South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

#AskWatts - an online community forum July 25, 2012

Mayor Watts recently wrapped up a series of town hall meetings with a live-streamed online meeting July 25.

Here's the City of Surrey's page "Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts". It sums up the process and links to the video of the event. Questions were submitted before and during the 1-hour broadcast during a Wednesday afternoon via email, Twitter (using the #askwatts hashtag) and Facebook.

Media love anything social media. The event made the front page of the Surrey Now. Their story "Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts catches live stream bug" compiled a few statistics:

"All told, she received 15 questions via email. Fourty-four questions were submitted via Twitter during the hour (noon to 1 p.m.) and by Facebook, 14 questions were submitted during the show, 12 before, and two after it was over."

You have to applaud the effort. Regular town hall meetings are a great way to allow citizens to feel involved and let off a little steam, but aren't particularly efficient. They can also be over run by obnoxious talkative people with agendas to push. Well, I guess you can't avoid that no matter the medium, but the online advantage is its accessibility. It's easy to send an email (or tweet) about something bugging you; it's hard to stand up in a room of people and try not to stutter your way into embarrassment. The asynchronous nature of the medium also gives time for organizers to collect similar questions or themes together.

Langley recently did something similar on April 4, 2012, but only on Twitter (no video), using #asklangley. Here's my (brief) coverage. The City of Langley Mayor, the Township of Langley Mayor and the MLA were all responding to questions live for half an hour.

 

A few weaknesses of the process:

  • An hour is hardly enough to answer 85 (or so) questions. Presumably questions were redirected to City staff that could respond directly.
  • I notice today (August 5) there hasn't been any tweets using #askwatts for a week (at least by this search). People do send questions directly to Mayor Watts' twitter account though, and presumably emails are also going through.
  • And, minor detail, the video wouldn't work on my system because of whatever technology they're using. Standards would be nice. Of course, if I hadn't been using Linux or had the time to find the plug-in it wouldn't be an issue.

 

Going forward...

The City has plans to do more of these, at least twice a year.

People like that sense of connectedness. Why does it have to be set to a semi-annual or quarterly event? I can picture a weekly or monthly 15- or 30-minute video where Mayor Watts answers a question or two that comes through the various channels, perhaps with the Q and A posted as a regular feature on the City's website. The PR people would love it!

 

The tweeted questions

Here are the tweets that were sent using #askwatts, in reverse chronological order. You'll notice it's difficult to frame a good question that makes sense in 140 characters! Also, there seem to be more comments than questions.

 

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:27pm via web
@nickbackovic "What you rob, you spend, and what you spend goes back to the people. So, where's the robbery?" #AskWatts 2/2

nickbackovic Jul 25, 10:19pm via web
@jaywattsiii#AskWatts should therefore be #SeekValidationfromWatts

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:18pm via web
@samadino @civicsurrey This Watts favours a "no strings attached" approach and also I oppose any development #AskWatts

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:17pm via web
@nickbackovic The public are fickle, but I can tell that behind the statements the question "Does he like me?" lingers #AskWatts

nickbackovic Jul 25, 10:15pm via web
#jaywattsiii 9 out of 10 tweets using #askwatts hashtag aren't even questions.

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:13pm via web
Plan to crush downtown not part of this Watts' agenda RT @CityofSurrey Growth Planning: the goal is densifying our town core #AskWatts

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:08pm via web
@CityofSurrey Surrey in the 21st century will be part Logan's Run, part Wild In The Streets #AskWatts

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:06pm via web
@SurreySkyTrain The people want subways. SUBWAYS SUBWAYS SUBWAYS - from Crescent Beach to Whalley #AskWatts

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:05pm via web
@ReNewtonNation Whalley is a very diverse area, it has its problems. Collaborative public private initiatives will assist S Newton #AskWatts

jaywattsiii Jul 25, 10:02pm via web
Sad to find out that the #AskWatts hashtag was not directed at me, but I figure I can help, so I'll respond to some choice ones #AskWatts

situpvancouver Jul 25, 6:32pm via Twittelator Neue
RT @CityofSurrey Cycling Plan: there are areas where bike share is viable #askwatts

Codster13 Jul 25, 6:31pm via Twitter for iPad
@jeannine_marie my pleasure! It has been boggling my mind for a while. However, i never noticed if she answered.....? #askwatts

nathangriffiths Jul 25, 5:38pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

BPGuildford Jul 25, 5:30pm via HootSuite
RT @hummingbird604: FYI @CityofSurrey is hosting "Talk Surrey" with @MayorWatts today from 12-1pm. Use #askwatts to submit your question....

