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City of Menlo Park Documents
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Some of Menlo Park'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."  For more details, see the Fake Ticket section on the Your Ticket page.

If you have a ticket from Menlo Park - even one you already have paid - be sure to read the "San Mateo County Information," which is Docs Set # 4 on the San Mateo Documents page - and contact me!


Special note, Early 2017:  They have added a new camera, at Bayfront/Chilco.  See Set # 9, below.


Good Guy:

State Senator Jerry Hill:  In early 2017 Sen. Hill introduced SB 493 which, if it passes, will reduce the fine for a rolling right violation.  (It did not pass.) 
Sen. Hill hosts frequent Java with Jerry events around his district, which
includes the red light camera cities of Millbrae, San Mateo and Menlo Park.  For information about attending a Java with Jerry event, see highwayrobbery.net's Millbrae Docs page or phone Hill's office at (650) 212-3313.  


Bad Guy:

East Bay Voters:

Do you live in the South end of Alameda County or the North end of Santa Clara County - State Sen. Ellen Corbett's former District?

In 2014 Sen. Corbett "termed out," and has been replaced by this person

Wieckowski, author anti-motorist bill AB 666
 
Wieckowski, Author of the anti-motorist bills SB-1 and AB 666

who will be running for re-election in 2018 and 2022.

Please don't vote for him.

Send him back home to his bankruptcy law practice.

As of 2017 he is in the State Legislature in Sacramento and was a co-author of SB-1 (raises gas tax and car registration fees beginning Nov. 2017).  In 2013 he was the author of AB-666 which - had it passed - would have increased the number of red light camera tickets.  Before reaching the Legislature he was a member of the Fremont City Council, and during his time on the council he approved two extensions of Fremont's contract with RedFlex:  He was the maker of the 2005 motion to extend the contract to 2010, and in 2010 he made the motion to extend the contract to June 2017.




Please also consider contacting the Menlo Park city council and chamber of commerce, and also the state senator and assemblyperson for the district in which you live.



Menlo Park Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts

Violations Recorded, Notices Printed, Citations Issued, Rolling Right Citations Issued [4] [14]

Updated  10-22-17

Cam #
BAWI-01
ECRA-01
ECRA-03
ECVA-01
BACH-01









RED
LIGHT
CAMERAS

CITY
OF
MENLO
PARK
CALIFORNIA
Bayfront
Expwy.
@
Willow
[5] [6] [7] [8]
El
Camino
@
Ravens-
wood
[6]
El
Camino
@
Ravens-
wood
[6]
El
Camino
@
Glenwood/
Valparaiso
[6]
Bayfront
Expwy.
@
Chilco
[13]


[3]
Total
Notices
Printed
El Camino
Cameras
Only
[4]

Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
Per
Official
Monthly
CMR
Reports
[1] [4]
Total
Citations
Issued/
Rolling
Right
Citations
Per CVC
21455.5(i)
Annual
Reports
[18]
Monthly
Revenue
to City
from Court,
Thousands
(from
Set # 5 on
San Mateo
Docs page)
[15]
Monthly
Payment
to
RedFlex,
Thousands
(see
Ticketing
Highlights,
below)

