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

City of Hawthorne Documents
(and Information)

Hawthorne, pop. 80,000, is just southeast of LAX.


It may be possible to completely ignore a Hawthorne camera ticket!

1.  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 Documents page.

2.  If your "ticket" does not have the Superior Court's name and address on it, it is a fake ticket (also called a Snitch Ticket) mailed out by the HPD in an attempt to bluff you into identifying the driver. Hawthorne issues a lot of Snitch Tickets - in an April 2013 random sample, 49% of everything they sent out was Snitch Tickets.  For more details about Snitch Tickets, see the Snitch Ticket section at the top of the Your Ticket page.




In 2018, Vote No on Sheila Kuehl

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. 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, 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.


Do you have a Rosecrans/Hindry ticket?  Please be sure to contact me.

 

Details of some trials and arraignments of Hawthorne tickets are at:  Hawthorne Chronology.


Hawthorne Contacts
City Hall, 4455 W. 126th St., Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 349-2900
(1 block west of Hawthorne Blvd.)
Councilmembers' email addresses and/or phone numbers are at:

Council Contact Info

Council meetings:  Second and fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m.  Opportunity for public to speak:  After ceremonial items at beginning of council meeting.  Call (310) 970-7900 to confirm council meeting date or to leave a message for the mayor or councilmembers.

Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce
4444 El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
hawchamber@aol.com
(310) 676-1173


Hawthorne Docs Set # 1

Signal Timing

Updated 12-11-04, 6-25-13

At the Aug. 24, 2004 court trials, Officer Mark Escalante noted that the city had filed, with the court, a survey of the timing of the lights.  This is that survey, obtained through a public records request made to the City.


It is clear to me that were Hawthorne to raise their left-yellows to 4.0 seconds, there would be a huge decrease in red light running, as there was in Mesa, Arizona.   In September 2004 I lobbied Mr. Smith, his boss Interim Director of Public Works Stanley E. Scholl, City Manager Richard Prentice, Sgt. Keith Kauffman who runs the camera program, as well as the entire city council, to make that change.  I showed them the Mesa figures.  But, as Mr. Prentice said, "We're not gonna change it."

A Change Occurs, Anyway

On Oct. 14, 2004 I made a Public Records Act request for the signal timing charts for Hawthorne's four camera-monitored intersections.  (Signal timing charts show the length of the yellow, as programmed into the signal controller.)  I asked for "...the present signal timing settings.  Also any previous versions... (with) settings in use Jan. 1, 2003 or thereafter."  The request was sent to the County Department of Public Works, which maintains and programs Hawthorne's signals.  On Nov. 10 I received the charts.  The sole Hawthorne / El Segundo chart, dated 1998, showed the same settings indicated in Mr. Smith's letter, above.  But there were two different charts for Rosecrans / Hindry.  The newest one, dated 9-29-04, showed a 4.0-second yellow for northbound Hindry - different from Mr. Smith's letter.
(In these charts, northbound Hindry is phase 4.)

          
Click here to see the complete 9-29-04 chart.

The other chart, below, was completed in 2001, and showed the 3.0-second yellow mentioned in Mr. Smith's letter.

Since drivers in the northbound left-turn lane have the option of going straight across (into the shopping center), I believe that the yellow was lengthened because 3.0 seconds would be too short for that straight-through movement.

         
Click here to see the complete 9-19-01 chart.

The new (2004) Rosecrans / Hindry chart did not include a lengthening of the yellow for the westbound left turn ("WBL"), Phase 5.  It remained at 3.0 seconds.  However, some of the supplemental pages (the charts are actually 17 pages long, each) included some changes to the lengths of the green lights at various times of day.  Those changes are presented in the table below.

Phase
Time of Day (M - F)
Up to 9-28-04
9-29-04 and After
4 - NB
5:30 - 9:30 a.m.
25
19
4 - NB
9:30 - 3:00
24
30
4 - NB
3:00 - 8:00 p.m.
24
25
5 - WBL
5:30 - 9:30 a.m. 10
10
5 - WBL
9:30 - 3:00 17
25
5 - WBL
3:00 - 8:00 p.m. 19
16

Table made by highwayrobbery.net
WBL = Westbound Left
NB = Northbound Straight and Turns


Why the Yellow Time was Changed

On Nov. 23, 2004 I made a Public Records Act request (to County Public Works Dept.) for "the radar speed checks and any other measurements of traffic conditions, speed or volume, that were ordered, or considered, as part of the Department's Sept. 2004 examination of the timing of the signals at Rosecrans/Hindry and Hawthorne/El Segundo, in the City of Hawthorne."   On Dec. 10 I received the following June 14, 2004 chart, showing a 34 mph 85th Percentile speed on Hindry.   There are no speed limit signs posted on Hindry.


