Anti Red-Light Camera Petition Gets Enough Signatures

The City Council is scheduled to decide on Nov. 1 whether to adopt the ordinance, call an election or refer the initiative for a report within 30 days.

Those seeking to outlaw red-light cameras in Murrieta got good news Monday.

Petitioners Diana Serafin and Robin Nielson gained enough valid signatures for the initiative to next be presented to the City Council, according to Murrieta City Clerk Kay Vinson. The signatures were verified by both the Riverside County Registrar of Voters and the Murrieta City Clerk's office.

"The City Clerk has reviewed the petition format, and on the advice of the City Attorney, has deemed any irregularities inconsequential, so the petition is deemed sufficient in its entirety," said Vinson, in an email.

At its Nov. 1 meeting, the City Council is scheduled to give direction on the initiative petition, entitled "Prohibition of Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems."

They will decide whether to adopt the ordinance, call an election or refer the initiative for a report within 30 days, Vinson said.

There are four red-light cameras in Murrieta: two at Murrieta Hot Springs and Whitewood roads, one at Murrieta Hot Springs and Margarita roads and one at Clinton Keith Road and Nutmeg Street.

In order for the petition to be considered, 4,470 signatures of Murrrieta residents who were also registered voters were needed. That goal was met, with an extra 32 signatures, according to Vinson.

Rob October 18, 2011 at 07:54 AM
Diana Serafin and Robin Nielson .. CONGRATULATIONS. Civic activism at its finest!
Michelle Deskin October 18, 2011 at 02:29 PM
This is how to do things! Not stand on street corners.....
G-monkey October 18, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Michelle that's a cheap shot, hello they solicited signatures standing outside local businesses and door to door...point is really not too much of a difference in the method.
Chris October 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Yeah not too much of a difference... other than having a defined, specific purpose, a plan in order to accomplish set goals, and going to officials with specific proposals. But other than that, yeah, it's exactly the same.
Steve Newman October 18, 2011 at 04:28 PM
great job- now we will see if the City council ignores it as they did with the term limit, pay limitation initiatives passed by 65% of the citizens. They give lip service to democracy, but don't really practice it. Kind of like Washington DC
Jim October 18, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Til now the head guys at ATS, the camera company, were hidden behind the smiles of the company's local lobbyists. Kroske: ATS suspended VP Wm. Kroske, caught posing as a resident of towns where he'd been posting online comments. Source: heraldnet.com, put Kroske in search box. Lenza: ATS fired & sued VP Michael Lenza for (allegedly) "diverting opportunities away from ATS." Rosenker: Now Senior Advisor to ATS' front group the Natl. Coalition for Safer Roads, in his early career Mark Rosenker did electronic monitoring for the Campaign to Re-Elect Pres. Nixon. CREEP did the Watergate break-in, after which many of the conspirators went to prison, and Nixon resigned. Because of his recent position as NTSB chair Rosenker was granted pro-camera guest columns in papers nationwide, in which he mentioned the NCSR but not its support by ATS. Tuton and Buffett: James Tuton is ATS' nominal CEO, but who's hidden behind him? In Sept. 2008, Goldman-Sachs bought 1/3 of ATS for $58 M, days after Warren Buffett (Geico) invested $5 B in G-S. Coincidence? The police surely love ATS. In Lynnwood WA the dep. chief was asking ATS for a job at the same time she was negotiating the City's contract, and the sergeant running the program was offering to assist ATS with lobbying and marketing in the Northwest. Source: Google Manser Kawika Jensen. City hall has its pro-camera statistics. But with all these characters involved, do they really expect us to believe?
Diana Serafin October 27, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Thank you everyone who helped in circulating the petition. Please attend Nove 1st City Council meeting to support us. The meeting starts at 6 pm. Everyone gets 3 minutes to speak but if you do not want to speak, please attend. Let's fill the chambers.
Edward Tsutomu Endo October 30, 2011 at 02:57 AM
The original company that installed the cameras in 2005 was Nestor. They became cash strapped, and got taken over by ATS. The cameras mounted on the traffic lights are those that use the Nestor technology. It is supposedly illegal to have a cost neutrality clause in the contract between Murietta and ATS. Many Southern California communities have gotten either fined or ordered to reverse citations issued when they violated this clause. Some cities shortened the yellow lights at the photo enforced intersections to below the minimum for the posted speed (Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Encinitas, East LA at Whittier & Atlantic Blvd to name a few). Fullerton and Costa Mesa shut down their photo enforced program with ATS, after Nestor got taken over. Recently, Whittier also shut down their cameras with Nestor-ATS. The competitor Red Flex has also lost business: Compton and Paramount cancelled their contracts with Red Flex. Lawndale had a program with Nestor, before Nestor went into the Red...Lawndale and Santa Fe Springs shut down their programs with Nestor over 3 years ago. Anaheim never had a program, but they wanted to make sure that ATS or Redflex could not wield any influence on the council without the residents voting on it, so they passed a ban in 2010. Anaheim borders Fullerton and Garden Grove; Garden Grove still has an active contract with Redflex.


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