Richmond city councillor Kelly Greene will step down after today’s general purposes committee meeting.
Today marks Greene’s last day on city council
Published 2:50 PST, Mon November 16, 2020
This afternoon’s general purposes committee meeting will be Coun. Kelly Greene’s last before she steps down to assume her role as the MLA-elect for Richmond-Steveston.
“I wanted to transition out before I was sworn in as MLA,” Greene says. “My preference is that I do whatever I’m doing to the best of my ability, and I don’t want to be in a position where I have to choose how well I’m doing my job.”
There’s no rule preventing MLAs from also serving as city councillors. But Greene wants to focus on just one role, and wanted to be at today’s committee meeting to get her last two referrals in. The first is an evaluation of sidewalk width standards, making them more accessible for people who use wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers. Her second referral aims to incorporate the UN sustainable development goals into the city’s annual report. She says adopting these reporting standards would help to communicate sustainable civic efforts to residents.
Greene has served as a city councillor since 2018, after previously seeking the MLA seat in Richmond-Steveston in 2017 but finishing second to incumbent John Yap.
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