They say that every community has the leaders it deserves. I wonder how bad or malicious we have been.
Probably, in Kelowna, we do not care about anybody but ourselves, we have sinned badly through our wild parties, we have abused marijuana more than other municipalities or we have not followed any of the 10 Commandments.
Whatever it is, we need to find out what we have done wrong to deserve such an out-of-touch-with-reality, selfish, arrogant and stubborn local government.
City council's approval of a $5-million upgrade to small pier prepared the terrain for what was to come.
After that, we were hit with the destruction of our beautiful heritage Bernard Avenue through a $16-million plague disguised as a "repaving."
As if we hadn't suffered enough and paid our dues already, the gods of common sense hit us with a talking, $800,000 public toilet.
The gods knew that this bathroom would be a new test for us all. And we failed badly; we couldn't have just a normal bathroom. We had to create a toilet that counts the time that it takes to answer nature's call and has colourful holes where all the youngsters suffering from high testosterone can satisfy their desire to peep on the girls.
The days when boys used to make holes in the girls' showers to peep in are gone. Now, the government provides them for free. It used to be illegal, now it is encouraged. For what other reason would the city make holes in $800,000 toilet walls?
The gods of common sense are right - we have wasted our last opportunity to show that we are a reasonable people.
So they have sent us our latest plague - plans for a new tourist information centre in the middle of our downtown park.
I hate to break it to city officials, but Kelowna is far bigger than the few square blocks of the downtown core.
My understanding is the city has tried to increase, or at least sustain, tourism in Kelowna.
So why are the mayor and councillors so obsessed with wasting more and more resources on downtown?
It has been proven before that throwing money at downtowns does absolutely nothing to increase tourism.
A notable statistic says that for every 25 businesses that have failed and closed their doors in downtown Kelowna, only 20 new businesses have opened their doors.
City council's "projects" have not addressed this issue. No matter how much money we spend or how cool we want to be, these actions are not sustainable, or even productive.
Our city council should know Kelowna already has well developed sites for tourists. Do they know what is going on outside their limited focus on downtown?
I am pretty sure they know about our beautiful vineyards. Do they know the Central Okanagan has a goat farm with a great view? Or that there is a crocodile farm? A live safari and a real kangaroo reserve in Lake Country? And great go-carts and paintball fields? What about our golf courses or tennis courts?
Kelowna is ready to receive tourists from around the world. There is a little something for everybody. As any businessperson knows, marketing is the key to success.
Most of the time, it is more important than the product itself (think McDonald's).
If, instead of wasting $25 million on useless and pompous projects and stubbornly focusing on downtown, the city invests in advertising all of Kelowna within targeted markets in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, the results will benefit everyone.
Going back to what is in store for us, we might have to sacrifice a couple of virgins and change our bad behaviour, with the hope that the common sense gods feel compassion for us and free us of our current leadership.
Salomon Rayek is a Kelowna resident and former executive editor of the Jewish Tribune. Email: