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City of Vista Documents (Program Closed)

Vista, pop. 85,000, is 30 miles north of San Diego and 5 miles inland of Oceanside and Carlsbad



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. 4, 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 - 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.



 

Vista Docs Set # 1
  Fake / Snitch Ticket, a.k.a. "Nomination"

Some of Vista's "tickets" can be ignored.  If your ticket does not have the Superior Court's name and address on it, it is a fake ticket, what I call a "Snitch Ticket."  For more details, see the Snitch Ticket section on the Your Ticket page.



Vista Docs Set # 2
Ticket Counts

Violations Recorded and Notices Printed [4]

New 11-3-10, updated 2-16-17

Cam #
ESSA
01
CCSA
01
EMVW
01
HAME
01
MEHA
01
SAES
01
SACC
01
SAVI
01
SYSH
01
VISA
01
VWEM
01





CITY
OF
VISTA

RED
LIGHT
CAMERAS
Civic Center
(formerly
Escondido
Avenue)
SB@
Santa Fe
[9]

Left
Emerald
SB@
Vista Way





Thru
Hacienda
WB@
Melrose




Thru &
Left
Melrose
NB@
Hacienda





Thru
Santa Fe
WB@
Civic
Center
(formerly
Escondido
Avenue)
[9]
Thru & Left
Santa Fe
NB@
Vista
Village



Left
Syca-
more
SB@
Shadow
Ridge



Vista
Village
EB@
Santa Fe


Thru &
Left
Vista Way
WB@
Emerald




Thru &
Left
[3]

Total
Citations
Issued
as %
of Events
Re-
corded
Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
[1] [4]

Jun04














Jul04
180
53
356
216
452
103
333
146
749
152
498
136
0
0
854
231
207
110



3629
1147

Aug04
128
57
302
210
415
107
353
158
780
117
481
95
0
0
703
293
216
103



3378
1140

Sep04
126
56
424
263
392
74
314
98
647
143
335
41
0
0
570
226
184
74



2992
975

Oct04
78
40
350
237
323
120
319
75
588
215
327
44
0
0
513
273
174
96



2672
1100

Nov04












2232
1121

Dec04












1670
836

2004
[2]












12638
(proj.)

Jan05
67
30
208
124
254
120
225
118
436
182
276
107
0
0
583
340
119
73



2168
1094

Mar05












1831
954

Apr05












1788
852

Jul05
72
27
261
132
135
21
222
89
354
83
243
100
0
0
530
229
32
10



1849
691

Sep05












1645
636

Oct05












1591
665

2005
[2]












9784
(proj.)

Jan06
56
30
219
176
64
29
95
44
215
108
109
47
0
0
201
121
32
12



991
567

Feb06












1258
820

Mar06












1219
841

Apr06












1126
608

May06












1470
876

Jun06












1882
815

Jul06
43
32
175
81
182
18
104
37
374
135
95
42
405
109
525
195
107
24



2010
673

Aug06












1841
1079

Sep06












1552
900

Oct06












1735
810

Nov06












1238
688

Dec06












1448
849

2006
[2]












9526

Jan07
31
16
162
129
163
103
75
39
261
172
47
39
184
126
522
325
95
53



1540
1002

Mar07












1599
915

Apr07












1235
644

Jul07
22
17
137
102
79
14
102
56
148
74
59
40
255
164
410
206
82
39



1294
712

Sep07












854
416

Oct07












999
565

2007
[2]












8508
(proj.)

Jan08
18
14
146
117
9
6
72
41
85
53
20
16
168
134
63
35
106
57



687
473

Mar08












663
344

Apr08












701
354

Jul08
7
2
104
64
191
59
79
43
133
56
31
18
363
209
65
32
231
43



1204
526

Sep08












967
534

Oct08












1146
691

2008
[2]












5844
(proj.)

Jan09
28
16
96
69
97
43
67
38
75
48
29
20
208
155
72
34
224
74



896
490

Mar09












1130
537

Apr09












1229
604

Jul09
18
9
119
79
109
27
54
28
110
39
21
9
459
326
63
36
241
48



1194
601

Sep09












1140
695

Oct09












1197
735

2009
[2]












7324
(proj.)

