May 20, 2011
red light cameras cannot be challenged by voters through the initiative process. That was ruling handed down today
by Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges following a three hour hearing. Bridges’ ruling affirms the
City’s contention that the ordinance adopted by the City Council in 2009 implementing the automated traffic
cameras is immune from the State’s initiative process.
The City had challenged actions by local activist,
Matt Erickson to put the red light camera law before voters this fall. Erickson will still be allowed to collect
signatures but the Judge’s order prevents him from submitting the signed petitions with the City or the County for
verification. Erickson, replete in his minuteman costume, represented himself in the proceedings. He said
afterwards that he was undecided about what direction he’ll go now
Erickson says he plans to continue
collecting signatures pending a State Supreme Court ruling in connection with a similar case involving red light
cameras in Mukilteo.