Now, here's a little satire: Vancouver City Hall as Sons of Anarchy
Who said local politics aren't exciting?
City Hall through lens of Sons of Anarchy
When writing my Vancouver City Hall preview, I wanted to frame it in terms of "Game of Thrones". That ended up an impossible task.
The relationships in "Game of Thrones", social and political, are too all-or-nothing to capture daily life with Vancouver's City Council. There's not a lot of mass murder going on in the council chambers, for which we should be glad.
Instead, the machinations at City Hall reminded me of another popular series: the Central California motorcycle-gang drama "Sons of Anarchy".
Vancouver is quite Charming
The ongoing theme in "Sons of Anarchy" is that of friendship versus nemesis. If you treat those whom you think are your enemies as actual enemies, then you're basically toast. You need to foster a world of friends, allies, associates, assets, and maybe even frenemies; but you cannot survive if your policies are openly antagonistic towards other groups.
It's also about choosing your battles. NPA Councillor George Affleck is proud of what he's been able to make happen so far, such as a boathouse for the rowing community, and tasting lounges for breweries and distilleries. Affleck told me, "It's not the most glamorous political job, but there’s a lot of great things we can be doing at a local level.”
Vision Vancouver is Clay Morrow. He's running the show, and at first he seems unassailable. Running the Sons of Anarchy has changed him: with the title of President comes a series of relationships and responsibilities that can't be easily abandoned. Clay as a character makes more sense when you realize that he mainly acts not from malice but from civic pride. He genuinely loves the town of Charming, but you're either on his side or in his way.
Clay has a plan, a destination in mind, but we soon see that he isn't quite sure how to get there, and he isn't great at asking for help.
The budget for 2014 must be submitted in December; it's the last big budget before Vision faces its next election. It will be interesting to see what is included.
The NPA is Jax Teller. In telling the leader to change course, Jax becomes a voice in the wilderness. He sees a better way for his
gang club, but it involves more intricate alliances than ever before.
Regarding the Point Grey bike path plan and its many moving parts, Affleck said, "We should deal with the Burrard-Cornwall intersection first. You don’t want to create this battle between cyclists and cars and pedestrians.”