UPDATE: CA Supreme Court Sends Murrieta Red-Light Camera Case to Appeals Court

Will a proposed ban on red-light cameras be on Murrieta's ballot in November? State Supreme Court sends case to appellate court for decision

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8

The California Supreme Court, without comment, has transferred Murrieta's ballot battle to a lower appeals court, an attorney involved in the case reported Wednesday evening.

The state's highest court was asked early Wednesday to decide the battle over whether Murrieta voters can control cameras on city traffic lights. A Riverside County Superior Court judge had ruled last week that a voter initiative cannot be placed on the November ballot seeking to ban the cameras.

Instead of taking the case to the next level, the state appellate court, an attorney for those who support the initiative reported Wednesday that he'd asked the California Supreme Court to issue a stay of the Riverside County court ruling by Thursday, Aug. 9.

The San Diego-based attorney, Pete Lepiscopo, also filed legal challenges asking the state’s highest court to toss out the court ruling and dismiss the case.

If the court sided with those who support putting the proposed ban on the ballot, that tight Thursday deadline would allow Riverside County and Murrieta officials to meet their own deadlines for preparing for the election, according to Lepiscopo. That would mean that elections officials could then put the initiative on the Murrieta ballot, according to Lepiscopo.

On Wednesday evening Lepiscopo reported that the Supreme Court, without comment, has transferred the case to the Court of Appeal in Riverside.

The cameras on traffic lights at three Murrieta intersections catch those running red lights; the errant drivers are mailed tickets. The intersections are Murrieta Hot Springs and Whitewood roads, Murrieta Hot Springs and Margarita roads, and Clinton Keith Road and Nutmeg Street.

The proposed ban on the red-light cameras was headed for the ballot after a successful petition drive by Murrieta residents Diana Serafin and Robin Nielson.
But then Steve Flynn, a former Public Safety and Traffic Commissioner largely responsible for implementing the cameras in 2006, sued.

Last week in Riverside, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia agreed with Flynn’s arguments that state traffic laws can only be regulated at the state level, according to the Pacific Justice Institute, which is aiding the initiative’s supporters.

Murrieta city council to renew its five-year contract with American Traffic Solutions for the cameras, plus add two more. However, another long-term contract and the addition of more cameras was being delayed until after the November election.

Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 05:33 AM
LOL.......It wasn't thrown out!!! It was stayed until an appeals court hears both sides.......DAH..... It means nothing except the judges decision is put on hold until Flynn's attorneys answers them PUT ON HOLD IDIOTS.......YOU GOT THE DIMWIT AND NUMNUTZ running around celebrating.....NOTHING. Flynn’s legal team has until Wednesday to file a response to the court’s ruling. Flynn’s attorney, Paul T. Gough, said the appeals court issued the stay because it had heard only one side. “We think we have plenty to say,” Gough said. If Flynn's legal team prevails after the registrar's deadline, there is still a period of several weeks before the ballot is printed, so the initiative could be removed. LOL LOL LOL
Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Here is the Murrieta-Temecula Republican Assemblies newest candidate for City Council- GARY STEIN !!! Here you go again Roy, telling people where they can blog and what they can say. Gary Stein, meet your newest buddy and friend- Roy Holmgren. A matched set!!!
Ryan August 11, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Gorilla, I watched this morning's exchange between you and Al Lee. Lee's concerns and fears, at the time, seemed unfounded. He seemed to read way too deep into your comments. After your exchange with Mr. Stein here, I'm reconsidering just how off base Mr. Lee really was. While you never did threaten Mr. Lee, you have certainly threatened Mr. Stein here in this forum. Despite your criticism, name calling, and threats (political threats, not personal), Mr. Stein maintained a steady demeanor and even offered to meet with you. Instead, you told him to get 'your stinking name off this string! We don't want your support. So shut the EFF up.' I share your views on Mr. Stein, and until this very moment had not given him a second thought as a serious candidate. Your threats to personally see to it that Mr. Stein receives no good press in Murrieta have given me pause. Mr. Stein, as a former Navy HM, I too am concerned about your candidacy and do not think I would vote for you. Up until the moment Gorilla offered to personally see to it that you received no good press, I was firmly in the column to not vote for you. At this time, I must say, Gorilla has moved me to the undecided column, willing to listen.
Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Ryan, this is a quote that was deleted by the PATCH.....Toward me...."Jeff, I threaten you and your family". This is after he posted my address and talked about going shooting at the Shootist with his daughter.....also saying his daughter was going to beat me up. He has also challenged me to a fist fight.....OVER A POLITICAL STRING.
Ryan August 11, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Gorilla, I was merely pointing out that you are impeaching your own credibility. But, it sounds like you already know that and don't care. Sounds like you are also a part of MTRA. Good to know. I'll step back now and stay out of your's and Al's way.


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