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

City of Ventura Documents
(and Information)

Ventura, pop. 101,000, is on the coast 53 miles west of Los Angeles.


New camera locations may be coming in 2017.  See Set # 2, below.


Some of Ventura's tickets can possibly 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.




In 2018, 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. 

  In 2016 she voted 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.




If you have a ticket from the City of Ventura, please be sure to contact me.


Ventura Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts

Violations Recorded and Citations Issued

New 11-22-04, updated  8-20-17

Cam
#
BRJO
CATH
FOVI
JONB
MA10
MALE
MAMI
MIDE
MITG
TGDA
THSE
VIMO
VIOP
[8]
VIRA
VITG
VITP
-01
VITP
-03
VIVA






Bris-
tol
@
John-
son
[6]
Calif.

@
Thom-
pson
[6] [7]
Foot-
hill
@
Vic-
toria
[6]
John-
son
@
North-
bank
[6]
Main

@
101

[6]
Main

@
Lemon
Grove
[6]
Main

@
Mills

[6]
Mills

@
Dean

[6]
Mills

@
Tele-
graph
[6]
Tele-
graph
@
Day

[6]
Thom-
pson
@
Sea-
ward
[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Moon

[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Olivas
Park
[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Rals-
ton
[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Tele-
graph
[6]
Vic-
toria
Sbd
@
Tele-
phone

Tele-
phone
Ebd
@
Vic-
toria
Vic-
toria
@
Valen-
tine
[6]



Monthly
Payment
from the
Court
[10]
or
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Re-
corded/
Issued


[1]
Jul01























Aug01























Sep01






















1253
526
Oct01





89
54
67
25
75
41


148
56

218
101
59
7
255
112
202
69

193
85




1306
550
Nov01








14
9













989
356
Dec01








26
17













1131
510
2001






















8212
3338
Jan02






















1043
555
Feb02























Mar02






















1304
648
Apr02








13
11













1134
421
May02























Jun02























Jul02






















1154
572
Aug02























Sep02






















1207
541
Oct02








12
5













1300
670
Nov02























Dec02























2002
[2]






















6814
(proj.)
Jan03






















953
445
Feb03























Mar03






















1100
469
Apr03






















937
367
May03























Jun03























Jul03






















1149
594
Aug03























Sep03






















989
485
Oct03
6

15
14

29
6
58
7
5
28
31
33
25
46
73
10
42




753
428
Nov03























Dec03























2003
[2]






















5576
(proj.)
Jan04






















925
414
Feb04























Mar04






















677
341
Apr04








11
8













1238
582
May04























Jun04























Jul04






















860
406
Aug04























Sep04






















1022
311
Oct04
4

9
5
97
14
13
20
6
5
30
14
37
13
52
61
36
13




698
429
Nov04























Dec04























2004
[2]






















4966
(proj.)
Jan05






















897
481
Feb05























Mar05






















911
495
Apr05








5
4













817
386
May05























Jun05























Jul05






















869
255
Aug05























Sep05






















962
339
Oct05








9
5













957
347
Nov05























Dec05























2005
[2]






















4606
(proj.)
Jan06






















852
398
Feb06























Mar06






















1058
480
Apr06








12
2













793
307
May06























Jun06























Jul06






















982
328
Aug06























Sep06






















903
359
Oct06








6
2













809
308
Nov06























Dec06























2006
[2]






















4360
(proj.)
Jan07






















836
429
Feb07






















725
409
Mar07






















774
352
Apr07








9
3













771
341
May07






















881
332
Jun07






















792
370
Jul07






















828
373
Aug07






















899
395
Sep07






















993
352
Oct07

76
40






331
1













1329
542
Nov07






















1797
458
Dec07






















1801
376
2007
[2]





















38%
12426
4729
[2]
Jan08
9
3
53
31
17
10
7
5
98
80
35
21
23
7
40
12
1130
32
9
6
29
14
71
40
12
5
54
13
81
52
46
21
66
57
53
23




