! Our mayor’s backroom despicable antics is showing no signs in letting up forever contravening city council decorum. #despicable
But thank you Councillors Bookham, Clark, Bell and yes councillor Holly Back for standing your ground not backing down from this seemingly underhanded, slight-of-hand horse trading. Yet still councillor Buchanan was on-side with the mayor and Keating with logic I am sorry, just cannot comprehend – maybe you can. #crazyTalk
When you have an upstart OCP Director of Planning willing to OVERTURN and IGNORE city council decisive stay in prohibiting gaming facilities in all neighbourhoods! Proves just how underhanded our mayor and city planning department have all become. Undermining our community neighbourhoods calling them callously “site specific”. #thejigisup
We have 3 city councillors: “neighbourhood site specific” Buchanan, Back, Keating and the mayor tied to a financially strapped double dipping donor Darwin Properties project that will ultimately destroy and up-heave a neighbourhood with EIGHT YEARS of construction! And we have 3 city councillors: Bookham, Bell and Clark proposing to spend over $160 million on a MegaRecDome with insufficient monies in their HJ coffers!
There isn’t one financial institution in the world that would finance either one of these projects – otherwise they would have. This squandering of taxpayers money has to stop, but how I have no idea unless there is a mass peoples revolt which I am in no way thwarting, yet. A triple whammy right smack dab in the face of every city taxpayer! Perhaps the only way to stop this crafted density madness is by NOT RE-ELECTING any of these city councillors in October. #OustAllCityCouncillors
And then with a new hopefully untainted city council in place (and new city planning director) perhaps roadblocks can be set up making these projects nonviable or at least abbreviated as they will both be in very early financially unsecured stages of development.
First and foremost after the new city council has been elected, it should consider putting these projects in escrow, suspending our OCP – and maybe doing a little city planning house cleaning… The sale of cannabis is inevitable but the city’s tax revenue share will not be enough to finance one never mind both projects financial shortcomings.
And this is where the mayor’s largest gaming donor, Tom Nellis comes out from behind the greased curtain and embraces the mayor and his three despicable indebted team slate councillors and count me in: Councillors Bookham, Clark and Bell. “I knew I could count on you all to do whatever it would take in order to build my casino. …moo-waah” #KissOfDeath
Am still receiving feedback buzz over last Monday night’s Victoria Park breakdown (breakup?) among the mayor’s Team Slate city councillors. An actual Mussatto Team Slate councillor (Holly Back) finally went against the conventions of Team Slate empowerment and LISTENED to the Victoria Park residents outcry that these encroaching townhouses is not the kind of development “they want” in their neighbourhood. #takingBackOurCity
The argument by the mayor and councillors Buchanan and (BC NDP President) Keating is this project represents the new sociology paradigm shift having 5 ft setbacks from the sidewalk and everyone must ante up more money for an inconvenient self-storage locker! What was also grossly undermined was the fact these “4” low income family and senior homes were still a good FULL TWO YEARS away from completion. Leaving councillor Buchanan in some kind of a suspended Twilight Zone Warp – avoiding the obvious – not admitting these low income housing are needed TODAY never mind two years from now. #disingenuous
I realize I am beginning to sound a lot like a broken record. But the unaffordability of our city for far too many low income and millennial type families is also impeding local small businesses survival in finding dependable staff – in retrospect began back in 2015 and 2016. This is when Mussatto’s gang of four and his inept city planners callously put the cart (fast-tracking new higher market rentals) ahead of the horse (displacing low income renters with no short term affordable rental relief). #SHAME! #10/10/10-BS!
And lest we forget the previous provincial Liberal government did offer substantial ($500 million) subsidized low income housing which OMG the cities of Vancouver and even the District embraced! But our city remorselessly turned its back on this much needed low income relief. #Vote4Change #Vote4Stache #Enough!
One of my all-time favourite artist’s… campaign theme song?
