On May 20, Chelan County Superior Court Judge John E. Bridges ruled in favor of the city of Wenatchee, ruling that we sponsors of proposed Wenatchee Initiative No. 1 were prohibited from submitting signed petitions to the city. Our proposed initiative dealt with the use of automated red-light ticketing cameras. What topic may be summarily swept off the discussion table next is anyone’s best guess.
Though Judge Bridges’ ominous ruling specifically prevents petition sponsors from turning in signed petitions, we are nevertheless expressly “allowed” to continue to gather signatures, leading a fair number of people to ask me since: “What’s the point?”