1833
432
Feb08

68
32






1012
85













1660
416
Mar08

61
28






959
140













1761
619
Apr08

43
21






1028
145













1708
491
May08

0






909
149













1538
477
Jun08

0






602
119













1360
449
Jul08
15
0
565
215
19
4
15
12
64
41
60
25
12
4
52
8
814
121
14
4
48
24
64
35
40
6
52
21
59
26
46
13
48
26
64
28




2051
613
Aug08

713
270






865
113













2316
730
Sep08

459
192






781
170













1926
712
Oct08

463
228






744
178













1952
854
Nov08

515
268






602
131













1793
841
Dec08

573
273






709
140













1786
741
2008
[2]





















34%
21684
7375
[2]
Jan09
16
4
480
284
15
7
6
3
41
27
45
38
15
6
36
19
504
94
8
4
16
13
58
28
26
13
7
3
35
18
48
41
37
27
62
29




1455
658
Feb09

389
207






274
88













1093
542
Mar09

454
187






323
101













1270
563
Apr09

513
170






327
69













1333
481
May09

496
186






281
92













1274
509
Jun09

467
158






272
66













1222
453
Jul09
[7]
3
1
152
56
14
8
13
8
55
31
38
18
20
5
53
22
320
95
6
1
22
7
46
28
13
8
27
12
23
5
19
11
55
39
53
20




931
375
Aug09

96
33






281
85













867
370
Sep09

88
24




















827
367
Oct09

56
18




















853
401
Nov09

69
17




















795
350
Dec09

80
26




















830
431
2009
[2]





















43%
12750
5500
[2]
Jan10

76
28




















689
325
Feb10

70
22




















699
365
Mar10

76
27




















844
426
Apr10

83
27




















837
388
May10

88
17




















909
382
Jun10

99
29




















783
336
Jul10

103
35




















794
360
Aug10

100
28




















873
411
Sep10

66
9




















805
347
Oct10

74
24




















762
375
Nov10
10
6
47
15
13
8
10
4
55
44
25
16
35
17
38
17
124
63
6
6
14
6
49
26
33
22
15
8
23
16
35
22
38
27
48
19




618
342
Dec10

72
24






205
74













666
337
2010
[2]





















47%
9279
4394
[2]
Jan11

73
21






247
105












$42,606
750
402
Feb11

62
13






234
66













683
317
Mar11

81
25






252
84













779
375
Apr11

95
29






25
85













786
366
May11

49
14






232
78













783
392
Jun11

68
26






252
91













786
381
Jul11

76
24






267
82












$37,500
815
348
Aug11

76
24






285
85













959
426
Sep11

64
14






242
113













814
424
Oct11
3
1
24
0
19
10
6
4
72
50
24
21
35
18
47
23
801
124
11
7
18
10
53
31
35
24
20
10
50
35
40
20
42
36
46
26




1346
450
Nov11

112
12






212
64













890
377
Dec11

148
38






35
21













848
417
2011
[2]





















46%
10239
4678
[2]
Cam
#
BRJO
CATH
FOVI
JONB
MA10
MALE
MAMI
MIDE
MITG
TGDA
THSE
VIMO
VIOP
[8]
VIRA
VITG
VITP
-01
VITP
-03
VIVA





Jan12
14
5
139
48
18
5
19
5
73
44
12
7
17
8
97
25
40
29
9
0
25
13
31
16
37
27
37
20
49
29
38
17
41
31
64
22




760
351
Feb12
11
7
183
66
54
4
19
8
53
35
30
17
35
10
81
31
66
34
9
2
25
14
24
13
32
15
40
17
43
22
36
22
36
33
47
18




824
368
Mar12
19
7
152
40
32
4
14
10
23
13
21
12
24
8
93
25
75
47
15
5
31
17
33
18
16
6
35
16
55
29
52
32
59
43
62
21




