Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Judy gearing up for a 2014 run?
This Slurpees and Murder youtube video captures the essence of Katz's robocall campaign.
Subsequently, of course, Katz hiked property taxes.
Last november Judy Wasylycia-Leis stated that she was "certainly thinking" about running again.
And a few weeks ago she was commenting on surface parking lot redevelopment:
Develop clear planRe: Solution for 'eyesores' elusive (June 15). The necessary redevelopment of Winnipeg's surface parking lots won't happen by issuing a vague directive and then moaning and groaning when results don't magically appear.
It's not enough for Mayor Sam Katz to simply say, "Here's a tax incentive, now make it happen." I urge Katz to take the ideas that we raised two years ago in the last mayoral campaign for developing a clear plan that shifts the focus away from surface parking lots and encourages the development of multi-level parkades and multi-use facilities.
That means getting business and downtown stakeholders to the table to recommend a tax-incentive structure that works best for our city, investing the $24 million from the questionable sale of the Winnipeg Square parking garage in projects that combine retail, housing and community space with multi-tiered parking, and drawing on best practices from cities around the globe where cohesive, vibrant, liveable streets are a reality.
As Coun. Jenny Gerbasi astutely noted, tax incentives may not be enough, but we won't know without priority given to an actual plan that is debated on the floor of council and contains actual timelines for implementation.
Whether we're talking about water parks, rapid transit or surface parking lots, it is clear that the public is best served when all the facts are on the table, stakeholders are consulted and meaningful planning takes place.
("Have Your Say". June 19, 2012. Winnipeg Free Press: Letters to the Editor.)
The country club conservative is also thinking of running again, so 2014 could be a rematch. If this is the case one can only hope that Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Katz's other challengers run a more hard-hitting campaign.
A fake "man of the people" with a near million dollar home in Tuxedo who's stalled on rapid transit and opposes P3 accountability surely must be vulnerable. His deeds as mayor certainly warrant attack ads.