on Wednesday,

NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova concerned for Public Safety and Consultation surrounding unsanctioned Commercial Drive street party

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Vancouver, B.C., August 12, 2015 — NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova is expressing concerns related to public safety and consultation following reports of an unsanctioned “street party” planned for Grandview Drive on August 21 in the Commercial Drive neighbourhood.

De Genova says she has received numerous phone calls and emails from citizens and small business owners who are upset that the City is not taking action to shut down the event before it occurs: A similar event organised by the same anonymous group turned violent last May, resulting in a stabbing and several arrests. Continue reading

on Wednesday,

Councillor Melissa De Genova expresses concern about Development Cost Levy rate increase and impact on housing affordability

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Vancouver, B.C., July 8, 2015 – Vancouver City Councillor Melissa De Genova is expressing concern that, just days after Vancouverites paid their annual property taxes, the Vision majority on Council is set to increase Development Cost Levy (DCL) rates on residential, commercial/retail, and industrial properties.

De Genova says although DCL’s do provide important amenities such as childcare spaces, parks and green spaces, and social housing, the Vision councillors need to come up with other creative solutions to fund their projects rather than always funding them on the backs of taxpayers. Continue reading

on Thursday,

NPA Councillor George Affleck “deeply disappointed” by outcome of Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

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Affleck says Broadway line is still crucial to how we’re going to move people around the city and vital to the prosperity of the Metro Vancouver region

Vancouver, B.C., July 2, 2015 – NPA City Councillor George Affleck says he is “deeply disappointed” by the outcome of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. His immediate concern now, he says, is for the Broadway line, which he says remains crucial to how we are going to move people around the city and vital to the region’s prosperity.

Affleck says Mayor Gregor Robertson needs to shoulder much of the blame for the plebiscite’s failure: “The Mayor’s team took control of the ‘yes’ campaign and created the perception – whether true or false – that the City of Vancouver had the most to gain from a ‘yes’ vote. That obviously didn’t sit well with regional voters.” Continue reading