Jan10
12
9
109
71
114
58
50
34
89
49
12
5
341
234
48
35
182
39



957
534

Feb10
[5]












Mar10












887
508

Apr10












853
529

May10
[5]












Jun10
[5]












Jul10
7
4
149
103
159
59
47
29
84
36
27
18
183
137
76
56
97
37



785
479

Aug10
[5]












Sep10
15
9
162
123
136
68
64
37
91
41
46
25
386
292
76
49
103
57



1079
701

Oct10












926
626

Nov10
[5]












Dec10
[5]












2010
[2]












6754
(proj.)

Jan11












894
552

Feb11












854
510

Mar11












894
510

Apr11












828
480

May11












909
544

Jun11












898
477

Jul11
5
3
104
65
152
42
67
40
95
44
15
8
374
236
73
32
81
20



966
490

Aug11












1021
630

Sep11












856
562

Oct11












941
490

Nov11












750
433

Dec11












833
511

2011
[2]












6189

Jan12












823
528

Feb12












774
481

Mar12












889
545

Apr12












911
620

May12
17
8
147
118
128
62
57
36
84
48
26
14
338
279
81
57
50
24



928
646

Jun12












897
598

Jul12












900
529

Aug12












948
617

Sep12












933
557

Oct12












907
502

Nov12












803
497

Dec12












717
456

2012
[2]












6576

Jan13












771
484

Feb13












735
459

Mar13












798
471

Apr13












957
632

May13












877
561

Jun13












1004
634

Jul13












831
546

Aug13












930
565

Sep13












864
516

Oct13
22
13
179
128
82
35
75
48
81
42
26
14
389
293
93
71
62
32



1009
676

Nov13












800
513

Dec13












854
542

2013
[2]












6599

Cam #
ESSA
01
CCSA
01
EMVW
01
HAME
01
MEHA
01
SAES
01
SACC
01
SAVI
01
SYSH
01
VISA
01
VWEM
01





Jan14
17
5
161
104
135
56
53
32
52
34
20
14
287
196
106
67
59
24



890
532

Feb14
17
8
174
124
143
48
64
36
51
23
17
7
273
184
82
43
56
20



877
493

Mar14
20
12
157
109
174
68
76
51
94
44
33
20
404
277
97
70
64
29



1119
680

Apr14
15
10
180
143
153
64
76
41
87
44
32
13
360
257
91
64
49
15



1043
651

May14
21
13
150
116
203
98
75
47
152
87
40
25
407
265
72
40
58
28



1178
719

Jun14
13
10
133
90
147
51
89
58
191
84
27
20
548
378
71
45
51
22



1270
758

Jul14
9
7
104
76
157
63
140
83
132
60
25
15
404
277
71
41
72
28



1114
650

Aug14
15
9
150
100
179
67
252
105
167
89
23
17
392
275
68
43
56
22



1302
727

Sep14
22
16
131
95
203
68
280
130
149
80
31
17
344
246
57
25
67
30



1284
707

Oct14
27
17
196
155
158
65
256
114
143
84
37
26
503
377
116
80
73
37



1509
955

Nov14
20
9
143
102
141
31
224
96
150
74
28
19
462
303
87
57
48
21



1303
712

Dec14
21
11
154
111
163
71
221
97
125
63
28
12
434
268
79
53
46
19



1271
705

2014
[2]