811
353
Apr12
22
6
173
35
26
4
27
12
0
0
25
17
39
8
91
21
77
40
12
2
32
22
31
11
21
7
45
16
39
15
37
20
38
23
72
22




807
281
May12
28
5
172
48
51
5
26
16
0
0
31
17
44
17
88
25
62
30
17
3
36
27
40
24
32
12
34
22
45
23
39
19
40
24
66
26




853
343
Jun12
17
7
203
32
6
1
19
10
0
0
27
13
45
13
99
33
57
30
6
2
61
38
44
20
26
15
43
17
39
21
41
19
51
33
79
22




863
326
Jul12
10
4
206
62
13
2
16
9
54
28
28
9
44
12
79
23
57
31
24
3
36
26
22
13
24
10
38
21
36
23
33
21
46
33
68
26




834
356
Aug12
16
3
180
54
18
4
17
9
78
45
36
19
35
14
98
19
58
33
12
4
43
27
45
19
21
9
46
27
51
21
38
24
67
48
80
33




939
412
Sep12
18
11
172
47
35
2
20
3
52
27
32
13
45
20
97
32
56
31
21
5
23
18
42
25
26
10
38
15
71
43
40
24
56
38
66
28




910
392
Oct12
24
11
179
51
6
4
36
15
48
26
37
25
39
18
91
29
82
37
11
4
35
21
31
15
36
21
43
22
30
18
60
41
63
41
55
17




906
416
Nov12
15
5
173
40
7
6
40
24
34
26
30
14
36
12
74
20
55
31
7
2
29
22
40
23
25
17
45
14
44
24
55
33
47
37
77
28




833
378
Dec12
12
8
159
42
6
3
29
18
32
23
15
4
51
19
83
28
44
26
9
0
36
28
31
14
28
11
44
24
37
20
36
20
46
38
59
20




757
346
2012
[2]
206
79
2091
565
272
44
282
139
447
267
324
167
454
159
1071
311
729
399
152
32
414
273
414
211
324
160
488
231
539
288
505
292
590
422
795
283



43%
10097
4322
[2]
Jan13





















$45,709
782
309
Feb13






















776
331
Mar13






















857
418
Apr13






















822
402
May13
[8]
11
6
179
65
7
3
13
4
65
38
16
10
29
8
79
44
65
36
5
1
21
16
35
19
25
14
45
23
34
15
62
49
38
21
74
39




803
411
Jun13
[8]
15
8
176
55
4
2
28
13
56
39
23
11
26
7
95
46
67
41
9
4
27
22
62
41
40
23
50
26
27
14
37
25
37
20
62
37




841
434
Jul13
16
4
195
50
3
1
17
7
59
42
47
29
35
9
102
40
70
43
12
4
32
23
54
33
29
14
42
14
9
6
46
36
34
16
76
28



$41,784
878
399
Aug13
[8]
12
0
200
63
13
3
21
11
127
82
45
21
35
7
100
52
87
48
15
4
51
37
61
39
31
11
43
21
25
12
48
35
70
47
73
34




1057
527
Sep13
[8]
16
6
179
43
6
2
14
7
136
67
59
23
40
7
91
46
71
42
13
4
42
31
73
41
18
11
50
20
102
57
65
58
53
39
61
22




1089
526
Oct13
17
8
160
40
6
2
14
4
162
120
44
23
45
8
94
40
96
69
10
4
36
24
87
52
31
13
65
20
72
40
41
30
85
70
55
17




1120
584
Nov13
[8]
15
7
141
32
6
2
20
12
130
100
36
21
40
11
74
34
77
33
10
2
28
21
70
43
20
13
43
19
85
43
46
42
58
43
82
41




981
529
Dec13
[8]
11
1
108
17
2
0
15
7
150
117
36
13
46
8
100
50
68
36
8
0
41
21
66
40
0
0
46
15
80
37
48
40
59
46
62
29




