Our infamous mayor and his colluding City Councillors love affair with wall to wall density like: “it’s a good fit for the neighbourhood” mantra over mobility and infrastructure deficiencies are the head to head key issues I am hearing in coffee shops in both Upper and Lower Lonsdale. A close second is our city’s UNAFFORDABILITY and SHRINKING commercial and residential street parking.
Citizens have had ENOUGH of this city council’s NIMBY disconnect. Some going as far as to say to me if only we could vote these scoundrels out of office today! I would go one step further insisting if only we could also OVERHAUL our City Planners and Black Necklace and “no right hand turn on red lights” Engineers today! #Vote4ChangeOct20
All mayor support systems on deck… if Councillor Clark is ever going to see the light of day as CNV Mayor; he is going to need the support of horse trader developer pal Darwin Construction in order to keep pace with Councillor Buchanan’s donor bank i.e. Onni, Polygon and Hollyburn like-backers. #ElectionDonorTransparency #DaylightCampaignFinancing
And it should come to no surprise that Buchanan & Back have (sob) parted ways. Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan can’t have someone like Holly on her team who voted in favour of the $240M HJ Sportsplex and Darwin’s takeover of the Harry Jerome Lands with an 8 year en masse dual towers build – all which Linda opposed. Projects that would surely lessen her slim chances in becoming mayor. Developments that HJ neighbourhood overwhelmingly did not support and on election night will have the last word by not voting for any city councillor who supported these unprecedented monstrosities… I wonder if horse trader Councillor Bell will join Clark’s Team or will Don walk away from the political arena.
FTR: non city resident Councillor Back has the exclusive honour in being the ONLY councillor who voted in favour of EVERY hair raising towering development in our city over the last four years!
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 deconstruct over 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/families consuming & feeding our city’s economy while continuing to build MORE costly high rises and market value rentals is a recipe for “socio-economic genocide.”
The month of May started off led by our infamous OCP Dir. Mr. Epp telling us which neighbourhoods he would like to put his slot machines instead of where they should surely have gone… This eventually led to the defeat (being an election year) of any gaming establishment coming to town other than our already “many, many BC Lotto booths.”
Not to be outdone, our mayor referencing HJ Lands quipped: “If we can’t put the density here, where else can we put it!” And yet just last Monday Night at the HJ Lands Public Hearing he inadvertently voted against his double dipping donor Darwin Construction. Why would density Darrell vote against his density donor brethren?… see Friday’s blog #scandalous
And then I watched in dismay as all city council members in unison overturned our Canadian and BC Charter of Rights Freedoms in not allowing those wanting a head start running for city council or mayor in being able to erect lawn signs prior or bike rack signs during the “noted city election period.”… Of course back in 2014 these sign bylaws did not “apply” to mayor Massutto who placed many a “bike rack re-election sign” up and down Lonsdale Ave. during the election period! #MussattoAboveTheLaw
The unexpected highlight in May was out-of-towner Councillor Back turning against her fellow Team Hijackers in wanting to swell a too close to the sidewalk development into its Victoria Park Neighbourhood.
And with so much unwanted density being thwarted into our neighbourhoods; I could not help but do a little karaoke rewrite blog to the beat of: “I Did It My Way” dedicating it to our “you can never have enough density” mayor. #Vote4ChangeOctober20 #WeCanDoBetter
In today’s blog I’m going out on the limb hoping most will see the historic humour and apropos sarcasm in my copy and re-worked NVCV banner.
The North Van City Voices Blog should maybe change (in the short term) their name to the DISTRICT VOICES! (much like the NSNews should change its name to NS District Rag) Re: WELCOMING the news the District of North Vancouver is making a new as in – nothing has changed – at amalgamating with the City of North Vancouver. This from a blog that says it is non-political – doesn’t take sides – really. A seemingly “pro District blog” supporting power to the (Bolshevik) District City Council over our city council democracy – promoting “anarchy” or is it a District revolution er amalgamation coup! And with a wanton District amalgamation/revolution on the horizon will we be looking at a plebiscite aka Red October 20th Ballot Box. #DNVBolshevikRevolution
In the 2014 city elections the only pro amalgamation mayoral candidate was George Pringle and he received less than a thousand votes with mayor Mussatto squeaking out victory over Kerry Morris who was neither for or against. As one fellow coffee mate gal put it to me recently “is Kerry running as a double agent”. But in all fairness he further iterated the matter needs a detailed examination which we should do. But your current “elected city council” insists nothing has changed, so what further detailed examination is necessary when “nothing has changed?”
Also on election night besides Morris and possibly Pringle running for mayor there will be at least two more candidates… “Someone” from the NSCAA as in maybe Guy Heywood who in his archived blog was all for amalgamation thus leaving WTH wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan the only one seemingly opposed to the reunification of the two cities.
Hey little sister city – it’s a nice day to start again… Potential District Coup White Wedding Unplugged Theme Song?
At last Monday night’s city council meeting the mayor was whining and crying foul how he and his team slate councillors can’t get respect during the Public Input Period… Does the word HYPOCRITE ever come to mind Grinch. I couldn’t help but take a second look at a city council meeting on July 17 of this year. And lo and behold our mayor counterblow’s his self proclaimed righteousness with his own out of order, unruly retort, chuckling “ha, welcome to North Van”.
A few minutes prior, look closely, camera right at councillor Keating aka BC NDP President waving goodbye to Mr. Wilkinson having been ordered out of chambers by flustered and unhinged Mussatto. The Wilkinson’s were quite upset over the fact they never had been told about the city’s complicit bowling alley gaffe, having bought a condo in the Onni CentreView Camel-not complex. And Premier John Horgan, you must be so damn proud of your party’s contemptible NDP President.
…If you dare take a 2 hour flashback at that night’s fight card from the 3:32 hour/minute mark onward, listen closely to the remarks made by the Wilkinson’s at the Bowling Alley Public Hearing and by the mayor’s large campaign donor Onni and of course Mussatto’s Team Slate Despicable’s approving the Onni Bowling Alley from the July 17 video. You may like the Wilkinson’s and so many other concerned residents realize why they won’t be voting for wannabe mayor Buchanan and Councillor Back on election day October 20, 2018. http://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings/2017-meetings/council-videos