Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the resounding election victory that gave David Miller his second term as mayor.
During the 2006 campaign, Miller’s critics charged that his first term was lacklustre, devoid of major policy directions or accomplishments, and that he didn’t deserve a second shot. When it comes to politics, that’s the nature of the beast.
Miller set out to prove them wrong, blazing the trail for a host of new ideas: a user-pay system for garbage pickup; an ambitious blueprint to fight climate change; Transit City, a huge streetcar network.
But the months-long battle over new taxes and the need to contain costs, both stemming from a looming budget shortfall, brought city hall to a virtual standstill over the summer.
Miller hasn’t announced any major new initiatives since the land transfer tax and vehicle registration fee were passed in October.
Miller’s handlers say the mayor’s office is compiling a year-end assessment of promises made and what’s been accomplished.
In the meantime, the Star selected some key issues to create its own progress checklist.