946
477
2013





















49%
10952
5347
[1]
Jan14

143
41










0
0








$58,403
948
510
Feb14

159
35










16
4








$56,792
918
455
Mar14
17
2
237
58
5
0
28
5
134
91
25
12
35
5
97
44
93
50
7
3
78
46
87
37
6
2
31
12
88
49
61
51
65
46
78
37



$56,954
1172
550
Apr14






















1158
564
May14






















1145
564
Jun14






















1052
548
Jul14






















1045
528
Aug14
17
9
205
60
3
0
24
16
163
116
43
22
44
4
126
66
81
42
15
4
51
38
96
57
28
12
60
20
50
24
64
48
71
45
81
35




1222
617
Sep14






















1135
542
Oct14






















1174
520
Nov14






















927
444
Dec14






















1021
432
2014





















46%
12924
6274
[1]
Jan15
13
5
217
63
4
0
24
18
77
58
35
19
34
10
104
56
77
52
6
3
39
30
86
47
12
5
28
12
99
48
35
27
58
49
77
42



$47,459
1025
544
Feb15
15
5
181
57
17
0
27
16
68
51
44
31
40
19
87
35
63
49
11
6
35
20
69
34
17
10
48
21
72
44
46
35
55
43
69
29




964
505
Mar15
16
9
217
79
6
2
12
10
76
54
39
22
25
11
76
39
76
40
14
9
31
21
64
35
17
7
39
18
84
45
30
25
49
37
60
27




931
490
Apr15
10
10
223
85
10
0
14
7
122
84
37
18
28
7
79
46
62
34
14
9
23
14
69
47
13
8
41
20
59
27
32
23
81
64
58
25




975
528
May15
17
11
216
86
10
3
22
12
126
85
32
20
28
6
96
55
69
39
11
6
36
20
56
27
15
8
42
17
63
29
25
19
55
39
39
24




958
506
Jun15
14
8
246
127
6
3
10
6
158
115
38
21
28
5
90
57
70
43
10
5
34
27
52
24
25
16
45
18
45
28
17
12
52
29
21
9




961
553
Jul15
15
8
253
103
10
7
19
9
163
117
44
23
23
7
83
55
84
40
9
5
34
27
54
30
24
13
46
23
42
19
12
9
45
24
29
12



$54,348
989
531
Aug15
17
9
241
92
2
1
17
11
174
112
48
25
45
8
93
55
76
33
17
7
68
49
63
32
35
19
59
20
85
48
24
13
79
46
30
12




1173
592
Sep15
23
13
213
79
5
4
17
10
162
89
51
25
32
9
114
63
101
66
16
10
56
29
70
31
24
10
45
14
94
51
33
19
64
41
38
16




1158
579
Oct15
26
10
244
123
4
1
29
15
151
113
49
32
28
21
114
73
105
67
16
11
55
35
67
30
31
15
56
23
92
49
51
32
60
36
33
14



$57,762
1211
700
Nov15
13
8
257
122
15
9
36
24
155
122
38
25
14
5
94
59
95
67
17
14
39
30
57
25
27
15
49
27
56
35
61
40
69
55
51
18




1143
700
Dec15
13
9
252
119
7
6
24
13
130
107
35
17
45
26
95
56
81
61
8
3
55
37
57
21
18
8
44
26
42
25
68
42
74
55
52
23




1100
654
2015
[2]
192
105
2760
1135
96
36
251
151
1562
1107
490
278
370
134
1125
649
959
591
149
88
505
339
764
383
258
134
542
239
833
448
434
296
741
518
557
251



55%
12588
6882
Jan16
22
14
199
68
8
5
28
13
75
57
46
35
31
13
86
50
83
54
7
3
34
26
60
30
24
13
35
21
84
61
60
35
51
27
38
14



$65,537
971
539
Feb16
18
7
249
112
11
8
29
14
154
114
43
25
20
13
71
40
88
50
10
4
32
15
73
44
20
11
48
33
73
41
74
46
61
42
75
27