FairTollsforBC Jul 25, 5:21pm via web
RT @LiveInSurrey: @CityofSurrey#AskWatts how to resolve Port Mann bridge tolling " discrimination" impost on her residences?

FatimaBeatty Jul 25, 5:14pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

centre4childCEO Jul 25, 4:41pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

SweetBrosia Jul 25, 4:27pm via Echofon
@LangleyTownship @CityofLangley mayor Watt's of Surey does an #askWatts twitter chat, does Langley's mayors? #Langley

CenturyThinking Jul 25, 3:55pm via web
RT @Surrey604com @CityofSurrey Talk Surrey w/ Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

Surrey604com Jul 25, 3:52pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

DamanBeatty Jul 25, 3:52pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 3:26pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

SouthSurreyBuzz Jul 25, 3:22pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 3:18pm via HootSuite
Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts – video is now available in our library: ow.ly/cvbPc#askwatts#surreybc

DellLanes Jul 25, 3:16pm via HootSuite
RT @TourismSurrey: Did you know? RT @CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

BPGuildford Jul 25, 3:16pm via HootSuite
RT @GuildfordAqua: @CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

BTArchitects Jul 25, 2:58pm via HootSuite
RT @TourismSurrey: Did you know? RT @CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

GuildfordAqua Jul 25, 2:58pm via HootSuite
@CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

TourismSurrey Jul 25, 2:51pm via HootSuite
Did you know? RT @CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

the604critic Jul 25, 2:18pm via Twitterrific
@CityofSurrey whats with all the shitty roads all over #surrey? Pothole central should be the new name #askwatts

hummingbird604 Jul 25, 2:02pm via Buffer
FYI @CityofSurrey is hosting "Talk Surrey" with @MayorWatts today from 12-1pm. Use #askwatts to submit your question. #surreybc

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 1:53pm via Twitter for Android
RT @daka_x: @CityofSurrey#AskWatts you have no technical case for LRT. Where is it? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre…

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 1:53pm via Twitter for Android
RT @daka_x: skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/13/pre… @CityofSurrey#AskWatts why LRT when it fails to meet #SurreyBC citizen needs

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 1:53pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Growth Planning Strategy: the goal is densifying our town core. #askwatts

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 1:52pm via Twitter for Android
RT @daka_x: @paulhillsdon @MayorWatts Overdue Newton revitalization plan should be done before any NCPs! #AskWatts#SmartGrowth @ReNewtonNation

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 1:26pm via web
Correction #askwatts @CityofSurrey Public Market didn't close because of location-Owner drove tenants out. Location is ideal.

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 1:22pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: The video will be available later today at surrey.ca #askwatts

samadino Jul 25, 1:21pm via Twitter for iPhone
RT @AspiringMedia: #askwatts @MayorWatts how are you going to clean Whalley up when the new towers are letting drug dealers and hookers etc live in them?

airtypat Jul 25, 1:10pm via web
Just heard Mayor Watts talk about supporting at-risk youth in #Surrey in her #askwatts interview...Well done! #Iheartmymayor

MileagePhoto Jul 25, 1:10pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: On LRT: Translink is undertaking the study but we are doing our own which will completed in September #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 1:09pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: The video will be available later today at surrey.ca #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 1:04pm via HootSuite
The video will be available later today at surrey.ca #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 1:04pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: We're done! Thanks for submitting your questions. We will do our best to follow up w/ questions unanswered #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 1:03pm via HootSuite
We're done! Thanks for submitting your questions. We will do our best to follow up w/ questions unanswered #askwatts

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 1:02pm via web
@CityofSurrey I didn't hear an answer to my question about multiple suites... :( #surreybc#askwatts

goody_ear Jul 25, 1:01pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Volunteer in Surrey: our committee advisory is available online #askwatts