[15]
Jan08














Feb08














Mar08














Apr08
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0




0
0

0
0



May08
301
192
0
0
0
0
0
0




0
0

301
192



Jun08
342
207
0
0
0
0
0
0




0
0

342
207



Jul08
263
140
0
0
0
0
0
0




0
0

263
140



Aug08
277
191
82
54
177
85
0
0




259
139

536
330



Sep08
234
159
343
194
458
190
365
232




1166
616

1400
775



Oct08
265
185
459
259
404
142
320
247




1183
648

1448
833



Nov08
228
130
343
171
403
153
281
189




1027
513

1255
643



Dec08
202
119
287
172
371
219
159
126




817
517

1019
636



2008
Actual
[2] [14]
2112
1323
-
1514
850
-
1813
789
-
1125
794
-




4452
2433
-

6564
3756
-



2008
Projected
[2] [14]








6882

8661



Jan09
198
110
296
188
313
220
222
162




831
570

1029
680



Feb09
152
92
143
34
281
180
204
131




628
345

780
437



Mar09
192
96
204
85
334
171
217
148




755
404

947
506



Apr09
218
81
267
130
336
163
226
141




829
434

1047
515



May09
191
89
278
178
344
216
289
172




911
566

1102
653



Jun09
192
117
256
170
362
213
408
202




1026
585

1218
702



Jul09
214
114
223
142
266
150
174
96




663
388

877
502



Aug09
219
126
205
121
267
153
218
96




690
370

909
496



Sep09
208
114
195
100
222
109
247
134




664
343

872
457



Oct09
194
109
180
110
182
126
309
117




671
353

865
462



Nov09
179
104
206
119
220
137
213
98




639
354

818
458



Dec09
160
116
181
116
181
138
206
138




568
392

728
508



2009
  [2] [14]
2317
1268
0
2634
1493
0
3308
1976
0
2933
1635
1




8875
5104
1

11192
6376
1



Jan10
124
101
194
130
201
155
179
103




574
388

698
489



Feb10
157
116
183
142
108
65
166
96




457
303

614
419



Mar10
289
213
206
128
172
125
217
120




595
373

884
586



Apr10
269
177
152
102
141
82
75
42




368
226

637
403



May10
267
189
124
78
128
79
78
50




330
207

597
396



Jun10
277
185
195
129
180
98
96
48




471
275

748
460



Jul10
[5]
91
58
192
118
197
94
128
38




517
250

608
308



Aug10
49
36
196
143
160
72
141
80




497
295

546
331



Sep10
[8]
14
11
179
134
168
124
163
96




510
354

524
365



Oct10
[8]
12
9
117
77
182
124
190
120




489
321

501
330



Nov10
43
29
119
75
195
125
132
70




446
270

489
299



Dec10
45
27
158
108
143
99
165
103




466
310

511
337



2010
[2] [14]
1637
1151
0
2015
1364
103
1975
1242
0
1730
966
191




5720
3572
294

7357
4723
294



Jan11
[9]
50
35
176
116
167
115
100
43




443
274

493
309



Feb11
68
46
163
104
157
105
91
34




411
243

479
289



Mar11
68
41
172
117
132
79
127
73




431
269

499
310



Apr11
[9]
77
45
124
72
143
66
108
49




375
187

452
232

$35

May11
67
32
109
72
171
114
194
107




474
293

541
325



Jun11
67
35
95
76
159
94
220
118




474
288

541
323



Jul11
[9]
79
46
153
124
145
91
247
126




545
341

624
387

$37

Aug11
81
50
152
124
164
85
240
130




556
339

637
389



Sep11
101
67
198
146
163
112
221
108




582
366

683
433



Oct11
[9]
89
57
230
162
193
132
216
117




639
411

728
468

$40

Nov11
70
45
208
151
208
158
180
95




596
404

666
449



Dec11
62
34
192
143
213
154
188
105




593
402

655
436



2011
[2] [14]
879
533
1
1972
1407
103
2015
1305
1
2132
1105
236




6119
3817
340

6998
4350
341



Jan12
[9]
77
37
173
133
171
124
168
72




512
329

539
366

$55

Feb12
[9]
67
44
114
87
152
112
132
79




398
278

465
322



Mar12
[9]
78
46
158
102
165
108
174
78




497
288

575
334



Apr12
[9]
72
42
157
111
107
80
207
114




471
305

543
347

$41

May12
[9]
98
55
182
131
124
86
262
122




568
339

666
394



Jun12
[9]
185
109
157
111
61
33
289
150




507
294

692
403



Jul12
182
116
110
77
65
42
265
144




440
263

622
379

$47

Aug12
[9]
151
81
137
97
144
92
273
149




554
338

705
419



Sep12
[9]
102
67
153
115
160
113
288
149




601
377

703
444



Oct12
92
63
163
115
117
80
298
167




578
362

670
425

$58

Nov12
[9] [11]
36
26
27
20
24
11
11
8




62
39

98
65



Dec12
[11]
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0




0
0

0
0



2012
[2] [14]
1140
686
3
1531
1099
131
1290
881
1
2367
1232
247




5188
3212
379

6278
3898
382





Jan13
[11]
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0




0
0

0
0

$20

Feb13
41
25
116
68
112
53
244
156




472
277

513
302

$14

Mar13
128
70
164
104
161
114
299
189




624
407

752
477

$29

Apr13
123
51
132
78
100
58
264
147




496
283

619
334

$38

May13
81
38
134
99
132
85
223
142




489
326

570
364

$37

Jun13
109
40
162
120
115
79
249
160




526
359

635
399



Jul13
81
29
88
67
113
81
277
161




478
309

559
338



Aug13
95
37
132
95
124
77
239
156




495
328

590
365



Sep13
82
46
152
105
143
96
271
167




566
368

648
414



Oct13
64
46
163
123
130
99
296
203




589
425

653
471



Nov13
[9]
73
36
88
62
114
81
268
166




470
309

543
345



Dec13
[9]
57
25
164
93
105
70
272
169




541
332

598
357



2013
[2] [14]
934
443
-
1495
1014
-
1349
893
-
2902
1816
-




5746
3723
-

6680
4166
-

2802
395


Jan14
[9]
43
19
139
93
102
69
267
171




508
333

551
352



Feb14
[9]
53
33
117
78
86
56
165
88




368
222

421
255



Mar14
[9]
63
37
157
101
105
67
276
157




538
325

601
362



Apr14
[9]
56
31
141
87
99
73
307
214




547
374

603
405



May14
[9]
92
49
160
100
112
73
298
174




570
347

662
396



Jun14
[9]
87
35
127
63
105
60
182
44




414
167

501
202



Jul14
[9]
99
45
85
27
111
40
285
195




481
262

580
307



Aug14
106
74
132
86
95
54
251
168




478
308

584
382



Sep14
92
60
166
112
109
62
298
165




573
339

665
399



Oct14
75
52
179
127
111
72
250
169




540
368

615
420



Nov14
82
53
208
151
130
95
291
205




629
451

711
504



Dec14
66
47
203
109
101
69
272
196




576
374

642
421



2014
[2] [14]
919
545
-
1814
1138
-
1259
797
-
3157
1974
-




6230
3909
-

7149
4454
-

3033
294


Jan15
79
55
168
121
111
71
260
174




539
366

618
421


$20
Feb15
75
43
157
110
117
67
269
189




543
366

618
409


$20
Mar15
80
36
196
138
125
64
265
122




586
324

666
360



Apr15
[12]
49
12
199
123
111
65
277
152




587
340

636
352

$47

May15
56
26
232
117
506
150
275
159




1013
426

1069
452

$47

Jun15
63
30
255
176
899
69
171
109




1325
354

1388
384

$46

Jul15
80
34
224
168
520
306
185
115




929
589

1009
623

$42
$20
Aug15
74
26
210
160
399
193
235
145




844
498

918
524

$53
$20
Sep15
22
10
112
63
952
460
193
117




1257
640

1279
650

$47
$14
Oct15
0
0
112
58
276
204
141
86




529
348

529
348

$50
$14
Nov15
23
9
154
18
379
265
118
42




651
325

674
334

$42
$19
Dec15
84
54
59
34
275
208
88
60




422
302

506
356

$40
$15
2015
685
337
-
2079
1309
-
4671
2127
-
2478
1503
-




9228
4939
-

9913
5276
-

3870
1489


Jan16
92
46
60
43
173
131
82
60




315
234

407
280


$20
Feb16
83
55
61
35
403
314
108
74




572
423

655
478


$20
Mar16
137
81
88
53
500
369
152
90




740
512

877
593


$20
Apr16
92
49
73
47
529
373
156
96




758
516

850
565



May16
151
64
84
58
554
377
147
79




785
514

936
578



Jun16
159
57
112
64
627
434
186
104




925
602

1084
659



Jul16
207
91
95
58
560
150
171
87




826
295

1033
386



Aug16
191
83
93
58
549
359
179
108




821
525

1012
608



Sep16
211
92
96
44
523
364
188
117




807
525

1018
617



Oct16
179
68
84
48
852
264
196
115




1132
427

1311
495



Nov16
158
38
107
22
446
167
143
31
New
Camera




696
220

854
258



Dec16
117
55
106
62
453
301
154
89
Warning
Period



713
452

830
507



2016
[1]
1777
779
-
1059
592
-
6170
3603
-
1862
1050
-
0
0
-



9091
5245
-

10868
6024


3727
2446


Jan17
99
55
118
55
480
298
126
66
298
121



724
419

1121
595



Feb17
84
28
65
24
410
169
121
29
367
88



596
222

1047
338


$26
Mar17
122
35
80
49
461
221
189
77
430
161



730
347

1282
543


$26
Apr17
122
46
79
53
505
318
132
65
356
191



716
436

1194
673



May17
158
61
94
59
551
309
204
99
383
152



849
467

1390
680



Jun17
184
57
110
59
544
296
222
100
348
145



876
455

1408
657



Jul17














Aug17














Sep17














Oct17














Nov17














Dec17














2017
[2] (proj.)
1538
564
1092
598
5902
3222
1988
872
4364
1716



8982
4692

14884
6972



RED
LIGHT
CAMERAS

CITY
OF
MENLO
PARK
CALIFORNIA
BAWI-01
Bayfront
Expwy.
@
Willow
[5] [6] [7] [8]
ECRA-01
El
Camino
SB
@
Ravens-
wood
[6]
ECRA-03
El
Camino
NB
@
Ravens-
wood
[6]
ECVA-01
El
Camino
@
Glenwood/
Valparaiso
[6]
BACH-01
Bayfront
Expwy.
@
Chilco
[13]



Total
Recorded/
Notices
Printed
El Camino
Cameras
Only
[4]


Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
Per
Official
Monthly
CMR
Reports
[1] [4]
Total
Citations
Issued/
Rolling
Right
Citations
Per CVC
21455.5(i)
Annual
Reports
[18]
Monthly
Revenue
to City
from Court,
Thousands
(from
Set # 5 on
San Mateo
Docs page)
[15]
Monthly
Payment
