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  • Candidate Bryan George Kapitza

    This thread is to ask questions of Candidate Bryan George Kapitza – Councillor Ward 6.

    All members are asked to allow the Candidate to post first in his or her thread. This is to allow the Candidate ample opportunity to introduce their background, platform, and any other information they may feel is pertinent to this discussion.

    All decorum expected of members in the C2E Ask Forums will be expected here. An addendum is that posters may ask as many questions as they wish, but they are also politely asked to follow any instructions on posting or reply timelines that the Candidate expresses.

    Thank you to all for participating in the 2010 Connect2Edmonton Election Forum!
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  • #2
    Welcome

    Hello everyone,

    Please check out my website at www.communitiesfirst.ca
    It contains a descriptive platform page with fresh ideas on property taxation, sustaining renewal, arena financing and more.
    I look forward to your questions

    Sincerely

    Bryan

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    • #3
      Mr. Kapitza,

      Thanks for participating on this community. I'm not in your ward, but I like your platform from your website, and would be very likely to support you if I did.

      I would like to ask what your thoughts are on cycling infrastructure in Edmonton. Would you say the current plan for expanding Edmonton's cycling infrastructure is sufficient? What other ideas might you have for improving cycling in Edmonton, and getting more Edmontonians to consider cycling more in place of driving?

      Thanks for your time.
      Strathcona City Separatist

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      • #4
        On Cycling

        I'm a big active and public transportation supporter.
        If we are to encourage people to move away from their cars we have to make other forms of travel not only more convenient but make them the priority when we build or renew communities. Next to an arterial road, not on the the road, but next to the road or one road over, there should always be a bicycle roadway. Not a lane, not a path but a roadway, that is just for bicycles. in the downtown this could start be 103 ave. from churchill all the way to 124 street.
        Is the present active transportation plan sufficient? No. Its a start, but more can be done and we, the new council, could actually fully fund it as well.

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        • #5
          Hi Mr. Kapitza

          I think I saw you at the Westmount Community Garden workshop earlier in the week. Good to see you out at community based events.

          I am very impressed with your platform, but I was hoping you could perhaps speak to or clarify one of your platform issues:

          Our taxes keep increasing because of the infrastructure costs connected with urban sprawl. By encouraging families to move into mature neighbourhoods we can maximize the use of our existing infrastructure and keep our taxes under control.
          Could you please share your thoughts how you think you and council could champion the cause and eventually achieve this considering the many challenges.

          Thanks and good luck.

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          • #6
            Yes it was me at the garden workshop
            I am attending as many events as possible. Should I be chosen as your councillor it is my commitment to the leagues to attend your league meetings and events whenever possible. This is the best way to stay in touch with residents.

            We can encourage families to move into mature neighbourhoods in three ways:

            Property tax reform. By taxing homeowners on infrastructure costs and not housing market rates people living in mature neigbhourhoods should see, in the short term, tax bills that do not increase as quickly or do not increase at all because homeowners are utilizing existing infrastructure. In the long run tax bills should come down as density increases. This makes living in a mature neighbourhood more affordable. Additionally, since land is now be taxed on infrastructure all the parking lots in boyle street become expensive to own, future profit that may generated by a land sale is eroded by higher taxation. This means the owners have to develop the land in order to make money. So we solve our run down neighbourhood problem by getting the land owners to do improvements for us.

            We also need to change our zoning bylaws so that any new developments in mature neighbourhoods include a percentage of family friendly units. Presently the condos that are being built are for single or dual income professionals with no children. Developers still expect families to move to the suburbs. This has been a big issue between the EFCL Planning and Development Committee & Board, Developers and the City Planning Department. From my point of view it really seems that developers run the show. That has to stop. There is an EFCL family friendly design workshop tomorrow at Queen Alex Community League from 9 am to 1pm. It will help the EPCL P&D committee finalize a position statement that will be adopted by the board and presented to council.

            Finally, council can stop approving the zoning of land for residential purposes at the city borders. This will force the developers to look into the city for places to develop/improve.

            A lot to say. More detail on the website as well. Thanks
            Last edited by Bryan Kapitza; 24-09-2010, 12:27 PM.

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            • #7
              Hi Bryan,

              Re: property tax reform, would that not be under the mandate of provincial legislation?
              “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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              • #8
                My first answer disappeared
                Here it is again
                Yes property tax regulations are in the Municipal Government Act
                There are a number of ways to proceed with reform
                The city can charge more for the land that is further from the core since infrastructure costs more to install. More up front, less the tax burden overall.
                The city has the power to levy special taxes to cover costs of improving infrastructure. This should be done to reflect the actual cost of fixing infrastructure. Since the density is less the further you move away from downtown your burden of the repair cost will be higher.
                Our property taxes are a combination of a number of assessments including the linear property assessment (roads, sewers, lights) which is provided by the province. The formula for calculating our property taxes is up to the city, hence, we can change the weighting of certain elements.
                Ultimately, the city needs to work with the province to move away from Market Value Assessments.
                Last edited by Bryan Kapitza; 24-09-2010, 04:15 PM.

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                • #9
                  Empowering Individuals

                  The role of Government is to provide the framework in which individuals express their freedoms and maximize their capabilities. Our civic solutions however have always been big project oriented. The Boyle Street Renaissance Project is an example.
                  Social agencies also have a role to play but by their nature they categorize individuals and provide a certain type of solution to address a certain type of distress.

                  City Council needs to move the solution down to the level of the individual. We need to create the framework that empowers individuals to self-determine their future and allow the community to build itself and determine its own way forward. That is, in brief, the philosophical rational behind my Micro-Financing idea (please visit www.communitiesfirst.ca for details). By getting individuals to invest in themselves, in their communities, a sense of ownership emerges that propels the individuals to invest more.

                  Similarly, solutions to crime are not to be found in continually funding requests for more police. The solution rests in people taking ownership of their communities. Particularly by getting the alienated and disenfranchised, i.e., those responsible for crime, to view themselves as part of the community, by welcoming them into the community as human beings. By organizing and running a neigbhbourhood watch program, or a community foot patrol, by erasing graffetti as it appears, by getting to know your neighbour, by employing people that live in your neighbourhood and building that sense of community many undesirable activities can be curtailed.

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                  • #10
                    As a Ward 6 resident, I'll ask you the same question as I asked Chris: should the decision to put the West LRT down Stony Plain Road be revisited by the new Council in favour of taking another look at the 87 Avenue route?

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                    • #11
                      Sorry can't be done
                      The corridor down stoney plain road is firm.
                      The only outstanding issue, and this may already be decided, is the alignment of the rail: either center or north side. center will probably win because the cars cross the tracks less often.
                      So why can't the decision be changed?
                      Resolution accepting the corridor passed by council. Contracts are attached to the resolution. Rules of order: cannot rescind resolutions that are encumbered by contracts.

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                      • #12
                        Media Release, Helping our Neighbours

                        October 1, 2010

                        Ward 6 Candidate Bryan Kapitza released his inner city social platform today.

                        “I am impressed by the social awareness of our inner city residents,” stated Mr. Kapitza. “We need to listen to what they have to say and act on the solutions that they have provided us.

                        “Transportation is a major issue. If you can’t afford to take the bus, you can’t go to job interviews or keep medical appointments. The ETS Donate-a-Ride program hasn’t been able to meet the existing transportation needs of the community. A simpler, more effective solution would be to provide inner city support agencies with ETS bus tickets that they could distribute to their clients as the need arises. The cost to the taxpayer would be minimal and the social benefit significant.

                        "Trying to keep yourself clean while living on the streets is a challenge. Many residents simply replace their dirty garments with new ones from organizations such as the Mustard Seed. The community has made a reasonable request that the city work with support agencies to provide a facility where people could go to wash up and do their laundry. It is an excellent idea; one that the city could quickly implement.

                        "Hunger within the boundaries of our city is a reality. The Food Bank and other groups do their best to meet the need, but often fail to satisfy demand. We all recognize that it is a human right for people to have access to food, but we haven’t committed ourselves to addressing this problem. We, the citizens of Edmonton, can certainly afford to support public benefit organizations, either through direct or indirect funding, to ensure that there is always a meal on the table for every citizen in need.

                        "But what really affected me was the courage that our fellow citizens had in facing stark realities. It is time that we take on a major challenge and provide a much needed service. Safe injection sites are needed in Edmonton. By establishing such locations, in cooperation support agencies, we address a serious public health issue, protect users and remove needles from our streets and parks."

                        approved by the committee to elect Bryan Kapitza
                        contact 780-450-8539
                        www.communitiesfirst.ca

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bryan Kapitza View Post
                          Sorry can't be done
                          The corridor down stoney plain road is firm.
                          The only outstanding issue, and this may already be decided, is the alignment of the rail: either center or north side. center will probably win because the cars cross the tracks less often.
                          So why can't the decision be changed?
                          Resolution accepting the corridor passed by council. Contracts are attached to the resolution. Rules of order: cannot rescind resolutions that are encumbered by contracts.
                          I'm not impressed by this answer. West LRT is still at the concept planning phase. There is no funding (or contracts) in place to even proceed to the preliminary engineering phase, let alone detailed engineering or construction.

                          If you support 156Street/Stony Plain Road for West LRT that's fine (we'll agree to disagree), but why try to mislead Ward 6 voters into thinking it's too late for the new Council to reconsider this route?

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                          • #14
                            Sorry you don't like the answer
                            I work with the information I have
                            not trying to mislead anyone
                            last time i spoke with the administration this is what i was told

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bryan Kapitza View Post
                              Sorry you don't like the answer
                              I work with the information I have
                              not trying to mislead anyone
                              last time i spoke with the administration this is what i was told
                              I'm assuming the City will honor whatever remaining contractual obligations it has to the consultants involved with the concept planning phase of West LRT. Beyond this, what contractual encumbrances would preclude the new City Council from reconsidering the West LRT route?

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