Did Sam Sullivan cause Gregor to get Tourette syndrome?
As we've pointed out before, when it comes to leadership in Vision Vancouver's government, the fallback position is always Blame Sam!
We saw it during the Olympic Athlete's Village fiasco where Gregor and newly hired Penny Ballem gave Jim Hoggan a double-dipping PR contract to come up with the "Billion Dollar Boondoggle" messaging. Now apparently nobody wants in at the Southeast False Creek development. Gee, do you think that telling the whole world that the project was a bust might be a factor in lagging sales?
Well, we're seeing it again from Mayor Gregor. He's blaming his fit of Tourette syndrome at last Thursday night's city council meeting on his predecessor, former Mayor Sam Sullivan. Yes, Gregor, Blame Sam! See Roberton's comments in today's Vancouver Sun story by Jeff Lee.
Robertson said in an interview the city doesn't have strong relations any more with many community groups. He blamed much of that on Sullivan's EcoDensity program, but acknowledged his own gaffe hasn't helped matters. "It definitely creates a lot more work and effort to assure people that we're open and listening and that we want dynamic debate on this," he said.
What might be just a little irksome for his city council colleagues Louie, Deal, Stevenson and Chow is that they all voted unanimously to accept the EcoDensity Charter.
So, is Sam Sullivan causing Gregor to lob F-bombs in the direction of concerned citizens? Or is this another case of making excuses? EcoDensity was a lightning rod for critics of neighbourhood centre zoning, but it also has been hailed by other cities as an important step in sustainability. Without question the City has done a poor job of trying to explain the policy to citizens.
Eventually Gregor Robertson is going to have to realize that he's elected to be Mayor, and not Vancouver's chief excuse maker.
- post by Mike