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In 2014 Chris Zmuda opened his “TASTE OF EUROPE” DELI on Douglas Street in Victoria. The Deli was a success.
With three employees, Chris happily served lunches from Polish recipes he acquired from his home country, and he built a loyal group of customers, eager to feast on kapusta soup and handmade pierogies.
Then, at the end of 2014 a new City Council was elected with Mayor Lisa Helps.
Last year (2017) the Deli was turned into a “cannabis sandwich” – stuck between one illegal marijuana store on right side and other one with license on the left side. They were only separated by 20 meters, even though Victoria By-laws require 400 meters. One of them harassed the Deli and it’s customers.
It didn’t take long before Chris noticed a dramatic change in business. “My customers didn’t like it at all. Customers stopped coming because they smelled marijuana drifting into my shop, and loud music from Terp City interrupted both my customers and my employees. My business went into the toilet!”, said Chris.
Zmuda called the police, and he made his complaint many times to the Victoria City Council and Mayor Lisa Helps. But no help from HELPS and the City leadership.
The City management have failed to enforce the federal laws and the City By-laws that should protect the Victoria business community and people who live and work in Victoria from harassment and illegal operations.
So, Chris Zmuda was forced to move to a different location on Yates Street. “I spent my life savings to invest in providing Victorian s a unique kind of flood, and I worked hard to establish my business”, he said. “Now I am broke.”
Zmuda is not alone among downtown businesses and residents when it comes to the impacts of numerous marijuana dispensaries. According to the City, 42 rezoning applications have been submitted, but some of those are for new operations. So far, the Victoria Council has approved 13 applications, but there are 29 more who continue ignore the rules and operate illegally, and they pay no taxes or fines.
Many of the current shops contain enough cannabis to put the neighbouring businesses at risk. Who knows what will happen if Mayor Lisa Helps and her City Council continue their policy of not enforcing their own By-laws.
That is why CHRIS ZMUDA decided to run against the administration of Lisa Helps. He wants to save our great city of Victoria from more disasters like this.
LISA HELPS AND HER COUNCIL HAVE CAUSED A LOT OF PROBLEMS AROUND THE CITY. CHRIS ZMUDA DECIDED WANTS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT THE LISA HELPS ADMINISTRASTION CREATED DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS.
YOU ARE TAXPAYERS AND IF ELECTED, YOU CAN TELL ME WHAT TO DO AND I WILL LISTEN YOU, RESPECT YOU AND WORK WITH YOU TO SOLVE ALL PROBLEMS
Double crime, double rents commercial/residential, more deaths from overdose, more homeless people, more traffic, more pollution, less parking.
I am running for Mayor because I want to lead Victoria onto a new path of Common Sense Actions as a last few years everything is done without common sense and without consultation with residents
First, use a referendum of residents to decide the future of the statue, scrap the illegal pot shops, and decide whether to keep the bike lanes; fix homelessness in the city by engaging federal/provincial funding for homeless shelters and build government housings, investigate the cost of the Johnson Street bridge project.
Then, solve congestion in the city with more parking spaces, build more parkades, create express commuter bus system from west, just renovate Crystal Pool.
Renoviction City Hall: Freeze those big salaries, change the CRD plan with sewage, protect tenants from landlords with new Bylaw, make Victoria safe with police presence on the streets; promote Centennial Square as an attractive center for diverse culture in our City.
PLEASE CHOOSE THE RIGHT CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL. THIS TIME BE CAREFUL TO AVOID REPEATED MISTAKES AGAIN. THE CURRENT COUNCIL SHOULD BE FIRED.
CANDIDATES WITHOUT SKILLS FOR CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ELIMININATED. SOME OF NEW CANDIDATES APPLIED JUST FOR THE PAYCHECK. PLEASE USE YOU VOTE TO CHOOSE SOMEONE HONEST WITH BUSINESS EXPERIENCE – SOMEONE WHO IS NOT COMPROMISED BY ANY PARTY OR ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATION. THESE ARE THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO WILL WORK ONLY FOR YOU AND MAKE OUR LIVES AFFORDABLE AND ENJOYABLE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, SUGGESTIONS OR ADVICE, PLEASE VISIT ME AS YOU CAN ALWAYS TALK TO ME IN PERSON AT 735 YATES ST.
"TASTE OF EUROPE" DELI,
CHRIS ZMUDA, OWNER
CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR
I AM NOT ASKING FOR ANY DONATIONS. I AM NOT LIKE OTHER CANDIDATES WHO ARE BEGGING FOR MONEY AND COVERING OUR CITY WITH BIG SIGNS.
