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haven't already done so, please read the Gardena section on
the Camera Towns page
City of Gardena Documents (Program Closed)
It may be possible to completely ignore a Gardena 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 tickets to the DMV. More info is in "Countywide Information," which is Docs Set # 2 on the LA County Documents page.
Docs Set # 1
(in red type), Notices Printed 
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.
Those documents are available here:
Gardena Counts 2007 - 2010
Gardena Counts 2011
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 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 only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months or locations will be posted. Or, for some months, you can look at the raw data, by clicking on the four links above.
The figures in black type are what RedFlex 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). Due to time limitations these figures may have been posted only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months or locations will be posted. Or, for some months, you can look at the raw data, by clicking on the four links above.
 Data has not been requested, due to time constraints.
 The camera enforcement is on traffic on the first-named street, but the direction of enforcement (north, south, east, west, thru, left) is not yet available.
Docs Set # 2
The Contracts (Program Closed)
The Original Contract
On Oct. 6, 2004 RedFlex announced that
Gardena had awarded it a
contract for up to ten cameras, for $6070 per camera per
month ( = up to $728,400 per year ), for a term of five to
In Feb. 2007 - midway through the
five-year term of the contract - the City sent RedFlex a
notice of termination (see link below). In March the City
agreed to withdraw the
notice for six months.
In Aug. 2007 police department staff
submitted a study critical of the program. It concluded:
The program is at best, but not very
likely, generating enough revenue to be self-sustaining. The
costs of this program in staffing and additional responsibilities for
the traffic bureau are not beneficial or helpful in achieving our
department's goal in traffic safety. Most importantly, the
program does not appear to be proving a safety benefit to the
community. I therefore concur with the conclusion from the
previous study that Redflex program be terminated.
In Sep. 2007 the City re-issued the
notice of termination.
In Oct. 2007 the City was granted
a price reduction to $3500 per camera, and withdrew the notice of
In early 2010 the City signed a new
contract, without a cost neutrality clause. Instead, the new
The effective date of the new contract is unclear. It says that it shall be effective on Feb. 9, but the document was not signed until sometime later.
The staff report
given to the city council on Feb. 9, 2010 contained the following
statement by Police Chief Edward Medrano:
research in Gardena has revealed there is no significant traffic safety
impact as a result of the use of the red light cameras. At almost every
intersection where we have cameras, collisions have remained the same,
decreased very slightly, or increased depending on the intersection you
examine. When combining the statistics of all the intersections, the
overall consensus is that there is not a noticeable safety enhancement
to the public.
Summary page for the staff report, the city manager wrote:
there appears to be no statistical evidence of a traffic safety impact,
under the renegotiated terms and proposed terms of the agreement, the
City is covering the maintenance costs, as well as City Staff costs for
the current ten (10) approaches.
council approved the new contract, 5 - 0.
13, 2011 the city council received a staff report, and
voted 5 - 0 to terminate the program,
effective that same day.
Gardena Docs Set # 3
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.
Bar graphs are available for more than forty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Gardena Docs Set # 4
There may be some more information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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