Each "x" represents one car in the speed sampling of 100 cars.


City Wanted to Change It Back to the Way It Was

At the trials of Jan. 11, 2005, Officer Mullen testified that the City was asking the county (which maintains and sets the signal) to change the northbound Hindry yellow back to 3.0. 


Current Settings, 2013

Signal timing charts received in June 2013 showed that the yellow for northbound Hindry remained at 4.0.
For the westbound left turn the yellow remained at 3.0 but the Minimum Green had been lengthened from 4 seconds to 9 seconds.

2007 - 2012 Timing Charts, Top Pages Only
2007 - 2012 Timing Charts, All Pages

 


Hawthorne Docs Set # 2
Ticket Counts


Violations Recorded, Notices Printed, and Citations Issued
(4)

Updated 1-11-17


On Oct. 6, 2004 the City Clerk's office supplied copies of RedFlex invoices containing monthly totals of Cites Issued (and filed with the court).  Those totals were entered into the table, below, as "Totals Cites Issued per Invoices."  RedFlex invoiced the City $89 for each cite issued (and filed).  The invoices did not provide a camera-by-camera breakdown of cites issued.

On Nov. 10, 2004 the City provided a RedFlex
"Customer Violations Report" having camera-by-camera data.  While the Report did not include a month-by-month breakdown, it was possible to see that the Rosecrans / Hindry cameras (which started on April 19) had been averaging about 1000 notices per month.   That was the most I had seen up to that time at any intersection in California.  That count equaled the 1999 - 2000 results from San Diego's infamous Harbor / Grape left-turn camera. 

On Jan. 4, 2005 the City provided, for the first time, month-by-month data for each camera.
Apr. to Dec. 2004
In June 2005 I received
data covering Jan. to Apr. 2005
In Oct. 2010 I received
data covering 2005 to 2010, at six-month intervals.
In Dec. 2011 I received
data covering late 2010 to 2011.
In Nov. 2012 I received data for
Dec. 2011 to Nov. 2012.
In Jan. 2013 I received data for
Apr. 2010 to Dec. 2012.
In June 2013 I received data for
Oct. 2005 to May 2013.
In June 2013 I received data for
Nov. 2012.
In July 2013 I received data for
Aug. 2009 to July 2013(9).
In Oct. 2013 I received data for
Dec. 2004 to Sep. 2013.
In Dec. 2013 I received data for
Mar. 2004 to Oct. 2013.
In Dec. 2013 I received data for
Sep. to Nov. 2013.
In Apr. 2014 I received data for
Dec. 2013 to Mar. 2014.
In July 2014 I received data for
Mar. 2014 to June 2014.
In Sep. 2014 I received data for
July 2014.
In Feb. 2015 I received data for
Aug. 2014 to Dec. 2014.
In June 2015 I received data for
Jan. to May 2015.
In Dec. 2015 I received data for
June to Nov. 2015.
In May 2016 I received data for
Dec. 2015 to Mar. 2016.
In Aug. 2016 I received data for
Apr. to June 2016.
In Jan. 2017 I received data for July to Nov. 2016.


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.
  

See the table's footnotes for further details.

Cam #
HAES
01
HAES
03
HAIM
01
HAIM
03
HIRO
01
IMFR
01
ROHI
01








Haw-
thorne
@
El
Segundo

Left
Haw-
thorne
@
El
Segundo

Left
Haw-
thorne
@
Imperial
Haw-
thorne
@
Imperial
Hindry
NB@
Rose-
crans
Right
and
Left


(5)
Imperial
@
Free-
man
Rose-
crans
WB@
Hindry


Left


(5)
(3)



Serial
Number
Range
of Cites
Issued
This
Month,
per
Invoices
(6)
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed/
Cites
Issued
per
Invoices
(1) (4) (6)
Mar04
3
20




