Corona, CA: Corona, CA to Axe red-light camera program on Guy Fawkes day

"Remember, Remember, the 5th of November," or so goes the rally cry of Guy Fawkes, the Catholic rebel who was executed for plotting to blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes day, popularized in recent years by the 2006 movie V for Vendetta, currently represents opposition to the corrupt establishment. Perhaps it is fitting then, albeit coincidental, that one of the main technological surveillance tools used to tyrannize and fleece the hard-earned money out of everyday people is coming to an end on that very same day.

The City Council of Corona, California has ratified their decision to officially terminate their red-light camera program effective November 5, 2012. At the City Council meeting on September 4th, the City narrowly voted 3-2 to axe the city's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. The Southern California City, located in Riverside County 47 miles southeast of Los Angeles, originally entered into the contract with Reflex on November 5, 2008. The contract consisted of a 3 year term with two automatic renewal terms of one year, unless a party canceled with 60 days notice.

The original notice of non-renewal was sent visa from City Manager Bradly L. Robbins via certified mail to Redflex on August 27th, but it was not formalized until the city ratified the decision. The letter, addressed to Reflex Corporate offices in Culver City, states "We understand that the agreement will be terminated as of 12:01 a.m. on November 5, 2012.", and calls for a "timely schedule for the removal of all Redflex equipment as soon as possible following November 5."

John Shanahan, PE, an electrical engineer and member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, recently recieved a red-light camera ticket from the city of Corona. He spoke at the meeting in opposition to their red-light camera program and to other big brother type surveillance. Shanahan noted that when he grew up in suburban Chicago, police were our friends, but that today that does not seem to be the case, with police oftentimes serving as revenue agents. (You can watch his allotted three minutes here. He speaks after the firemen get their award.) ARTICLE CONTINUES HERE:

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