*Update – received a reply from Jean Schaake. Sounded like a negative view of the cameras but again, no commitment to making changes and a simple acceptance that the contract has already extended. We need someone willing to take action NOW not five years from now.
Information on formal petitions (initiatives and referendums) was finally received and I’m not sure if this will be a route that is open to us. I may work on an informal petition simply to show the city that residents want action.
I’ve attended candidate debates and submitted questions, I’ve had a running dialogue with the Mayor and sent press releases and letters to the editor to our Denton Record Chronicle – all of these avenues have yielded little results and little dialogue. DRC seems intent on only publishing quotes from the city about the program.
Early voting for our municipal elections starts TODAY. Recently I sent questions to each candidate regarding our Red Light Camera fight and I’ve actually gotten some responses.
Of the responses, Glen Farris said he was “wary” of the program and felt relying on citations as a revenue source was problematic. Greg Johnson believed they did in fact improve safety so I provided a bit of education on the matter using our own city’s statistics. I spoke at length on the issue with Chris Watts and he sounded open to the idea of revisiting the camera issue as well and requested more information but didn’t strongly oppose them. I’ll report more responses as I receive them.
What I want YOU to do is ask the same questions of the candidates. Let them know this issue extends beyond one concerned citizen. Let them know you feel the red light camera program has little to do with safety, has proven to increase accidents and is simply a revenue generator for the city and a corrupt foreign corporation.
People have given up. They don’t vote. They let Fox and MSNBC tell them who to vote for and check a color. Be active. Start on the local level and maybe we’ll be able to reclaim our country from the corporate oligarchy that rules it.
Hatice I. Salih