Homelessness made headlines in Vancouver for all the wrong reasons in 2010
Earlier this week we began to pilot our CityCaucus Cast whereby Mike and I began to explore some of the issues that impacted urban politics in 2010. In part two of our series, we continue to explore some of the top civic stories that made headlines this year.
We begin our discussion talking about a story we broke in August regarding plummeting staff morale at Vancouver City Hall. A brown envelope with some interesting survey results were dropped through our mail slot and it revealed that all is not well in Gregor's sealed fortress. The "internal" survey was never meant to get into our hands, but it demonstrated that some of the top managers at City Hall were not pleased with their new City nanomanager Penny Ballem. Management spoke of a loss of respect and new inefficient processes being implemented with little thought to the long-term consequences to taxpayers. The Vancouver Sun also dug into this as well and eventually ran it as a front page story.
Homelessness also made the headlines this year, but for all the wrong reasons. Despite Mayor Gregor making countless campaign promises to end homelessness by 2015, a new report revealed that it actually went up by 12 % since he took office. Mike and I explore what's behind the empty promises and whether the lack of progress on homelessness will actually impact Robertson in the 2011 civic election. Keep in mind that homelessness continues to track as the number one issue of concern when Vancouverites are asked by pollsters.
If you want to listen to this segment of the podcast simply click here (mp3 clip):
It wouldn't be a year end review without a discussion of the polling data coming out of Vancouver City Hall this year. After Vision Vancouver officials first leaked to select media that Mayor Gregor's approval numbers were at 78% in the spring, it all seemed to go downhill. A poll by Justason Marketing Intelligence in September had him pegged at 49% approval rating. By November, Angus Reid was reporting his numbers had fallen even further to 43%. Most astonishingly, 47% disapprove of Robertson's performance with only 31% of Vancouver voters believing he deserves to get re-elected.
For an incumbent mayor with name recognition and the levers of government at his disposal, these numbers are VERY low. For heaven's sakes, pollsters even revealed that an NPA lead by Suzanne Anton would be neck and neck with Vision Vancouver if an election were held tomorrow.
As you can appreciate, we had hundreds of topics to choose from when we decided to record the podcast. It's always difficult to pick the top ones, but we made our best effort at capturing what we thought were some of the biggies.
We hope you enjoy this second installment of our CityCaucus Cast and please let us know what you think of the concept. So sit back, grab some eggnog and enjoy our second podcast. The next installment should be delivered under your Christmas tree!
To listen to our first CityCaucus Cast click here.
- Post by Daniel