117
71






174
94
Apr04
(6)
67
152




783
610




00695 -
00716
70%
1182
829
17
May04
(6)
139
108




844
640




00702-
01747
69%
1292
887
724
Jun04
(6)
134
84


1286
867

776
584




00703-
03344
68%
2444
1669
1150
Jul04
(6)
129
109
7
26
937
676
163
735
577




00744-
04702
73%
2312
1687
1036
Aug04
(6)
83
63
107
53
903
675
192
613
411




01321-
06444
68%
2313
1584
1387
Apr-
Aug
Totals
(2)













9543
6656
4314
Sep04
(5)
107
58
47
74
692
497
101
573
374





65%
1934
1258
Oct04
91
54
120
65
374
260
122
417
284





64%
1568
996
Nov04
92
53
86
60
501
391
127
509
342





68%
1687
1151
Dec04
107
85
123
35
639
448
118
691
436





57%
2373
1352
2004














Jan05
94
116
84
55
382
235
113
483
315





54%
1870
1012
Feb05
79
104
142
44
393
223
120
447
287





56%
1772
999
Mar05
48
103
181
43
490
276
109
457
298





59%
1789
1058
Apr05
83
104
186
31
1050
665
39
259
139





56%
2234
1247
May05






141






2286
1190
Jun05




1292
468

147
65






2317
912
Jul05
163
56
129
46
205
10
108
38
2695
479
144
57
130
51






3574
737
Aug05




2248
799

174
41






3238
1038
Sep05




1746
701

105
23






2668
1024
Oct05




2268
1055

99
37






3116
1360
Nov05






-34






2550
812
Dec05






-41






2889
1165
2005
(2)













-
12554
Jan06
130
29
128
37
154
32
112
28
1899
955
132
68
53
18






2608
1167
Feb06






38






2325
1156
Mar06






35






2479
1125
Apr06




1802
857

68
25






2412
1084
May06






18






2163
1006
Jun06






19






2132
971
Jul06
71
14
118
24
161
29
83
31
654
203
189
44
50
10






1326
355
Aug06






9






2039
580
Sep06






22






2017
927
Oct06




1536
793

72
27






2115
1005
Nov06






35






1972
1102
Dec06






50






2102
1317
2006
(2)













-
11795
Jan07
80
41
93
33
97
28
64
23
1066
541
113
57
57
26






1570
749
Feb07






20






1939
902
Mar07






16






2231
818
Apr07




1349
454

93
11






1866
531
May07






9






2086
367
Jun07






25






1882
432
Jul07
40
8
101
34
79
13
55
22
1237
542
101
33
203
78






1816
730
Aug07






42






1614
649
Sep07






50






1701
718
Oct07




1209
597

112
37






1723
775
Nov07






47






1565
792
Dec07






51






825
399
2007
(2)













-
7862
Jan08
36
19
64
23
74
17
57
26
921
577
84
51
79
47






1315
760
Feb08






28






1324
593
Mar08






51






1672
621
Apr08




1312
342

91
34






1787
489
May08






45






1843
467
Jun08






54






1364
313
Jul08
25
6
74
11
62
8
46
12
806
94
112
30
127
55






1252
216
Aug08






68






1242
271
Sep08






38






1183
490
Oct08




1073
616

99
44






1536
774
Nov08






35






1312
648
Dec08






42






1420
644
2008
(2)













-
6286
Jan09
23
14
67
48
84
34
62
24
842
478
97
52
87
24






1262
674
Feb09






32






1264
670
Mar09






48






1431
648
Apr09




882
357

92
41






1399
575
May09






69






1306
584
Jun09






21






1278
587
Jul09
15
8
65
33
70
34
67
30
858
412
116
56
121
71






1312
644
Aug09




832
396

115
66






1233
607
Sep09




707
393

122
82






1142
663
Oct09




758
417

113
58






1182
681
Nov09




731
379

111
67






1085
621
Dec09




760
440

454
270






1495
923
2009
(2)