1149
646
Mar16
35
20
237
105
8
6
23
17
161
102
54
35
26
16
115
72
66
41
12
7
45
27
69
46
21
11
55
33
78
55
58
38
76
54
57
19




1196
704
Apr16
11
8
256
102
12
6
29
17
164
101
45
31
38
23
77
38
87
54
5
1
48
28
77
51
25
14
59
28
101
62
63
37
69
38
38
16



$65,634
1204
655
May16
23
18
244
110
13
7
27
11
158
109
36
23
25
11
93
57
103
71
15
4
52
25
80
48
30
13
37
22
85
54
62
40
76
45
30
11




1189
679
Jun16
24
16
252
98
10
5
23
13
239
158
88
33
36
18
91
42
79
52
6
1
56
34
64
40
34
19
54
31
52
35
55
28
99
52
49
27




1311
702
Jul16
24
13
324
153
10
7
36
16
218
123
85
36
37
20
86
41
94
58
14
3
57
31
57
35
39
23
37
12
51
33
71
34
211
115
46
19




1497
772
Aug16
19
16
272
110
7
5
40
25
223
136
68
37
43
26
93
56
105
61
13
7
90
57
78
49
45
30
61
24
84
59
80
42
230
120
68
30




1619
890
Sep16
28
16
290
128
8
5
34
25
186
115
84
47
43
27
81
42
108
54
10
7
60
35
55
37
28
14
52
14
81
44
85
59
248
154
74
28




1555
851
Oct16
29
21
285
118
14
8
36
22
193
129
64
34
39
26
87
51
135
74
20
10
26
15
56
32
35
21
46
17
109
54
70
36
184
120
66
18



$79,270
1494
806
Nov16
18
7
256
112
10
6
23
11
185
128
65
34
38
22
84
46
105
61
10
6
39
23
68
36
34
20
42
24
92
53
66
40
204
133
54
20



$67,801
1393
782
Dec16
22
16
241
94
12
9
38
19
156
107
61
33
37
23
99
60
65
42
7
5
44
24
46
29
43
27
28
13
48
31
44
33
177
113
59
31




1227
709
2016
[2]
273
172
3105
1310
123
77
366
203
2112
1379
739
403
413
238
1063
595
1118
672
129
58
583
340
783
477
378
216
554
272
938
582
788
468
1686
1013
654
260



55%
15805
8735
Cam
#
BRJO
CATH
FOVI
JONB
MA10
MALE
MAMI
MIDE
MITG
TGDA
THSE
VIMO
VIOP
VIRA
VITG
VITP
-01
VITP
-03
VIVA
[9]
[9]
[9]


Jan17
20
11
239
90
9
3
34
18
139
97
39
17
29
19
59
28
80
50
11
4
33
20
55
37
33
19
24
12
92
60
60
36
131
93
39
14




1126
628
Feb17
14
10
211
99
9
6
35
16
154
109
30
17
37
26
56
28
72
44
11
2
29
18
60
33
24
11
31
14
68
44
90
59
170
98
56
20




1157
654
Mar17
[5]






















1485
794
[5]
Apr17
25
18
318
141
6
2
35
23
219
146
52
30
39
25
73
46
102
66
11
3
38
22
58
42
38
27
25
11
70
23
52
37
187
126
60
32




1408
821
May17
26
16
226
115
8
7
12
6
216
147
58
39
32
12
57
34
113
64
14
6
40
26
38
24
31
23
16
7
39
20
75
46
76
44
41
14




1118
652
Jun17
[11]


















WATCH
OUT
WATCH
OUT
WATCH
OUT

1398
720
[11]
Jul17
[11]






















1398
720
[11]
Aug17
MAY BE
REMOVED








MAY BE
REMOVED








COMING
SOON!




