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If you haven't already done so, please read the Solana Beach section on the Camera Towns page

City of Solana Beach Documents
(and Information)

 
Solana Beach, pop. 14,000, is on the coast 15 miles north of San Diego.

The City signed a contract with RedFlex on Dec. 30, 2003, and began issuing warning tickets in Oct. 2004.


Some of Solana Beach'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 "Snitch Ticket."  For more details, see the Snitch Ticket section on the Your Ticket page, and Set # 1, below.


Vote No on "Measure X"

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 and a little bit to local cities.  When you are deciding how to vote on that measure, remember the $500.00 Metro or one of those cities 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.
(Please note that by Nov. 2016 the sales tax increase will not be called Measure X.  It will be some other letter.)


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 authored 3
                  speed camera bills
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 will also be a vote to put an additional LA County-wide sales tax, to go to Metro, on the Nov. 2016 ballot.  (See Measure X on the Action/Legis page, for more about that tax.)

Kuehl will be up for re-election in Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.




Solana Beach Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts

Total Violations Recorded, Notices Printed, and Citations Issued [4]

New 11-14-05, updated 8-11-16

On Nov. 12, 2005 the city clerk's office supplied copies of RedFlex invoices containing monthly camera-by-camera totals of Citations Issued (filed with the court).  Those totals were entered into the table, below, as "Total Citations Issued per Invoices."  Until 2009 the City paid $89 for each cite issued, up to 179 cites per camera per month, and $80 each for additional cites.
(Since the 2009 contract amendment the City has paid a flat rate per month regardless of how many tickets are issued.)

Snitch Tickets

The City's use of Nominations (a.k.a. Snitch Tickets) probably explains,
(A)  the discrepancy between the figures for Notices Printed and Total Cites Issued (filed with the court), and
(B)  the month-to-month overlap in the serial numbers.

See the table's footnotes for further details.

Cam #

101L
01
LOSH
01
SHLO
01









Hwy 101
SB @
Lomas
Santa Fe

Lomas
Santa Fe
EB @
Solana
Hills
Solana
Hills
NB @
Lomas
Santa Fe



[3]
Serial
Number
Range
of
Citations
Issued
This
Month,
per
Invoices
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed/
Citations
Issued
per

Invoices
[1] [4]

Oct04











Nov04
74
17
92



[7]

183

Dec04
138
56
262



00737-
01698

456

2004











Jan05
218
129
90
129
92
48
296
154
129




00812-
02005

643
375
267

Feb05
205
125
81
77
55
53
212
102
96




01442-
02332

494
282
230

Mar05
117
53
79




01137-
02616

249

Apr05
91
51
38




01910-
02834

180

May05
85
55
49




02139-
03047

189

Jun05
76
53
44




02494-
03251

173

Jul05
215
52
64
121
60
36
65
25
20




01231-
03408

401
137
120

Aug05
13
54
21




02930-
03509

88

Sep05
12
25
25




03357-
03595

62

Oct05
[5]










Nov05
[5]










Dec05
[5]










2005











Jan06
43
18
95
67
87
53






225
138

Apr06









240
107

Jul06
92
52
116
61
90
42






298
155

Oct06









252
156

2006
[2]
810
420
(proj.)
1266
768
(proj.)
1062
570
(proj.)





56%
1668
(proj.)

Jan07
15
10
59
52
72
46






146
108

Apr07









247
147

Jul07
65
34
123
74
90
41






278
149

Oct07









231
161

2007
[2]
480
264
(proj.)
1092
756
(proj.)
972
522
(proj.)





61%
1695
(proj.)

Jan08
40
24
72
54
63
37






175
115

Apr08









224
149

Jul08
33
11
118
62
82
37






233
110

Oct08









162
105

2008
[2]
438
210
(proj.)
1140
696
(proj.)
870
444
(proj.)





55%
1437
(proj.)

Jan09
18
10
100
81
43
26






161
117

Apr09









173
103

Jul09
37
18
115
73
61
33






213
124

Oct09









194
133

2009
[2]
330
168
(proj.)
1290
924
(proj.)
624
354
(proj.)





64%
1431
(proj.)