-
7877
Jan10
31
24
69
43
68
43
45
28
663
360
52
43
294
85






1222
626
Feb10
23
19
70
53
54
35
55
30
620
392
63
54
272
189






1157
772
Mar10
28
25
86
72
92
45
59
42
762
488
89
71
387
272






1503
1015
Apr10
17
11
52
37
71
47
42
31
799
389
94
58
284
201






1359
774
May10
21
15
52
30
76
49
42
30
780
537
105
83
357
237






1433
981
Jun10
38
31
55
28
97
58
43
26
683
402
108
78
352
243






1376
866
Jul10
34
19
41
24
93
59
40
27
710
408
92
57
380
255






1390
849
Aug10
21
16
42
25
82
52
36
17
699
397
90
65
379
212






1349
784
Sep10
24
15
80
35
85
44
51
36
650
358
87
66
358
263






1335
817
Oct10
22
16
56
26
78
47
39
25
694
394
98
59
361
227






1348
794
Nov10
22
14
56
25
71
51
17
10
657
419
96
76
283
114






1202
709
Dec10
53
35
76
40
142
40
42
26
650
390
101
72
337
191






1401
794
2010
(2)
334
240
735
438
1009
570
511
328
8367
4934
1073
782
4044
2489






16073
9781
Jan11
45
31
68
45
148
45
41
19
619
406
113
87
295
154






1329
787
Feb11
63
38
59
30
134
46
45
28
593
400
90
69
266
141






1250
752
Mar11
28
14
27
12
142
67
38
25
648
364
109
78
370
236






1362
796
Apr11
55
30
63
46
108
49
51
19
643
354
96
59
352
201






1368
758
May11
42
24
67
30
132
48
56
24
647
339
112
58
379
221






1435
744
Jun11
55
30
83
59
112
44
56
37
698
403
99
58
296
198






1399
829
Jul11
34
19
54
29
137
41
28
13
713
393
101
64
326
213






1393
772
Aug11
59
23
77
52
236
54
42
30
665
372
113
70
451
303






1643
904
Sep11
93
66
84
52
326
68
87
52
689
424
91
65
579
420






1949
1147
Oct11
100
63
94
64
239
88
76
42
854
574
104
78
535
371






2002
1280
Nov11
84
68
90
64
158
59
69
37
669
446
111
98
677
423






1858
1195
Dec11
83
58
88
60
182
82
81
33
826
559
102
88
771
375






2133
1255
2011
(2)
741
464
854
543
2054
691
670
359
8264
5034
1241
872
5297
3256






19121
11219
Jan12
86
59
95
67
180
76
62
28
249
159
97
80
137
60






906
529
Feb12
85
62
94
54
220
102
65
32
0
0
108
83
0
0






572
333
Mar12
78
57
97
62
210
112
74
45
0
0
170
131
0
0






629
407
Apr12
103
69
88
59
194
90
57
31
0
0
126
83
0
0






568
332
May12
113
86
117
78
234
142
63
36
22
15
123
86
41
27






713
470
Jun12
111
64
96
68
219
108
59
34
358
231
133
81
845
581






1821
1167
Jul12
81
53
95
62
297
134
67
42
347
204
143
92
900
648






1930
1235
Aug12
80
59
102
69
228
110
80
52
357
237
120
85
876
586






1843
1198
Sep12
118
82
79
47
220
113
77
49
329
189
97
69
829
544






1749
1093
Oct12
107
76
127
95
207
126
67
38
396
246
87
69
765
499






1756
1149
Nov12
129
100
105
69
215
103
50
34
309
200
89
62
860
524






1757
1092
Dec12
67
51
99
70
232
109
44
34
359
201
83
66
922
601






1806
1132
2012
(2)
1158
818
1194
800
2656
1325
765
455
2726
1682
1376
987
6175
4070






16050
10137
Jan13
128
95
124
90
216
107
45
28
265
168
93
69
688
411






1559
968
Feb13
106
82
111
85
213
114
52
29
268
207
88
65
713
498






1551
1080
Mar13
133
112
116
80
282
148
63
43
389
243
122
100
896
605






2001
1331
Apr13
99
68
140
97
220
115
84
59
348
206
111
81
776
518






1778
1144
May13
109
84
128
98
245
117
67
49
414
224
140
103
935
640






2038
1315
Jun13
118
91
119
86
219
109
79
51
310
164
145
99
895
577






1885
1177
Jul13
87
64
90
50
218
102
87
56
281
149
128
81
950
633






1841
1135
Aug13
79
57
81
49
197
79
145
77
263
125
127
79
1004
636






1896
1102
Sep13
113
78
108
71
182
67
117
74
371
110
104
66
944
607






1939
1073
Oct13
124
97
124
77
243
110
11
2
371
161
101
64
931
520






1905
1031
Nov13
103
60
106
49
215
89
10
3
336
137
100
72
901
491






1771
901
Dec13
125
70
108
54
248
111
3
1
453
175
95
66
1022
656






2054
1133
2013
(2)
1324
958
1355
886
2698
1268
763
472
4069
2069
1354
945
10655
6792






