Who Am I

I defer to my personality type when it comes to questions of my motivations. This is because I am an ENTJ according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. According to the Wikipedia page on this personality type:

ENTJs account for 1–3% of males formally tested and 1–2% of females.[2][3] ENTJ types tend to be self-driven, motivating, energetic, assertive, confident, and competitive. They generally take a big-picture view and build a long-term strategy. They typically know what they want and may mobilize others to help them attain their goals. ENTJs are often sought out as leaders due to an innate ability to direct groups of people. Unusually influential and organized, they may sometimes judge others by their own tough standards, failing to take personal needs into account.[4]

So yeah, I am female and I relate to this depiction.

E versus I = means I am an Extravert. I used to think I was an introvert because social (purely social) situations make me uncomfortable. But I am an extravert because I talk so that I can better understand what I am trying to communicate about. The words literally need to leave my head so that I can see them and reflect.

N versus S = means that I am Intuitive. I just know things more than I sense them.

T versus F = means that I am a Thinker. Logic drives me more than emotion.

J versus P = means that I Judge things more than I perceive them. Where this has meant in the past that people get the impression I don’t do things I don’t want to do,  all it is, is me not wanting to do things I think are a bad idea.

This all means that my main motivation in life, is working on what I see around me. I don’t do it for approval, I don’t do it to avoid guilt or shame, I do it because solving problems and figuring out solutions, is life. A situation without responsibility, a job without authority is death for me. I need to feel engaged and the way I feel engaged, is by connecting with the world and its systems around me.

 

Government in a Modern Age

My dad was a bureaucrat and I aspired to be one as well. This led my pursing a Masters in Public Administration because I too, wanted to serve the common good. Then, at about the same time I graduated, my dad’s career ended in a way that was different than how he anticipated. Nevertheless, I persisted and have continued to pursue jobs that were of interest to me.

Most recently, I had been working in the private sector for a company that sells software to municipalities across North America. I loved the work.

Now I am free again and I am deciding how to fill my plate.

At the bottom of it all, I am still drawn to government.

How best to manage government data in a modern age is what appeals to me most. It is what gets my brain firing on all cylinders and it is where I hope to make a lasting contribution. So to that end, expect to see this website come alive again as I begin to work out my plan.

Thank you for reading!

St. Andrews Rezoning Approved

It was a historic event last night (agenda here). Long serving Councillor Madoff said that she couldn’t recall being part of a longer approval process since the Eaton’s Centre in the 1980s. Looking to the audience there were a lot of familiar faces as we all gathered for the third time. Crowds were not quite as big as they were the first two nights and moods were generally tempered on all sides. Continue reading St. Andrews Rezoning Approved

A Decision With Many Implications

This is a post that I’ve started, stopped, edited and rewritten many times over the past few weeks. Prior to going away in August, I was quite good with the blogging. I’d easily push out multiple detailed articles a week. But since I’ve returned, nearly 6 weeks ago now I’ve only published 7 articles and attended fewer meetings.

Why the malaise?

I had to admit that observing the city process and community reaction related to the proposed Bosa Blue Sky Properties rezoning & redevelopment request of the old St. Andrews School site in North Park has really put a damper on my enthusiasm for continuing to function as a city observer (see my Proposal Summary article here). That a seemingly reasonable project proposal and opportunity to bring life into a dead area, regardless of competing arguments for community safety, can be blindly moved forward by Council only to be so thoroughly rejected by a militant group operating under the pretense of a local community is incredibly dispiriting. Continue reading A Decision With Many Implications

4 CRD Meetings on October 7, 2015

The CRD is a hard beast to follow so consider this an experiment in sense making. There are four CRD meetings happening tomorrow and the purpose of this post is to provide a convenient summary of what you need to know to follow along with the proceedings. I personally think that the first two meetings will be the most interesting to watch.

So what do we have going on? Continue reading 4 CRD Meetings on October 7, 2015

The CRD Website

Based on my discussions with the CRD Communications Manager (man named Andy Orr) the vastly complex CRD website is built on the assumption that folks will bookmark their pages of interest. Trouble with this assumption mind you, is that such an approach to website creation is not supportive of folks who are either new to the website or only visit infrequently.

Some illustrations of these inconveniences are as follows: Continue reading The CRD Website

Saanich Meeting Agenda October 5, 2015

The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how easy it is to provide an agenda that is easy to read and easy to locate your particular item of interest. I have taken the PDF agenda available from the District of Saanich website and broken it down into component sections.  Continue reading Saanich Meeting Agenda October 5, 2015

A Deeper Look at St Andrews School Site

As your trusty municipal blogger, I naturally attended the August 27th Public Hearing (City agenda here) for the proposed Bosa Blue Sky redevelopment and rezoning of the long-since closed St Andrews School site on Pandora and Vancouver (also bordered by Mason Street). In total, apparently 48 people spoke and I was told by those who kept count that 26 were opposed to the development and 22 were in favour (video here and written minutes here).

Which is to say that there was representation from both sides but the process is not done yet and nobody seems too sure about whether this proposed project (latest staff report here) will be approved or not. At least 40 more folks are already signed up to speak at the continuation of the Public Hearing when it occurs on the evening of September 17 at Victoria City Hall (new agenda here). Other folks who have not yet signed up to speak are also free to make statements on  this proposal.

I will be one of them. I’m sure it will be another long night. Continue reading A Deeper Look at St Andrews School Site

September 10 Council Summary & Observations

This past Thursday was the first complete Council meeting I observed in a while, due both to Summer break and my inability to stay and observe Council business after the Bosa Blue Sky properties Public Hearing for Pandora got adjourned at 11:30pm on August 27th (post on this coming soon).  So what happened?

The agenda was full and the events (video) fairly interesting.

Continue reading September 10 Council Summary & Observations

September 10 PLUC Summary & Observations

It was a brief meeting this morning (agenda here and final motions here). Councillors Coleman & Thornton-Joe were absent and the only real thought I had observing the rest of them, is that the meeting (like so many others) played out like game of Ping Pong. The context is always somewhat competitive and usually only partially thought out because hey, you have to move quickly to hit the small ball and win. Isn’t that what running a city is all about?

I digress. So what happened this morning (video here)?

Continue reading September 10 PLUC Summary & Observations