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By Zephyr (registered) | Posted May 29, 2012 at 14:46:02
My letter to Trustee Bishop:
Dear Trustee Bishop,
I am stunned to see that you voted to break faith with the residents of Wards 1 & 2 last night. Community voices were quite strong and united in our desire to have the Board identify a downtown location for the new headquarters. The Board was supposedly in the middle of a process to explore downtown options, but it was clear last night that this process was not undertaken in good faith. The Board stood by their original decision to move to the original mountain location, and even broke faith with the promise to look at alternatives.
You are supposed to represent Ward 1 & 2 and should have been supporting the attempt to keep jobs (and the significant spin-off to a downtown struggling to rejeuvenate) Additionally, the people of Code Red neighbourhoods mainly live downtown and will struggle to get to the Crestwood site.
The only option we have is to wait a couple of years and vote for our trustrees much more mindfully next time. I think there are a significant number of downtown residents who will do so in the upcoming election. I've not paid enough attention to municipal politics in the past, but no longer.
This city has been held back by the lack of imagination and leadership of its elected representatives for much too long, but the good news is that an increasing number of voices are speaking up and will continue to do so.
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