The people of Bandon won the fight against the Dark Skies Initiative with 56% of the voters rejecting the measure. However, this initiative is happening all over the country and here in Oregon, so the Oregon Public Broadcast Radio did a news story on the subject and their reporter interviewed me. It seems Bandon voters have been the only ones to defeat this abusive law. It was a really good article and there is a recording of the show….Rob T.
But this movement came to a temporary halt earlier this year when voters in coastal Bandon, Ore. repealed their city’s brand new outdoor lighting ordinance. Referendum organizer Rob Taylor argued the regulation was “a huge government overreach.”
“We were trying to tell people that this is a matter of safety and security,” he says. “Or even if it didn’t give you more security, but it gave you the perception of security, we believe that was the right of the individual to choose for their own property.”
Taylor described his preferred path forward in a post-election letter-to-the-editor. “People who want ‘Dark Sky’ compliance can use public cooperation, personal communication and more education to achieve their desires. Only now, they cannot use the force of government to make other people comply with those rules, so everyone should be happy,” he wrote.
Statewide measures to regulate against light pollution have repeatedly failed in the Washington and Idaho legislatures too. Currently, city councilors and planning commission members in Cannon Beach, Ore. are debating whether or not a “dark sky” ordinance is needed in their town. A similar law just took effect in nearby Seaside.
STOP THE BANDON OUTDOOR LIGHTING ORDINANCE--1594
Bandon: The City of Ordinances
Keep the Lights ON in Bandon
Meeting to discuss the reasons to repeal Bandon City Lighting Ordinance 1594.
The Bandon Lighting Ordinance