The stay by the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia's Aug. 3 ruling against the initiative means that local elections officials have been ordered to continue to prepare the initiative for the November 2012 ballot while the appellate court takes a closer look at it.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, "This ruling is a victory for not only the residents of Murrieta, but also for civic-minded citizens across America. From the beginning, this case has been about the fundamental right of hard-working citizens to gather signatures and take direct action when they believe their government is exceeding its authority. We look forward to further opportunities to defend democracy in the Court of Appeal and beyond."
After citizens gathered more than 4,000 signatures to get their initiative on the ballot in Murrieta, a former local traffic bureaucrat filed suit to stop the initiative. His attorneys are arguing that the state legislature delegated decisions about red-light cameras only to local elected officials--not local voters.