KennethSouder Jul 25, 1:01pm via web
Thanks for the Q&A session! @MayorWatts#askwatts

AspiringMedia Jul 25, 1:00pm via Twitter for iPhone
#askwatts @MayorWatts how are you going to clean Whalley up when the new towers are letting drug dealers and hookers etc live in them?

cncsanderson Jul 25, 12:59pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:59pm via HootSuite
Planned Community Court: it is not replicating community courts, we have different demographic, different needs... #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:59pm via web
RT @ReNewtonNation: #askwatts Please address the decline of south Newton area- what is city willing to do to stop trend toward Newton becoming new Whalley

JagVirk1 Jul 25, 12:59pm via web
#askwatts Will you be stopping developers from developing such small lots in new sub-divisions. We need bigger lots!

daka_x Jul 25, 12:58pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

daka_x Jul 25, 12:58pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: @MayorWatts ways we will continue doing this #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:58pm via HootSuite
We have the most kids per capita than any other City #askwatts#surreyBC

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:57pm via HootSuite
@MayorWatts ways we will continue doing this #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:55pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Urban Densification: depending on property locations. #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:55pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: @MayorWatts will be responding questions until 1PM #askwatts

TTARGETT Jul 25, 12:55pm via web
Mayor Watts...what is the priority for supporting at-risk youth in #Surrey? #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:55pm via HootSuite
@MayorWatts will be responding questions until 1PM #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:53pm via HootSuite
Cycling Plan: there's areas where bike share is viable #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:52pm via HootSuite
Urban Densification: depending on property locations. #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:52pm via Twitter for Android
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts Then why isn't it happening? Why has work on the Newton revitalization plan stopped? & no Guildford plan

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:51pm via HootSuite
Tech Industry: we have a lot of tech industry in the city but we want to grow that sector #askwatts

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:51pm via web
#askwatts On a lighter note, Is Mayor Watts going to run again or is Barinder Rasode being groomed for the position:) BR is everywhere! :))

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:50pm via HootSuite
Favourite Public Art: 20th Avenue - First Nation Art #askwatts

KennethSouder Jul 25, 12:49pm via web
#askwatts Does the city have a plan to attract the tech industry?

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:49pm via HootSuite
We have to pay attention to our downtown but each of our town centre as well to create connection with one another #askwatts

Interbenchion Jul 25, 12:49pm via Twitter for iPhone
@CityofSurrey#askwatts Whats your personal favourite public art piece in Surrey? How is the city promoting more cool public spaces?

daka_x Jul 25, 12:48pm via Twitter for Android
@paulhillsdon @MayorWatts Overdue Newton revitalization plan should be done before any NCPs! #AskWatts#SmartGrowth @ReNewtonNation

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:46pm via HootSuite
Food carts: we have no problem with food carts, we just need to make sure we have a plan to allocate them #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:45pm via HootSuite
Small businesses resources: we have an economic development office with all the information that will help get stablish #askwatts

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:45pm via web
#askwatts Please address the decline of south Newton area- what is city willing to do to stop trend toward Newton becoming new Whalley

LKStromberg Jul 25, 12:43pm via web
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts Can developers assume that RA zoning will be readily changed to accomodate densification? How can it be stopped?

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:42pm via HootSuite
Want to read more on @MayorWatts answers? Join us in Facebook: ow.ly/cuYkW#askwatts

tinachahal Jul 25, 12:42pm via HootSuite
RT @Miss604: Talk Surrey #SurreyBC - Live Twitter town hall with @MayorWatts today 12-1pm use tag #AskWatts to participate.

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:41pm via HootSuite
Performing Arts Centre proposal: there's been some public consultation and we are looking at partners to participate and fund #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:40pm via HootSuite
If you missed any of the Town Hall meetings, this is your chance to ask @MayorWatts using #AskWatts & watch live: ow.ly/ctqkg

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:40pm via HootSuite
Volunteer in Surrey: our committee advisory is available online #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:40pm via Twitter for Android
RT @SurreySkyTrain: Separate #SurreyBC lead LRT study in the works according to #AskWatts

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 12:39pm via Twitter for Android
Separate #SurreyBC lead LRT study in the works according to #AskWatts

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 12:39pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: On LRT: Translink is undertaking the study but we are doing our own which will completed in September #askwatts

samadino Jul 25, 12:38pm via web
RT @ReNewtonNation: #askwatts Public market went broke because of difficult owner/ management - NOT location! The original was VERY successful!

