A day after Mayor Annise Parker ripped American Traffic Solutions for “jerking us around” and failing to negotiate in good faith, she said Wednesday that she hopes the two sides can reach a solution through mediation scheduled this weekend.
American Traffic Solutions’ response on Wednesday echoed Parker both in expressing hope for an amicable outcome by Sunday and in attacking its adversary for not playing fair.
“The mayor’s manufactured outrage toward ATS is not only disingenuous, but it’s also disappointing,” ATS spokesman Charles Territo said. “At the same time she was issuing that statement, we were already working with her legal department on arranging settlement discussions for this weekend.”
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based ATS asserts that the city would owe at least $25 million if it shut the cameras off today. More than half would be in monthly fees for running the cameras through the end of the contract in May 2014. It also assumes a commission to ATS for collecting from violators who do not pay their fines on time.
The figure also includes reimbursement for the money the company spent trying to keep Proposition 3 off the ballot and then campaigning against it.
Nice to see that ATS is being so very reasonable and keeping things focused on the real issues, isn’t it? I don’t know who the mediator is, but I hope he or she is well stocked with Maalox. Something tells me Judge Hughes will still have the final say – before it goes to the appeals courts, anyway. Stace, Campos, and the Chron e-board have more.