CANDIDATE: John Herbert

Candidate for Oak Bay council in the election of Nov. 19, 2011

John Herbert

John Herbert

John Herbert

Age: (did not respond)

Occupation: Retired chartered accountant

Family status: Married to Ann with three adult children and three grandchildren.

Political experience: Served on Oak Bay Board of Variance for 12 years and on Council since 1999

Lived in the community: 40-plus years

What is your single biggest issue this election?

We need to protect what we have already achieved in Oak Bay during these difficult economic times. Pressures for increased density and proposals for regional mega projects present a challenge. This includes maintaining our physical assets, our infrastructure, our unique character and affordable taxes.

How do you hope to solve it?

We need to maintain our tight financial controls and look for efficiencies in all areas. We also need to find a way for residents to have input into regional decisions given that 50 per cent of the taxes we levy are for other agencies over which we have little control.

What has council done well this term?

We have upgraded and improved both our recreation facilities and programs for residents of all ages.  New recreation equipment has been installed, new programs introduced and energy efficiency changes made that will result in significant savings.

What would you do on council to improve it?

A committee I chair is working on an Active Transportation Strategy for Oak Bay. This plan will encompass proposals for all forms of human powered transportation.  We have now received a consultant’s report containing proposals and are working with staff to cost and prioritize where to begin.