Karen Fann and Stan Barnes Capitol Circus Act – Insult Arizona Activists

From January 2009 through June of 2010, approximately 1,700 volunteers of Arizona motorists and concerned citizens launched an effort called “Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar” to push back on the unconstitutional and dangerous freeway photo radar system installed by Janet Napolitano after being approved in the budget proposal by Arizona Legislature.

Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar or ACAPR collected north of 130,000 signatures using a measly sum of just over $4,000 in donations which mostly came from individuals in the group itself. These facts are indisputable and corroborated by the AZ Secretary of State Office, who even did an audit of the donations. Why? Because they didn’t realize how badly Arizona government screwed up by allowing for a network of Redflex spy cameras to be installed on AZ interstates and highways. The blowback was somehow unanticipated.

They just couldn’t believe that citizens could really put that much energy into fighting them with nothing in return other than the satisfaction of working hard to preserve their rights.

They were wrong. The effort was overwhelming, though it didn’t qualify for the state’s tough standards to be placed on the ballot automatically. Jan Brewer caved in and canceled the state’s contract with Redflex, but refused to put the citizens initiative on the 2010 vote, when she had the power to easily do it.

The cameras on the freeways indeed came down. Since that time, members of the CameraFRAUD group have been demanding legislature do their job and ban the rest of Redflex and American Traffic Solutions’ automated ticketing machines.

Yesterday, Representative Karen Fann [contact], chair of the Transportation Committee and Stan Barnes [contact], American Traffic Solutions horse’s ass lobbyist teamed up to make a mockery of the committee process. And while they were at it, they insulted the intelligence of their fellow Arizonans and then danced a little jig all over the shredded remains of our state constitution.

After hearing from just two members of this group, pro-camera lobbyists were paraded up one by one, each more delusional than the next, thanks to Fann’s appetite for statist grand-standing.

Then came Stan Barnes, the highest paid lobbyist in the state of Arizona who shills for ATS. He began by mocking the effort to get rid of his company’s cameras and then repeated lie after lie. Lies so ridiculous that audible laughing could be heard from the chamber.

Barnes: “A well funded, out of state group launched a citizens initiative against the cameras that failed to make the ballot”

Chamber: *Laughter*

Barnes calling $4,000 in just over 18 months “well funded” and ACAPR “out of state,” is an absolute joke and an insult to the hard work of this group which is still paying dividends for defenders of citizens’ rights.

Barnes designer jeans began to visibly shake as nervousness set in after that little liar’s rant.

However Barnes was just “doing his job,” as depressing as that is for hard working Arizonans. And his salary, in terms of our $4,000, makes him the equivalent of Goldman Sachs, Chase Bank, B of A or any other corporate welfare recipient/bailout baron in the state of Arizona. Barnes is well paid for his acting.

So well paid, in fact, that he has plenty of cash every cycle to donate the max amount to Rep Karen Fann’s campaign, records show. So Fann allowed for seemingly endless debate on a 1/3 of a page bill (HB 2579) “Photo Radar Prohibition” and throughout the proceedings, informed the other 5 members of the committee just how to kill it.

The most blatant act was visibly talking Rep Sonny Borrelli out of voting for HB 2579, after he said during debates that he would vote to send it to the House floor (yes vote).

Fann was counting votes and saw that hers would be the decider, so she leaned over to Borrelli (the committee vice-chair) and told him he had to switch to a NO. Borrelli caved to her demand voted no on HB 2579 then saying, in an effort to clear his conscience “My mother is retired LAPD and will kill me for this vote. She saw how rear end collisions went up with the cameras and hates them too.” Borrelli placed his no vote, giving Fann the cover she needed.

And they really expect the voters in their districts not to see through all this.

Every member of the committee who voted no, effectively told their districts that their job was NOT TO REPRESENT THEM, but to leave that up to someone else back home. They must be confused about why they go to the state capitol each session.

Fann clearly doesn’t understand her role as chair and allowed Stan Barnes, The Redflex contingency and her vice chair to turn the Arizona House of Representative Transportation Committee into a circus act, complete with the horse dung smell.

Arizonans aren’t buying it and this bill is likely to find its way to the House floor for a vote despite Fann and Barnes best efforts.


