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Traffic Camera Petition - Ballot Measure Signature Form


Ending Traffic Cameras in New Orleans. Is it possible?

Yes is the short answer.

The Orleans Parish Charter allows for any charter amendment to appear on the ballot with valid signatures from 10,000 registered voters, or 10%, whichever is less. As of June 1, 2017 that was only 3.885% needed to get this measure on the ballot. Why has it not been done before? We really don’t know. We are all pretty surprised here to find this to be a legitimate way to make improvements to our city.

What Will it Take?

  • Volunteers to work pop-up locations. Pop-ups are tables and tents set up on the side of the road in high traffic areas where people can pull over and sign the petition. Good foot traffic helps too.
  • Ride-share drivers collecting signatures from friends, family, and customers.
  • Fixed locations – let us know if you have a location with regular hours that people can go to sign it. We can drive people to those locations. It also would be great if people could pick up petitions from there.
  • About $65,000 is what we anticipate this costing assuming that we don’t have to litigate much. Costs include printing signs and petitions, voter registration data purchase and software.
  • This will cost the city and the city vendor a lot of money, so we should expect a lawsuit at some point and we are looking for a qualified attorney to represent the effort.
Section 9-201. – Method of Amendment.

(1) Except as provided in subparagraph (2) of this section, this Charter may be amended or replaced only by the affirmative vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the City voting upon such amendments or proposed Charters. Proposals to amend or replace this Charter by the affirmative vote of a majority of the qualified electors of the City voting thereon may originate only in the following manner:

(a) By ordinance of the Council.(a) By ordinance of the Council.

(b) By petition of not less than than ten percent or ten thousand, whichever is fewer, of the duly qualified registered voters of the City filed with the Council, setting forth the proposed amendments or substitute home rule Charter. (Emphasis Added) This method of amendment shall apply to the entirety or any portion of this Charter.

(2) Allows the Mayor to propose amendments to certain sections.

Section 9-202. – Calling of an Election.

(1) Any ordinance of the Council providing for amendment of the Charter or a …(1) Any ordinance of the Council providing for amendment of the Charter or a …

(2) Within sixty days of the receipt of a petition proposing an amendment to the Charter or a substitute charter, the Council shall provide by ordinance that the proposed amendment or substitute charter shall be published at length in the official journal not less than sixty days prior to the election, and shall be submitted to the electors of the City at the first available election for members of Congress, Mayor of New Orleans, or Governor of Louisiana, if the date of such election is not less than ninety days after the effective date of such ordinance, or when the petition so demands, at a special election called for the purpose, the date of which shall be held on the first available election date not less than ninety days after the effective date of such ordinance.

Orleans Unpaid Judgment Petition - Signature Form

The City of New Orleans, as of October of 2017, had over $62 million in unpaid judgments and interests. In November of 2017 the city accumulated approximately another $40 million dollars worth of damages and interest stemming from the improper management of the fist three years of the traffic cameras tickets. 

While most of us are owed money back for the camera tickets, there are plenty of other victims of the city that have gone unpaid. One is an electrical contractor that is owed more than $3.5 million for services performed. Another one involves a police vehicle crash causing extensive brain damage to a child. That child has now grown up into his mid-20’s and with such a sever handicap, has been known to be homeless living under a bridge having never gotten the serious medical care and specialized education he needed and still needs. He hasn’t been paid a dime of what he is owed.

Not all of the claims are for such horrendous tragedies, but the city owes this money.  For it to act so irresponsible to not carry auto insurance on police vehicles when the Orleans Police Department writes tickets daily for not having auto insurance is just plain hypocritical and a total miscarriage of justice. Yes, you read that right, the NOPD vehicles drive around virtually uninsured. The last thing you want to do right now is get involved in an accident where the cop is at fault. 

This petition has been drafted with two things in mind:

  1. Ensuring that existing judgments are paid.
  2. Dedicating funds to prevent future claims from going unpaid.

Please provide any feedback on the drafted petition. Once we start collecting signatures for this petition, there is no changing it. It is imperative that we get this worked out correctly before the first signature is collected.

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