Monday, April 8, 2013



Temecula, CA – A friend is developing a product to go along with the current trend of turning the populace
into unthinking, button-pushing rats in a maze. A big part of the maze, since the people who run the maze are the same size as the lab rats [us], must rely on cameras. We are told one reason or another for them, but around here, every new traffic signal gets a candid camera attached to the signal mast. The people who watch you on the screen get paid, especially if the camera is a ticket camera.
It takes a city council to allow ticket cameras to be used on its citizens. When the citizens don’t like something the overlords [city councils are where the real power starts after PTA presidency, “Join for the kids, Stay for the power!”] enact, citizens can do a voter initiative to rescind their city council's decision, or so the citizens of Murrieta thought.

A judge on Friday, April 5, struck down a ban on red-light cameras that was approved by Murrieta voters this past November.

‘Safe Streets for Murrieta, No on Measure N -- a committee backed by red-light camera companies -- had filed a petition last year arguing that the state legislature has delegated decisions about red light cameras to the City Council. Since traffic regulation is a matter of statewide concern, Safe Streets lawyers said, the local initiative process cannot be used to interfere in the matter.*

Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia agreed.

“The court has a tremendous amount of respect for the initiative process and the will of the voters,” Ottolia said.

But in this case, he said, the ban was beyond the power of the voters to enact.*

The Safe Streets committee was funded by two Arizona-based red light camera companies – Murrieta’s traffic camera provider, American Traffic Solutions, and Redflex Traffic Systems – according to campaign finance reports.

During the campaign, the camera companies jointly contributed $105,000 to Safe Streets for Murrieta to fight the camera ban, known as Measure N. The initiative passed with 57 percent voter approval.

A Redflex spokeswoman said recently that company is no longer involved in the case. Murrieta’s red-light cameras have been turned off since December. It's unclear, in light of Friday’s ruling, what will become of them.

That’s for the City Council to decide,” Murrieta Assistant City Attorney Jeff Morris said after the hearing.
Now that Measure N has been invalidated, the council has the discretion to turn the cameras back on if it chooses, he said.

Before the vote, the majority of the council supported keeping the cameras. The city coffers receive a portion of the revenue made off the traffic tickets issued from the camera stills. The cameras replace traffic officers who can then be placed at other intersections thereby facilitating more city revenue from motorists.

Murrieta has had red light cameras since 2006. The cameras are at three intersections: Murrieta Hot Springs and Whitewood roads; Murrieta Hot Springs and Margarita roads; and Clinton Keith Road and Nutmeg Street. The police department said the cameras made those crossways safer, reducing broadside accidents and red-light runners.
Anti-camera activists pointed to an uptick in rear-end collisions at those same intersections. Resident Diana Serafin spearheaded Measure N by collecting signatures to get the ban on the ballot.

Before votes could be cast, another resident, Steve Flynn, sued to block the camera ban. Flynn’s lawsuit was controversial: he said a Sacramento law firm approached him to be a part of the suit and he had ‘no idea who was paying’ the legal fees.
That suit also won in Riverside County Superior Court, but the ruling was overturned by the appeals court, which said the measure could move forward but did not tackle its legality. A three-judge panel said only that the challenge had been filed too late, and that it was more proper to review the case after the election, if Measure N passed.’ – Sarah Burge, Press-Enterprise

A sample of comments to this developing story are posted below:

“More out of control judges. City council better pay attention to the votes against the red light cameras or we should get rid of the councilmen. The voters said NO to cameras. The opposition was paid for by the company making the money. Go figure.”

“Yet another example of legislating from the bench. Hopefully the City Council of Murrieta will take into account the results of the vote on Prop. N and act accordingly. If not, then those Council members who vote to restart the cameras should be recalled.”

“The initiative process was put in place because of fears about tyranny by elected officials. We are finding elected officials will take money from red light companies and impose red light programs upon their constituents. When put to a vote of the people, red light programs are defeated 60-70%.”

Editor’s Aside: Most people missed the significance of Occupy LA and the other Occupy sites around the world. As stated in Chapter 20, Memoirs, Jack Herer was a prophet in naming his magnum opus, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. There was a ‘revolution’ that wasn’t televised; but it wasn’t the one Gil Scott Herron envisioned. We found that out at Occupy; California voters found that out with Prop 37; and now the second Murrieta citizen activist who was successful at the ballot box, has been disenfranchised by the empire.
*However, this legal argument, if it stands, provides a legal precedence to overturn all city council bans on medical marijuana storefronts, collectives, and dispensaries. The ‘magic’ of Mary Jane Green is a laughing matter.
Also edited for content and, all emphasis, you know who. 'Gonzo Press' tent [green]; the 'Gadhafi' tent, [red/tan] press sleeping quarters

Stay tuned for this is a developing local story…

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