10 Responses to Karen Fann and Stan Barnes Capitol Circus Act – Insult Arizona Activists

  1. stopthetsa says:

    American Traffic Solutions is owned by Goldman Sachs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How do you turn $500 into $3.55 Million per year?

    How can the CEO of a highway construction company be the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee? Her business does millions of work per year, for the State of Arizona and she is not only on the Transportation Committee, she is the Chair! Anyone else smell a rat here? Here is the letter I have sent to media outlets across Arizona and to the Arizona Legislators.

    To Whom it may concern,

    Subject: Conflict of Interest

    Reference: Karen Fann, CEO and President of Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, Inc, being Chairman of the Arizona House Transportation Committee.

    Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, Inc., located in Chino Valley, Arizona, primarily operates in the Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction Companies industry.

    Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, Inc, had $3.55 Million in 2011 revenue (Actual data).

    According to http://www.electkarenfann.com, “Her drive and determination to succeed has turned today’s AHSS into Arizona’s largest installer of roadway guardrails and signage.”

    Karenn Fann is also the Arizona Registrar of Contractors license holder, for Arizona Highway Safety Specialist, Inc.. This placing her personally responsible for all contracting of A.H.S.S..

    Representative Fann has shown favoritism for the Arizona League of Cities in both legislation, she has sponsored, and legislation she has voted against. Legislation that even disreargs Article 2, Section 8 of the Arizona Constitution, is being Sponsored by Representative Fann to allow Arizona Municipalities to violate the Arizona Constitution in an effort to collect taxes.

    azleg.gov site. Karen is the owner and CEO of a highway construction company specializing in the installation of guardrail and signs throughout the State of Arizona, celebrating its 27th Anniversary. Her business was started in 1984 with $500 and has grown steadily to become Arizona’s largest guardrail company.

    How much of Karen Fann’s success, has to do with her direct involvement with Goverment?

    (A) 1992-1995 Prescott City Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman

    (B) 1993-2002 President and Board, Prescott/Tri City Town Hall.

    (C) 1994-1996 Chairman, Governors’ Commission on Non-Traditional Employment for Women.

    (D) 2002-2007 and 1992-1994 Northern Council of Governments (NACOG).

    (E) 2002-2009 Town of Chino Valley Mayor and Councilman.

    (F) 2005-2008 Governors Rural Water Legislative Study Committee.

    (G) 2007-2009 BQAZ Statewide Transportation Board.

    I do find a conflict of interest, at a minimum, having the CEO, President, and the ROC license holder of a highway construction company being the Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. I also am now begginning to understand Representative Fann’s desire to align herself with the Arizona League of Cities and Sponsor legislation attacking Arizona small business and the citizen’s right to privacy. This seems to be a case of one hand washing the other. It may also explain how Karen Fann turned $500 into a Mulit Million Dollar business.

    HB 2579 and HB 2185 both display Karen Fann’s assistance to the Arizona League of Cities.


    “Fann clearly doesn’t understand her role as chair and allowed Stan Barnes, The Redflex contingency and her vice chair to turn the Arizona House of Representative Transportation Committee into a circus act, complete with the elephant dung smell.”


    To become successful in business, Karen Fann has demonstrated a need to become involved in both Local and State Goverments. Without being connected with Goverment, after 30 years of being in business, small businesses such as mine, find themselves being driven out of business by people like Karen Fann. After 30 years of hiring people in Arizona, to monitor our client’s alarms, Tucson Alarm Company has relocated those jobs to the State of New York. This was done to avoid direct attacks against our client’s right to privacy that has been brought forth by Representative Fann’s HB 2185 which provides protectionism for large alarm companies and access to client information for the Municipalities. As the Republican Party blames Democrat opponents for large Government regulations and attacking the Constitution, let the name Karen Fann remind us all that Republicans have their black sheep also.

    Maybe the media can bring attention to Karen Fann’s continued involvement with aiding Government’s continued attacks against those she is suppose to be representing? I highly doubt Karen Fann uses her stance of attacking the civil liberties and increase of Government to pander, not only the municipalities, but to corporate America. I also doubt she discloses her involvement in private business being directly effected by her Chair on the House Transportation Committee. It shall be up to the media to bring attention to this matter and stop the influence of private business owners using their seats on the Arizona State Legislature to promote Government contracts associated with their private businesses. As a tax payer, I am appalled at this, as a business owner, I am victim of it.

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