JJ Cale (enough is enough) Bring Down the Curtain (close the door)
First up on tonight’s fight card is City Council’s third and final bylaws reading at 2601 Lonsdale by Pezzente Holdings a Mussatto campaign donor and will likely IGNORE most of last Monday night’s public hearing neighbourhood concerns over lane infringement, shrinking setbacks, street closing, taking away a neighbourhood park. But will reduce the height of the building to OCP guidelines and maybe turn it into an all rental building that certainly our low income families will never be able to afford. When it is completed late in 2020 who will want to live in this mortgage rate based rental building without ample parking. #collusion
Then at 7 pm we have the first Public Hearing for 230-232 East 8th Street (Cascadia Green Dev.) Rezoning Application from March 7th moved by “Councillor Keating and of course seconded by Councillor Buchanan.”… to permit the development of a six 3-storey townhouse units including 4 accessory lock-off units – imagine that. #maximumOCPpollution
Then after a short recess the 2nd Public Hearing will address the multi-rise development at 151 East Keith in Victoria Park. Proposing to permit the development of 3 infill residential buildings, consisting of 40 residential rental units, in addition to the “existing tower” and decreasing setbacks from 25 ft. to an UNPRECEDENTED 5 ft.! And further requesting/reducing parking from 0.75. down to 0.70!… Where I’m thinking a community name change is in order, something more apropos like: Manhattan Park-N-Lot #DensityPollution
The first public hearing meeting and from both sides of city chambers became an unexpected, gut wrenching emotionally moving representing cannabis users from across the lower mainland ALL dependent on our city’s “illegally run medicinal cannabis dispensaries.” The public hearing was to be only about “defining and prohibiting the sale and production of non-medical retail cannabis in all (city) zones.” But it turned into anything but, with so many expressing how cannabis is a necessity – part of their daily lives. And WHY does the camera coverage NEVER show the distress in their faces in the advent of these cannabis outlets being shut down – SHAME on you mayor for this obstinate and faceless omission! #420
Here is a sampling in the overwhelming support of these dispensaries remaining open, having chosen cannabis as “their medicine”… #cannabisOurMedicine
The second public hearing dealt with the ongoing farce at 2601 Lonsdale Ave, aka Mussatto City Planners/Pezzente Holdings vs. the neighbourhood residents that did not get underway until past 9:30 pm. With 35 signed up to speak it indeed lived up to its “12:30 am” disposition with the developer and his GBL Architects submitting minor tweaks i.e. basically the SAME DRAWINGS declaring them as REVISIONS while their fellow developer friends and a realtor supported this egregious overtake favouring 26 Ave. road closure, insufficient parking, eliminating the existing greenspace and FALSELY providing erroneous traffic flow numbers at that intersect contrary to ICBC records. And with Councillor Keating who resides in the neighbourhood, culpable and unwilling to excuse himself from “his neighbourhood project” i.e. A standard Mussatto Team Slate practice – anybody surprised so far! #shamefull
Another contention in all this is how slanted and flagrant the camera coverage was during this portion. It seemed deliberate as in quite clear under mayor Mussatto’s camera direction, Pezzente and City Planners did not have to worry about “the home audience and shut-ins” being able to SEE ALL the damning elevation/plan imagery from the public hearing resident speakers on the overhead camera! #collusion
I could go on and on in how the overall “public hearing” was apposed to the proposal in its existing convolute state. Though everyone was on side that the existing burned down apartment building needs to be in earnest replaced. But the developer, (mayor), CAO and city planners don’t want to just build within the constraints of the existing lot. Choosing to skewer legal property lines under the cover of keeping the public in the dark by not offering any “prior” media/newspaper notice! Thereby overlooking OCP height restrictions, hindering emergency vehicle accessibility, offering limited parking spaces, shutting down 26 Ave. and eliminating the neighbourhood green space! #underhanded
An astute NIMBY speaker addresses these disingenuous omissions and more regarding the farcical Pezzente Proposal. #appalling #bogus
My video streaming works held down 3 of the 5 top editorial cartoon blogs for the month of March. Viewership this time last year is definitively on the up swing – thank you. #Vote4StacheOctober20
March having WTF: only two council meetings still left me with a lot of Black Necklace fleecing, possible Public Input collusion, to strange bedfellows, proposing more HJ Lands towering density and hoping for real change come election night October 20th – Hallelujah! #Vote4ChangeOctober20