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.
Michael Wallin Joshua Sutinen Nick Sherwood Alex Rion Tim Eyman
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