During last Monday’s Night’s “32 Agenda Items wallowing in 696 pages” fixated on ramin’ & jamin’ through as many new zoning bylaws, rezoning amendments was the passing of MLA Ma’s INSTPP… A wonderful passive aggressive: not today and certainly not tomorrow resolve to our North Shore Traffic Woes. Or what I prefer to milquetoast as a MISTPP: Micromanaging Incompatible Sacrificial Transportation Planning Project.
I’ll save Monday Night’s City Council’s 2 Public Hearing buffoonery for Friday’s blog… As what should not be overlooked is our four out of the six homespun mayoral candidates were interviewed on CBC’s Early Edition Stephen Quinn Show “traffic themed” podcast last week. The podcast certainly offered insight into just how proverbial contentious and artful these wannabe mayoral contenders – no holds barred – plan to be.
There were two standouts for me, first was Linda Buchanan a leader over the last four years for en masse development, renter displacement and having one of theworst city council attendance records over the last fours years swears she has definitive Fake News insight much like MLA Ma, debunking there is no way density contributes to our inner city traffic or commuter woes!
So… when your campaign donor Hollyburn completes its Marlborough 3 OCP 17 bonus floors of density amidst a strong NIMBY petition you flat-out ignored along with voting in favour of Onni’s Centre View twin towers another one of your campaign donors on the adjacent Lonsdale corner will NOT IMPACT the already heavily congested Lonsdale & 13 St. intersection where bus stop overloads are the norm coming from Lynn Valley’s bursting at the seams buses – really. Even if say up to 60% of new building residents cram themselves into a bus, bike or walk to work that still results in a 40% increase in traffic volume!
Secondly, the mayoral candidates acknowledged the need for improved “transit” access to North Van. But it was “only Guy Heywood” who took a “North Shore city bus” to the CBC podcast locale in Vancouver City. One of the few times there was no rhetoric spewing out of the mouths of the other car loving mayoral candidates… Interview starts at about the 11 minute mark of the podcast – you decide.
As I continue my blog campaign to “displace” from City Hall our pro density & horse trading councillors from civic office. #Vote4ChangeOct20
Our developer donor indebted mayor and “unelected” city clerk, new CEO and in-Epp OCP Planning Director have had more than enough time since July 23rd’s last meeting to over agenda-size and proceed to ramrod their hyper-density agenda through tonight’s expected (yawn) city council 4 1/2 to 5 hour meeting. And don’t expect the 3 remaining city council meetings to show any less mercy when it comes to pushing through the mayor’s Manhattan CityShaping final and Last Testament…. all aboard.
Usually August is one of my slower viewed months with North Van Shorians on vacation – but not this year. Add to that my coffee shop visits to being stopped up and down Lonsdale; I am hearing more times than not their frustration being inundated by so much (noise) construction, lane closures, not enough parking for shop owners who in turn are unable to find and sustain qualified help.
But there is now one noticeable theme rising in these one on one conversations… everybody’s talking about the upcoming election and how they want a voice in who’s in and who’s out around City Council Chambers head table. “Most” seem to want a fresh “developer resistant” city council that will actually LISTEN and are first and foremost ACCOUNTABLE to city residents – placing their concerns/issues ahead of developer interests!
And in my Upper Lonsdale community there is an overwhelming 1,000 resident movement to swath the entire existing city council from office and if they could would also love to eradicate most of our City Planners. This is how volatile and angered a growing number of city residents have become i.e. have had their fill – have had enough of mayor Mussatto and his city councillors love fest with developers…
Perhaps Guy Heywood or Kerry Morris deserve a closer look in becoming our next mayor. I mean what have you got to lose after 4 years of unprecedented demo-victions, gentrified housing and so much damn traffic chaos… ALL which wannabe night-mayor Buchanan concurs: makes our city one of the MOST LIVABLE city’s anywhere. #FakeNewsBuchanan #vote4changeOct20
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
Last Wednesday CKNW’s meet your ‘Mayor Day’ noon-er featured our one and only infamous mayor Density Darrell Mussatto. Host Simi Sara initiated the opening conversation tagging him as Density Darrell.
Double D was cornered over his gentrified James Dean crash n’ displace unaffordable housing agenda. Then shrugging it off off by trumpeting his city’s “Manhattan CityShaping Tomorrow Land” at the expense of today’s NIMBY communities… Yet oddly enough he needed someone to further gloss-over his reckless inane density push to the finish line in hour two.
In hour two CKNW Mayor’s Day became the “Lower Lonsdale BIA Day” with Greg Holmes substantiating the impulsive need for all the en mass Lower Lonsdale erections. Followed by and sounding like he was swearing on a stack of bibles; he could only find THREE PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT ONSIDE for all the disruptive ongoing construction and noise pollution on the waterfront… Don’t be surprised if there are more than just three disgruntled LL residents come election night Holmie. #bullshit
Update: On this beautiful rainy morn did anyone see mayor Mussatto or Buchanan out and about riding their bikes – of course not… The number cycling to work was noticeably down this morning. How could that possible be Mussatto, Buchanan? #OverLoadedCityBuses
There was a lot more traffic to my blog site this July compared to any previous July numbers. Videos still stealing the top spots with NVMA (500+views) and HJ Titanic (300+views). For that matter all top 5 had over 250 views each – muchas gracias. And lest we forget: #Vote4ChangeOct20
If you think we have not had ENOUGH DENSITY, CONSTRUCTION, LANE CLOSURES, NOISE POLLUTION or LIMITED STREET PARKING… then on October 20 vote for density proud Linda Buchanan. This drama queen wants you to believe the sudden unprecedented upheaval of every neighbourhood she helped deconstructover the last 4 years, is now the NEW NORMAL for our city. Advocating we should never turn back the hand of density. #DensityProudBuchanan #handofdensity
Our gentrified unaffordability is chasing away too many young families, seniors, artists and low income residents from our shores, choosing instead to live in sustainable greener communities. Promoting a couple coach houses, offering 10/10/10 or 10/20/perpetuity rentals will entice families to stay in our city is ludicrous, naive, having missed the boat!
With less and less low income earners/familiesconsuming & feeding our city’s economy while continuing to build MORE costly high rises and market value rentals is a recipe for “socio-economic genocide.”