Sep17























Oct17























Nov17























Dec17























2017
(proj.)
[2]
255
165
2982
1335
96
54
348
189
2184
1497
537
309
411
246
735
408
1101
672
141
45
420
258
633
408
378
240
288
132
807
441
831
534
1692
1083
588
240



55%
15583
8553
Cam
#
BRJO
CATH
FOVI
JONB
MA10
MALE
MAMI
MIDE
MITG
TGDA
THSE
VIMO
VIOP
VIRA
VITG
VITP
-01
VITP
-03
VIVA
[9]
[9]
[9]



Bris-
tol
@
John-
son
[6] [9]
Calif.

@
Thom-
pson
[6] [7]
Foot-
hill
@
Vic-
toria
[6]
John-
son
@
North-
bank
[6]
Main

@
101

[6]
Main

@
Lemon
Grove
[6]
Main

@
Mills

[6]
Mills

@
Dean

[6]
Mills

@
Tele-
graph
[6]
Tele-
graph
@
Day

[6] [9]
Thom-
pson
@
Sea-
ward
[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Moon

[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Olivas
Park
[6] [8]
Vic-
toria
@
Rals-
ton
[6]
Vic-
toria
@
Tele-
graph
[6]
Vic-
toria
Sbd
@
Tele-
phone
[6]
Tele-
phone
Ebd
@
Vic-
toria
Vic-
toria
@
Valen-
tine
[6]
Wells
and
Darling
[9]


Monthly
Payment
from the
Court
[10]
or
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Re-
corded/
Issued


[1]

This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using these official monthly reports of citations actually issued:

Official reports, 2001 - Jul07
Official reports, Jan08 - Aug09
Official reports, Sep09 - Nov10

Official reports, Jan11 - Sep12
Official reports, Sep12 - Apr13
Official reports, Oct01 & May13 - Jan14 [8]
Official reports, 2001 - 2014
Official reports, 2001-2014 (more)
Official reports, 2003 - 2015
Official reports, 2015 Mid
Official reports, 2015 Late
Official reports, Feb15 & Early 2016
Official reports, 2007 & 2016 Spring
Official reports, 2016 Late
Official reports, 2016 - 2017
Official reports, Spring 2017

[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  Totals are as provided by the City.
[2]  These annual totals, or projections, are by highwayrobbery.net.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4]  Except where noted otherwise, the figures given in the table are for the single calendar month indicated.  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.  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 any Nominations mailed (not filed with the court, a.k.a. Snitch Tickets).  Due to time limitations data may have been posted to the table only for selected months or locations.  If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months or locations will be posted.  Full official data has been received and is available at one of the links given above.
[5]  The official report for this month covered less than the full month, so we increased the official In Progress figure by the appropriate proportion of the first Sub Total Violations figure, then we increased the Approved Violations figure by the adjusted number of violations In Progress times the 55% issuance seen in 2016.
[6]  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) is not yet available.
[7]  See Set # 3, below.
[8]  For an unknown reason, the reports received in Feb. 2014 did not include the VIOP camera.  It may have been temporarily out of operation.  Reports received later included VIOP.
[9]  Two cameras are to be removed and up to three new camera locations may be coming, in 2017.  See Set # 2, below.
[10]  See Docs Set # 7, below.
[11]  The official report for these two months covered less than the full two month period, so we increased the official In Progress figure by the appropriate proportion of the first Sub Total Violations figure, then we increased the Approved Violations figure by the adjusted number of violations In Progress times the 55% issuance seen in 2016.  We divided the resulting figures by two before posting them to the table.




Ventura Docs Set # 2
Ventura Owed RedFlex $2.7 Million


Former Contract, 2002

Ventura's former main contract of 2006 (staff report) with RedFlex was signed in May 2006 and included an illegal Cost Neutrality clause, whereby the city did not have to pay RedFlex the full monthly rent (the so-called "fixed fee") if the fine revenue wasn't sufficient to cover the cost.  See Subsection B. of Defect # 10.

