RED LIGHT CAMERAS
you haven't already done so, please read the
Laguna Woods section on the Camera Towns page
City of Laguna Woods Documents
May 28, 2014: Council
voted not to extend the program another
year. See Set # 2, below.
It may be possible to completely
ignore a Laguna Woods ticket !
Do you live in LA County? Is
Zev Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor? (Until
now, he has been representing 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 Kams" 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.
We need to watch Kuehl carefully, because as a Supervisor she will have a seat on the MTA/Metro board and she will be a vote to continue and expand their huge (101 cameras, so far) red light camera system.
Kuehl will be up for re-election in Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.
Do you live in Orange County, in or
near Tustin, Orange, Lake Forest, Placentia or Yorba
Linda? Is Donald Wagner your State
Wagner, who is running for
re-election on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot, was the
sponsor of AB
2487, a 2014 bill which would have taken away
your right to a Trial de Novo.
Asm. Donald Wagner
Please don't reward him with your
Be sure to read the "Countywide Information" for OC, which is Docs Set # 6 on the Santa Ana Documents page.
Violations Recorded, Notices Printed 
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.
Official reports, 2005 - 2010
Official reports, 2010 - 2011
Official reports, 2012
Official reports, 2010 - 2013
Official reports, 2013 early
Official reports, 2013 late
Official reports, 2014 early
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 Annual total, or annual projection, is by highwayrobbery.net.
 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. 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 figures may have been posted to the table above only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months will be posted. The official reports (links above) provide more figures.
 Data has not been requested for this month.
 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.
Laguna Woods Docs Set # 2
The Contract & Amendments (Program Closed)
The original contract signed in 2005 included an illegal "cost neutrality" clause, whereby the city did not have to pay RedFlex
the full rent if there weren't enough fines to cover the cost. See Subsection B. of Defect # 10.
In 2008 a Fullerton defendant got an appellate court decision saying that Fullerton's cost-neutral contract violated Section 21455.5(g) (as of 2013, 21455.5(h)) and that the trial court erred in admitting evidence from the camera.
In Jan. 2010 the Laguna Woods city council voted to remove the cost-neutral clause from their contract.
In June 2011 the city negotiated a lower per-camera rent ($4000 v. $5000 previously) and extended the contract six months. The amended contract specifically excluded right turn enforcement at Gate 12.
In Dec. 2011 the city negotiated an even lower rent of $3000, extended the term to June 2013 with the right to terminate the contract on 45 days notice, penalty free, but removed the exclusion of right turn enforcement at Gate 12.
In May 2012 the city council ordered that the program be ended on July 1, 2012. In response, RedFlex submitted an offer to reduce the rent by 50% (to $1500/camera), for nine months. At the June 6 council meeting the city council agreed to an extension.
In April 2013 the City agreed to another extension, to June 30, 2014, with the rent reduced by 42%, resulting in a rent of $1750 per camera per month.
May 28, 2014: No More Extensions - It's Over
At the council meeting of May 28, 2014 the council considered extending the program another year, but took no action to do so. The staff report prepared for the meeting says (at page 2):
"Staff studied incidents over a 10-year period of time and found that the number of collisions related to signal violations at the two photo enforced intersections fluctuated slightly, but did not change in any significant manner after initiation of the red light photo enforcement program."
As of early July 2014 the Word on the Street was that the City has fired their contract prosecutor and will be dismissing all outstanding tickets. So, if you have one, don't pay it right away - take an extension and wait to see what happens.
This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of July 2, 2014.
Laguna Woods Docs Set # 3
The City provided bar graphs of Late
Times, etcetera, for all of its cameras.
Laguna Woods Docs Set # 4
I was not able to find red light camera program info on either the OC Sheriff's or the City's website.
Laguna Woods Docs Set # 5
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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