22218
13390
Jan14
118
65
89
43
214
91
4
0
340
95
105
75
778
556






1648
925
Feb14
113
72
113
54
194
78
8
3
356
112
87
59
661
432






1532
810
Mar14
146
70
124
50
132
42
7
0
401
103
122
61
936
561






1868
887
Apr14
117
71
89
52
252
121
2
0
377
149
115
76
858
638






1810
1107
May14
159
92
171
97
353
184
14
7
413
176
126
67
995
680






2231
1303
Jun14
(7)
164
95
138
80
349
140
19
9
383
135
127
53
948
585






2128
1097
Jul14
169
123
83
55
321
133
15
10
350
179
118
69
993
722






2049
1291
Aug14
-
-
-
-
275
123
14
9
380
181
113
64
929
684






1711
1061
Sep14
-
-
-
-
360
179
23
12
410
172
80
50
820
566






1693
979
Oct14
-
-
-
-
344
181
20
11
391
147
113
64
930
598






1798
1001
Nov14
-
-
-
-
269
80
13
4
420
79
99
48
838
298






1639
509
Dec14
-
-
-
-
353
109
29
11
449
112
87
42
969
466






1887
740
2014
(2)
986
588
807
431
3416
1461
168
76
4670
1640
1292
728
10655
6786






21994
11710
Jan15
0
0
0
0
370
103
43
25
432
171
92
53
568
344






1505
696
Feb15
-
-
0
0
477
226
187
93
412
153
121
70
681
424






1878
966
Mar15
-
-
0
0
666
266
252
122
327
77
117
57
843
418






2205
940
Apr15
-
-
0
0
207
78
31
16
410
200
140
70
990
656






1778
1020
May15
-
-
0
0
27
10
9
4
409
206
140
76
921
645






1506
941
Jun15
0
0
66
29
192
69
25
12
369
169
128
48
966
644






1746
971
Jul15
0
0
80
41
178
66
34
17
424
176
160
59
1133
665






2009
1024
Aug15
14
10
55
33
187
77
39
15
458
218
139
71
1181
818






2073
1242
Sep15
40
15
65
30
48
17
28
12
385
156
166
62
1125
650






1857
942
Oct15
32
20
65
33
212
65
39
15
417
194
145
82
1066
688






1976
1097
Nov15
33
21
51
22
160
64
34
15
429
202
142
92
758
481






1607
897
Dec15
27
20
57
24
166
58
32
13
460
217
112
81
1105
685






1959
1098
2015
(2)
146
86
439
212
2890
1099
753
359
4932
2139
1602
821
11337
7118






22099
11834
Jan16
23
11
63
38
189
64
27
16
339
184
99
64
769
526






1509
903
Feb16
36
26
58
31
183
71
0
0
365
178
114
85
911
554






1667
945
Mar16
27
14
52
28
212
76
30
19
364
161
144
75
1053
697






1882
1070
Apr16
25
20
57
28
233
102
37
21
365
165
170
87
979
673






1866
1096
May16
40
23
62
18
171
42
33
13
374
154
137
60
989
573






1806
883
Jun16
27
22
69
36
251
110
42
18
389
219
179
107
1129
878






2086
1390
Jul16
44
27
67
31
271
85
42
14
375
177
168
84
1177
877






2144
1295
Aug16
31
18
71
21
226
71
16
6
375
129
186
97
1234
820






2139
1162
Sep16
27
22
79
29
221
66
43
20
403
157
171
104
1089
731






2033
1129
Oct16
20
16
79
35
153
61
47
19
374
172
141
81
966
665






1780
1049
Nov16













1961
978
(8)
Dec16














2016
(2)
360
239
(proj.)
788
354
(proj.)
2532
898
(proj.)
380
175
(proj.)
4468
2035
(proj.)
1811
1013
(proj.)
12355
8393
(proj.)