8289

Jan15
26
18
144
105
133
75
222
106
112
66
38
28
291
202
72
47
61
31



1099
678

Feb15
20
15
145
116
186
95
199
99
132
81
27
19
429
318
65
44
51
24



1254
811

Mar15
22
12
157
132
214
95
276
118
154
81
36
23
517
373
77
38
87
42



1540
914

Apr15
30
15
178
136
46
19
70
29
140
75
44
23
578
433
82
41
72
36



1240
807

May15
33
21
172
113
0
0
0
0
147
80
47
35
494
338
69
44
79
28



1041
659

Jun15
[11]
15
10
190
139
186
79
29
17
156
93
37
24
536
358
92
50
80
34



1321
804

Jul15
[11]
14
1
124
78
147
52
42
17
169
97
41
20
413
278
59
39
101
39



1110
621

Aug15
13
8
157
112
171
43
49
23
182
112
65
44
450
327
56
31
113
54



1256
754

Sep15
19
12
128
82
200
77
42
22
154
78
62
32
421
273
83
41
116
56



1225
673

Oct15
17
9
135
93
91
45
48
20
189
112
18
8
427
286
76
47
122
54



1123
674

Nov15
7
5
148
94
166
93
38
18
171
84
11
6
425
305
73
46
85
37



1124
688

Dec15
17
7
133
80
144
82
48
20
165
86
8
5
369
251
81
45
86
43



1051
619

2015
[2]












8702

Jan16
8
4
117
78
153
74
36
11
171
99
6
4
381
266
83
52
98
46



1053
634

Feb16
19
11
171
88
179
86
54
24
189
94
16
7
453
329
81
50
115
52



1277
741

Mar16
27
15
184
123
151
48
59
25
175
87
23
10
464
312
70
41
114
58



1267
719

Apr16
14
5
212
133
187
63
72
29
190
82
37
21
496
312
78
45
122
62



1408
752

May16
14
8
179
80
190
70
70
23
166
86
47
31
502
310
82
36
114
51



1364
695

Jun16
12
6
183
90
163
69
68
22
168
86
42
27
566
355
78
37
103
49



1383
741

Jul16
23
11
167
89
190
69
63
24
203
120
49
19
519
317
84
42
124
56



1422
747

Aug16
25
8
251
149
196
67
64
31
215
111
106
53
546
338
90
49
133
59



1626
865

Sep16
45
23
223
134
166
71
93
35
176
81
94
51
444
300
91
47
133
67



1465
809

Oct16
29
9
231
127
173
57
69
24
160
74
84
39
435
278
65
29
124
36



1370
673

Nov16












1145
589

Dec16

C
L
O
S
E
D







2016
[2]












8689
(proj.)

Cam #
ESSA
01
CCSA
01
EMVW
01
HAME
01
MEHA
01
SAES
01
SACC
01
SAVI
01
SYSH
01
VISA
01
VWEM
01





CITY
OF
VISTA

RED
LIGHT
CAMERAS

[8]
Civic Center
(formerly
Escondido
Avenue)
SB@
Santa Fe
[9]

Left
Emerald
SB@
Vista Way





Thru
Hacienda
WB@
Melrose




Thru &
Left
Melrose
NB@
Hacienda





Thru
Santa Fe
WB@
Civic
Center
(formerly
Escondido
Avenue)
E[9]
Thru & Left
Santa Fe
NB@
Vista
Village



Left
Syca-
more
SB@
Shadow
Ridge



Vista
Village
EB@
Santa Fe


Thru &
Left
Vista Way
WB@
Emerald




Thru &
Left
[3]

Total
Citations
Issued
as %
of Events
Re-
corded
Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
[1] [4]

This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official reports provided by the City under the California Public Records Act.

2004 - 2010 Official Reports
2010 - 2012 Official Reports
2010 - 2013 Official Reports
2013 - 2014 Official Reports
2004 - 2014 Official Reports
2005 - 2015 Official Reports
2015 (early) Official Reports
2015 (late) Official Reports
2016 Official Reports
Nov. 2016 Official Report

[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  Totals are as provided by the City.
[2]  These annual totals, or annual projections, are by highwayrobbery.net.  The 2016 projection assumes the cameras will run until the end of December.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4]  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 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).
[5]  Monthly data has not been requested from the City.
[6]  The street and direction of enforcement (north, south, east, west, thru, left, right) is not yet available.
[7]
  Monthly data was requested on: ----
[8]  The heading is repeated here, solely for the reader's convenience.  It is the same as the heading at the top of the table.
[9]  In 2010 most of Escondido Avenue was renamed Civic Center Drive.
[10]  The report for this month was generated ten days or less after the end of the month, shows a number of violations "in progress," so the "Approved Violations" figure given in the report may not reflect the full number of tickets eventually issued.  The citywide "Total" figure published in the table above was adjusted as follows:   500 + (166x500/511).
[11]  In Summer 2015 the yellows were lengthened at some signals.  See Set # 6, below.





