Joel Solomon backs five candidates for Vision park board nominations
The man said to be behind Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson’s spectacular rise to power has a list of who he wants to become the city’s next park board commissioners.
Joel Solomon has five in mind.
Although Vision Vancouver has only four remaining slots, Solomon is endorsing Graham Anderson, Naveen Girn, Brent Granby, Trish Kelly, and Coree Tull.
Curiously, Solomon’s choices don’t exactly match with the so-called “New Voices, One Vision” slate.
Word in the grapevine is that the Vision backroom has picked this slate composed of Girn, Kelly, Tull, and Sammie Jo Rumbaua as its preferred combination.
A check of Rumbaua’s website shows that she has not been endorsed by Solomon.
According to North Vancouver-based researcher Vivian Krause, Robertson was supported by $520,000 from groups linked to Solomon over a period of six years.
Granby was a former park board candidate with the Coalition of Progressive Electors. He switched over to Vision last year.
When asked about Solomon’s endorsement of his bid for a Vision nomination, Granby told the Straight by phone that it’s an “important” one.
“Joel represents a particular point of view in Vancouver around sustainability and financing, and trying to look to new technologies, particularly renewable energies and investing in those,” Granby said.
According to Granby, his active social media engagement may have gotten the attention of Solomon.
“Part of the solution around climate change is gonna be a lot of dialogue in terms of building a consensus on what the solutions are going to be,” Granby said.
He dismissed the suggestion that Girn, Kelly, Rumbaua, and Tull are Vision backroom’s pick.
“I haven’t got the impression that anybody has their finger on the scale for that slate,” Granby said. “So I think it’s really...down to the membership and how people worked hard during the sign-ups.”
Rumbaua didn’t grant the Straight an interview.
Vision’s candidates for park board and school board will be announced on Sunday (June 22).