CITY OF VICTORIA SHOULD SEND BLANK JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE PETITION FORMS TO ALL VICTORIANS ON VOTERS LIST: Gregory Hartnell open letter to Mayor Fortin + Victoria Council

OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR DEAN FORTIN

AND VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL

RE: REQUEST FOR BLANK ‘AAP’ ‘ELECTOR RESPONSE FORMS’

TO BE SENT TO ALL VICTORIANS ON VOTERS’ LIST

 

CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION

1357 ROCKLAND AVENUE

VICTORIA V8S 1V7

TEL 250 382 97 67

CCC BLOG: gregoryhartnell.wordpress.com

 

Mayor  Dean Fortin

Victoria City Council

City Hall, Victoria

 

Dear Mayor Fortin and Victoria City Councillors:

With respect to the ‘Alternative Approval Process’ undertaken by the City of Victoria and now underway, we wish to inform you that the Concerned Citizens’ Coalition is disappointed that Council did not automatically schedule a referendum on this borrowing bylaw, as it is the largest such loan contemplated in the City of Victoria’s infrastructure history.

Having said that, we appreciate that Council extended the period for gathering the signatures for the ‘AAP’ by fifteen days, from the usual thirty day period.

We are surprised, however, that the blank petition forms have not yet been sent to all Victoria citizens known to be on the Voters’ List.

We hope that Council is planning such a mail-out, as there is still plenty of time before January 4, 2010 to do it.

We believe this effort would certainly enhance public participation in this flawed consultative democratic exercise which has been subject to much deserved criticism from many quarters already.

Please confirm that Victoria City Council is planning a mail-out of blank ‘elector response forms’ for the ‘Alternative Approval Process’ pertaining to the Johnson Street Bridge borrowing bylaw to all Victoria citizens on the Voters’ List.

 

Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

 

CC: Mayor Dean Fortin: mayor@victoria.ca

        All Victoria City Councillors: schandler@victoria.ca, ccoleman@victoria.ca, lhunter@victoria.ca, plucas@victoria.ca,       jluton@victoria.ca, pmadoff@victoria.ca, cthorntonjoe@victoria.ca, gyoung@victoria.ca 

        Don Schaffer: dschaffer@victoria.ca

 

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