Vista Docs Set # 3
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Right Turns

An official report showed that in 2014, 62% of the City's tickets were for turns, mostly right turns.




Vista Docs Set # 4
"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.

EMVW 2006
EMVW 2010

ESSA 2006
ESSA 2010

HAME 2006
HAME 2010

MEHA 2006
MEHA 2010

SAES 2006
SAES 2010

SAVI 2006
SAVI 2010

SYSH 2006
SYSH 2010

VISA 2006
VISA 2010

VWEM 2006
VWEM 2010

All cameras, 2012

All Cameras, 2013

All Cameras, 2014

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




Vista Docs Set # 5
The Contract, Paying Way Too Much, Ticketing Way Up in 2014 (and 2015)
&
2016 Vote to Close

2003 Contract
2009 Contract
2010 Amendment

Invoices received in June 2013 (and more invoices received in Feb. 2014 and Feb. 2015) showed that the City was paying $2833 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."


April 2014:  Contract Extended, Price Too High

At the city council meeting of April 8, 2014 the council voted 4-1 (Cowles, nay) to approve a contract amendment extending the program another two years.
U-T Article

Unfortunately, the City did not negotiate the rent, so will continue to pay $2833 per camera - way too much.  The previous month (March 2014) the City of Elk Grove, California approved a new contract which specified the following schedule of rents for their five RedFlex cameras.


From Exh. D of the Elk Grove Contract

Vista will pay 82% too much (compared to the Elk Grove price schedule) over the two years of the extension, $275,928 extra.  To cover that extra rent, the City will need to issue an extra 2760 tickets (assuming that the City receives an average of $100 for each ticket issued).

The staff report prepared for the April 2014 meeting contained this graph suggesting that the number of violations has declined over the years - as it should after the issuance of thousands of tickets.

Vista staff's graph of red
                light camera violations
From the staff report prepared for 4-8-14 council meeting.

However, for some reason, the City staff used figures very different from those shown in the official RedFlex reports the City has provided to highwayrobbery.net over the years (and which are displayed in the table in Set # 2, above).  When the 2007 - early 2014 figures from the RedFlex reports were graphed (below), there was  no decline in ticketing .  [Late note, updated Jan. 2016:  The figures for all twelve months of 2014 show a 26% increase over 2013, and the figures for the first eleven months of 2015 show a 5% increase over 2014 and a 32% increase over 2013.] 

Vista red light camera violatons, by
                saferstreetsla.org
Graph from the saferstreetsla.org report submitted for the 4-8-14 council meeting.

Early 2016:  Two More Years

At the Jan. 26 meeting the council voted 3 - 2 to continue the program for another two years.
Agenda and Minutes


Late 2016:  Program Closing

On Oct. 11, 2016 the council voted to end the program, as permitted by Sec. 6.2 of the 2009 contract. 
The last day of operation was Nov. 30, 2016.

Agenda and Minutes

U-T Article  (Archived Copy)

Article


This list of contracts and/or amendments was up-to-date as of Oct. 11, 2016.




Vista Docs Set # 6
Yellow Times Lengthened in Summer 2015

As required by the Nov. 2014 change to the CalTrans Manual (see Defect # 2 on the Home page), in 2015 the City lengthened many of its yellow lights.  The City's timing charts will be posted here sometime in Jan. 2016.

 





Vista Docs Set # 7
More Coming

There may be some more Vista information posted in the next few weeks.  Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!





Vista Docs Set # 8
More Coming

There may be some more Vista information posted in the next few weeks.  Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!



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