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 12:38pm via web
@CityofSurrey#askwatts Will the council stop approving coach homes when homes have basements and provide a driveway for newly built homes?

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:38pm via web
#askwatts Public market went broke because of difficult owner/ management - NOT location! The original was VERY successful!

ASenko Jul 25, 12:37pm via web
@CityofSurrey#askwatts Are there any plans in motion for the Surrey Public Market location?

daka_x Jul 25, 12:37pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: On LRT: Translink is undertaking the study but we are doing our own which will completed in September #askwatts

HeatherDBooth Jul 25, 12:37pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Lanes on Pattulo bridge: trucks should be forced to use one lane. It is dangerous. #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:36pm via HootSuite
Newton Farmers Market: that was not the location for farmer's market. Farmers market are very successful in town centres #askwatts

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 12:36pm via web
@CityofSurrey#askwatts Can we allot one parking spot in front of each owners home for the homeowner in East Clayton?

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 12:35pm via web
@CityofSurrey#askwatts What is being done to get rid of multiple suites in East Clayton? Despite numerous complaints nothing thus far

shaguftapasta Jul 25, 12:34pm via web
I just finished my Masters of Science in Planning at U of T. Are there ways to get involved/volunteer in social policy here? #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:33pm via HootSuite
Casinos in Surrey: it is not the City who undertakes the process. It is not just a casino, it is a conference space, hotel... #askwatts

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 12:33pm via web
#askwatts What will be done to get rid of the multiple suites in East Clayton? Nothing is being done despite many complaints.

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:32pm via HootSuite
Lanes on Pattulo bridge: trucks should be forced to use one lane. It is dangerous. #askwatts

LKStromberg Jul 25, 12:31pm via web
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts As a participant in the pilot for the new waste system - it's great! Thank you, I'm glad it's rolling out.

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:30pm via HootSuite
Accomplishments: what I am most proud is the community spirit #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:30pm via HootSuite
We want to reduce our waste significantly #askwatts

ASenko Jul 25, 12:30pm via web
@CityofSurrey#askwatts What can be done to reduce the number of large trucks taking over two lanes on the Pattulo bridge?

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:29pm via HootSuite
Empty lots: those are owned privately and we as a city cannot give permission #askwatts

KennethSouder Jul 25, 12:28pm via web
#AskWatts Won't an expanded Pattullo bridge exacerbate the problem of congestion through the city centre?

NOTHINbutJAZZ Jul 25, 12:28pm via twicca

@CityofSurrey#askWatts old Surrey market property. 64th and KGH .long term plan there?

ASenko Jul 25, 12:27pm via web
#askwatts @CityofSurrey What can be done to reduce the number of large trucks taking over two lanes on the Pattulo bridge?

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:25pm via HootSuite
On LRT: Translink is undertaking the study but we are doing our own which will completed in September #askwatts

samadino Jul 25, 12:24pm via web
RT @ReNewtonNation: #askwatts @TaraFoslien Is there actual plan in place to start LRT?

daka_x Jul 25, 12:23pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Growth Planning Strategy: the goal is densifying our town core. #askwatts

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:23pm via web
#askwatts Please give update on Festival Street- (Newton downtown)

Codster13 Jul 25, 12:22pm via Twitter for iPhone
@CityofSurrey @MayorWatts favorite flavor of ice cream? #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:22pm via HootSuite
Can public give input sooner? Contact info goes up as application is available which is many months prior #askwatts

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:22pm via web
#askwatts @TaraFoslien Many young people don't stay in Surrey, preferring to live in Van. What can we do to encourage 20-somethings to stay?

