We have two major updates on banning red light cameras in Ohio:
1) As we reported below, a citizens group in the City of Maple Heights, OH (suburb of Cleveland) backed by COAST has submitted petitions to ban red light cameras in that fair City. We love this petition drive because it mirrors the black-white coalition formed in Cincinnati over the same issue, as both African-American and caucasian citizens in this City joined together for the petition effort. There, when COAST attorney Christopher Finney talked to the City Solicitor to arrange the hand-in and the Solicitor promised legal problems...and not he has disappointed. The City seems to think they can change the constitutional threshold of signatures required on petitions. They can't. We will be suing them. Expect a hue and cry when we asked to be paid attorneys fees for this one, too. Follow the damn Constitution and we won't sue you. How's that?
2) And in even bigger news, after four years of petitioning, a citizens group in the City of Cleveland proper are Monday submitting petitions to ban red light cameras in that City. Again, backed by COAST, a few brave souls in this City have gathered the requisite numbers for ballot access after years and years of effort. COAST attorney Christopher Finney will be joining the group for the petition turn-in Monday.
We thank Representatives Mallory and Maag for sponsoring a bill to ban the pernicious devices state-wide, but the bill seems to be going nowhere (thanks Republican leaders!). Thus, it will require hand-to-hand combat City-by-City. It's OK. We are up to the task.