1. What community involvement have you had?
After 15 years on council the list of committees , chair positions, president of organization and the hundreds of citizens I have helped with problems big and small are to numerous to mention. high lights would be several years on the facilities committee that saw that creation of our 2 community centers and aquatic center. Was councils rep on several working groups, transportation, spirit trail,blue print for social responsibility to name a few. 31 years involvement with coho festival society,4 years as chairperson, president of chamber of commerce year’s 6 years on the board as well as council rep, 4 year chairman of community day committee, this is a sampling of some of my involvement in West Vancouver.
2. What are the key issues facing WV and what action would you take in these areas of concern?
The financial picture always tops the chart, followed by housing issues, making extra efforts to protected our incredible park like community and help guide our community towards long tern goals in preparation for our children’s future.
finance We must continue to work with staff and our CFO on effiencies in keeping tax increases low as possible, concentrating on performance reviews and a general tightening of the public purse. we should not move forward on any strategic plan without a business plan and the money on hand to pay for it. we must always try to put money away for future infrastructure and grow our endowment fund. doing all this while continuing to provide top quality service.
housing We do not have a plan in place that spells out where and how will create alternate housing forms to meet future demands. it has to be more than spot zoning and major impacts on single family homes. The market assessments play such a difficult role in finding the right model to allow alternate housing forms at price that are not over the top. Council and staff must put extra effort in the next term and solve the problem.
environment Absolute protection of parks, streams and the incredible backdrop of the upper forests. lets work hard and smart to promote great stewardship. this why I voted against the metro plan of urbanization of our upper lands. we should always be the controllers of our land. Even after an upper land study it will still be at the mercy of the metro board to accept any changes we want to make.
3. How do you achieve a balance of competing interests within the community?
Balancing competing interests must always be met with strong communication and transparency . The end result, what is good for the entire community. We have limited space, limited funds and there are many groups, special interest and others all competing.
4. Do you have expectations of change in the relationship between West Vancouver and the GVRD and between West Vancouver and the Provincial Government?
I think metro should start cleaning house. A good start would be a major examination of all departments looking at staff levels and costs. secondly in my view all board members should be elected to the position not appointed. the Provincial Government cannot ignore putting pressure on local municipalities for housing and social issues without compensation .
5. What management and organizational skills do you bring to this position?
As I said earlier having private sector business for years, years on volunteering and 15 years on council does give you the experience to manage and organize.