City, pop. 40,000, is in west LA, 3 miles
north of LAX.
It may be possible to completely
ignore a Culver City ticket.
1. If your "ticket" does not have the Superior
Court's name and address on it, it is a fake ticket,
which I call a "Snitch Ticket." For more details
about Snitch Tickets, see the Snitch Ticket section at
the top of the Your Ticket page.
2. The LA County Superior Court does not report
ignored red light camera tickets to the DMV. More
info is in "Countywide Information," which is Docs Set #
2 on the LA County
Culver City Contacts
City Hall, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver
City, CA 90232
(1/2 mile east of the courthouse - plentiful free
underground parking, entrance ramp on Duquesne)
Councilmembers' email addresses at:
Council meetings: Most Mondays, 7 p.m. Opportunity for
public to speak: Promptly at beginning of council
meeting. Call (310) 253-6000 to confirm council meeting
date or to leave a message for mayor or councilmembers.
Culver City Chamber of Commerce
4249 Overland (one block south of the courthouse)
Culver City, CA 90230
Docs Set # 1
Request for Camera Stats - Reply of 10-31-02
Here are 12 pages provided by the City
in response to my Public Records Act request for
information (1) regarding the reasons (accident rates,
etc.) for installation of the cameras at the
intersections chosen, and (2) the
intersection-by-intersection breakdown of revenue,
citations issued, the disposition of those citations,
and citations not issued. For more details about
citations issued, see also Set # 13, below.
Docs Set # 2
At an October 2002 City Council meeting I presented a
graph showing that, the previous fiscal year, red
light camera program expenditure ran 42% higher than
budgeted, and revenue flattened out.
Updated 3-15-03: My
projection, using figures from the first eight months
of the current fiscal year, indicates that the
profit flowing from the program to the City's General
Fund could be 57% less than expected.
City Docs Set # 3
Request to Court
to Allow Public to See TV Display
Here is the correspondence, to date, on my request to
re-orient the courtroom TV so that the public may
again view the ticket photos.
City Docs Set # 4
Was Culver City's "mistake" an
The evidence shows that they were aware of the new law
prescribing minimum yellow times(VC 21455.7, effective
Jan. 1, 2002), but failed to bring their cameras into
compliance with it.
Docs Set # 5
Map of Culver City's
A Possible Explanation Why Just
a Few Locations Produce Most of the Revenue
The map shows the location of the seven cameras that
are presently operating, plus two more that are under
On Mar. 27 and 28 I had a chance to review the speed
surveys that the City used to determine what speed
limits would be posted on the streets where camera
enforcement is used. These surveys revealed a close
match between high ticket production and, at those same
locations, Posted Speed Limits substantially below the
85th Percentile* Speed (thereby allowing the City to set
a shorter yellow time).
*For an explanation of 85th Percentile Speed, see Defect
#3 on the Home Page.
City Docs Set # 6
The transcript is provided to show the standard
testimony that occurs during Culver City red light
camera trials. It is also an example of the
Settled Statement that is written as part of the appeals
Culver City Docs Set # 7
Culver City's Contract
with the Vendor - and the Price
March 2002 contract paid the vendor on a per-conviction
basis. The 2007 renewal was cost-neutral, until it
was amended in Dec. 2009. (To see the contract, and the
amendment, click on the link; also see Defect # 10 - B).
paying way too much.
Set # 8
City Docs Set # 9
"Certificate of Mailing"
This is the official-looking "Certificate of Mailing"
form Culver City formerly used. See Defect #8 on
the Home Page for more details.
Culver City Docs
Set # 10
Fiddles While Police Department Burns
, containing video of an incident of negligence by the
Culver City police, suggests that the department lost
sight of its mission, public safety, and that the city
council failed to take action to bring it back on
City Docs Set # 11
Rumors about a
Culver City Refund
On June 12, 2004 an
LA Times story about the Costa Mesa refunds (see Costa
Mesa section on the Camera Towns page) erroneously
stated that there had been 2000 refunds in Culver
City. The city where the refunds happened (actually amost 3000 of
them) was East LA (see the East LA section on the
Camera Towns page). The Times supplied
their story to the AP, so the incorrect story was in
hundreds of papers, worldwide.
Docs Set # 12
Camera Not Justified
City's Jefferson / Overland intersection with its
recently-installed - and very lucrative - camera
enforcement on left turns, is an excellent example
of an intersection where there is scant safety
justification for the use of the camera. Set #
12, a ten-year accident history for the
intersection, shows a total
of 41 accidents, but only one of those (9 years
ago) was caused by a driver running the left
The accident history was provided
by the City in response to a Public Records Request.
See also "Churning Left Turn$" in Defect # 9 on the
Set # 13
Counts, Late Times
# 13 tells how many tickets were issued at the
various intersections, and for how late into the red
(lane by lane).
City Docs Set # 14
Per a CCPD internal memo of Nov. 28,
2001, and the CCPD's monthly reports to the city
council, and annual ticket counts (Set # 13 above),
the "inception dates" of the cameras were:
Washington / La Cienega 2-26-99
Jefferson / Duquesne 1-13-00
Sepulveda / Green Valley 3-10-00
Washington / Beethoven 7-26-00
Sepulveda / Machado 8-14-00
Jefferson / Cota 8-24-00
Slauson / Buckingham 12-23-01
Washington / Sawtelle 2-5-02
Jefferson / Overland 8-03
Sepulveda / Centinela 8-03
Washington Place / Centinela 8-03
Washington / Helms 2005 or 2006
Sepulveda / Slauson 2005 or 2006
City Docs Set # 15
recommend moving your case away from Judge Cho in
the Santa Monica courthouse.
Do a Change of Venue if you can, otherwise,
file a PC on Judge Cho.
See my Challenges page for more info.
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