"Wood said she hopes the developer will scale back the project and even wonders if the approval was affected in any way by the fact Ballenas donated $3,000 to Wright's re-election campaign.
Wright was quick with a response: "That's a very fair question. Absolutely not. There is no connection between any donations given to me and development in the city."
Originally Posted by NewWester
Incidently, there was a rather vocal (if ineffective) local uproar caused by council approving this building. Pretty staunch local opposition founded on a slew of pretty silly reasons to disguise the fact it was mostly about view blocking. The vote was evenly split among council and the mayor carried the tie breaker. It was pointed out that the developer for this project is one of the mayor's main contributors and that it was felt by some (the neighbour's with affected views) that he should have recused himself.
That said, the incumbent mayor and council won landslide victories so....