Dear Editor- Penticton Mayor said he wanted a new Official Community Plan (OCP)

Dear Editor
At Jan. 10  council meeting  the Penticton Mayor said he wanted a new Official Community Plan (OCP), as a backbone,stick-to-it document, so council meetings wouldn’t use  so much time on planning issues.
Now there’s a red flag.
Reminds me of the idea  council  suggested  that  media’s  questions be submitted, not at the public council meetings, but  in private  writings to council, to save time.The public would never hear those questions.
Is council saying, they are not having development plans presented at council meetings?How are we to know just what is being built? If your area is re zoned, how will you know?Are you going to read the entire OCP?
Will the OCP make it easier to develop public land, get rid of public buildings, like the Art Gallery, or reconfigure roads, all without public consent? Will it be used to excuse unwanted development?  How can we “watch dog”  that?
What will this town end up looking like?
The present OCP  projected 45 thousand  people and 34 thousand showed up.  So just where is the problem? The problem is not over crowding.There is an OCP and it is ignored by this council.If it’s convenient for council, the new OCP will be ignored too.
Inventory and prioritize problems with  the infrastructure, then fix it.The workers from each department know what needs fixing. Add the leaking pool roof to that list.Spend taxpayers money to fix what’s broken.
The speeches have started calling  for engagement  on roads,parks, affordable housing and a tree canopy. Let’s  hope this is handled  with a better set of ethics  than the  past , so called,engagement processes.
The bad taste still lingers within  the collective memory.
Lynn Crassweller

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Rock`n`It Local into your Heart-Calendar Release Party


Calendar Release Party!

Join us this Valentine’s Day as we celebrate the 4th Annual LSL Calendar Release at the Copper Mug Pub.
tickets are only $15.00 and you can purchase them at the Coppermug as well as Wentworth Music

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Calendar Release Party!
Join us this Valentine’s Day for our event Rock`n It Local into your Heart
as we celebrate the 4th Annual LSL Calendar Release at the Copper Mug Pub hosted by Kevin Proteau, Founder of Locals Supporting Locals.
The evening will consist of an introduction of the calendar, performance by the Timbre Wolves followed by raffle prizes where all proceeds go to our Soupateria and 50/50 draws go towards William Mathison and Tanya Mercier and 3 kids that lost everything due to fire on Jan 16th,2017 on Government street.
Cosmic Brew hits the stage after the draws for an amazing night of local talent and support for our community. There will also be dinner specials at the Copper Mug, so come on out for an evening of dinner and dancing and help support your local community.
Tickets available at the Copper Mug and Wentworth only $15.00 !!!!
TIMBRE WOLVES….. This electrifying duo will knock your socks off with their voices and hits from the 80’s to now, covering artists such as Heart, Starship, Toronto, Billy Idol and so much more with high energy performances. They also perform a full range of acoustics, an array of modern and classic hits from Metric, Sia and Led Zeppelin. Performing since early 2016 they have become an overnight success in the Okanagan, playing at wineries, pubs, private events and festivals all over the South Okanagan. Currently, the Timbre Wolves are working on originals for release later this year.
Come Howl With Us!!!!!
COSMIC BREW, Okanagan’s Life Magazine’s voted Best Band in the South Okanagan, have been playing since 2014. Band members Mason Burns and Kris Marsel perform great interpretations of classics such as Led Zeppelin and The Doors with energy and precision. They especially play an amazing set of originals like Drowning In Your Eyes, Run and In My Mind as well as having the opportunity to open for bands such as 54-40 and Finger 11. After 1 1/2 years, countless hours of rehearsal, gigs up and down the valley and rave reviews “Cosmic Brew” has positioned itself as one of the premier rock bands in the valley.
Check out their Website and Self Titled EP
Available on iTunes, iMusic, Spotify and Bandcamp
For any questions or donations please contact:
Kevin Proteau
Founder of Locals Supporting Locals