Jan10
30
22
66
54
36
24






132
100

Mar10
31
26
66
54
139
100






236
180

Apr10
35
20
82
72
184
134






301
226

Jul10
19
16
102
79
169
119






290
214

Sep10
36
26
63
50
163
92






262
168

Oct10
24
16
71
63
146
105






241
184

2010
[2]
350
252
(proj.)
900
744
(proj.)
1674
1148
(proj.)





73%
2924
2144
(proj.)

Jan11
32
19
62
53
143
108






237
180

Feb11











Mar11
28
22
65
53
143
90






236
165

Apr11
31
21
63
47
148
95






242
163

May11











Jun11











Jul11
36
20
94
60
156
88






286
168

Aug11











Sep11
22
11
82
67
139
99






243
177

Oct11
24
16
81
59
146
95






251
170

Nov11











Dec11











2011
[2]
346
218
(proj.)
894
678
(proj.)
1750
1150
(proj.)





68%
2990
2046
(proj.)

Jan12
33
17
58
48
120
76






211
141

Feb12
25
22
67
54
117
83






209
159

Mar12
17
12
77
63
128
73






222
148

Apr12
33
21
91
75
135
93






259
189

May12
26
19
102
85
149
82






277
186

Jun12
35
28
101
91
123
92






259
211

Jul12
33
16
99
77
129
89






261
182

Aug12
0
0
100
87
168
118






268
205

Sep12
0
0
88
71
123
72






211
143

Oct12
0
0
105
94
174
121






279
215

Nov12
0
0
67
60
121
86






188
146

Dec12
0
0
63
54
119
82






182
136

2012
[2]
202
135
1018
859
1606
1067





73%
2826
2061

Jan13
0
0
65
52
152
121






217
173

Feb13
0
0
63
54
131
92






194
146

Mar13
0
0
92
76
154
102






246
178

Apr13
0
0
93
72
131
75






224
147

May13
0
0
97
71
161
108






258
179

Jun13
0
0
110
91
145
99






255
190

Jul13
0
0
117
85
101
66






218
151

Aug13
12
7
117
92
176
117






305
216

Sep13
25
17
114
99
175
107






314
223

Oct13
28
18
115
96
198
124






341
238

Nov13
27
18
75
63
165
98






267
179

Dec13
27
7
92
79
142
68






258
154

2013
[2]
119
67
1150
930
1831
1177





70%
3097
2174

Jan14
37
14
81
63
141
50






259
127

Feb14
27
11
83
52
123
33






233
96

Mar14
34
6
106
76
179
59






314
141

Apr14
39
20
125
94
187
79






351
193

May14
69
45
151
115
156
110






376
270

Jun14
25
16
171
113
184
88






380
217

Jul14
33
12
147
98
157
86






337
196

Aug14
59
40
133
108
170
109






362
257

Sep14
83
63
119
94
198
112






400
269

Oct14
61
47
124
99
182
109






367
255

Nov14
48
39
111
88
163
108






322
235

Dec14
46
35
109
80
157
102






312
217

2014
[2]
561
348
1460
1080
1997
1045





62%
4013
2473
2100
1429
Jan15
54
33
106
76
143
75






303
184

Feb15
53
30
122
90
147
77






322
197

Mar15
76
44
172
128
188
101






436
273

Apr15
39
27
121
101
184
103






344
231

May15
47
26
154
101
144
64






345
191

Jun15
69
32
117
84
148
61






334
177

Jul15
72
39
141
98
164
83






377
220

Aug15
63
38
182
140
154
82






399
260

Sep15
59
35
189
146
177
89






425
270

Oct15
60
32
185
128
175
102






420
262

Nov15
62
30
148
102
194
107






404
239

Dec15
70
39
159
113
186
109






415
261

2015
[2]
724
405
1796
1307
2004
1053





61%
4524
2765

Jan16
50
33
137
100
146
68






333
201

Feb16
81
34
170
123
192
119






443
276

Mar16
58
26
184
140
170
87






412
253

Apr16
72
53
181
146
197
131






450
330

May16
90
65
174
111
190
117






454
293

Jun16
66
44
204
146
186
117






456
307

Jul16
[9]
72
38
200
122
165
90






437
250

Aug16











Sep16











Oct16











Nov16











Dec16











2016
[2]
834
510
(proj.)
2100
1532
(proj.)
2162
1278
(proj.)





65%
5096
3320
(proj.)

