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you haven't already done so, please read the
Beverly Hills section on the Camera Towns page
Beverly Hills Documents
Beverly Hills Just Added More Cameras -
See Set # 3, Below
Yes, this is the
webpage with a LOT of info about tickets from
the red light cameras in Beverly Hills.
But first, this important political announcement ...
In 2018, Vote No on Sheila Kuehl
Do you live in LA County? Was
Zev Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor? (Until
Nov. 2014, he represented the Third District, which
includes the central and western San Fernando Valley,
Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, the City
of West Hollywood, and part of Hollywood.)
Sheila "Kuehl Cams" Kuehl, in 2007
During her career in the California
Legislature, Kuehl made three attempts to pass bills to
allow the use of automated speed enforcement (photo
radar) in California.
She also voted to put an additional LA County-wide sales tax, to go to Metro, on the Nov. 2016 ballot. (See Measure M on the Action/Legis page, for more about that tax.)
Kuehl will be up for re-election in Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.
It's rare for a city's local paper to
be critical of a city's actions, but on May 22, 2015 the
Beverly Hills Courier described the City as having "a
sour reputation as a red-light camera speed trap...."
Local Attractions Near
Beverly Hills' Red Light Cameras
Restaurants: Bouchon, Cut,
Mastro's Steakhouse, Matsuhisa, Maude, Red Medicine,
Scarpetta, Spago, Urusawa
Hotels: Hotel Bel Air, The
Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons,
L'Ermitage, London West Hollywood, Mondrian, Montage,
Mr. C, Peninsula, SLS Hotel, Sofitel,
Other: Rodeo Drive, The Grove,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center
Map of Beverly Hills Cameras
type), Citations Issued/Notices Printed (7)
ACS System, 2008 - 2014 RedFlex System, and
2015 - 2019 Xerox System
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official reports.
Official Reports 2008 & 2009 Annual Totals
Official Reports 2008 - 2011
Official Reports 2010 - 2011
Official Reports Nov. - Dec. 2011
Official Reports Jan.- Feb. 2012
Official Reports Feb. 2012 - Sept. 2012
Official Reports Oct. 2012 - Nov. 2012
Official Reports Oct. 2012 - Dec. 2012
Official Report, Nov. 2012
Official Reports, Apr. 2008 - May 2013
Official Reports, Feb. 2008 - June 2013
Official Reports, Aug. 2008 -Aug. 2013
Official Reports, Sept. 2013 - Jan. 2014
Official Reports, Feb. 2014 - June 2014
Official Reports to End of RedFlex Program, July - Oct. 2014
(New ACS/Xerox System Started in June 2015)
Official Reports, May - June 2015
Official Reports, Aug. - Nov. 2015
Official Report (expanded), June 2015
Official Reports, July 2015 - Apr. 2016 (18 MB)
Official Reports, May - June 2016
Official Reports, Jul. - Oct. 2016
( ) indicates a footnote.
(1) Annual totals, and any projections, are by highwayrobbery.net. In the 2015 and later annual totals or projections, the upper number is Possible Violations.
(2) YTD = Year-to-date total.
(3) Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
(4) Monthly average for the year indicated.
(5) From the Monthly Traffic Reports filed with the City's Traffic and Parking Commission, available at the City's website. These figures appear to include warning tickets.
(6) Quarterly or monthly data was requested on:
(7) For the Xerox cameras beginning in 2015, the top number, in red, is "Events," the second number (not having a suffix) is "Possible Violations," and the last figure is "Violations Mailed" (not including warnings).
In each Xerox camera's early months, TS=test shots, W=warning letters issued.
For the camera systems before 2015, any figures in red type (or, if you are looking at this table in black and white, the upper figure
when there are two or more figures in a cell) are what RedFlex called Total Violations, or all incidents
recorded by the cameras, and due to time limitations may have been posted here only for selected
intersections or months. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining intersections and/or months will be posted. The
figures in black type are what ACS (the city's camera supplier until 2007) calls Citations Issued and
RedFlex (the supplier between 2008 and 2014) calls Notices Printed, and represent the sum of genuine
citations issued (those filed with the court) plus any Nominations mailed (not filed with
the court, a.k.a. Snitch Tickets).