INSTEAD, I ONLY ASK MY SUPPORTERS TO SPREAD MY PLATFORM ACROSS THE CITY. USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO INFORM ALL VICTORIANS TO ATTRACT THEIR INTEREST AND UNDERSTANDING.
VOTE THIS TIME AND BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE CHANGES IN OUR CITY.
STOP THIS NON-COMMON SENSE PROJECT FOR LISA HELPS. STOP WASTING YOUR TAX MONEY. INSTEAD, FIX THE POTHOLES. WE WANT TO MAKE OUR STREETS FRIENDLY TO BOTH CARS AND BIKES USING COMMON SENSE and EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE.
ENFORCE THE FEDERAL LAW ON CANNABIS AFTER OCTOBER 17TH. WE WANT ALL ILLEGAL CANNABIS OPERATIONS WILL BE ELIMNATED FROM VICTORIA STEETS. THEY ARE NOT AN ATTRACTION IN OUR CITY. NO “CANNABIS LAS VEGAS” IN VICTORIA ANYMORE!
THE HELPS ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE TO COLLECT IN THE CITY. WE WANT A NEW BY-LAW TO BAN TENTS AND OVERNIGHT CAMPING IN VICTORIA. SECONDLY A COMMON SHELTER IS NEEDED TO ACCOMMODATE HOMELESS PEOPLE YEAR ROUND. THIS IS A CANADIAN AND PROVINCIAL PROBLEM, SO WE WANT THEIR FUNDING, AND VICTORIA WILL DO THE WORK!
REDUCE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE CITY. WE WANT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR A 15-MINUTE, EXPRESS COMMUTER BUS SYSTEM FROM LANGFORD.
LISA HELPS’ ADMINISTRATION CUT PARKING SPACE. BUT WE WANT MORE -- STREET PARKING, AND NEW PARKADES. SCRAP LISA HELPS’ 20-MINUTE SPACES AND SHORT-TERM LIMITS. LET ALL DRIVERS DECIDE HOW LONG THEY WANT TO PARK!
UNDER LISA HELPS’ ADMINISTRATION CRIME RATES HAVE DOUBLED. WE WANT OUR CITY TO BE SAFE AGAIN FOR EVERYONE. WE WANT OUR VICTORIA POLICE TO BE VISIBLE EVERYWHERE AND ANYTIME SO THAT THEY CAN “SERVE AND PROTECT” EVERYONE AGAIN.
WE WANT TO MAKE CENTENNIAL SQUARE COME ALIVE WITH ETHNIC GROUPS PRESENTING TO ALL VICTORIANS. A SUMMER PROGRAM OF “THE TASTE OF VICTORIA” WILL ATTRACT VISITORS FROM THE MAINLAND, FROM THE US AND AROUND THE WORLD.
THE VICTORIA CITY PAYROLL HAVE BEEN THE HIGHEST IN THE REGION. SEVERAL STAFF MAKE MORE THAN $200,000. MOREOVER, WHY DO SOME CONSULTANTS TO THE CITY RECEIVE MORE MONEY THAN THE MAYOR?!
DO YOU KNOW WHO IS MAKING $300,000 PER YEAR? WELL, WE WANT THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO PUBLISH THEIR PERSONNEL COSTS. WE WANT TO CAP THOSE BIG SALARIES!
RENOVATION WILL COST 1/3 LESS THAN BUILDING A REPLACEMENT, AND IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR 20 YEARS MORE. WHILE LISA HELPS’ ADMINISTRATION ARE TALKING, WE WANT ACTION ON A RENOVATION THAT WILL ALLOW US TO ENJOY THE POOL AGAIN. STOP THE APPROVAL OF $70 MILLION OF YOUR TAX MONEY, AND DO THE RIGHT THING: RENOVATE!
VICTORIA NEEDS A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLAN, NOT A SEWAGE FACILITY. THIS IS A CRD PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS VICTORIA CITY. SO, WE NEED TO REPLACE THER CRD DIRECTORS WITH SKILLED PEOPLE WHO ARE TECHNICALLY QUALIFIED.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BRIDGE-BUILDING UNDER THE LISA HELPS’ ADMINSTRATION? WE WANTED TO PAY CANADIANS FOR CONSTRUCTION, NOT CHINESE SHIPYARDS. WE WANT TO KNOW WHO TOOK THE EXTRA $42M OF TAXPAYER MONEY.
TO HELP IMPROVE STANDARD OF LIVING LOW INCOME RESIDENTS VICTORIA NEEDS TO BUILD A COMPLEX WITH FREE DAYCARE ON THE FIRST FLOOR. THAT WILL HELP MOTHERS GO TO WORK, PAY THE RENT, AND GET OFF OF WELFARE
LANDLORDS NEED TO BE DISCOURAGED FROM LEASING PROPERTIES FOR ILLEGAL OPERATIONS OR FROM MISTREATING TENANTS, ESPECIALLY THE DISABLED OR THOSE ON WELFARE. VICTORIA NEEDS A NEW BY-LAW TO STOP THESE OUTLAWS.
