Red-Light Foe Michael Kubosh Running for City Council

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Michael Kubosh hopes to join the council.
Michael Kubosh, part of the fighting brothers who finally rid Houston of red-light cameras, is announcing today he's running for an at-large city council seat.

Kubosh will announce he's running for Melissa Noriega's at-large seat (she is term-limited out), and an eclectic cast of Houston politicos will be there, according to the campaign -- from hardcore rightwing councilmember Helen Brown to community activist Quanell X.

"Above the city council chambers reads the phrase 'The people are the city,'" Kubosh said in a release about the announcement. "It seems to me the current administration has ignored that statement. If elected, I promise I will never forget that quote. I will be the servant to all the people."

Kubosh and his brothers Paul and Randy waged a long, frustrating and sometimes farcical war to force Houston to get rid of red-light cameras.

The battle, which the Houston Press wrote about in a feature called "The Red-Light Circus," began in 1995, when the controversial machines were only a gleam in then-Mayor Bill White's eye.

Lots of lawyers spent lots of time in courtrooms and on briefs, and voters went to the polls, and councilmembers were pressured, and finally the cameras were shut off.

They essentially were in operation for four years after being installed in September 2006.

Kubosh is expected to make his formal announcement at 10:30 this morning outside City Hall.

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greg
greg

I live near one of the houses Kubosh owns.  My opinion about the red light cameras aside... and putting it mildly, this guy is an ass!  I can't believe anyone would ever consider voting for him.  He (and his brother) are scum-bag lawyers.  Do your research people before casting a ballot.

Michael_D
Michael_D

Safety is important but let cops do the job of enforcement. Those red light cameras just caused lots of rear end collisions because no two yellow lights ever have the same (or any notification at all about) duration. I don't know anything else about this guy but it was a good thing turning off those cameras.  If you want to blame somebody then the blame should go to the person who pushed them through in the first place.  Or even so how they were implemented.  Just having a countdown timer on yellow's that's clearly visible could make them a viable option again if the public really wants them.  

Candace Reuss
Candace Reuss

No way. This !!!hole cost the city(taxpayers) millions in litigation costs.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Name spelled wrong in hed. Or is this a pun?

Alexander
Alexander

Interesting how the same Red Light supporters show here as they do on Facebook, almost like an orchestrated campaign to put the unconstitutional lights back on. 

This guy is a hre as far as I am concerned and he has my vote...and no - I no, I do not run red lights.

Descent Into Madness
Descent Into Madness

Anyone that'll give Anise and her band of commie Californians a run for their money is a good guy in my book. COH bungled the Red Light issue because of their own incompetence, their council lost on purpose so the money would go to Traffic Solutions or whatever else those red light crooks were.

Jacque Flynn de Sosa
Jacque Flynn de Sosa

No way. My husband was hit by an uninsured red light runner. When his rights interfered with mine, that's when I dry a line. We have a right to drive across intersections safely. That should supersede his right to be an ass.

William Pora
William Pora

let's not even consider the allegations that yellow light times were being shaved in order to generate more revenue.

missyjane
missyjane

In my opinion only someone who plans to run red lights on a regular basis would have reason to so stringently oppose them. I wouldn't want someone who plans to break the law at his leisure on my city council.

Rory Ashton
Rory Ashton

Nope. I've almost been side swiped countless times since they turned the cameras off ... for "freedom". People are blatantly running lights at big intersections no matter what time of day.

Machelle DeRon
Machelle DeRon

Absolutely not! Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, ALL cities are suffering from decreased revenue.....intersections could've been safer AND the city would have had $$ necessary to do things, like repair our streets and maybe hire more police to take care of the things they should be......solving crimes etc...not waiting for people to run a red light....

Tim Dugan
Tim Dugan

City of Houston really bungled the red light camera thing -- if red light cameras are good, shouldn't there be statistics to show it? And this guy just ran right over them in the name of traffic anarchy.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Anyone that stands up to Anti Constitutional bullshit like red light cameras has my full support.

H Newcomb
H Newcomb

No. Not because of lost revenue, Jordan. Because for a few months the intersections in the near SW were safe again, and this Yankee jackass turned them back into deathtraps.

Zachary White
Zachary White

Though he was already there vicariously through Helena Brown.

Jordan Paul Smith
Jordan Paul Smith

Absolutely not. The city lost millions of dollars of reliable revenue due to that ordinance.

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