UPDATE 3/3/15 Arlington Voice reported “BREAKING: District judge dismisses lawsuit against the City of Arlington to block citizens from voting on red light camera program. The program will go to a vote on May 9.”
end update (*See below for letter copied to council)
** See below pics and video of TX Sharon speaking to Senator Craig Estes at State Capital in Austin from the “Denton defend fracking ban for local control” bus trip of 3/2/15.
In last nights vote (2/24/2015) to hold a special election for the red light camera citizen driven ballot initiative, an attorney named Andy Taylor spoke against it around 9:39 into the video. Faith Bussey told me he represents the Red Light Camera company and that they intend to sue the city.
He said the expense leading up to the vote and the time spent thus far is for naught…he said that TxDOT transportation code 707 gives the cities the right to enact red light cameras and that it is not a guaranteed right for a citizen’s initiative to force the red light cameras away. He said that he successfully litigated a similar case in Houston and won…he said Arlington would likely be sued…sounds like a fracker threat to me.
Regarding a fracking ban, would the department of health have a similar rule to the Tx State Transportation Code 707 referenced? It would be nice to know that our council has an option to create an ordinance to protect citizen’s health from the industrialized activities in urban drilling….um wouldn’t that be called Home Rule? If so, the City of Arlington abused Home Rule authority by allowing Special Use Permits and Drilling Zones near people and violated their own Arlington TX City Charter on Article 7, Section 5.
Denton was successful in forcing a citizen initiative ballot to ban fracking. Maybe they should see if the Denton City Council violated their own rules to protect public health like Arlington did.
Click here to see video of Councilman Parker commenting that he abstained from the vote to allow the special election on the red light cameras citing Article &, Section 5 for reasons of public health….what a shame he is confused about what risks public health when money is to be made…..
THIS IS obviously my councilman’s logic on public health risk……
fracking/money = no public risk
removing red light cameras/losing money = public risk
From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Liveable Arlington <email@example.com>; NCTCA Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Robert Cluck <email@example.com>; Robert Shepard <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Robert Rivera <email@example.com>; Lana Wolff <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sheri Capehart <email@example.com>; Jimmy Bennett <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Michael Glaspie <email@example.com>; Charlie Parker <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Kathryn Wilemon <email@example.com>; Cynthia Simmons <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Trey Yelverton <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:18 PM
Subject: Redlight camera-frack ban parrell/Fw: CVX: Chevron, Linn ordered to shut California wells on water concerns
From: SA Breaking News Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:24 PM
Subject: CVX: Chevron, Linn ordered to shut California wells on water concerns
- California regulators have ordered oil drillers including Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Linn Energy (LINE, LNCO) to shut operations at 12 injection wells in the state because of concerns they may taint groundwater.
- All the wells are located in Kern County, northeast of Los Angeles, and are within a mile of the surface and 500 vertical feet underground of a water supply.
- The state says the orders were part of a systematic review of California’s 50K injection wells, triggered by an acknowledgement that some well injections were taking place in zones that had not been approved by the U.S. EPA.
** Pics of Austin State Capital Citizen Lobbing