The Stop Rail Now Initiative is a fine example of citizens asserting their First Amendment Right to Petition the Government. The government should hear the loud voice of 50,000 people and take action. A "no rail" statement with a simple yes or no response is requested on the November 2008 ballot.
I want to recap the mayor's manipulations where he first laughed at this effort, then asked for a petition that includes solutions, then he had his consulting firm's arm to create an anti-petition drive full with TV ads, then he picked a fight with citizens, then he picked a fight with the governor, then he said he supports people's right to vote, now he wants his own charter change with a transit authority add on.
This is misleading, reactive and manipulative leadership.