(8) The RedFlex camera enforcement was believed to be on traffic on the first-named street, but the direction
of enforcement (north, south, east, west, thru, left, right) shown here may be incorrect..
(9) One of these camera codes (Cam #) will appear in the data bar above or near the
photos on your ticket.
(10) The directon of enforcement shown for the Xerox cameras (north, south, east, west) shown here is believed to be correct.
(11) Intersection-by-intersection data for this month has not been posted in the table, but is available
at one of the links just below the table.
(12) Data for this month has not yet been requested.
(13) Listen to the YouTube video about Wilshire/Whittier, in Set # 4, below.
(14) New cameras started June 2015 - See Set # 3, below.
(15) New cameras started in May 2016 - See Set # 3, below.
(16) Coldwater Canyon connects to Beverly Drive, then to this intersection.
Beverly Hills Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs
The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for all of its cameras.
These graphs track violations recorded, not tickets issued.
Where there is a large number of long Late Time violations in a curb lane, it is believed to indicate heavy ticketing on right turns.
(The curb lane will be the lane with the highest lane number.)
The picture above is an example from another city.
New vendor Xerox does not provide an equivalent report.
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Beverly Hills Docs Set # 3
The 2007 Contract
In Sept. 2012 the City extended the 2007 contract to Oct. 2013. The City did not negotiate a lower price, so paid approx. $277,000 too much for the year. See FAQ # 17. The report submitted for the extension revealed that they made a net profit of nearly $1 million during the previous year.
Invoices received in July 2013 showed (and again in July 2014) show that the City continued to pay $5870 per camera, per month.
In Aug. 2013 the city manager extended the contract to Oct. 14, 2014.
The 2014 Contract - Expanding, and Then Expanding More
At their Oct. 7, 2014 meeting the City Council approved 4 - 1 a staff recommendation to extend the program for five more years, to replace RedFlex with Xerox/ACS, and to add six more cameras. (Safer Streets LA did a study of the proposed new cameras, and found them to be unwarranted.)
The selection of Xerox/ACS over RedFlex supposedly was due to Xerox' bid ($638,880 per year) being lower than RedFlex' ($792,000).
The new contract says that the City will pay Xerox $3694 per month for each of the cameras the company will install at the locations formerly covered by RedFlex cameras.
Strangely, the City put the contract out to bid without first making an attempt to negotiate with RedFlex. Had they negotiated with RedFlex they should have been able to obtain the same pricing as that negotiated by another RedFlex client, Elk Grove, California, whose March 2014 contract for its five camera system includes this pricing table.
A complete copy of the Elk Grove contract is available on the Elk Grove Docs page.
Did RedFlex accidentally run over the Beverly Hills city hall mascot, or something?
When I applied the Elk Grove pricing and terms to Beverly Hills, I got this:
Just looking at the rent over five years, without the adjustments highwayrobbery.net suggests for loyalty, etc. and the cost of the transition, RedFlex would have been cheaper by $370,080. And with Xerox the City has taken on a large cancellation fee while the typical RedFlex renewal contract - like Elk Grove's - allows cancellation with no fee.
To cover the $370,080 extra rent, Beverly Hills will need to issue an extra 4112 tickets (the City's fine revenue averaged $90 for each ticket it issued, in 2013).
A Jan. 20, 2015 Beverly Hills Courier article said that the Xerox cameras would be in operation by mid-February 2015. A later article said that operation would begin in June - and it did. That additional four-month delay in re-starting the cameras brought highwayrobbery.net's estimate of the revenue lost during the transition to $800,000.
2016: Expanding More
On May 3, 2016 the 30-day warning period began for new cameras at Olympic and Beverly Drive.
This list of contracts and amendments may not be up-to-date - there could be a contract or amendment later than the one listed above.
Beverly Hills Docs Set # 4
Info About Wilshire/Whittier
In Oct. 2013 Channel 4 KNBC did a story about Jay Beeber's report on the short yellow at Wilshire and Whittier and its effect on the number of tickets.
On Feb. 3, 2014 Channel 5 KTLA did an interview with Beeber.
Beverly Hills Docs Set # 5
The City's monthly ticket revenue from the court is available in the Revenue Spreadsheet on the LA County Docs page.
Beverly Hills Docs Set # 6
There may be some more Beverly Hills information posted soon. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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