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IMPORTANT Petition --- Mayor Annise Parker: Reverse the Chapter 30 Sound Ordinance changes implemented Oct 12, 2011

From: Derek
Sent on: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:31 PM
First it was tickets in your mailbox, now its tickets in booth??? This petition needs 10,000 signatures and currently has over 3,200. I haven't seen this or had a problem personally but I'm sure people have, it just shouldn't be there. And the fact that the first time many people hear of certain laws is when they are asked to sign a petition or support its reform or removal is depressing at the least. Sign it if you haven't already!

       "Currently the ordinance is written such that no initial complaint, nor evidence (decibel meter reading) is required. A ticket may be written solely based on an officer's discretion. This has allowed for the abuse of this law by some HPD officers to target Nightclubs and after hours dance clubs for their own personal reasons, and places the business owners and working DJ's in a position in which they must prove their innocence. Even though in several cases the charges have been dropped due to lack of evidence, they continue to be written. These tickets eventually cost taxpayers unnecessary expenses within the judicial system and police officer's overtime expenses. It also contributes to additional case loads on our already overloaded judicial system."

       "Please join us in an effort to change the code to clarify the manner in which this ordinance may be used or applied by law enforcement, or to remove the decibel requirement in whole. The addition of decibel limits for Nightclubs is ridiculous."

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