15 posts tagged jim tuton
It’s no secret that executives at American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex hate each other. One sued the other over the freeway speed camera contract with the state of Arizona. Then the other counter-sued. It was quite amusing for those who were able to witness the proceedings and both companies were repeatedly reprimanded by the judge for their frivolous arguments.
ATS CEO Jim Tuton likes to brag that he served as mentor for current Redflex CEO Karen Finley. The company that is now called Redflex was actually started by Tuton and sold. Shortly thereafter he picked right back up in the scamera business, re-launching ATS to compete with his old organization.
Both Redflex and ATS have lost at the ballot box, several times over in the last 4-5 years. Usually it’s one or the other that are fighting the citizens to keep their flashing boxes mounted in their streets and intersections. In one case in 2012, they have pooled massive resources to beat a ballot measure in Murietta, CA.
They will both lose at the ballot box again today.
Murietta’s “Initiative N” would ban the $490 automated tickets sent out by ATS and scrap the cameras. The fight over this initiative has become so contentious that Redflex felt it necessary to jump in and donate $25,000 to a front group opposing the ban. [source]
The Press Enterprise from nearby Riverside, CA reports:
In filings over the past week or so, Safe Streets for Murrieta reported receiving $105,000 in contributions from two camera companies. Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, which has a contract to provide red-light cameras to Murrieta, has given $80,000 to the committee.
The committee also reported a $25,000 donation from another Arizona-based camera company: Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. of Phoenix. Redflex does not have a contract with Murrieta.
The committee reported it had already spent $50,000 by Oct. 20. It made a late filing this week, reporting an additional $55,000 contribution from ATS.
It’s looking like the $1,000 that the supports of the ban have spent on yard signs is going to be more than enough to defeat this massive astro-turfy push by ATS and Redflex.
This isn’t the first time the two vendors have teamed up. They also fund the front group Red Means Stop. However, it has been a while since the two have so publicly joined resources to make a stink.