Monday, 30 January 2012

What has the Mayor been doing?

The Mayors Report on January 23, 2012 stated:

  • January 11 - I attended a seminar on the RCMP contract sponsored by the UBCM
  • January 13 - met with Peggy Hunt and Shirley Samush from Translink
  • January 13 - discussed an idea for a Tour BC cycling ride to raise money for cancer.  Organizers are in the preliminary stages of planning but are thinking they'd like to start and end the ride in White Rock possibly in July or August.
  • January 17 - Council held an all-day Planning Session with members of Senior Management.  Good exchange of information and priorities to form a base as we begin to formulate the plans for the coming year and the next three years.
  • January 18 -attended a meeting of Translink's Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation.  Richard Walton, Mayor of North Vancouver, was elected Chair of this Council, with Peter Fassbender, Mayor of Langley, the Vice-Chair.
  •  January 19 - received an interesting suggestion from a White Rock resident to develop relations with a twin-or sister-city, in China.
  • January 19 - met with Brian Atkins, District Manager, Transportation for the Lower Mainland.  He has agreed with our staff and Tourism White Rock to add "Service" and "Attraction" signage on the highway - signage will refer to waterfront, tourist accomodation and restaurants in White Rock. He also agreed to determine plans for the expansion of the Park and Ride at King George Boulevard and Highway 99.
  • January 23 - attended a meeting of the Fraser Health Municipal Government Advisory Council.  There are now surgical wait lists on the Fraser Health website that the public can access.
  • Just received word today that Cliff Annable will be taking over later this week from Doug Hart as Executive Director for the South Surrey Chamber of Commerce.  We wish Cliff and the Chamber good luck for the coming year and thank them for the services they provide to White Rock and local businesses.
  • I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Chinese New Year today or Gung Hei Fat Choi.  Today is the first day of 2012 in China's Lunar Calendar.  The year 2012  is the 4,709th Chinese year and 2012 is the year of the Dragon. 
Mayor Wayne Baldwin
White Rock Matters

Sunday, 8 January 2012


The Christmas season is coming to a close and we will resume our day to day lives.  For me that means coming out of retirement and taking on the challenge of running the city along with 6 other elected people.  I embrace it with optimism, enthusiasm and the knowledge that it will take a lot of work.  You - the citizens of White Rock - have entrusted us with that task.  Your job of electing people you want to represent you is not over.  It takes a village to elect your officials and it takes that same commitment to support those whom you have elected.  What kind of support does that mean?  Perhaps it means coming to city council to keep abreast of what is going on.  Perhaps it means putting forth your own special talents when they are needed by council to support initiatives.  Perhaps it means getting involved any way you know how.  Just as it takes a village to bring up a child to adulthood, and it takes a village to elect a council to represent them, it also takes a village to  make a community really great.  So get in there and together lets make it happen because White Rock is a special community.  We all know that

White Rock Matters.