Chris Bocskei – Council candidate
City staff has laid out the plan for growth and development, council should try to stick to a plan that balances both. While builders are actively constructing towers downtown, city streets need maintenance, upgrading, and some consideration for the traffic. I think it’s imperative that we are constructing infrastructure that is needed today and tomorrow.
It is no easy solution. Crime in Kelowna has escalated in recent years. One of the city’s responses has been to promote community programs. While this is effective it’s not enough. Our RCMP are extremely understaffed, we can’t ignore the issue. The city may need to reconsider the benefits of a municipal police system. More immediately, the city council should re-open the community policing offices that have been closed for too long. Community policing is a deterrent to crime that is effective in making communities safer. As it is in-part a volunteer organization, it is a cost effective addition to our city.
This is a very broad question and understandably so, there is so much to consider. I believe that at the end of the day city councillors should be able to verifiably state that council’s actions were in the best interests of our vulnerable population. Affordable housing is a priority that city council has not met, and building million-dollar condos does nothing to fill the void in our housing market. This needs to be a top priority.
Who is your favourite Okanagan celebrity and why?
Ogopogo. Why? Smiling Ogopogo is the mascot of Kelowna, and when you smile…