KennethSouder Jul 25, 12:21pm via web
RT @ReNewtonNation: #askwatts @TaraFoslien Is there actual plan in place to start LRT?

daka_x Jul 25, 12:21pm via web
RT @ReNewtonNation: #askwatts Does council have policy to visit wooded areas when a rezoning app means trees/woods will be cleared?

daka_x Jul 25, 12:21pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: A: It is applicable to look at multi-model transportation #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:20pm via HootSuite
Growth Planning Strategy: the goal is densifying our town core. #askwatts

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:20pm via web
#askwatts @TaraFoslien Is there actual plan in place to start LRT?

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:20pm via HootSuite
We are also sharing @MayorWatts responses on our Facebook event. Join here: ow.ly/ctq3L#AskWatts

sheilaleader Jul 25, 12:20pm via HootSuite
RT @TourismSurrey: RT @surreyleader @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: ow.ly/cuUnp#AskWatts

Conrad_DeJong Jul 25, 12:18pm via Twitter for iPhone
@CityofSurrey how will the mass amounts of traffic be handled on 24 & 32 aves? Many projects in the pipeline #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:15pm via HootSuite
Plan to connect habitat areas: we want to ensure we have natural areas that support our ecosystem as well as our Biodiversity plan #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:15pm via Twitter for Android
skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/13/pre… @CityofSurrey#AskWatts why LRT when it fails to meet #SurreyBC citizen needs

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:13pm via HootSuite
... provincial pieces, 3. Community safety, working on the crime reduction strategy. (2) #askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 12:12pm via Twitter for Android
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts you have no technical case for LRT. Where is it? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre…

daka_x Jul 25, 12:12pm via Twitter for Android
@samadino since I can't attend #AskWatts today can you tell me what she said about LRT? Thanks

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 12:11pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: A: It is applicable to look at multi-model transportation #askwatts

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 12:11pm via web
#askwatts Does council have policy to visit wooded areas when a rezoning app means trees/woods will be cleared?

daka_x Jul 25, 12:10pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: First question : What can be done about LRT and skytrain on King Goerge - #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:09pm via HootSuite
A: It is applicable to look at multi-model transportation #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:09pm via HootSuite
A: LRT instead of Skytrain b/c we are building a City, we want to move people from point A to point B in the fastest way passible #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:08pm via HootSuite
First question : What can be done about LRT and skytrain on King Goerge - #askwatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:07pm via HootSuite
Making sure council packages were accessible online and redesigning our website was our priorities - @BarinderRasode#askwatts

TourismSurrey Jul 25, 12:06pm via HootSuite
RT @surreyleader @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: ow.ly/cuUnp#AskWatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:05pm via web
Talk Surrey with @MayorWatts#askwatts @surreyBCpic.twitter.com/v9ORyvAg

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 12:04pm via HootSuite
@BarinderRasode and @TaraFoslien are helping @MayorWatts respond your questions #askWatts

KennethSouder Jul 25, 12:02pm via web
Do they know that the microphone has been on for the past 10 min.? #AskWatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 11:57am via HootSuite
If you are unable to watch live, the livestream video will be available in our website later today. #askwatts

poojasekhon Jul 25, 11:57am via web
Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts now till 1pm. Livestreamed: surrey.ca, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Twitter: @CityofSurrey#AskWatts

nathanaelbaker Jul 25, 11:56am via web
@LKStromberg @CityofSurrey Great question Linda. I'd love to hear an answer to that one. #AskWatts

nathanaelbaker Jul 25, 11:55am via web
@CityofSurrey What's the plan for homeless/destitute as Whalley gets re-shaped and gentrified into the city's downtown core? #AskWatts

jeffnagel Jul 25, 11:55am via HootSuite
Just taught @surreyleader's @leadereditor to do her first #Storify to curate Twitter Q&A with @MayorWatts: ow.ly/cuT43#AskWatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 11:55am via HootSuite
We are about to begin. Keep up with the online discussion using the hashtag #AskWatts and retweet what's important to you.

LKStromberg Jul 25, 11:53am via web
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts Can developers assume that RA zoning will be readily changed to accomodate densification? How can residents stop it?

