Just some quick links and musings from my two hours I have to review what is on the agenda tonight for Council. First thing to note is that there a LOT of proclamations on the agenda: Continue reading April 16 Council Early Thoughts
I stayed home last night and watched the first part of the Council meeting from home (Early Thoughts here). Once the public hearings were complete I then turned things off because 7.5 hours of Council meetings in one day is enough for anyone, even just someone observing. Video of the meeting can be found here. Continue reading March 26 Council Summary & Observations
It was a packed house last night – absolutely packed. At first I wondered why everyone was there, but it soon became clear that the focus of the night was the Public Hearing for the proposed Capital Park Development in James Bay. Despite my Early Thoughts and intention to stay for the duration of the meeting, I got up with pretty much everyone else and left at 10pm once a unanimous vote had been cast by Council in support of rezoning required by the Capital Park.
In my years observing what goes on at Victoria City hall, I’ve always tended to focus more on committee (e.g., Governance and Priorities, and Land Use and Planning as the main two) than Council meetings. I do this because a) in my experience Council is hard to follow and b) committee meetings are where the most substantive conversation occurs and decisions are made and later ratified at subsequent Council meetings. Continue reading Feb 12 Council Summary & Observations
Tonight will be my first complete live tweet of a Victoria Council meeting. The agenda for tonight is fairly sizeable with what looks like six public hearing items and and four people signed up to address council. Time to go through agenda items and make some notes on what to expect tonight.