When I heard the news that the Transportation Safety Coalition had turned in around 7,000 signatures for an initiative to let voters decide if they want traffic cameras in Bellingham, I knew we could start waving hasta la bye bye to Mayor Dan Pike. Even with high kickout rates as signatures are verified, 7,000 is hopefully a lot more than the 3,880 needed and 7,000 is a referendum on Dan Pike and the current City Council of Bellingham.
When Dan Pike was Mayor of Bellingham he had a chance to hold an open forum and listen to peoples concerns about the cameras. He didn’t. As signatures mounted during the petition drive, he could have postponed signing the contract with ATS. He didn’t. Through the whole process he could have represented the interests of the people of Bellingham. He didn’t. Dan Pike may legally be the Mayor, but in reality, he isn’t.
From where I stand in Ferndale I see the people of Bellingham, left, right and in the middle looking for leadership in the next election, not in the current mayors office. Hasta la bye bye.