The 2006 contract did not require Ventura to ticket rolling rights, and the City chose - correctly - to give it very little emphasis.  Because of the resulting low fine revenue (combined with the cost neutral terms), by late 2008 Ventura had paid RedFlex $1.7 million less than the cumulative "fixed fee."  See the clause and the invoices here.

In Nov. 2008 the contract was amended to penalize the City should it choose not to enforce right-hand turn violations:

"5.  Cost neutrality is guaranteed except as follows:

[If] The city fails to enforce right turn violations (from automated red light violations), in good faith and due diligence, if and when systems are configured for this purpose as mutually agreed between Redflex and the City."

In Jan. 2009 senior VPD personnel told me that the City's position was that it did not owe RedFlex the $1.7 million.

Invoices and other documents covering March 2013 showed that in that sample month the City received $36,865 in fines from the court, kept $20,472 to cover its "Customer Operating Costs" (per Exh. D of the contract) and paid the remaining $16,392 to RedFlex, which had billed the City $37,908 (18 cameras at $2106 each).

The one-third increase in ticketing which began in Aug. 2013 put more tickets "in the pipeline," thus gradually increased the City's monthly fine revenue to the point where the City was able to pay more to RedFlex.  Invoices and other documents received in early 2014 showed that RedFlex was paid $37,111 for its services during the month of Jan. 2014, more than double what the company was paid the previous March, and much closer to the $39,424 the company began billing the City each month after a May 2013 price increase.

  Despite the increase in ticketing, b
y Summer 2014 the City owed RedFlex an additional $1 million, for a grand total of $2.7 million.


2015:  Up To Seven More Years - With a Quota?


The term of the 2008 (amended) contract ended/expired in Nov. 2013, after which it was allowed to continue on a month-to-month basis.

At a Sept. 2014 meeting the council was presented with a
staff recommendation to extend the program for up to seven years, the last four of which would come from two automatic two-year extensions.  The proposed new contract would have continued Cost Neutrality and kept the rent at $2190 per camera per month.  It provided that RedFlex would write off $1.7 million of the $2.7 million debt.

The vote to accept the staff recommendation was a 3 - 3 tie (Ayes:  Tracy, Monahan and Nasarenko, with Morehouse absent).  After that, the council unanimously adopted a new motion which was to continue the month-to-month extensions of the old contract to allow staff some time to gather more information and prepare a new report.

Post-meeting Article


Up To Seven Year Contract OK'd at March 30, 2015 Council Meeting, with More Cameras - and a Quota?

Staff Report, Powerpoint Slides, and Draft Contract
Safer Streets LA Report
Letters by highwayrobbery.net
Contract as signed 4-2-15

At the March 30 meeting the council voted 6 - 1 (Nay:  Heitmann) to accept a revised contract.  The monthly rent remained the same ($2190 per camera), but the two two-year renewals were changed from automatic to optional.

Based upon the rent other cities pay - see FAQ # 17 - Ventura should not have agreed to pay more than $1500 per camera, or $27,000 per month for all 18 cameras.
Because it agreed to continue to pay $2190 for another seven years, the City will overpay by $1 million and will need to issue an extra 10,000 tickets to cover the overpayment.


The president of RedFlex was present at the meeting, and spoke.
The $2.7 million cost neutrality debt was fully forgiven (saving $1 million over the deal presented at the Sept. 2014 meeting) and replaced with a novel (the only one in California) cost neutrality clause under which the term of the contract term will be extended one day for each $1314 the fine revenue falls short of paying RedFlex the full monthly rent of $39,424.  (If this new quota-like clause were to be applied to the now-forgiven debt of $2.7 million, the extension would be 2055 days or 5.6 years.)  Anticipating concerns about possible lengthy extensions, the staff report said: 

"Redflex... will relocate three existing red light camera approaches..." and " ... once we move the 3 locations we anticipate revenue to increase and therefore the [potential] extension to decrease."

Here is a survey RedFlex did, to look at potential ticketing at possible new locations.

