Mayor Nicole Read Must Resign
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Nicole Read has proven herself to be unfit for the position she holds as Mayor of Maple Ridge.
This petition is to demand her immediate resignation.
Since becoming Mayor:
Nicole Read called a halt to enforcement of camping bylaws along Cliff Avenue (which she then denied doing, until proof was provided), single-handedly causing a camp to be formed along Cliff Ave.
To this day Read continues to prioritize providing for these people regardless of the financial and social cost to the rest of the city and in spite of the lack of services and the clear mental and physical decline of those who she is claiming to help.
Reads inept leadership created a chain of events that would ultimately see at least 500 (and rising) mostly drug addicted, hard to house, mentally ill, homeless people moving into Maple Ridge from other communities.
There are far more drug addicted, criminally entrenched, homeless living in the streets than before Read took office.
Read regularly refers to her constituents as “Nimby’s”,“haters” and other derogatory terms, in an appalling lack of respect of consideration for the people she was elected to represent.
Read has engaged on an active and bitter disinformation campaign to try and rewrite history casting blame on MLA’s Bing and Dalton for every aspect of the current homeless crisis in Maple Ridge, in spite of irrefutable proof to the contrary. Her open hostility and blaming attitude towards our MLA’s and other representatives of the Province has caused deep concern not only locally, but was recently addressed in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister of Housing, Rich Coleman.
In terms of general city governance;
Nicole Read has proposed hundreds of millions in spending on unnecessary and largely unwanted civic projects.
The most problematic of these is a $70 million museum and archives project which has the potential for Mayor Read, through her company The History Group, to profit financially. Read has consistently refused to address community concerns of conflict of interest, while at the same time has moved forward in spending taxpayer dollars to pursue design work and seeking partner funding, including a trip to Ottawa at taxpayer expense.
In spite of independent polling showing no support from the community, Read has engaged on a “consultation” process that is 100% controlled by the city.
From the hosting of the polls in the city website, to the fact that the mail out polls are only being accepted at City Hall, the entire process is fully accessible to the city where results can be altered, duplicated and deleted.
She has neither addressed nor acknowledged the absolute strangeness of building a new museum when the current one is completely underutilized. She has ignored repeated questions, comments and concerns regarding the museum and the fact that former councils have routinely failed to back a even an expansion of the current museum due to lack of interest and use by the public.
In spite of a lack of support, Read has directed the city to spend close to a million dollars in generating plans, seeking funding, etc in spite of having only received generally negative feedback.
It has already been announced that taxes will be raised to fund these projects.
Several parts of the spending plan have already been quietly removed from the larger proposal and are to be carried out without benefit of any public approval process such as a new sports field at the Albion sports complex.
With the announcement of the city being chosen as the site for the 2020 BC Summer Games (another of Read's vanity projects that saw little public support) the costs will increase and taxes will further increase to cover this. In spite of these ever growing expenses, Read still refuses to acknowledge community concerns or address the results of private polling which clearly shows the lack of support.
Read continues to act in bad faith in regards to her actions and failures in regards to the homeless crisis now engulfing Maple Ridge.
As mayor she has held closed door meetings than any other mayor in the city’s history.
Nicole Read has consistently shown a blithe disregard for the welfare of the community as a whole, from overstepping city authority and opening a homeless shelter (at taxpayer expense), to the proposed $110 Million in infrastructure spending which has now ballooned to $200 million and will require a significant tax increase to support.
Nicole Read has shown an appalling lack of respect, or concern for the residents of Maple Ridge.
Nicole Read has demonstrated a willingness to blatantly overstep her authority.
She has willfully and without benefit of any public process or accountability spent millions in taxpayer money in a series of disastrous and ultimately useless actions that has seen the homeless population increase exponentially, to the extreme detriment of not only the community, but the homeless themselves.
Nicole Read has shown an utter disregard for the concepts of majority rule, the backbone of democracy.
Nicole Read has demonstrated an inability to act with honesty and integrity.
Not one of her campaign promises have been achieved – especially her promise to “open the books” and bring accountability and communication to the Mayor’s office. Her promise to end homelessness in the city has caused the homeless population to increase exponentially.
Her promise to attract new businesses (and expand the tax base) has not only failed to happen, but her other failures have resulted in local businesses closing at a faster rate than new businesses can open.
Nicole Read must resign.
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