to
RedFlex,
Thousands
(see
Ticketing
Highlights,
below)

[15]

This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official monthly Customer Management Reports (CMR).  Those source documents are available at:

Cust. Mgmt. Reps.
Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2009
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Apr. 2009 & Aug. 2010
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Sep. & Oct. 2010
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Nov. & Dec. 2010
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. 2011
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. 2012
Also see ticket counts in Set # 2, below.
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. 2008 - Oct. 2012 Grand Totals
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Nov.  2012 - Jan. 2013
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Feb. 2011 - Mar. 2013
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Oct. 2012 - Apr. 2013
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. May 2013 - Nov. 2013
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Nov. 2013 - Mar. 2014
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Apr. 2014 - July 2014
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Aug. 2014 - Apr. 2015
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. May 2015 - June 2015
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. July 2015 - Dec. 2015 & 2015 Totals
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Jan. 2016 - Mar. 2016
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Apr. 2016 - May 2016
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. May 2016 - Nov. 2016
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Dec. 2016 - Jan. 2017
Cust. Mgmt. Reps. Feb. 2017 - June 2017

 [  ]  indicates a footnote.
  [1]  Except where noted otherwise, totals and percentages are as provided by the City.
  [2]  This annual total, or annual projection, is by highwayrobbery.net.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4] 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 the CMR calls Total Violations (total incidents photographed by the camera), 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.  The figures in black type, Total Notices Printed, are believed to represent the sum of genuine citations issued (those filed with the court) plus the Nominations mailed (not filed with the court, a.k.a. Snitch/phishing/fake Tickets).
[5]  See Set # 3, below.
[6]  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) is not yet available.
[7]  If you have a left turn ticket at Bayfront/Willow, see the expanded version of Defect # 9 - C, and Docs Set # 3, below.
[8]  Per City staff, a defective sensor at Bayfront/Willow was replaced on 11-22-10.  It may have been responsible for the low number of violations recorded during September and October.
[9]  Citywide total for this month is by highwayrobbery.net.
[10]  Data for this month was requested on:
[11]  According to the MPPD, the cameras on were inoperable because the re-paving on El Camino destroyed the in-ground sensors, and damage by a hit and run at Bayfront/Willow.
[12]  This report was generated just a few days after the end of the month, so the number of tickets issued may be low.
[13]  In late 2016 the City installed a camera at Bayfront/Chilco.  See Sets # 4 & 9, below.
[14]  The annual figures in black type are full year totals, or projections, of all Notices Printed (including those for rolling right turns), and are by highwayrobbery.net.  The figures in blue type are full years totals, or projections, of rolling right turn tickets issued.  For years 2009 - 2012 they are from a table prepared by RedFlex, and for 2013 onward they are from the annual reports required by CVC 21455.5(i) - which are published around late Summer of the following year. The annual report for 2016 revealed that 66% of the 3727 tickets actually filed were for rolling right turns.
[15]  Highwayrobbbery.net requested invoices and/or revenue figures only for selected months.  To see the official documents, see Ticketing Highlights and Set # 7, both below.
[16]  Highwayrobbery.net's estimates based upon first 22 days of May.
[17]  Highwayrobbery.net's estimate based upon first 27 days of February.
[18]  From the annual reports required by CVC 21455.5(i).



