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January 26, 2011

City of Longview:

Mayor Kurt Anagnostou and City Council members Chuck Wallace, Ken Botero, Don Jensen, Mary Jane Melink, Chet Makinster, & Dennis Weber

RE:  Longview Initiative No. 1 — Let The People Decide on Red Light Cameras in Longview

Dear Mr. Mayor and City Council members:

This letter provides you with our official notification that, starting today, we will work very hard over the coming weeks to collect enough signatures – at least 2766 valid ones – on petitions for Longview Initiative No. 1 to ensure a reconsideration of Ordinance #3157, adopted by the City Council on November 18th, 2010 concerning automatic ticketing cameras.  We are targeting the May ballot.

We firmly believe that Longview’s citizens oppose this Big Brother, profit-making policy and oppose the process by which it was adopted.  Our signature drive for Longview Initiative No. 1 will give the citizens of this community the chance to decide this issue.  Here’s what Longview I-1 does:

  • Repeals government-imposed automatic ticketing cameras in Longview;
  • Requires Longview’s city government to get voter approval if they try again;
  • Removes the profit-motive by limiting fines; and
  • Protects democracy and due process.

The language of the petition is clear:  We, the undersigned voters of Longview, require that, unless passed by the City Council, this ordinance – Longview Initiative No. 1 – be submitted to a vote of the registered voters of the city of Longview, subject to the requirements of RCW 35.17.260.

Please notify us immediately by telephone at (360) 560-3636 if there are any additional actions we are required to take followed by a letter providing that information.  If you have any questions, please call.

Respectively submitted,

Michael Wallin   Joshua Sutinen        Nick Sherwood                   Alex Rion                                     Tim Eyman

Longview Initiative #1                       BanCams.com           WA Campaign for Liberty          VotersWantMoreChoices.com

cc:  Attorney Richard Stephens – Groen, Stephens, & Klinge Law Firm

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Mike Wallin & BanCams.com, PO Box 2191, Longview, WA, 98632, ph: 360-560-3636, fax: 425-493-1027

michaelwallin@hotmail.com, BanCams@gmail.com, www.BanCams.com/Longview