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
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
When you have time take a peek at Guy Heywood and Kerry Morris websites. BOTH could have been written by the other. BOTH offering similar catchy issue themes around housing affordability, traffic congestion, parking, unsettling business climate and offering “open governance”. But nowhere – so far are either one or any candidate running for city mayor offering “open donor transparency.”
In today’s cartoon I have Heywood and Morris joined at the collar bone. But to be fair to Kerry he is not fully committed to the twining of CNV & DNV and in the same breath not ready to denounce amalgamation. As one coffee mate expressed to me: “Is Morris simply swimming upstream in order to reel-in Heywood’s amalgamation supporters.” #youDecide
It is no secret that my blog leans towards Kerry Morris being the city’s next mayor. But IF there was ever a mayoral candidate who mirrored most of his or Heywood’s website and emphatically did not support amalgamation and ran on an: in your face open transparent donor policy… my blog would surely be at their disposal. #daylightCampaign
Hello 911… CNV is in dire need of an independent mayor and untainted city councillors i.e. who are not beholding to a mayoral team and in turn indebted to their vulturous developer donor pals in order to thwart their cout d’etat agenda down the throats of its NIMBY’s… HELP!
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 anything you have to hand it to mayor Darrell R. Mussatto, for he did it his way. His empowered “4 to 3” elected Team Slate enabled him to coerce behind closed doors his en mass fornicating CityShaping and psycho-ling path agenda into every corner and all points within our enclaved city. The lack luster turnout in our last election was all Mussatto needed to turn our city into an unaffordable, congested, irreversible Manhattan backlot heading into the next decade! #cnvSOL
And now mayor Mussatto has Councillor Linda Buchanan waiting in the wings – raring to complete his en masse CityShaping Manhattan Project. Also don’t let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan trip you up in believing she just now decided “this year” to run for mayor. She actually made it known TWO YEARS AGO as I then illustrated in a number of blogs. #hocuspocusBuchanan
*Email Update: Was just asked why I had “crowned” Linda Buchanan… sources tell me she can be quite the “drama queen.”
But what is disingenuously quite clear is the mayor did not announce he was retiring from City Hall governance until March of this year. Which is WTF: well after Buchanan’s initial announcement TWO YEARS AGO! They BOTH KNEW back in the summer of 2016 Density Darrell was not running for re-election! There is no way anyone could ever convince me Buchanan would dare run against her density idle. DRM had already made up his mind NOT TO RUN for re-election as far back as the summer of 2016! #hocuspocusMussatto
Kerry Morris made it official last Friday – entering the winner take all mayoral race. Kerry came in a very close second in our last 2014 heated and contentious city election. Which featured mayor Mussatto having his candidacy signs illegally placed in bike racks and blatantly having his staff handing out Team Slate material at city hall “during the election period.” Whether Kerry can cross the finish line ahead of the likes of Bolshie Heywood and Mussatto crony Buchanan… we’ll know in just 61 days.
We now have three contenders vying to be our next mayor. Is Councillor Clark going to be the next batter up and is there anyone else hanging around the mayoral dugout… hmm.
Today’s cartoon is not an endorsement or sanctioned by Kerry Morris. But yes I did contribute a couple 11th hour posters for his campaign in November 2014. But let me be very clear we have never discussed me supporting or working for his 2018 campaign. Choosing instead to focus on the pros and cons of each mayoral candidate from my POV perch.
If you are undecided in who to elect for mayor or want to find out more information on Kerry Morris checkout his “for a better tomorrow” website offering a platitude of issue and position themed videos and perspectives on traffic, development and business and much more like once being a competitive race car driver. http://kerrymorris.ca/
Earlier this month there was an interesting Vancouver Sun online article by Kennedy Stewart: “Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good.” He is also running as an independent in their 2018 mayoral race. Stewart’s mayoral platform revolves around 4 measures in how to improve local city democracy while strengthening and enhancing public trust in their city-council decisions regarding development. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/kennedy-stewart-time-to-get-big-money-out-of-vancouver-city-hall-for-good?video_autoplay=true
His four measures: 1. Time for cooling-off rules, 2. Tighten conflict of interest, 3. Implement lobbyist registry, 4. Daylight campaign financing – which from my POV should be mandatory in our upcoming city elections – wouldn’t you agree wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan.
Measures asserting transparent democracy back into our local politics… Which of course will never see the light of day, in any of our remaining four: good riddance 2014 convoluting city council meetings.
Perhaps & wishful thinking on my part, there is a “Team Slate free, independent, no strings attached mayoral candidate” willing to step forward, vested in open door policies & morally encompassed governance. A breath of fresh air currently being smoke screened by our 2018 team slate coalitions and precarious team-like associations.
Coincidence… just published in the NSNews: https://www.nsnews.com/news/retired-businessman-kerry-morris-running-for-city-of-north-van-mayor-1.23403312