2015 & 2016  Ticketing Highlights - Is There a Quota?


In late 2015 the City tripled the number of tickets from camera ECRA-3, which monitors El Camino northbound at Ravenswood.  In one of those months 58% or more of the violations flashed by that camera were for rolling right turns (see the Aug. 2015 Late Times graphs in Set # 2, below).   The extra right turn ticketing by ECRA-3 more than compensated for the reduction in straight thru ticketing caused by the longer yellows that were required beginning Aug. 1, 2015 - see Defect # 2. 
The extra ticketing by ECRA-3 could be quota behavior by both RedFlex and the police; RedFlex is able to lower the threshold speed (also called "trigger speed") to cause the camera to flash more of the drivers going around the turn slowly, and the police have the discretion to issue tickets to slower drivers - or to refuse to do so.
  Around the same time, RedFlex granted $17,985 of "Performance Concessions" to the City.  Those discounts appear on some of the late 2015
invoices from the company to the City - and are posted in the table, above.  The invoices do not indicate why RedFlex granted the discounts.
More invoices: 
Early 2017

The annual report (see footnote [14] above) for 2016 revealed that 66% of the 3727 tickets actually filed were for rolling right turns, and that 2016 right turn ticketing was more than eight times the rate in 2014.  

 



Menlo Park Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs

  The City has provided
bar graphs
of Late Times, etcetera, for all four 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.)


Grand Terrace late times bar
                              chart
The picture above is an example from another city.

Ticket Counts May 2009 to Feb. 2010 & Bar Graphs - 6-Month Intervals
July 2009 Bar Graphs ECVA-01
July 2010 Bar Graphs & Ticket Counts Mar. 2010 to July 2010
July 2011 Bar Graphs (received in April 2013)
July 2012 Bar Graphs
July & Oct. 2013 Bar Graphs
July 2014 Bar Graphs
Aug. 2015 Bar Graphs
Mar. 2016 Bar Graphs
In Dec. 2016 the City said it no longer has access to the late time graphs.

Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.






Menlo Park Docs Set # 3
July 2010:  Bayfront/Willow Yellow Lengthened

On July 2, 2010 at 10 a.m. CalTrans lengthened the yellow for the westbound Bayfront/Willow left turn to 3.5 seconds, up from 3.0.
As a result, violations dropped by about 80% - see the Ticket Counts table, above.
Flipping these numbers over, we can see that the missing half second increased ticketing fivefold.
At Bayfront/Willow, approx. 3000 drivers were ticketed unfairly.  Approx. $1.3 million in fines.
If you have a pre-change ticket with a Late Time of 0.60 second or less, call the City and ask them to dismiss it.  And if they refuse, take it to court.
See also
a letter highwayrobbery.net wrote to the local assemblyman (who was elected to the State Senate in Nov. 2012).

It is also interesting to note that between February and March 2010, something caused the number of raw violations at Bayfront/Willow (in the table above, the figures in red) to double.  And, it happened again between May and June of 2012 and again in early 2016.




