COUNCIL: Plecas, Danny

District of Mission: Plecas, Danny - council candidate

  • Oct. 27, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Danny Plecas

Education : BCIT (Marketing management)

Occupation: Custodial supervisor

Previous political experience : Mission councillor 2008-11

Residency: Mission resident for 27 years

Community involvement : Board member with Lifetime Learning, Mission Community Services, Mission Literacy , Mission Association for senior housing, Mission Heritage Association and Pleasant view Housing

Marital status/children: Wife of 32 years , four children

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1. The lack of civility and respect within the council. Poor leadership

2. A lack of  a clear vision for the community

3. Social issues, with homelessness and mental health being of prime concern

My strategies in moving forward on these issues are;

1. As a first step, I would ensure the new council took appropriate measures to rebuild trust and respect within the workplace. Secondly, I would work to restore our policing downtown and our inspection services to a desirable level. I believe it is important to demonstrate leadership in working with staff in ensuring our community is well served.

2. The community needs to see itself down the road in 20 years. Though it is impossible to draft a vision quickly, it is essential. In building consensus and working through the OCP we can develop a community that is both desirable to live in and inviting place to work. Land use planning is a key component of council, and proper decision making will lead to creating tax revenue and allow for amenities that our residents need. I see a need to focus on waterfront development and a residential village in the downtown as employment drivers for our community.

3. With the social issues we face, I would work through our Healthy Community Council to create policies which council can act on. We need to continue to provide support to non-profit agencies, through policing, by-law enforcement and financial grants. Individuals struggling with mental health and homelessness need the support of Fraser health and we have a responsibility to advocate for that support.

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