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already done so, please read the Emeryville
section, which includes a
map, on the Camera Towns page
of Emeryville Documents (Program Closed)
Some of Emeryville's
tickets can be
ignored. If your "ticket" does
not have the Superior Court's name and address on
it, it is what I call
a "Fake Ticket" or "Snitch Ticket." For more
details, see the
Fake Ticket section on the Your Ticket page.
Emeryville has issued
as many as 1202
tickets in a month at its 40th & Horton
camera. If you got a
ticket there, I suggest doing the following:
Best Buy (510) 420-0323
(local store) or
If you have an
Emeryville red light
camera ticket, be sure to look at the Countywide
Information, on the Oakland
Total Violations Recorded ("Total
Violations"), Notices Printed (Citations
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.
Doc: Invoices 2004 - 2005
Doc: Invoices 2008 - 2009
Doc: Ticket Counts 2004 - 2006
Doc: Ticket Counts 2007 - 2009
Doc: Ticket Counts 2009 - 2010
Doc: Ticket Counts 2009 - 2010, more
Doc: Ticket Counts Nov. 2010 - Mar. 2011
Doc: Ticket Counts Apr. 2011 - Sep. 2011
Doc: Ticket Counts Oct. 2011 - Mar. 2012
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Except where noted, monthly grand totals are as provided by the City.
 Monthly grand total calculated by highwayrobbery.net
 YTD = Year-to-date total.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 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 calls Total Violations, or all incidents recorded by the cameras, and due to time limitations may have been posted here only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months will be posted. (It is available in the source documents linked above.) The figures in black type are what Redflex calls Notices Printed, and may 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).
 "Total Violations" data has been received (available in source documents linked above), but has not been posted due to time constraints.
 The camera enforcement is believed to be on traffic on the first-named street, but the direction of enforcement (north, south, east, west, thru, left, right) is not yet available.
 Includes enforcement of posted "no turn on red" signs.
 The column "C" & "E" figures were found in monthly the police department provides to the city manager (available on the City's website: http://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us Home > Departments > City Manager > Monthly Progress Report ). The column "D" figures are from the monthly invoices from camera vendor RedFlex, to the City. The difference between column "C" and "D" may be due to the inclusion of Nominations in Column "C."
 Data was requested on:
 Data has not been requested.
 Red light camera data was not included in Monthly Progress Report.
 The Monthly Progress Report for April 2010 indicated that road contractors cut the loops for Ebd Powell at Christie, disabling the camera.
City of Emeryville Docs Set # 2
Emeryville on TV
Kenneth James, Chief of Police, Emeryville
The KRON Report
KRON-TV reporter Jonathan Bloom shows us his Emeryville "ticket" - which is an obvious Snitch Ticket - but he never mentions that angle.
He could have ignored it, but maybe he didn't realize it was fake, until too late! (Watch video)
The KTVU Report
Here's Chief James again:
Reporter: Emeryville police say almost 40% of the red light camera tickets they send out are snitch tickets. A camera at 40th and Horton generates hundreds of red light violations a month. Many on rolling right hand turns, or what is known as a California Stop.
Chief James: Council felt that was an intersection where we wanted to use the camera as a slowing tactic there.
Reporter: But it’s not an intersection with many injury accidents. An average of just one a year in the last six years, and no fatalities. And the camera company actually surveys the intersections and tells police where they can catch the most offenders.
Chief James: Basically they’re saying we’re going to make money off that intersection if we put it there.
Reporter: But that doesn’t bother Chief James.
Chief James: It’s a half million dollars in fines that we would not normally have collected.
Link to Nov. 3, 2011 KTVU Report
City of Emeryville Docs Set # 3
"Late Time" Graphs
The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for all four 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.
Powell & Christie (POCH-01), 2004-2005
Powell & Christie (POCH-01), 2008-2009
Powell & Christie (POCH-01), Oct. 2009
Powell & Christie (POCH-01), Jan. 2010
Powell & Christie (POCH-01), Apr. 2010
Powell & Christie (POCH-01), Mar. 2012
Powell & Christie (POCH-03), 2004-2005
Powell & Christie (POCH-03), 2008-2009
Powell & Christie (POCH-03), Jul. 2010
Powell & Christie (POCH-03), Mar. 2012
40th & Horton (40HO-01), 2004-2005
40th & Horton (40HO-01), 2008-2009
40th & Horton (40HO-01), July 2009
40th & Horton (40HO-01), Oct. 2009
40th & Horton (40HO-01), Jan. 2010
40th & Horton (40HO-01), Apr. 2010
40th & Horton (40HO-01), Jul. 2010
40th & Horton (40HO-01), Oct. 2010
40th & Horton (40HO-01), Mar. 2012
40th & Hollis (40HL-01), 2004-2005
40th & Hollis (40HL-01), 2008-2009
40th & Hollis (40HL-01), Jul. 2010
40th & Hollis (40HL-01), Mar. 2012
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
City of Emeryville Docs Set # 4
The Contracts, and Closure of Program
Emeryville signed a pay-per-ticket contract with RedFlex on Dec. 18, 2003, two weeks before the effective date of CVC 21455.5(g) (as of 2013, 21455.5(h)). The contract said RedFlex would be paid $89 for each citation issued.
In Sept. 2009, the five-year Redflex contract renewal the city council approved 3 - 2 (noes: Bukowski, Atkin) set the monthly rent for each of the four existing cameras at $6000. (Staff report for the 2009 meeting.)
Had the council negotiated a $4000 rent like that in the 2008 contract of the City of Santa Clarita, it could have saved $2000 per camera per month, or $480,000 for the four cameras over the 60 months of the contract.
Or, had the council negotiated a $2800 rent like that in the proposed 2009 contract for the City of Maywood, it could have saved $3200 per camera per month, or $768,000 for the four cameras over the 60 months of the contract.
Or, had the council negotiated a $1400 rent like that in the 2009 contract of the City of Whittier, it could have saved $4600 per camera per month, or $1,104,000 for the four cameras over the 60 months of the contract.
Or, had the council negotiated a $2225 fee like that in the 2009 contract of the City of Solana Beach, it could have saved $906,000.
Or, had the council negotiated a $2500 fee like that in the 2009 contract of the City of Davis, it could have saved $840,320.
In May 2012 the city council voted to terminate the program. Because the contract required 45 days advance notice, the program may have continued through the end of June.
From Chief James' staff report:
"Staff also analyzed the number of accidents for the same seven year period and found that the red light cameras did not significantly impact the number of accidents."
"Finance has estimated that elimination of the program would result in a $200,000 per year savings to the City."
This list of contracts and amendments may not be up-to-date - there could be a contract or amendment later than the ones listed above.
City of Emeryville Docs Set
There is red light camera program
the City's website.
City of Emeryville Docs Set # 6
In May 2010 an Emeryville defendant won an appeal decision based upon the 6th Amendment right to confront the witnesses against you. See the decision here.
City of Emeryville Docs Set # 7
There may be some more Emeryville information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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