On Monday, November 13, 2006 Hamiltonians will be going to the poll to cast their votes for the 2006 Municipal Election. I totally forgot about the upcoming election until I heard it on the radio. At the moment, I am not aware of too many candidates who are running for mayor. I know that the currently mayor, Larry Di Ianni is running for office again. If I make it to the polls, I don’t think I’ll be voting for him.
Di Ianni has been the mayor of Hamilton since 2003 and hopes to keep that until for another four years. In order to stay in office, Di Ianni wants to continue doing what he’s been doing. I am not sure what he has been doing but I didn’t see much good come out of it. He wants to focus on “poverty reduction, increase in public safety, road construction, infrastructure renewal, downtown revitalization, waterfront development, improved relations with other levels of government, arts promotion in the city, community councils, standing up for Stelco employees and pensioners, the building of the Red Hill Parkway, the servicing of employment lands in Glanbrook and around the airport.”1 That’s a long list of things that he wants done. Let’s look at some of the things that he wants to focus on and see how he did during the past three years.
I worked at the Central Library when Di Ianni was elected into office. I never noticed many homeless people there were in Hamilton until I started working there. The library was filled with them. It made the library seem like a hotel for homeless people. Not just any homeless people but bums. I don’t know why these guys aren’t working. If I was homeless, I’m pretty sure that I would have plenty of time to look for a job.
I don’t think the right roads being worked on at the moment. I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems like the roads that are up the morning are being worked one every other summer. Mean while, the roads that are close to my house aren’t getting any attention at all. The roads by the railway tracks are horrible. You need a 4×4 all terrain vehicle if you want to use that street. It’s very bumpy and repairs needs to be done on it right away.
Not a lot of people are into art. The Hamilton Art Gallery was recently renovated but I don’t know why. I don’t know a lot of people who go there to look at paintings and sculptures. That money could have been put to better use by building new houses or something. Hamilton isn’t an artsy fartsy city so I don’t think the gallery will be attracting a lot of people. It may attract the rich people but they don’t live in the downtown core.
I think the things that the candidates should be poverty and doing something about the downtown core. Tourist from out of town will be going spend a lot of their time in the core but they won’t think highly of it if they see it the way it is now. First and foremost, they have to pay for parking when they’re shopping. No other mall in Hamilton requires you to pay for parking. Forget about revitalizing the area for now and work on getting some parking space. This will start to attract people to the area. At the moment, they give you one hour of free parking but how much shopping can you get done within an hour’s time. Nobody goes to the mall and shop for an hour.
I can probably do a better job if I was voted Mayor. They won’t have to pay me for being Mayor, just feed me everyday and I’ll make sure to get the job done. So when you go to the polls, draw another box and write down my name and put an “X” beside it.