RED LIGHT CAMERAS
you haven't already done so, please read the
Solana Beach section on the Camera Towns page
City of Solana Beach Documents
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 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.
Violations Recorded, Notices Printed, and Citations
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
The City's use of Nominations (a.k.a. Snitch
Tickets) probably explains,
See the table's footnotes for further details.
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.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 Annual or six month total, or annual or six month projection, is by highwayrobbery.net. The 2016 projection is based upon Jan. - June.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 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.
 Data for these months has not been requested.
 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.
 Data was requested on:
 The reports for these months omitted figures for camera 101L. We have asked for new reports.
 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
The City provided bar graphs of Late
Times, etcetera, for all of its cameras.
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 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.
In early 2015 we heard that staff was negotiating a
new contract with RedFlex and the parties were very
close to agreement.
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.
Solana Beach Docs Set # 5
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
There may be some more information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
RED LIGHT CAMERAS