Cam #

101L
01
LOSH
01
SHLO
01









Hwy 101
SB @
Lomas
Santa Fe

Lomas
Santa Fe
EB @
Solana
Hills
Solana
Hills
NB @
Lomas
Santa Fe



[3]
Serial
Number
Range
of
Citations
Issued
This
Month,
per
Invoices
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed/
Citations
Issued
per

Invoices
[1] [4]


This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.

Official reports, 2004 - 2010
Official reports, 2010 - 2012
Official reports, 2010 - 2013
Official reports, 2012
Official reports, 2013 - 2014
Official reports, 2014 - 2015
Official reports, 2006 - 2015
Official reports, 2010, 2011 and late 2015
Official reports, early 2016


[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  Totals are as provided by the City.
[2]  Annual or six month total, or annual or six month projection, is by highwayrobbery.net.  The 2016 projection is based upon Jan. - June.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4]  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 will be posted.  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 Nominations mailed (not filed with the court, a.k.a. Snitch Tickets).   Figures in blue type (or, if you are looking at this table in black and white, in italic type) are total Cites Issued (filed with the court), per RedFlex's monthly invoices to the City.
[5]  Data for these months has not been requested.
[6]  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.
[7]  Data was requested on:
[8]  The reports for these months omitted figures for camera 101L.  We have asked for new reports.
[9]  The report for this month was generated less than ten days after the end of the month, so may not reflect the full number of tickets issued.





Solana Beach Docs Set # 2
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Right Turns

An official report showed that in 2014, 56% of the City's tickets were for right turns.




Solana Beach Docs Set # 3
"Late Time" Graphs

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

101L - July 2005
101L - July 2010

LOSH - July 2005
LOSH- July 2010

SHLO - July 2005
SHLO - July 2010

All cameras, July 2012

All cameras, Oct. 2014

All Cameras, June 2016

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




Solana Beach Docs Set # 4
The Contract (Renewing in Early 2015?)

2003 Contract
2009 Amendment


The 2009 amendment appears to be flat rate except that it contains, in Exhibit B, this "deficit" clause: 

Except where a balance remains unpaid due to a deficit in the gross cash received as described herein, the City agrees to pay the provider within thirty (30) days after the invoice is received.

The 2009 amendment, for a five-year extension ending in Oct. 2014, allows the City to terminate the program with 30 days notice.

Per City documents received in June 2013, the City was paying $2364 per camera, per month.

U-T Editorial

On Oct. 10, 2013, several days before the hearing scheduled for the city council in Poway to consider their staff's
recommendation to remove the cameras from that City, the Union-Tribune published an editorial which recommended:

"Letís eliminate every trace of this bad civic memory.
And to city leaders in Oceanside, Vista, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar ó itís time to do likewise.
The cameras are simply not doing the intended job."


Early 2015:  Contract Renewal Coming?

In early 2015 we heard that staff was negotiating a new contract with RedFlex and the parties were very close to agreement. 

The program should be evaluated, for effectiveness, before a contract is negotiated or signed.  Among other things, an explanation is needed as to why ticketing has not decreased after years of enforcement but is in fact rising, with 2014 and early 2015 ticketing much higher than in previous years.  (Any evaluation should be done by a person having professional credentials in statistics and who is completely independent of the City and the sheriff; and after such an evaluation is published, and before any hearing is held before the Council, there should be a review period of a couple weeks to provide time for the public to comment on the evaluation.)

Also, there is the question of the rent.  For the last five years the City has paid $2364 to $2386 per camera per month, and the proposed new contract may continue at that same amount, despite the fact that the City has had its RedFlex cameras for a long time, since 2004. Here is how RedFlex has agreed to reward another City's loyalty.

 
Table from the Mar. 2014 contract between the City of Elk Grove, California and RedFlex, for that City's system of five cameras.

If Solana Beach agrees to another five year extension and continues to pay the old price, the City will pay an extra $155,520 over the five years (compared to Elk Grove's prices), and to cover that extra rent the City will need to issue an extra 1556 tickets (assuming that the City receives $100 of revenue from each ticket issued).


This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of Mar. 2,  2015.




Solana Beach Docs Set # 5
Info on City's Website?

I have not been able to find a red light camera program info page on either the City's or the sheriff's website. 





Solana Beach Docs Set # 6
More Coming


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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