It must be a crime to leave Tiburon. That’s the only thing that would explain how the town in California can manage to get away with photographing every license plate that enters and leaves the town. Why would you spy on people without probable cause to believe a crime has been committed? Why would you treat public roads as if they were gates and public towns as if they were private country clubs? Entering and leaving the town must be a crime. Tiburon must be a prison. Either that, or the town doesn’t have American freedom on its mind…
“We have an obligation to spend as few tax dollars as we can.”
– Police Chief Michael Cronin
Oh. I see. The latter, then.
They want to take pictures of everybody on the road? All right, then. Let’s take a few pictures of them.
What kind of town would approve such a thing? You think the town of Tiburon, California is a Republican town? Think again. This is a fundraising map from the 2008 election via Fundrace. The blue dots are contributions to Democrats. The red dots are contributions to Republicans:
What kind of a Town Council would unanimously approve such a thing? You think these are Republicans? Federal Elections Commission data show that Mayor Alice Fredericks is a contributor to Democratic causes and candidates: Lynn Woolsey, John Kerry, Barack Obama. Councilman Richard Collins gave to Democratic state legislator Joe Nation and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley. Not one of the members of the Town Council has given a cent to a Republican candidate.