There was a 3rd meeting (video here) this morning as Council gathered in their GPC format to finalize amendments to the draft financial plan and start working on proposed amendments to the draft strategic plan. Once again it was an 8am meeting and Mayor Helps was actually the one who let me into City Hall this morning. She greeted me kindly and said that they had a media table set up for me in the Council chambers. Continue reading April 14 Special Budget & Strategic Plan GPC
This is a little note to share something I learned from Rob Woodland, the City’s Director of Legislative Services (e.g., the guy responsible for council/committee proceedings & agendas/minutes). I asked him if it was unusual for Task Force terms of references (TOR) to go directly on Council agendas, and I asked because there is a Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity and a Housing Affordability Task Force on the Thursday Council agenda as New Business and yet both of these items are for approval. Continue reading Are the two task forces the best option?
The meeting this morning started at 8am. City Hall was not publicly opened yet and many lights were still off. Council chambers were alive though and they will be alive at the same time for the next two days as the conclusion of today’s meeting only saw resolution of budget amendments. Strategic Plan amendments and Parks Regulation bylaw amendments still remain. Continue reading April 13 Special Budget GPC
As I persist in my efforts to observe and provide commentary on the actions and decisions of Mayor Helps and her Council here in Victoria BC, I find myself being accused of making inappropriate use of sarcasm and insults. It is an odd experience for me I must admit to hear from folks that they apparently want to support me and think I’m doing good work but at the same time, that they seem to want me to do the work differently. Continue reading Insults & Sarcasm in Politics
There was a three hour meeting this afternoon (Early Thoughts here) that had an ambitious agenda – Council was supposed to consider public input on the draft strategic plan and draft financial plan. They were then suppose to make decisions on how to allocate $4.68 million dollars worth of money not currently accounted for in the financial plan. Some of this got done today. Continue reading April 9th GPC Summary & Observations
Because tomorrow’s GPC meeting is a “special” meeting (e.g., not originally scheduled back when the city set its 2015 meeting schedule) it starts at 12:30pm instead of the usual 9:00am. The focus of the meeting tomorrow is for Council to consider public input on the draft financial plan and draft strategic plan. Continue reading April 9 GPC Early Thoughts
As we move closer to the finalization of the City of Victoria’s draft Strategic Plan and Financial Plan, I have created this article as an easy index of all my posts regarding Council’s plans for the next four years as reflected in their strategic plan. A document that was created through a series of five meetings, three of which were public in accordance with process report (available here) from Mayor Helps.
It was a long one today and that it was a long one, just goes to show the difficulty of trying to anticipate how Council will react to certain issues. Where I was correct in my early thoughts from yesterday when I predicted that the poorly defined staff report would lead to poorly structured council discussion, I didn’t quite expect what happened this morning. Continue reading April 2 GPC Summary & Observations
There are some interesting items on the GPC agenda tomorrow, nothing unique mind you as it all looks like a hodge podge of items that were supposed to be talked about last week or have been in the works for a while now. My guess is that it will be a quick meeting but you never know. Continue reading April 2 GPC Early Thoughts