Penticton Herald-What’s in it for the politicians?

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What’s in it for the politicians?

Dear Editor:

As I sit back, and watch all the letters, protests and almost 10,000 signatures against commercialization of any part of  Skaha Lake Park I have one observation.

With all that dissension that the voters of Penticton have shown, as any person with half a brain would realize; nobody wants Trio to have any part of Skaha Lake marina or the park!

Then as any sane person I question myself: “What pot of gold is at the end of this debacle?” What’s in it for the present council and mayor,  and mayors and councillors past?

Certainly it is not for the every day present or future residents of Penticton!

This council is not acting on behalf of its citizens.

Cheryl & Georges Jansen

Council poked the hornet’s nest

Dear Editor:

Penticton mayor and councillor’s  report cards, mostly by the omissions, offered up interesting reading. Did they admit  to making a mistake? Did they eventually tell us the full story? Did one of them say they  should have listened?

I tried looking, in those report cards, for humility, openness,understanding and honesty . The self-proclaimed, introverted, accidental politician is now looking  to accidentally get sent to Victoria. Some of the councillors are proud  to stick to their opinion regarding Skaha  Park. They’re proud to make those unpopular calls.

That shows a “don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up” attitude. Other councillors listed off the jobs they are paid to do. No gold stars there.

Moving Penticton forward doesn’t mean making this city less livable. It doesn’t mean choking  residential streets with cars because developers aren’t required to supply adequate off street parking. Development, in today’s world, without regard to the conservation of our natural resources, infrastructure, public safety and  quality of life is just  ludicrous.

Did they learn anything from the year- and-a-half of issues and outcries? They should have learned to  stop pedaling unresearched, unquantified and false valued programs as the saviours of the city. They should have learned we want facts. They should have learned that, in the next two years, there are a whole lot of astute, committed people that are going to be looking at the budget, the plans and councils  performance. They should have learned, that they have  poked the hornet’s nest.

Lynn Crassweller


Rates council Cminus or D

Dear Editor:

Living legends. What does this term mean?

Most dictionaries have this annotated as: “a person who is famous while still living for doing something extremely well.” Have you read the recent local news media where each councilor was asked to assess their performance thus far and come up with a grade (Penticton Western Advertiser)?

They all come out with “B” or, in one case, better grades. How did they arrive at these grades one might ask? Perhaps they fantasize about being living legends as I alluded to earlier.

Probably the biggest living legend right now is Donald Trump and he hasn’t really accomplished anything politically yet. His claim to fame might be that he is probably the world’s foremost misogynist.

As a former teacher, I recall the system by which grades were allocated. I don’t believe that much has changed except for the fact in some cases grades are not used but percentages are.

Let’s go back a little and see what statistics were needed to assess performance. Based on standard letter grades without intergrading, the grades were A, B, C-plus, C, D, F. Pretty cut and dried. Nowadays there are “massaged grades” being used. They include A-plus, A-minus, B-plus and B-minus. What these actually mean is anybody’s guess. The A grade used to mean done extremely well, almost excellent. Now we have A-plus. Does this mean that something is done better than excellent? Is a B-plus better than a B but not quite an A? Is B-minus

better than C-plus but not quite a B? So much for grades!

Let’s look at the City of Penticton’s grades. These should be based on such things as: openness (showing concern for the public and related public issues), transparency, accountability, fiscal responsibility and the ability to listen to concerns and admit it when mistakes are made. How has COP done in these areas? We shouldn’t have to ask when it is a self-evident truth in that most of these should receive no more than a C-minus to D. The independent Oraclepoll sponsored by The Herald showed us this (21 per cent approval rating.)

It is ironic that many members of council have almost broken their arms patting themselves on the back and saying something similar to “atta a boy, job well done!” Oh, did I miss something here? They did their own back smacking probably because no one else would.

A C-minus to D grade seems like more of a fit than B and B-plus. How else can the Peter Principle be rewarded?

Ron Barillaro


This council rates an ‘F’

Dear Editor:

After seeing the report card mayor and council have given themselves (Penticton Western Advertiser), I couldn’t help but chuckle and wonder if a large bottle of airplane glue had been left open in the room where they sat down and rated themselves.

Basically Bs all across the board, with the exception of Tarik Sayeed, who rated himself at B-minus; and Max Picton, who rated himself B-plus (seriously?) and Judy Sentes who did not give herself a grade.

I have decided to go back to my military days when we had to fill out what were called “personnel evaluation reports” once per year on all of our subordinates, and do my own evaluation based on certain criteria. The marks listed below pertain to both mayor and all councillors.

The first five are where they are lacking; the remainder are areas in which they excel:

1. Listening skills: F

2. Leadership skills: F

3. Communications skills: F (had to hire someone else to do it)

4. Proper prioritization: F

5. Effectiveness: D

6. Ignoring their constituents: A

7. Catering to developers: A

8. Overspending: A

9. Making it difficult to open a business: A

General comments: This mayor and council seem to have difficulty in prioritizing between the needs of the residents and the wants of themselves. If I were a psychiatrist, I would have to diagnose a severe case of over-inflated egos, coupled with a warped sense of self importance.

I cannot give them a passing grade, as the average of their scores where they are deficient (F) is not sufficient to progress to the next level. Much improvement is needed overall.

Mark Billesberger


Expecting a legal battle

Dear Editor:

Well, my fellow Pentictonites there, are some serious shenanigans taking place in the hills around our little city and I think I better explain what is going on with an analogy that should make it clear.

Imagine you purchase a home on either one of our beautiful lakes for you, friends and family to enjoy. You build a nice dock. Purchase a couple of jet skis for the kids and a nice little trim runabout for you and the Mrs. to putt around the lake.

You know, a nice idyllic setup.

Then bam, one day out of the blue some bureaucrat proceeds to tell you that you are not allowed to use your boats on the lake and next year you will not be allowed to sit on the sand ever again.You received zero notification and or no invitation to partake in some sort of democratic process.

Nothing. Zilch. Zippo. Nice, eh?

Well that is exactly what is transpiring in the hills around Penticton. Well done, Penticton and Area Cycling Association, you have managed to bend someone’s ear so bad that the democratic rights of others are being trampled.

No problem, there are some viable solutions to this gong show as I see it.

Rescind the closure order and get back to the table and start the democratic process (or least try and make it look like one) to formulate a workable solution for everyone.

PACA purchases their own parcel of land and they have their way with it, or (and this is directed to the PACA board) take some of that taxpayer money that Dan Albas threw at you and start topping up your war chest. Use it to either start purchasing properties around Campbell Mountain and the Three Blind Mice (who came up with this stupid name anyway?) or another not so pleasant option.

I asked Carnac the Magnificent as to what he see’s in the near future.

“A court ordered injunction followed by a protracted legal battle of three to five years.”

Buckle up kids, we are going for a ride.

Daniel Pontes


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