22694
13106
(proj.)
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HAES
01
HAES
03
HAIM
01
HAIM
03
HIRO
01
IMFR
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ROHI
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Haw-
thorne
@
El
Segundo

Left
Haw-
thorne
@
El
Segundo

Left
Haw-
thorne
@
Imperial
Haw-
thorne
@
Imperial
Hindry
NB@
Rose-
crans
Right
and
Left


(5)
Imperial
@
Free-
man
Rose-
crans
WB@
Hindry


Left


(5)
(3)



Serial
Number
Range
of Cites
Issued
This
Month,
per
Invoices
(6)
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed/
Cites
Issued
per
Invoices
(1) (4) (6)

This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official city documents obtained under the California Public Records Act.

(  ) indicates a footnote.
(1)  Totals as provided by the City.
(2)  These totals, annual totals, and annual projections, are by highwayrobbery.net.  The 2016 projection is based upon the last six months of data  (May - Oct.).
(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 Total 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).   Figures in blue type (or, if you are looking at this table in black and white, in italic type) are total Cites Issued (filed with the court), per RedFlex's monthly invoices to the City.
(5)  On Sept. 29, 2004 the yellow for northbound Hindry was increased, from 3.0 up to 4.0 seconds, and adjustments were made to the length of the green lights.  See Set # 1, above, for more details.
(6)  The only invoices (of Cites Issued) received covered Apr. to Aug. 2004.  The invoices did not contain a camera-by-camera breakdown of Cites Issued.  For month-by-month figures on fine revenue received by the City, see Set # 10, below.
(7)  Partial month.  The official report for this month was generated a few days before or after the end of the month, so the number of tickets eventually issued may be higher than shown in the official report. 
(8)  The official 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.  This month's citywide "Total" figure published in the table above were adjusted as follows: 902 + ( 129x1049/1780 )
(9)  This set of reports did not include data for HAES-01 as it was inactive at the time the reports were run. 
(10)  Reports were requested on:



Hawthorne Docs Set # 3
"Late Time" Graphs

The City has 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.

2006 Bar Graphs
2010 Bar Graphs
2011 Bar Graphs
2012 Bar Graphs
Jul. 2013 Bar Graphs
June 2014 Bar Graphs
Mar. & Oct. 2015 Tabular Version

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




Hawthorne Docs Set # 4
Info on HPD Site?

I have not been able to find a red light camera program info page on either the City's or the police department's website.




Hawthorne Docs Set # 5
Rosecrans / Hindry

New 11-14-04, updated 7-21-13

Hawthorne's Rosecrans / Hindry intersection with its heavy enforcement on left and right turns, is an example of an intersection where there is scant safety justification for the use of the cameras.  This table shows the number of accidents the police attributed to red light running of the type now monitored by cameras (northbound rolling right, westbound left), and the number of accidents the police coded as "rear end."



Rosecrans / Hindry
CVC 21453(a) or (c) Accidents
(northbound rolling right or westbound left)
Rearenders
(all directions)



1995
0
4
1996
0
4
1997
0
0
1998
0
1
1999
0
3
2000
0
1
2001
0
1
2002
0
2
2003
0
2
2004
0
0
2005
0
1
2006
0
2
2007
0
5
2008
0
7
2009
0
6
2010
0
3
2011
0
5
2012


2013


Source Documents for Table

See also Defect # 9 on the Home page, and FAQ # 27.


Ticketing, 3-month intervals, Rosecrans /
                  Hindry, Hawthorne, California


Why are there so many left turn tickets at Rosecrans/Hindry?  The location of the limit line and the narrowness of the lanes may be partly to blame.