LKStromberg Jul 25, 11:50am via web
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts Given the $ spent by developers and the city prior to public hearings is there a way public can give input sooner?

leadereditor Jul 25, 11:47am via Tweet Button
RT @surreyleader: Attention Twitterati: @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: bit.ly/QFAcGl#AskWatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 11:46am via HootSuite
RT @surreyleader: Attention Twitterati: @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: bit.ly/QFAcGl#AskWatts

Miss604 Jul 25, 11:45am via HootSuite
MT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts today at 12PM - watch livestream: ow.ly/cuLCe. Use #AskWatts to submit questions.

KennethSouder Jul 25, 11:42am via Tweet Button
RT @surreyleader: Attention Twitterati: @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: bit.ly/QFAcGl#AskWatts

BlackPressMedia Jul 25, 11:40am via Tweet Button
RT @surreyleader: Attention Twitterati: @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: bit.ly/QFAcGl#AskWatts

surreyleader Jul 25, 11:38am via Tweet Button
Attention Twitterati: @CityofSurrey hosts live chat with #SurreyBC Mayor: bit.ly/QFAcGl#AskWatts

goody_ear Jul 25, 11:31am via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts today @ 12PM Link to watch livestream: ow.ly/cuxvP Use #AskWatts to submit questions

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 11:28am via web
#AskWatts Suggestion for International Village for Newton.- Would love to hear @MayorWatts thoughts. @CityofSurreyrenewtonnation.blogspot.ca

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 11:24am via HootSuite
Make sure you've installed the plug-in to stream live with @MayorWatts : ow.ly/cuPKD#askwatts

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 11:15am via web
#askwatts#surreybc what can be done about the parking issues in East Clayton. Can we allot one spot in front of each home to the owners?

samadino Jul 25, 11:15am via web
RT @SurreySkyTrain: #AskWatts where's the case for LRT? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre…#SurreyBC

samadino Jul 25, 11:15am via web
RT @daka_x: #AskWatts @MayorWatts @CityofSurrey where's the case for #LRT? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre…

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 11:14am via web
#askwatts what will be done about the multiple suite issue in East Clayton? despite numerous complaints nothing has been done. #surreybc

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 25, 11:14am via web
#askwatts what will be done about the multiple suite issue in East Clayton? despite numerous complaints nothing has been done.

samadino Jul 25, 11:12am via web
RT @daka_x: #AskWatts where's the case for LRT? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre… @samadino

daka_x Jul 25, 11:09am via web
#AskWatts where's the case for LRT? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre… @samadino

Questionchris Jul 25, 10:43am via web
Hey #Surrey twitterati, @MayorWatts will be answering your questions today at noon. Prep those questions: surrey.ca/city-governmen…#askwatts

daka_x Jul 25, 10:34am via web
#AskWatts @MayorWatts @CityofSurrey where's the case for #LRT? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre…

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 10:32am via web
#askwatts @CityofSurrey @MLACadieux What can be done to get Skytrain or LRT down KG into South Newton? Would go long way to reviving Newton

EsmirMilavic Jul 25, 10:28am via HootSuite
@ReNewtonNation unfortunately I'll need to rely on you guys to feed me with info about the event I'm at work :( #surreybc#askwatts

SurreySkyTrain Jul 25, 10:28am via web
#AskWatts where's the case for LRT? skytrainforsurrey.org/2012/07/25/pre…#SurreyBC

TaraFoslien Jul 25, 10:17am via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts today at 12PM - here's the link to watch livestream: ow.ly/cuxvP. Use #AskWatts to submit your question.

ReNewtonNation Jul 25, 9:51am via web
Today-12 til 1pm. Mayor Watts takes your questions- as in "what up with Newton:( "? @EsmirMilavic @Surrey604com @fabulavancouver#AsKWatts

grandviewaqua Jul 25, 9:45am via web
RT @CityofSurrey Join #TalkSurrey w @MayorWatts! She will answer questions via livestream July25, use hashtag #AskWattsow.ly/c7fGE

Apples1Oranges Jul 25, 9:25am via Twitter for iPhone
#AskWatts @CityofSurrey @MayorWatts Any update or plans for unused ALR lands in S. Surrey? Kwatlen U. did a study but report pending.

TomZillich Jul 25, 9:13am via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts today at 12PM - here's the link to watch livestream: ow.ly/cuxvP. Use #AskWatts to submit your question.