Menlo Park Docs Set # 4
The Contract, 2013: Extended Five Years, with New Cameras, Excessive Rent

2006 Contract

The city council approved a five year contract with RedFlex on Dec. 5, 2006. 

The 2006 contract included an illegal "cost neutrality" clause, whereby the city did not have to pay RedFlex the full rent if the fines weren't sufficient to cover the monthly rent.  See Subsection B. of Defect # 10.

The 2006 contract also said:  
Definitions.  "Warning Period" means the period of thirty (30) days after the Installation Date of the first intersection approach.  (Emphasis added.)  See Defect # 6.

The 2006 contract expired in May 2013.

In May 2013 the City and RedFlex signed an agreement to continue the program for two months, to allow time for contract negotiations.  At the June 11 council meeting the council approved a further two-month extension, terminating Sept. 2. 

The proposed long-term renewal was brought before the council at its meeting of Aug. 20, 2013.  Included in the staff recommendation was the deletion of the previous Cost Neutral payment arrangements (see Exh. D in the contracts) and the addition of cameras at Bayfront/Chilco - See Set # 9, below.

Staff Report for Aug. 20, 2013 Meeting

At the Aug. 20 meeting the city council heard after-midnight public testimony (from highwayrobbery.net and others) questioning, among many things, the price (the staff report recommended accepting a monthly rent, per camera, of $5397.50), and an unusual requirement for a supermajority 4/5 vote in order to cancel on short notice.  They also received a new report (prepared by SaferStreetsLA.org) which examined the Menlo Park program in great detail and concluded that the program was ineffective and had not been justified in the first place.

The city council continued the matter to the meeting of Aug. 27, at which time they approved the new contract (4 - 1, Carlton dissenting) including the addition of cameras at Bayfront/Chilco (see Set # 9 below, for more info about Bayfront/Chilco) and a rent of $4950 for the four existing cameras, 9% lower than the price presented the previous week.  The City has not publicly acknowledged that it was public input that brought about the 9% reduction, saving $107,400 over the five years.  That saving means that the City can issue 1074 fewer tickets and still break even (assuming that the City gets an average of $100 from each ticket issued).

Even with the 9% reduction, the City still is paying WAY too much.  In March 2014 the City of Elk Grove, California approved a new contract which specified the following schedule of rents for their five RedFlex cameras.


From Exh. D of the Elk Grove Contract

  Menlo Park will pay 72% too much (compared to the Elk Grove price schedule) over the five years of the extension, $497,184 extra.  To cover that extra rent, the City will need to issue an extra 4972 tickets.
 
But there is a way out.
At the Aug. 27 meeting the council did not delete the requirement for a 4/5 vote to cancel, but modified it so that after Feb. 15, 2015 only the normal 3/5 vote will be required (see Section 6.1 of the contract).   Thus, a simple majority of the council can vote to cancel the program, so that the City can, if they wish, negotiate a better price.

Go to FAQ # 17 for more information about other cities' contracts, and to see how much they pay - and how they negotiated.

This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of 8-6-14.





Menlo Park Docs Set # 5
Status Report

At the Oct. 12, 2011 meeting of the City's Transportation Commission, the police made a presentation about the red light cameras.  The video of that meeting is available on the City's website.




Menlo Park Docs Set # 6
Encroachment Permits

The City's cameras are located on CalTrans right-of-ways, so are operated under an Encroachment Permit obtained from CalTrans.  HighwayRobbery.net obtained these documents from CalTrans, via a public records request.

Issued Permit, 2007

In Nov. 2015 the City applied for a renewal of its Encroachment Permit.  Mentioned in that application was that the City intended to continue its effort to obtain a new permit, to put a camera at Bayfront/Chilco.  CalTrans eventually approved the Bayfront/Chilco permit and the camera was installed in late 2016.      
See Set # 9, below.


Some other cities operate cameras under encroachment permits.  For more information about those cities and about CalTrans' criteria for the issuance of an encroachment permit, see the CalTrans section on the Links page.




Menlo Park Docs Set # 7
How Much They Get

To see how much fine money the Court sends to the City, see the column in the Set # 1 table, above, or - to see the source documents - go to Docs Set # 4 on the San Mateo Docs page.




