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you haven't already done so, please read the
Cerritos section on the Camera Towns page
Cerritos Documents (Cameras Closed Aug. 2016)
It may be possible to completely ignore a Cerritos ticket.
1. If your "ticket" does not have the Superior Court's name and address on it, it is a fake ticket, which I call a "Snitch Ticket." For more details about Snitch Tickets, see the Snitch Ticket section at the top of the Your Ticket page.
2. The LA County Superior Court does not report ignored red light camera tickets to the DMV. More info is in "Countywide Information," which is Docs Set # 2 on the LA County Documents page.
Vote No on Donald Wagner
Do you live in Orange County, in or near Anaheim, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, El Toro, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, or Villa Park? Was Donald Wagner your State assemblymember?
In 2014 Wagner was the sponsor of Assembly Bill 2487 which would have taken away your right to a Trial de Novo.
In early 2015, while he still was in the Assembly, Wagner ran to jump over to the State Senate, but lost to John Moorlach. Early the next year he started another Senate run against fellow Republican Moorlach, but backed down after encountering heavy criticism from their Party followed by the Party's endorsement of his opponent. Later in 2016, when he was just months away from being termed-out of the Assembly, he ran for mayor of the City of Irvine, and won.
It's predictable that Wagner will go after higher office again.
Please don't reward him with your vote.
In 2018, Vote No on Sheila Kuehl
Do you live in LA County? Was Zev
Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor? (From 1994 to
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.)
Zev "termed out," and in the Nov. 4, 2014 election Sheila Kuehl won the race to succeed him, by a narrow margin.
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
As an LA County Supervisor, she has
a seat on the MTA/Metro board and she will be a vote
to continue and expand Metro's huge (101 cameras, so
far) red light camera system.
Kuehl will be up for re-election in Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.
Cerritos Docs Set # 1
type) and Citations Issued (4)
New 9-25-04, updated 12-5-16
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official monthly reports of citations actually issued.
Official reports, 2003 - 2004
Official reports, 2008 - Feb. 2009
Official reports, 2009
Official reports, Jan. 2010 (last month of Nestor data)
Official reports, 2010, Jan. to Aug. monthly totals
Official reports, 2010 - 2011, including annual totals
Official reports, 2012, Jan. - Feb.
Official reports, 2012, Mar. - Nov.
Official reports, 2012 - 2013
Official reports, 2010 - 2014
Official annual reports, 2013, 2014
Official reports, 2014 - 2015
Official reports, Spring 2015
Official reports, late 2015
Official reports, 2016, Jan. - June
Official reports, 2016, July & Aug.
( ) indicates a footnote.
(1) Totals are as provided by the City.
(2) This annual total, or annual projection, is by highwayrobbery.net. The 2016 projection is based upon activity ending in the middle of August.
(3) Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
(4) Figures in red type are "raw" violations recorded by the cameras. The figures in black type are citations issued.
(5) No data has been requested.
(6) Overall total or projection for this year is by highwayrobbery.net.
(7) This title bar is for the ATS system, which began in Feb. 2010.
(8) Feb. 2010 is first month of operation under ATS software.
(9) Intersection-by-intersection data for this month or year has not been posted, or fully posted, in the table, but is available
at one of the links just below the table.
(10) Intersection-by-intersection data for this month or year has not been requested.
Cerritos Docs Set # 2
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Right Turns
Our estimate is that in 2013, 67% of the City's tickets were for turns, mostly right turns.
Cerritos Docs Set # 3
Delayed Signal Lamp
In early March 2005 a reader of this website sent me this photo he took of the signal at westbound South St. / Studebaker.
Evidently, the City had two different kinds of lamps in the signal, some LED's, and some incandescent bulbs. See Defect # 7 on the Home page for an explanation why some lamps take longer to come on. If you would like to see a sequence of photos taken at 1/16 second intervals, click on the photo above. (Big file - 584 kb)
Below is a copy of the photos from the reader's ticket, which was from November 2004.
In the first photo below, you can see that the lighted lamp on the long arm is in the upper, or red, position, while the lighted lamp on the vertical pole is in the middle, or yellow, position.
In the second photo from the ticket, you can see that the lighted lamp (on the pole) is now in the upper, or red, position.
Since the ticket said that the car crossed the limit line 0.25 second after the red (I call this the "Late Time"), we assume that the first photo on the ticket was taken after the power to the red lamps had been on for 0.25 second.
In March 2005 the sheriff agreed to dismiss the reader's ticket, but stated that the problem had been fixed.
If your ticket is at any Cerritos intersection and the Late Time is 0.25 or less, I recommend that you carefully examine the photos, to see if the the lights were correct.
If you are looking at your ticket and are having trouble telling whether the lights are red or yellow, have a look at FAQ # 20 on the Links page.
Cerritos Docs Set # 4
The Pay Per Ticket Contract, Guidelines (Program Closed Aug. 2016)
2002 Contract & 2003 Amendment
More of 2002 Contract
Guidelines (Policies and Procedures)
Transfer from Nestor to ATS
The contract expired when the cameras were three years old in March 2006 and after that the arrangement with the camera vendor was month-to-month.
Each month the City pays the greater of $3987 for each camera (an overpayment of $71,064 annually when compared with a target rent of $3000 for cameras older than five years - see FAQ # 17) - or $77.75 per citation issued. Thus, in those months when the number of citations issued exceeds 51 per (average) camera, the City will pay more than the minimum rent of $3987.
Program Closed !
At their meeting of July 14, 2016 the city council voted 4 - 1 to shut off the cameras. Enforcement was to end in the middle of Aug. 2016.
Staff Report, Addl. Matls., Minutes
This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of July 15, 2016.
Cerritos Docs Set # 5
In June 2012 it was reported that thieves stole valuable components of the camera systems in Cerritos.
Cerritos Docs Set # 6
The City's monthly ticket revenue from the court is available in the Revenue Spreadsheet on the LA County Docs page.
Cerritos Docs Set # 7
There may be some more Cerritos information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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