Letter: Langley City council majority just cheer-leaders

Dear Editor,

Once again, a Langley City-commissioned Ipsos Reid Community Survey reports declining feelings of safety and security at night and in the Downtown core.

Predictably, some of these concerns are granted lip service while others are simply dismissed by a council majority that simply wishes to cheer-lead and embrace past practices.

As in years past, little is done to address the growing problems of drug abuse, mental illness, and poverty at the roots of an increasingly threatening street presence.

Months ago, council declined an opportunity to direct staff to find out how other communities have taken predictable traffic fine revenues to develop concentrated police initiatives. An example is North Vancouver’s clean-up of the Lonsdale District.

Now, in a knee-jerk reaction to the recent tragic events in Newton, Acting Mayor Ted Shaffer, to his credit, has directed funds from unused year-end police overtime to pursue an immediate police blitz of the Downtown Core.

But questions persist. Given repeated years of citizen-expressed concern, why would council neither pursue initiatives to learn from others nor identify available funding sources for such pursuits?

As Surrey pushes problems from Whalley to Newton, is Langley City to be the next ill-prepared recipient?

Dave Hall, Langley

Just Posted

Langley police seek suspect in fake cop case

A warrant has been issued for the man who allegedly impersonated a Mountie in Langley in 2017.

ODD THOUGHTS: Hi, I’m Bob and I’m a news addict

It’s dangerous to be a news junkie is this day and age.

Team BC advancing undefeated in junior nationals

A Langley-based team is 6-0, thus far, at the Canadian curling championships.

Langley serves as backdrop to pair of competing short films

In the 20th annual Crazy8s Film competition, two of six producers will be filming in Langley.

VIDEO: Rivermen back on the ice in Langley tonight

In their game against West Kelowna tonight, Langley’s junior A hockey team gets into action at 7:15.

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Instagram celebrity pays for B.C. woman’s boob job

‘Kirill was here’ held a contest for women to win a boob job and a trip to Miami

Man pulls over to help injured owl, gets hit by SUV

Chase RCMP say owl flew away while they were on scene

New food guide addresses ‘elephant’ in the room – alcohol

Experts welcomed the tougher stance on an issue they say demands a co-ordinated strategy

Cannabis sales up 25% in November as overall retail sales fall 0.9%

Cannabis store sales totalled $54 million in the first full month of legal recreational pot sales

LNG Canada support far outweighs protests, CEO says

Andy Calitz vows completion on schedule at B.C. Natural Resource Forum

B.C. Green Party leader calls for Assistant Deputy Speaker to step aside

Weaver alleges whistleblower was fired after looking into the Liberal MLA’s expenses

B.C. man says he was evicted due to ‘personal vendetta’ against his toddler

Matt Astifan says he has tried to do what he can but a young child will always make some noise

Most Read