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If you haven't
already done so, please read the Montebello
section on the Camera Towns page
City of Montebello
It may be possible to completely ignore a
In 2016, Vote No on the New Tax, Measure M
Do you live, or shop, in LA County? In Nov. 2016 there will be a sales tax increase on the ballot in LA County, with most of the money to go to Metro (which operates more than 100 red light cameras) and a little bit to local cities. It will be a permanent tax - it will never expire, or "sunset." When you are deciding how to vote on Measure M, remember the $500 you were forced you to pay for your Mickey Mouse red light camera ticket.
And remember that 1/6 of the sales tax you already pay goes to Metro.
Vote No on the Two New Taxes by the MRCA
The MRCA operates stop sign cameras in parks in the Santa Monica Mountains.
In Nov. 2016 there will be two parcel tax increases on the ballot (Measures FF and GG), with all of the money to go to the MRCA.
Two areas will be affected by the new taxes.
(1) The Santa Monica Mountains west of Griffith Park and east of the 405.
(2) The northern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains west of the 405 and east of Calabasas.
(For more info about the MRCA, go to the MRCA Docs page, on this site.)
Vote No on Sheila Kuehl
Do you live in LA County? Was
Zev Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor? (He
represented 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. 2014 election Sheila Kuehl won the race to succeed him, by a narrow margin.
Sheila "Kuehl Cams" 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.
As an LA County Supervisor, she has a seat on the MTA/Metro board and she will be a vote to continue and expand Metro's huge (101 cameras, so far) red light camera system.
She was a vote to put an additional LA County-wide sales tax, to go to Metro, on the Nov. 2016 ballot. (See Measure M on the Action/Legis page, for more about that tax.)
Kuehl will be up for re-election in Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.
Recorded (in red
type), and Citations Issued 
New 11-6-04, updated 11-8-16
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official monthly tabulations of citations actually issued.
Official reports, Jan. 2007 - Apr. 2010
Official reports, 2010 - 2011
Official reports, 2011 - 2012
Official reports, 2011 - 2013
Official reports, 2007 - 2013
Official reports, 2013 late
Official reports, 2010 - 2014
Official reports, 2008 - 2015
Official reports, 2015 early
Official reports, 2015 Spring
Official reports, 2015 late 
Official reports, 2016 to July
Official reports, 2015 & Aug. 2016
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 These annual totals, or annual projections, are by highwayrobbery.net. The 2016 projections are based upon Jan. - July.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 Data was requested on:
 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. The
figures in black type are what ACS (the city's camera supplier before 2007) calls Citations Issued and
RedFlex (the supplier after 2007) 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).
 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..
 One of these camera codes (Cam #) will appear in the data bar above the
photos on your ticket.
 The title bar has been repeated solely for the convenience of the reader - there is no difference between it and the one at the top of the table.
 The Dec. 2011 report generated in Jan. 2012 differs from the Dec. 2011 report generated in Dec. 2012. highwayrobbery.net has entered the later-generated report in the table..
 The report for this month was generated before the tenth of the following month, thus has many violations "in progress." The final tally of Notices Printed will be higher than that posted above.
Montebello Docs Set # 2
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Right Turns
An official report showed that in 2014, 77% of the City's tickets were for turns, mostly right turns.
Montebello Docs Set # 3
"Late Time" Graphs
The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for all eight 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.)
The picture above is an example from another city.
Highwayrobbery.net has periodically requested bar graphs for each camera.
The following are those received.
BEGA 2009 - 2010
GAVC 2007 - 2010
MOBE 2009 - 2010
MOPA-01 2009 - 2010
MOPA-03 2009 - 2010
MOWH 2009 - 2010
VCGA 2009 - 2010
WAGR 2007 - 2010
Oct. 2012 - All Cameras
Oct. 2013 - All Cameras
Oct. 2015 - All Cameras
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Montebello Docs Set # 4
In 2010 the contract was amended to
substitute "Financial Feasibility" for "cost
neutrality." The new Financial Feasibility clause
allows the City to cancel the contract upon 30 days'
notice. From Exhibit D, as amended:
"...no out of pocket costs for the
"Financial Feasibility includes, but is
not limited to, whether the Customer's costs, including
payment to RedFlex, exceeed or nearly exceeds the
monthly revenue received by Customer."
The 2010 amendment also provided for an
$18,000 monthly "concession" to the City, which had the
effect of reducing the monthly rent per camera to
$3750. Many RedFlex customers have negotiated
lower prices, with at least seven of them paying less
than $3000, and had Montebello negotiated a $3000 price
it would have saved $216,000 in twelve months. See
FAQ # 17.
The one-year extension effective Feb.
2011 provided for a $28,000 monthly concession, which
reduced the rent to $2500 per camera.
At their meeting on Wednesday May 14,
2014 the city council adopted a staff
recommendation to extend the program for another
year, to April 2015, at a total monthly rent of $20,000,
equal to $2500 per camera.
Two months earlier
(March 2014) the City of Elk Grove, California approved
a new contract which specified the following rents for
their five RedFlex cameras.
As of late 2014 the City of Montebello still was paying $2500 per camera.
By April 2015 all of Montebello's cameras were seven years old, or more.
Beginning in May 2015, the City signed a series of one or two month extensions of the contract. The latest of the those extensions received here at highwayrobbery.net extended the contract to Sept. 15, 2016, without reducing the rent.
Beginning when the cameras hit seven years of age, the City should have negotiated to pay no more than $2000 per camera. Because they did not negotiate the rent down, they paid an extra $48,000 between May 2015 and May 2016 (compared to Elk Grove prices). To cover that extra rent, the City needed to issue tickets to an additional 632 motorists (the City's fine revenue averages $76 for each ticket it issues).
To see the rent that other cities pay, and how they negotiated, go to FAQ # 17.
Montebello Docs Set # 5
The City's monthly ticket revenue from the court is available in the Revenue Spreadsheet on the LA County Docs page.
Montebello Docs Set # 6
Montebello Docs Set # 7
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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