Menlo Park Docs Set # 8
Info on City's Website

There is program info at the police department's website.
If the link does not work, drill down:
www.menlopark.com>
city departments>
police>
online resources>
red light photo enforcement




Menlo Park Docs Set # 9
Late 2016:  New Camera at Bayfront/Chilco


In May 2013 highwayrobbery.net obtained Emails between the City and RedFlex (obtained legally, via a Public Records Act request) revealing that they were thinking about putting one or two cameras at the corner of Bayfront and Chilco, and that rolling right turns could be 97% or more of the violations.  From those emails:

Sgt. Sharon Kaufman:  "My only question is since most of the violations are right turns, how long would that be sustainable?"

The RedFlex sales rep - who formerly was a lieutenant with the Fremont police and ran the camera program there - was quick to reply:

Mark Riggs:  "I can say that most intersections that have right turns enforced continue to produce consistent numbers."

In pages 9 - 12 of the
report it presented to the city council for its Aug. 20, 2013 meeting, SaferStreetsLA found no justification for the installation of cameras at Bayfront/Chilco.  The staff report is available at the link in Set # 4, above.  

Bayfront/Chilco is on a state highway, so  before the City could install a camera there
, it needed to obtain an Encroachment Permit from CalTrans The City began an application for the permit in Nov. 2013 but waited until Aug. 2014 to respond to a CalTrans request for more information.  Following that response, CalTrans could have issued the permit right away, with no waiting period or opportunity for the public to comment upon the validity of the claims made in the City's response;  instead, in Feb. 2015, CalTrans denied the application - but with leave for the City to re-apply.  (In Nov. 2015 the City applied for a renewal of the Encroachment Permit for its original cameras, and in that application the City wrote that they intend to continue their effort to obtain a new permit to allow the installation of cameras at Bayfront/Chilco.  See Set # 6, above.)

(There is no requirement that signs be posted at an intersection to let local drivers know about a pending Encroachment Permit.  If you think that CalTrans should post signs and provide a comment period prior to the issuance of an Encroachment Permit for a red light camera,
phone your state senator and your assemblyperson.  While you are talking to your state reps, you may want to take the opportunity to comment about Menlo Park's existing cameras on El Camino Real and on Bayfront at Willow, all of which are operated under CalTrans Encroachment Permits and one of which (ECRA-03) issues a lot of rolling right tickets.)

On Dec. 7, 2016 the city announced that it had installed a camera at Bayfront/Chilco and that enforcement would begin on Dec. 9 - with 30 days of warning tickets.



Menlo Park Docs Set # 10
Who Gets the Tickets?


A
slide presented during the Aug. 20, 2013 city council meeting disclosed that 90% of the tickets go to visitors.




Menlo Park Docs Set # 11
Prevailing Wage Action

RedFlex' construction work in Menlo Park was the subject of a
Prevailing Wage action by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
In Dec. 2013 the City withheld $16,879.56 from its payment to RedFlex.
By Mar. 2016 the City had
returned all but $2806 of that money to RedFlex.



Menlo Park Docs Set # 12
Countywide Info

Including a Grand Jury Report about the Cameras

Look in Countywide Info on the San Mateo Docs page for info about the judges, the court, and the Grand Jury.



Menlo Park Docs Set # 13
Contacting Officials

Contacting State, City and other Bay Area Officials


State Senator Jerry Hill:  In 2010 Sen. Hill was the author of AB 909, which would have reduced the fine for a rolling right violation, and in 2016 tried again via a new bill, SB 986, which also did not pass.  In early 2017 Sen. Hill introduced SB 493 which, if it passes, will reduce the fine for a rolling right violation. 
 

Sen. Hill hosts frequent Java with Jerry events around his district, which
includes the red light camera cities of Millbrae, San Mateo and Menlo Park.  For information about attending a Java with Jerry event, see highwayrobbery.net's Millbrae Docs page or phone Hill's office at (650) 212-3313.  

Please also consider contacting the Menlo Park city council and chamber of commerce, and also the state senator and assemblyperson for the district in which you live.  





Menlo Park Docs Set # 14
More Coming

There may be some more Menlo Park information posted in the next few weeks.  Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!

 
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