The issue has evolved from a debate over the cameras’ appropriateness to a showdown over the source of government power.
Attorneys for the two women who launched the successful signature gathering drive believe the court has it backwards. “The people do not derive their power from their state or local governments. On the contrary, the government derives all of its power from the people,” noted Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute.
Attorney Pete Lepiscopo of the San Diego firm Lepiscopo & Morrow LLP is serving as an affiliate attorney of Pacific Justice Institute representing the initiative’s proponents. Lepiscopo is drafting an emergency petition to the California Supreme Court to seek a stay of Judge Ottolia’s ruling. Local elections officials have warned that they need clarity from the courts by mid-August in order to prepare a proper ballot for November.
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