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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 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 also voted to put an additional LA County-wide sales tax, going to Metro, on the Nov. 2016 ballot - and it passed.  (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.




Solana Beach Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts

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

New 11-14-05, updated 9-12-18

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 (in 2005).

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/
Per
Official
Monthly
CMR
Reports
and
Citations
Issued
per

Invoices
[1] [4] [11]
All Citations
Issued
Rolling
Right
Citations
per
CVC 21455.5(i)
Annual
Reports:
[10]


Revenue
from
Court
(thou-
sands)

[12]
Oct04












Nov04
[11]
74
17
92



[7]

183


Dec04
[11]
138
56
262



00737-
01698

456


2004












Jan05
[11]
218
129
90
129
92
48
296
154
129




00812-
02005

643
375
267


Feb05
[11]
205
125
81
77
55
53
212
102
96




01442-
02332

494
282
230


Mar05
[11]
117
53
79




01137-
02616

249


Apr05
[11]
91
51
38




01910-
02834

180


May05
[11]
85
55
49




02139-
03047

189


Jun05
[11]
76
53
44




02494-
03251

173


Jul05
[11]
215
52
64
121
60
36
65
25
20




01231-
03408

401
137
120


Aug05
[11]
13
54
21




02930-
03509

88


Sep05
[11]
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
1715
1124

Jan14
37
14
81
63
141
50






259
127

18
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

18
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
1946
1092

Jan15
54
33
106
76
143
75






303
184

21
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

16
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
2190
1075

Jan16
50
33
137
100
146
68






333
201

24
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
82
53
234
175
184
127






500
355

27
Aug16









498
315


Sep16









435
277


Oct16









461
242


Nov16









489
294


Dec16









433
254


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





65%
5364
3397
(actual)
2848
1465

Jan17









343
184

25
Feb17









422
265


Mar17









494
313


Apr17









449
270

27
May17









499
261


Jun17
122
42
296
143
208
92






626
277


Jul17









602
349

25
Aug17









554
362


Sep17









511
308


Oct17









454
302

18
Nov17









435
257


Dec17









436
270


2017
[1]
1118
615
2620
1635
2087
1168





59%
5825
3418


Jan18









402
211

15
Feb18









399
245


Mar18









430
229


Apr18









452
262

18
May18









445
281


Jun18
58
34
246
173
178
118






482
325


Jul18











19
Aug18











22
Sep18












Oct18












Nov18












Dec18












2018
[2]












Cam #

101L
01
LOSH
01
SHLO
01










Hwy 101
SB @
Lomas
Santa Fe
[4]

Lomas
Santa Fe
EB @
Solana
Hills
[4]
Solana
Hills
NB @
Lomas
Santa Fe
[4]



[3]
Serial
Number
Range
of
Citations
Issued
This
Month,
per
Invoices
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed/
Per
Official
Monthly
CMR
Reports
and
Citations
Issued
per

Invoices
[1] [4] [11]
All Citations
Issued
Rolling
Right
Citations
per
CVC 21455.5(i)
Annual
Reports:
[10]
Revenue
from
Court
(thou-
sands)

[12]

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
Official reports, 2016 - 2017
Official reports, 2017 - 2018

[  ] 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 and 2017 projections are based upon the data shown in the table above.
[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).  
[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.
[10]  From the annual reports required, beginning with 2013, by CVC 21455.5(i).  They become available by the Fall of the following year.
[11]  Until 2009 the City paid $89 for each cite issued, up to 179 cites per camera per month, and $80 each for additional cites.  On Nov. 12, 2005 the city clerk's office supplied copies of RedFlex monthly invoices containing camera-by-camera totals of Citations Issued (filed with the court).  Those 2004 & 2005 figures were entered into the table, above, as Total Citations Issued per Invoices and are in blue type (or, if you are looking at this table in black and white, in italic type).  Since the 2009 contract amendment the City has paid a flat rate per month regardless of how many tickets are issued.
[12]  From reports received from the Court.






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

All Cameras, June 2018

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 (Renewed in 2017)

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 (plus three optional one-year extensions), 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."

In early 2015 we heard that staff was negotiating a new contract with RedFlex and the parties were very close to agreement, so we wrote to them about the following concerns.  

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 [2009 -
2014] 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).


From March 3, 2015 email to Solana Beach City Council


Instead of negotiating a new contract in 2015, the City took the second and third of the optional one-year extensions, resulting in a new expiration date of Oct. 2017.


Extension on Sept. 12, 2017 Council Agenda

The
staff report recommended an up-to-eight year extension of the program, at the same price ($2386) as before and the council approved it 5 - 0 with no discussion except that Councilmember Zito (seconded by another councilmember) asked that, at a later date, there be an item to consider the efficacy of the cameras.  The contract contains an escape clause (section 7.2 of the 2009 contract) so the City will continue to have the ability to shut off the cameras on 30 days notice, with no penalty. 

Over the potential eight years ending in 2025 (a five-year initial term and three optional one-year extensions) the City will pay $255,168 too much, compared to Elk Grove's prices.  It should also be noted that the nearby City of Del Mar, which has three cameras, pays RedFlex $1578 per month per camera.


RedFlex Proposal to Solana Beach
Our Opposition Letter
Staff Report Update, Sept. 12
Our Opposition to Staff Report Update
Support by RedFlex, Sept. 12
Opposition by SaferStreets LA
Signed Contract

Post-meeting Article


This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of Sept. 12, 2017.




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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