RED LIGHT CAMERAS
you haven't already done so, please read the
Walnut section on the Camera Towns page
Walnut Documents (Program Closed)
May 14, 2014: The city council voted to end the program. See Set # 3, below.
Do you live in LA County? Was Zev Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor? (Until Nov. 2014, 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, 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
We need to watch Kuehl carefully, because as a Supervisor she will have a seat on the MTA/Metro board and she will be a vote to continue and expand their huge (101 cameras, so far) red light camera system.
Kuehl will be up for re-election in Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.
Docs Set # 1
Violations, Notices Printed 
are located next to Mt. San Antonio College
New 7-31-09, updated 7-19-15
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official reports provided by the City under the California Public Records Act.
Official reports, 2006 - 2009
Official reports, 2009 - 2010, recd Jan. 2013
Official report, Jun. 2009 - Jan. 2012 (32 months)
Official reports, 2011
Official reports, Jan12 - Mar12
Official report, Apr12
Official reports, May12 - Dec12
Official report, Jan13
Official reports, Feb13 - Jul13
Official report, Aug13
Official report, Sep13
Official reports, Oct13 - Nov13
Official reports, Dec13 - Mar14
Official report, Apr14
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 Annual total, or annual projection, is by highwayrobbery.net. The projections for 2009, 2010 and 2011 are the average of the monthly averages highwayrobbery.net derived from the grand total reports the City provided (see footnote 5, below) and the months for which individual reports were obtained from the City.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 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).
 Calendar month data was requested on 1-30-12 but the City provided only a six-month grand total and a 32-month grand total. In the table above, highwayrobbery.net averaged those grand totals over the six months and over the 26 months the two report periods did not overlap. For comparison, highwayrobbery.net also averaged the Notices Printed in the ten months of 2008 for which information has been made available. The 263 average for the 2009 - 2012 period represents a 51% increase over the 174 average for 2008.
 The official reports for these months were run for the first of the month to the first of the next month. To keep the figures displayed comparable to the figures for other months, 3% has been deducted.
 Includes enforcement of posted "no turn on red."
 Month-by-month data was requested on 2-28-13, 4-4-13, 5-23-13, 6-30-13 and 8-15-13.
Walnut Docs Set # 2
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Walnut Docs Set # 3
The council approved Walnut's first
contract with RedFlex in Aug. 2006.
Like the cities of Baldwin Park, Capitola, Citrus Heights, Highland, South San Francisco and Victorville, Walnut failed to hold the formal public hearing required by CVC 21455.6 before it approved the 2006 contract; neither of the 2005 - 2006 council items was set as a public hearing. See the expanded version of Defect # 6.
In Jan. 2009 the council approved a new
Both contracts included, in Exhibit D,
an illegal "cost neutrality" clause, whereby the city
will not have to pay RedFlex the full rent if there
aren't enough fines to cover the cost. See
Subsection B of Defect # 10.
Section 11.14 of the 2009 contract
penalizes the City if:
Section 11.14 also penalizes the City
The slight rent reduction in the 2009
contract will save the City $30,000 over the 60 month
term of the contract.
In Aug. 2011 the council reviewed
the program, including accident statistics.
In July 2013 the council approved a
The 2009 contract was due to expire in
Feb. 2014, so City staff and the sheriff prepared a
report, for presentation at the Jan. 8, 2014 council
meeting. The report discussed the option to
extend the program another two years.
In the staff report there was no
indication of bargaining to obtain a lower rent during
the potential two-year extension, despite the fact that
cities near Walnut pay about half what Walnut has been
paying. If the rent is left at $5750, Walnut will
pay $132,000 too much over the two years. See FAQ
On Dec. 29 the San Gabriel Valley
Tribune published an article
about the upcoming decision.
Photo by Keith Birmingham, SGV Tribune
On Jan. 7 I attended a trial session. (Anyone who wishes to watch the court trials of Walnuts tickets can come to the El Monte courthouse on Valley Blvd. one block north of the 10 freeway, at 1:30 on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The trials are public.) At the Jan. 7 trial session there were 49 Walnut camera tickets on the calendar. Of those, 27 defendants had their fine cut in half, with no point, 11 defendants had their tickets dismissed, one pled no contest, one was found guilty, and nine didn't show up at court so forfeited their bail.
On Jan. 7 SaferStreetsLA published
of the program.
On Jan. 7 the Walnut-Diamond Bar Patch
published an article
about the program.
At the Jan. 8 council meeting, the
council voted to extend the contract for three months
(to May 2014), to allow time for further study of the
program, including more input from the public.
At the May 14, 2014 council meeting the
council voted 5 - 0 on a staff
recommendation to let the contract expire, ending
the program in late May.
In a SGV Tribune article published 5-19-14 Mayor Tony Cartagena was quoted as saying:
"The statistical review of the RedFlex
camera program did not reflect a reduction of traffic
accidents, nor could the data support the cameras made
the intersections safer."
If you received a ticket for that right
turn, please contact me.
Walnut Docs Set # 6