Tracy Ward of the Liberty Restoration Project, an anti-Big-Brother organization best known for protesting the city's red-light cameras, has been trying to schedule a meeting with Councilwoman Cathy Jolly since April 14. Ward and the LRP oppose the red-light cameras as well as the proposed use of Shotspotter technology, in which microphones are placed in high-crime locations to trace the sound of a gunshot to its origin.
But after three months of requests, Ward has yet to see the councilwoman face-to-face.
As chairwoman of the Public
Safety and Neighborhoods Committee, Jolly has repeatedly voiced her
support for the cameras and the Shotspotter. Additionally, Ward lives
in Jolly's district. It's only natural for Ward to request a meeting
with Jolly to try to sway her to the LRP's point of view.
On April 14, Ward e-mailed Jolly's chief staff assistant, Lisa Sturgeon:
Hello Lisa, I met with you today aboutAfter receiving no response, she tried again on April 20:
visiting with Cathy Jolly sometime next week. Could you possibly give me a few
available times and we can hopefully work something out? Thanks so much for your
time. In Liberty, Tracy Ward.
Hello Lisa, I spoke with you last week and also emailed you regarding setting up a meeting with Cathy Jolly. Is it possible to meet her this week on Thursday or Friday? I know you stated Monday through Thursday worked best, but I'm free on Friday as well. Gabe Grider will also be attending the meeting with me. Please let me know if that will work. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Tracy Ward.
You mentioned that you wanted to discuss Shotspotter with Councilwoman Jolly. She informed me that there is a federal grant that is being applied for through the Green Impact Zone through Congressman Cleaver's office and that his office would actually be the point of contact for that project.On April 21, Ward wrote,
Thank you for getting back to me, Lisa. However, I would still like to set up a time to visit with Mrs. Jolly. I am one of her constituents and I do reside in her district. Please let me know if Friday or sometime next week would work. Thank you so very much for your time.Sturgeon wrote back April 23 to tell Ward that the councilwoman had an opening the morning of Wednesday, May 28. Ward agreed to the date and time and planned on meeting Jolly, but Sturgeon canceled the meeting via e-mail on May 14.
Sincerely, Tracy Ward
Sorry Tracy. That time is no longer open due to the homeless task force that has been scheduled that day. What about Wed. the 19th at 1:00 p.m.?Ward agreed to the new time, but on May 18, Sturgeon asked to change it up again, this time to 11 a.m. the same day. The new time didn't work for Ward, who asked for Jolly's next availability. After some back-and-forth, Sturgeon wrote, "Tracy we are trying to squeeze this in this week, but I can look at other dates next week. Can you tell me what it is in regard to, so I'll know how much time to schedule?"
Tracy, Please let me know what the topic of discussion for the meeting [is] and who will be attending.Ward explained in an e-mail that she wanted to talk about alternative means for public safety other than surveillance, and that the time of the meeting would determine who else from the LRP would attend. Sturgeon sent back two more suggested meeting times, and Ward chose the option of Thursday, July 22, listing two other LRP members who would also be there.