As you can imagine, this has the pro ATS (or, possibly, ATS themselves for all I know) all in a tizzy:
(From the comments in the linked story)
Kent L. Hunley says:
August 24, 2011 at 10:33 am
Congrats voters of Houston, your will has been honored. One small thing, you might have to pay more taxes since you voted the cameras out, unfortunately when you are stupid enough to think that just getting rid of the cameras doesn’t come with a several million dollar penalty, you pretty much get what you deserve.
Left unsaid: The City could have avoided a "several Million dollar penalty" had the escape clause in the contract not been removed by Bill White, super genius.
All of which goes to show you that there's "smart" and then there's "political smart". The two have nothing in common.