SBofT Jul 25, 9:11am via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts today at 12PM - here's the link to watch livestream: ow.ly/cuxvP. Use #AskWatts to...

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 9:01am via HootSuite
Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts today at 12PM - here's the link to watch livestream: ow.ly/cuxvP. Use #AskWatts to submit your question.

Miss604 Jul 25, 8:40am via HootSuite
Talk Surrey #SurreyBC - Live Twitter town hall with @MayorWatts today 12-1pm use tag #AskWatts to participate.

alanna_bo Jul 25, 8:36am via web
Engaging day in #surreybc. Send your questions using #askwatts from 12-1 or tune in on the livestream surrey.ca/11174.aspx .

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 8:33am via web
RT @jeannine_marie: Don't forget, @CityofSurrey is hosting "Talk Surrey" with @MayorWatts today from 12-1pm. Use #askwatts to submit your question. #surreybc

45in45 Jul 25, 8:31am via HootSuite
RT @jeannine_marie: @CityofSurrey hosting "Talk Surrey" with @MayorWatts today from 12-1pm. Use #askwatts to submit your question.

jeannine_marie Jul 25, 8:17am via web
Don't forget, @CityofSurrey is hosting "Talk Surrey" with @MayorWatts today from 12-1pm. Use #askwatts to submit your question. #surreybc

kamsgrewal Jul 25, 8:11am via Twitter for iPhone
What is the City of Surrey planning for rapid transit and which parts of Surrey will be connected? #AskWatts

CityofSurrey Jul 25, 7:36am via HootSuite
@ReNewtonNation Hi there - the Talk Surrey event is from noon-1pm today. Thanks for helping spread the word. #askwatts ^JH

LiveInSurrey Jul 24, 11:51pm via web
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts what is the progress on extending Rapid Transit in Surrey, such as LRT?

LiveInSurrey Jul 24, 11:50pm via web
@CityofSurrey#AskWatts how to resolve Port Mann bridge tolling " discrimination" impost on her residences?

sahmfrhllnsurry Jul 23, 2:38pm via web
#askwatts what is going to be done about the multiple suite and parking issues in East Clayton? Nothing has been done thus far!

MaiAzurF Jul 20, 9:32pm via HootSuite
RT @CityofSurrey: 5 days until Talk Surrey with @MayorWatts ! Have you tweeted your questions yet? Use the hashtag #AskWatts and join the convo on July 25th

CityofSurrey Jul 20, 11:01am via HootSuite
5 days until Talk Surrey with @MayorWatts ! Have you tweeted your questions yet? Use the hashtag #AskWatts and join the convo on July 25th

RichardIHosein Jul 19, 5:38pm via Tweet Button
RT @samadino: #AskWatts in online town hall July 25 why all the back room deals? No Transparency No Accountability civicsurrey.com/2012/07/13/ask… via @civicsurrey

RichardIHosein Jul 19, 5:38pm via Tweet Button
RT @samadino: #AskWatts in online town hall July 25 ask her who pulls her strings besides the Developers? civicsurrey.com/2012/07/13/ask… via @civicsurrey

CityofSurrey Jul 19, 11:02am via HootSuite
Talk Surrey w/ @MayorWatts – Questions can be submitted in advance or during the live event using the hashtag #AskWattsow.ly/c7fTq

CityofSurrey Jul 18, 11:01am via HootSuite
Are you on Facebook? Join our #TalkSurrey with @MayorWatts event and invite your neighbours. #AskWattsow.ly/c7fLZ

CityofSurrey Jul 18, 8:29am via HootSuite
RT @SouthSurreyBuzz: Talk Surrey with Mayor Watts on July 25th. @CityofSurrey#AskWattspic.twitter.com/5XxtJ2Vu

samadino Jul 18, 7:55am via Tweet Button
#AskWatts in online town hall July 25 why all the back room deals? No Transparency No Accountability civicsurrey.com/2012/07/13/ask… via @civicsurrey

samadino Jul 18, 7:53am via Tweet Button

#AskWatts in online town hall July 25 ask her who pulls her strings besides the Developers? civicsurrey.com/2012/07/13/ask… via @civicsurrey

 

Introduction

Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

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