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First SRA meeting of 2015 - this Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hi neighbours,
Happy New Year everyone! Feel like coming out of your winter caves to meet up with some neighbours? The first SRA meeting of 2015 is Wednesday at 7:15 at the Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer Street, upstairs)
Bring your holiday leftover baking (before it gets stale/before you break your New Year’s resolution) to share…
A few announcements:
1. Construction begins for Strathcona Branch library on Hastings! Save the date: Monday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m.
Vancouver Public Library, the YWCA Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver are pleased to mark the start of construction of the new nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch and the YWCA Cause We Care House on East Hastings.
We are invited to join Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, VPL board chair Mary Lynn Baum and YWCA CEO Janet Austin for an event celebrating this key milestone in the project.
VPL’s nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch and the YWCA Cause We Care House is a partnership of VPL, the YWCA and the City of Vancouver.
2. Prior Street Road Safety Audit (Thanks to Dick Hellofs of the Prior St. committee)
We have received the following report from Peter Cohen at the City about the progress of the audit: 
“Given the Christmas/New Year shutdown period, the consultant plans to submit the formal draft during the first half of January.  City staff will need a couple of weeks to review and comment on the document before the draft and its results can be broadly shared.  It therefore looks like a meeting with the SRA to discuss the report’s recommendations would be conducted in the first half of February”.
3. Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods report (Thanks to Chris Coleman, our SRA rep at the CVN)
Along with former SRA chair Pete Fry, I attended the November meeting of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods.  There was discussion whether or not the Coalition would continue its work post civic election, really not much of a discussion as it was unanimously agreed that the work of all of us together will always be stronger then all of us as individual Associations.  
Of particular note is the ever frustrating task of trying to secure a meeting with the Mayor.  With an apology made by him to the CVN 3 days before the election one might think the Mayor would take it upon himself to seek out community groups for meetings, however the response from the Mayor's office has been, "maybe in the New Year". We'll see.
Other issues include frustration over undelivered promise of park land at N/E False Creek, (legal action continues),  lots of election talk, rumours and innuendo about who had developer and "real estate agent" help, and Meggs/Robertson $102, 000 CUPE election donation.
Next CVN meeting is being held at RayCam, Jan 18th.
4. A recent safety issue reported in mid-December regarding a suspicious ‘tall, thin guy wearing a bandana over his nose and mouth’ chasing a woman at night in the neighbourhood as per our e-mail on December 18th. No further incidents have been reported to the SRA.
Look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening!

— SRA Executive Council