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already done so, please read the Millbrae section on the Camera Towns page
of Millbrae Documents
Some of Millbrae's tickets can be
ignored. If your "ticket" does
not have the San Mateo County Superior Court's name and address on it,
it is a fake ticket, what I call a "Snitch Ticket." For more
details, see the Snitch Ticket section at the top of the Your Ticket
If you have a ticket from Millbrae - 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!
Contacting City Officials
Councilmember email form: http://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/index.aspx?recordid=45&page=190
Total Violations Recorded ("Total
Events"), Notices Printed ("Citations Issued")   
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City, except for Jul. 2009 to Mar. 2010, which are hand totals 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 ATS calls Total Events, 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. The figures in black type are what ATS calls Citations Issued, 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).
 Data has been requested but has not yet been received.
 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 figures in the row near the bottom of the table are totals for the 30 months 10-1-06 to 3-31-09, from a table provided by the City.
 The report for this month was generated just a few days after the end of the month, so it is likely that not all tickets (for violations which occurred during the month) had been approved and counted by that time.
The table on this page was made by highwayrobbery.net, using the following official monthly reports provided by the City:
2005 - June 2009 Reports
Reports received May 3, 2010:
Reports received Aug. 2010:
Mar. 2010 - July 2010
Reports received Dec. 2012:
July 2010 - Nov. 2012
City of Millbrae Docs Set # 2
The City provided this report of ticket revenue received from the court. The figures are "gross," before any City payments to the camera company.
To see the Court's report of how much fine money the Court sends to the City, go to Docs Set # 4 on the San Mateo Docs page.
Millbrae Docs Set # 3
Some of 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.
Permit Application, May 2007
Issued Permit, Sep. 2009
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.
Millbrae Docs Set # 4
On March 14, 2006 the city council approved the implementation of a red light camera system, and also the police department's selection of American Traffic Solutions ("ATS") to be the supplier of the system. The staff report did not reveal why there was no competitive bidding.
On June 13, 2006 the city council held the public hearing required by CVC 21455.6. A contract was approved by unanimous vote, as Mayor Gottschalk had predicted in his June 8 State of the City address: "On June 13, the City Council again will approve a proposal to install red light traffic cameras at Rollins Road and Millbrae Avenue, which could generate additional revenue for the City (but more importantly improve traffic safety)."
Millbrae's system began issuing real tickets on Oct. 18, 2006, so the first two-year extension of the initial five-year term will end on Oct. 18, 2013 and be followed by another two-year extension unless, 120 days before that date, the City notifies ATS of its desire to terminate.
Until the 2009/2010 amendment, Millbrae's contract included an illegal "cost neutrality" clause, whereby the city did not have to pay ATS the full rent if the City's fine revenues were insufficient to cover the rent. See Subsection B. of Defect # 10. (The effective date of the amendment is believed to be Feb. 4, 2010, but it could be as early as Dec. 31, 2009 or as late as Feb. 18. See the amendment.)
Some of the "tickets" mailed may be "Snitch Tickets," which you can ignore. A Snitch Ticket will not have the Court's name and address on it. For more details, see the Snitch Ticket section on the Your Ticket page.
This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of Dec. 4, 2012
City of Millbrae Docs Set # 5
Cameras at Risk?
In June 2012 it was reported that thieves stole components of the camera systems in Cerritos, another ATS customer.
City of Millbrae Docs Set # 6
There may be some more Millbrae information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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