Ventura possible new
                    camera sites - survey
From 5-12-15 email RedFlex sent to City, obtained 12-19-16.  The cut-off bottom is as received from the City.

The March 30 staff report also included this deceptive table.

City of Ventura 3-30-15 staff report, pg. 4
Image from pg. 4 of staff report prepared for 3-30-15 Ventura council meeting

The claimed reduction of accidents (down 75%), including a large change between 2006 and 2007, may be explained by this response staff made to questioning by Mayor Heitmann (at 3:20:20 on the video): 

"The way the police department reports collisions now is vastly different than we did when we started this program. Now we only report - correct me if I'm wrong - now we only report injury or major property damage collisions.  That's different.  Our total collision numbers are down quite a bit because the reporting is different."

The new contract does not include a Termination for Convenience ("escape") clause, so the City is locked in to the contract until the initial three-year period ends in March 2018.
If, in 2018 and 2020 the city council approves the two two-year extensions, the contract will continue until 2022.

To see how much money the City has received from the Court, see Set # 7, below.  The figures are also posted in a column in Set # 1, above.     
  
This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of 3-18-17.



Ventura Docs Set # 3
Two ( ! ) Grand Jury Reports (2009 and 2013)

2009 Report Recommends Longer Yellows


In June 2009 the Ventura County Grand Jury issued a report recommending the the yellow at the California/Thompson intersection be lengthened.
  The Calif./Thompson ticket counts for July 2009 onward (see table above) show a reduced ticket volume, which will make it more difficult for the City to pay off the debt it owes RedFlex.
See
article (including link to the 2009 report).

2013 Grand Jury Report Questions Validity of Tickets from Cameras, Discusses Removal

Some excerpts from the
report:

"Also, increased time for the yellow turn arrows and delayed green lights would help the confusion at the Corridor traffic signals.  Further, the Grand Jury recommends that traffic planners initiate the process to complete the connection from westbound Hwy 126 to the southbound Hwy 101.  If these recommendations are not implemented, red light cameras along the Corridor should be removed."

"The Grand Jury found that red light camera tickets issued along the Corridor may be questioned as to their validity due to driver confusion.  While the red light camera tickets appear to be legal, they may not be ethically or morally justified."

"The intersection at Victoria and Telephone Road appears to be the major intersection on this route that highlights the traffic flow problems along the Corridor.  The Grand Jury found that the left turn lanes at this intersection have created many red light camera tickets."

The City was required to
respond, and that response was discussed at the July 15, 2013 council meeting.

If you would like to read some grand jury reports from other counties, about their red light cameras, see the Grand Jury entry in the Site Index.


Ventura Docs Set # 4
"Late Time" Bar Graphs


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

Jul. 2002:  BRJO - MITG
Jul. 2002:  TGDA - VIVA


Jul. 2010:  BRJO - MITG
Jul. 2010:  TGDA - VIVA

Jul. 2012:  BRJO - MITG
Jul. 2012:  TGDA - VIVA

In 2014 Ventura stated that the bar graphs are no longer available.

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




Ventura Docs Set # 5
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Left Turns

An official report showed that in 2014, 53% of the City's tickets were for left turns.





Ventura Docs Set # 6
No More Info on City's Website


When the program first started the City had a
lot of information posted on its website.  But by 2011 the information was no longer available online as the link had become dead.


VPD Web Page as of 2015, with Dead Link




Ventura Docs Set # 7
How Much $$$ They Get


In May 2016 we asked the Ventura County Superior Court how much red light camera fine money Oxnard and the City of Ventura were getting, during selected months.  Here is the table they sent. 
The figures from this table have also been posted in a column in Set # 1, above.

Court disbursement of
                      fine revenue to Ventura 

In March 2017 the City of Ventura sent us
documents showing the revenue during selected months in 2014 and 2016.
Those figures have also been posted in a column in Set # 1, above.




Ventura Docs Set # 8
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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