Maple Hts: We Tried to Tell You But You Just Wouldn’t Listen

September 19, 2014

The poor, beleaguered politicians in Maple Hts. really thought they could keep the red light camera issue off the ballot in Maple Hts. We tried to tell you it wouldn’t work Maple Hts., but you just wouldn’t listen.

In a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme Court pointed out to the good politicians of Maple Hts. the Ohio Constitution makes it very clear that a citizen driven initiative has to be placed on the ballot. Live and learn, right fellas?


“Whether council delayed passage of an ordinance deliberately or negligently is not relevant,” the court said. “The Maple Heights City Council received verification of the signatures [on the petitions] more than two weeks before the constitutional deadline of Sept. 5 and conducted two regular council meetings in the interim.

“It’s failure to enact an ordinance at the second meeting fell well short of acting forthwith.”


Maybe they don’t understand the meaning of “forthwith?” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines forthwith as “immediately,” as in “immediately.” So as not to confuse the reader, the dictionary uses this sentence as an example:


“The court ordered the company to cease operations forthwith.”


If you would like to read the definition of forthwith, check it out here.

If you would like to read the entire article on the dressing down the Ohio Supreme Court gave Maple Hts., check it out here.

For all the Ohio politicians out there, it is good to read the Ohio Constitution.

“But in its 6-0 ruling, the court said that the Ohio Constitution “imposes a ‘mandatory constitutional duty’ upon city councils to submit charter amendment initiatives ‘forthwith.’ ”


We would like to remind the Cleveland City Council that no matter how “distasteful” it was for you to put Issue 35 on the ballot in Cleveland for November, 2014, it was mandatory. As in mandatory.



Chris Finney discusses Red Light Camera Fight with Bill Wills on Cleveland Radio WTAM

September 10, 2014

If you missed the radio interview with Chris Finney on Bill Wills show WTAM 1100AM on Tuesday morning,  this link will take you to the interview.

Vote YES on Issue 35 to ban automated traffic enforcement in Cleveland, Ohio!!

1851 Center for Constitutional Law Traffic Cameras are Unconstitutional

September 8, 2014

It is important for everyone to remember what the true issues are with traffic cameras. If we look at what the 1851 has presented to the Ohio Supreme Court, then we cut straight to the real issues.

The 1851 Center’s brief asserts the following:

  • Through the Ohio Constitution, citizens vested judicial power in the courts only. And Ohio cities’ hearing officers exercise “judicial power” when they determine whether Ohio drivers are liable for the violation.
  • While the Ohio Constitution permits the Ohio General Assembly to create additional judicial power, legislators have never created blanket authority for cities, or traffic-camera specific authority. Instead, they have indicated that all such violations must run through municipal courts.
  • The City of Toledo, like other Ohio cities, cannot create judicial power through local ordinances.
  • “Administrative” traffic camera enforcement violates Ohioans’ right to defend themselves before an elected judge, as well as their due process right to judicial oversight before deprivation of their vehicles.

This is the heart of the problem. Cities across the state can assert whatever other arguments they want to, but these are the true issues.

Read the entire article here.

The politicians in Cleveland think they can “create” judicial power by passing new laws. They all should know that this is in direct violation of the Ohio Constitution. If your local politician doesn’t know this, remember that factoid at election time.


Cleveland City Council Votes To Place Traffic Camera Issue on the Ballot

September 3, 2014

Cleveland City Council did the right thing on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, when they voted to place the traffic camera issue on the November, 2014 ballot. The entire article can be read here at

The entire process was just a formality. Ohio State Law mandates a citizen initiative be put on the ballot if the signatures are verified. (Apparently, Maple Hts. politicians don’t think they have to follow the law. Good luck with that one. You can catch up on that drama right here.)

Councilperson Joe Cimperman has the right idea:

“….because they do not do what they’re supposed to do. They were supposed to make life safer, sure they slow people down, but you see an increase in the number of rear end collisions and you see people speeding as soon as they pass the cameras,” said Cimperman.

We agree councilor!!


South Euclid Is Hitting The Streets – Call to Action

July 10, 2011

The Camera Removal Team in South Euclid is hitting the streets the week of July 10, 2011. If you are a resident of South Euclid, the easiest way to insure this issue’s place on the ballot is to circulate a petition. We are asking each circulator to gather 20 signatures on their petition. This will take about one hour of your time.

You don’t know how to circulate a petition?

You have to be a resident of the state of Ohio.You DO NOT have to live in South Euclid to circulate a petition there.

You CANNOT be a convicted FELON

You have to witness every signature on your petition. No one else can circulate your petition.

All signature must be in ink.

Only registered voters in South Euclid can sign the petition.

You, the circulator, will certify the back of the petition by signing your name and address in the space provided.

If you can circulate a petition this week in South Euclid, please call 216-503-2238


You are making an investment in your community by helping get this issue on the ballot. We’re counting on you.

East Cleveland Online Wednesday July 6

July 5, 2011
East Cleveland Red Light Cameras

East Cleveland Red Light Cameras

East Cleveland’s own Art McKoy, WTAM radio show personality,  is hosting the next signature opportunity for East Cleveland and Cleveland petitions to ban red light cameras.  Your next opportunity to support East Cleveland and Cleveland in their quest to get on the ballot in November, 2011 is Wednesday, July 6 at 4:00PM at the corner of Lee Rd. and Euclid Ave. Petitions will be in circulation until 7:00PM

From this location, you can see the cameras blinking away at every intersection on Euclid Ave. in East Cleveland. Stand under the shadowy presence of the cameras. Hold a sign, come out and meet Art McKoy, add your name to the ever growing list of East Clevelanders and Clevelanders who want the cameras down! The only way we can bring this issue to a vote is with your signatures.

Come one, come all registered voters of East Cleveland and Cleveland!! Let your voice be heard!

McCall’s Hotel, 14660 Euclid Ave. East Cleveland, Ohio. Just pull into the parking lot and sign the petition.

We’re looking forward to meeting you, Wednesday, July 6, 4-7PM at Lee Rd. and Euclid Ave., East Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Signatures – July 4- The Biggest Parade in Cleveland

July 2, 2011

Call to Petition for Cleveland Red Light Camera Signatures!!

We will meet at Common Grounds Coffee Shop at 8:00AM on Monday, July 4, 2011. Please bring clipboards if you have them and be ready for a fast, fun signature gathering event!!At 8:00 in the morning, you can still use the parking lot behind Common Grounds. If you are much later than that, please refer to the information below as to what streets will be closed.

The projected attendance for the parade is 18,000 people. See below.

If you are coming to the parade to help, please consider leaving a message at 216-503-2238


The West Park Kiwanis Independence Day Parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. July 4 from Kamm’s Plaza shopping center at Rocky River Drive and Lorain Avenue in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.

Units will gather and begin lining up in the shopping center parking lot at 8:30. Kiwanis members and other volunteers will be on hand at the registration table to check in the units and assign parade positions.

Jan Murphy, president of Fairview and Lakewood hospitals, is this year’s grand marshal.

The parade will follow its traditional 2-mile route, east on Lorain to West Park Road, back to Rocky River Drive and south to Kamm’s Plaza. It takes about 1½ hours for all the units to complete the route. Lorain is closed to traffic from just west of Kamm’s Plaza to West Park Road, Rocky River Drive is closed from Lorain north to West Park, and West Park is closed at Lorain during the parade.

About 100 units are expected to participate. In previous years, about 18,000 spectators turned out to watch the parade, which LaRocque said is the biggest Independence Day parade in Cleveland.