DO YOU THINK THAT MORE SIGNS MEANS MORE CHANCES TO WIN? GOOD VOTERS DON'T THINK THAT WAY. CONSIDER ALL CANDIDATES AND CHOOSE ONE FOR NEXT 4 YEARS THAT IS THE BEST FOR YOU.
DON'T LET THE MEDIA MANIPULATE YOUR FINAL DECISION. VOTE YOUR OWN CHOICE.
Consultant (lobbyist) ?
Professional Speaker ?
Poverty avowed monk?
Sociology professor ?
Manual Therapist ?
Physics Laboratory Instructor ?
Businessman — small business owner?
If ELECTED I WILL REMOVE ALL OF CORRUPTIONS IF ANY IN OUR CITY HALL TO BRING BACK THE REPUTATIONS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TO GAIN THE TRUST OF VICTORIA'S RESIDENTS.
MANY VICTORIANS BELIEVE THERE IS CORRUPTIONS IN OUR CITY HALL.
HOW ABOUT THAT?
I WILL ENSURE STAFF HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF VICTORIA'S BY-LAWS AND ENFORCE THEM.
I WILL ENSURE HR STAFF ARE INDEPENDENT FROM ANY INFLUENCES OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL.
IF ELECTED, CHRIS SAID HE WILL SPEND HIS FIRST MONTHLY SALARY TO INVITE VICTORIANS FOR PIEROGIES PARTY AT CENTENNIAL SQUARE TO CELEBRATE "PIEROGIES DAY" IN VICTORIA.
IF LISA HELPS ELECTED AGAIN, CHRIS ZMUDA SAID HE WILL CONSIDER TO MOVE HIS BUSINESS OUT FROM VICTORIA.
IF CHRIS ZMUDA ELECTED, HE WILL HAVE A PUBLIC REFERENDUM WITH VICTORIANS ABOUT STATUE
I WAS INVITED TO THEIR STUDIO ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 AT 5:30PM AS A CANDIDATE AND I WAS ON THE AIR FOR 10 MINUTES INTRODUCED AS A "CANNABIS SANDWICH" CONSEQUENCES OF LISA HELPS AND COUNCIL NEGLIGENCE ON THE JOB.
SO, C-FAX KNOWS WHO I AM AS WELL MY FIRST AND LAST NAME.
ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 ON THE WAY HOME I WAS LISTENING TO THE NEWS AT 7PM ABOUT CANDIDATES WHO RUN FOR MAYOR BUT THEY DIDN'T MENTION MY NAME AS A CANDIDATE?
THEY JUST TALKED ABOUT THE TOP 3 CANDIDATES ONLY FOR SOME REASONS.
I BELIEVE C-FAX BROKE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS BY NOT MENTIONING THE NAMES OF ALL CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR.
SO, DON'T BE FOOLISH BY C-FAX WHO CAN BE POTENTIAL CANDIDATE TO VOTE FOR IT, BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE VICTORIA'S VOTER HAS RIGHTS TO KNOW OF ALL CANDIDATES NAMES, THEIR PLATFORMS TO DECIDE ON THEIR OWN WHO CAN BE BEST FIT FOR THEM ON OCTOBER 20, 2018.
C-FAX IS UNFAIR TO USE SOMEONE'S INFLUENCES TO NOT PROMOTE ALL CANDIDATES BUT ONLY FEW THEY THINK AND THEY CHOOSE.
SO, FOR THAT REASON I STOPPED TRUST AND LISTEN THIS STATION AND RECOMMEND TO ALL OF YOU TO BE AN INDEPENDENT FROM C-FAX INFLUENCE.
I DID SEND EMAIL TO C-FAX TO COMPLIANT ABOUT IT BUT C-FAX IGNORED ME TO ANSWER.
SO, BE CAREFUL ABOUT MEDIA AND USE FACEBOOK AND WORD OF THE MOUTH TO SPREAD MY MESSAGE ACROSS VICTORIA REGARDLESS SOME BAD PEOPLE TRY IGNORE OUR DEMOCRATIC AND FREE WILL PROCEDURES TO KNOW ALL CANDIDATES PLATFORMS.
WHY ILLEGAL CANNABIS OPERATION WITHOUT LICENCE POSTING HIS SIGN?
WHAT WAS PROMISED TO GET THEIR VOTES?
BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU CONSIDER THIS CANDIDATE.
DO WE HAVE A RIGHT TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS?