Tuesday, June 19, 2018
How the Surrey LRT is tied to the SMH parking lot fraud
In 2016, Business Vancouver reported that "Larry Fisher, president of the Surrey-based development company Lark Group and a member of the recently formed Light Rail Links community coalition, said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner is committed to finding the cash to fund the remaining costs of the project." Larry Fisher, Lark Group, LRT - things that make ya go hmmm...
Jun 18, 2014 CBC reported that New $30M parkade for Surrey Memorial Hospital draws criticism. "Fraser Health is being criticized for spending $30 million of taxpayers' money to add just 300 parking spaces at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Construction is already underway on the new underground parking garage next to the new Surrey Memorial Hospital, which itself is costing $500 million. Fraser Health tore down a 425-space, three-storey parkade to to build a four-storey parkade in the exact same spot. Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation questioned that decision." No kidding.
I reported on the absurdity April 27, 2014. They tore down a new parking lot only to build another parking lot on the exact same spot. That was a gross misappropriation of tax dollars. When I reported it people at the time said, that can't be right. I said yes it is. My kids were born at Surrey Memorial. I saw it myself and posted before and after pictures. CBC's article confirmed it.
Today I was going through some old memory cards and found some more pictures I took of the construction site at the time. Guess who got the contract? Lark Group. I kid you not.
Surrey First has been Surrey's Worst for fiscal responsibility. We need to pull the plug on Provincial funding for the ballooning costs of the Surrey LRT until the Civic election is over. Linda Hepner and her Fail army is trying to cram through another Site C Dam. If they start construction on it, knowing residents and businesses don't want it, after the election they'll just say well they have starting it we might as well finish it, Not. Spending money on creating an infrastructure nightmare is not worth it no matter what the cost. People who drive cars prefer Skytrain because Skytrakin does not impede traffic. Hey Ho, Linda Hepner's gotta go.