Official Striping Plan
Video of Cars Lining Up and Turning

Google and Bing Photos of Intersection

Rosecrans/Hindry in Hawthorne CA aerial
Bing's photo of Rosecrans/Hindry before 2012 remodel


Rosecrans/Hindry in Hawthorne CA aerial
Google's photo of Rosecrans/Hindry before 2012 remodel



Rosecrans/Hindry in Hawthorne, after 2012 remodel,
              by Apple
Apple's photo of Rosecrans/Hindry after 2012 remodel (Apple blurred the cars)


Rosecrans/Hindry in Hawthorne, July 2013
highwayrobbery.net's photo of Rosecrans/Hindry after 2012 remodel, looking south (photo taken July 2013)


Sepulveda at 30th in Manhattan Beach aerial
Google photo of similar intersection, Sepulveda at 30th in Manhattan Beach



Hawthorne Docs Set # 6
Snitch Ticket


Here's an example of a Hawthorne
Snitch Ticket, a.k.a. "Nomination"




Hawthorne Docs Set # 7
Read about Evicted Former Mayor Brown, Crooked Former Mayor Juarez, Crooked Former Mayor Guidi, and Crooked Former Councilmember Velez


In 2014 Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown's landlord evicted him for not paying rent, and in early 2015 his new landlord was in the process of evicting him.  Daily Breeze article  (As of Nov. 2015 Brown no longer was the mayor.)

In Oct. 2012 the Grand Jury indicted (now former) Mayor Daniel Juarez on two felony counts of perjury, related to his acceptance of a $2000 cash "campaign donation" from a local firm which the City lent $2.5 million.  Then in Aug. 2013 he was indicted on four more counts of perjury, related to his deposit of a $2500 check from the AYSO into his personal checking account.  LA Times article
He chose not to run for re-election in Nov. 2013, and in May 2014 he pled guilty to one felony count. 
Daily Breeze article

Before Juarez, the longtime Mayor of Hawthorne was Larry Guidi.  GuidiWatch discussed the 2010 charging of Guidi for grand theft of a commercial dough mixer from his (now former) employer, the local school district.  Guidi chose to not run for re-election in Nov. 2011.  He pled guilty in Feb. 2012.

Before Guidi ran into trouble, his friend and fellow councilmember Louis Velez was indicted for felony conflict of interest in July 2007 and pled guilty in Feb. 2008.



Hawthorne Docs Set # 8
Trial Transcript

This Hindry-Rosecrans right-turn trial transcript shows how close a judge can come to convicting you - when it may not have been you - and also is an example of what may be improper arm-twisting by a judge.



Hawthorne Docs Set # 9
The Contract, Etc.

2003 Contract
2009 Contract
2012 Extension
2012 Extension, signed

The 2009 contract included, in its Exhibit D, an illegal "cost neutrality" clause.  (See Defect # 10 - B.)

The contract possibly provides a monetary sanction against the city if city traffic engineers lengthen the yellows.  The contract reads:
"Cost neutrality is guaranteed except as follows:  If the signal amber timings at the photo enforced intersections are not set to the minimum requirements of Caltrans in California." (Exhibit D of Contract.)
The passage is open to two conflicting interpretations.
1.  The City is required to maintain yellows that are at least as long as the minimum specified by the CalTrans - but they can be longer.
2.  The City may not set yellows that are longer than the minimum.
 

The contract also says: 
"Definitions.  'Warning Period' means a period after the Installation Date of the first intersection approach..."  (Emphasis added.)  See Defect # 6.

The 2009 contract, with extensions, will expire in 2017.

On Mar. 13, 2012 the council voted to make the following amendments to the contract.

New Section 6.2 allows the City to cancel the program at any time, on 30 days notice.

Cost neutrality was replaced with an annual evaluation of the "financial feasibility" of the program.

The vote was 3 - 0, with English, Michelin and Juarez voting yes and Vargas and Valentine abstaining (the minutes do not explain why they abstained).

During the Mar. 13, 2012 council meeting there was this testimony by Hawthorne Police Captain Keith Kauffman (as of 2016 Kauffman is Chief of Police in the City of Redondo Beach):

"The hope is that driving behavior is corrected, not just through that intersection but through the rest of the time you're driving here."  "You need to study accidents overall.  Some of the data that you don't have is accidents for their entirety in our city.  You know what, you're right, they're not going down.  I wish they were."
Beginning at 0:53:55 in the video of the meeting, available at CityofHawthorne.com

Unfortunately, the 2012 amendment did not include a reduction in the $2800 rent that had been agreed to in 2009, and as a result the City will be paying WAY too much during the 2012 - 2017 extension.  For example:  In 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

  Hawthorne will pay 65% too much (compared to the Elk Grove price schedule) over the five years of the extension, $462,000 extra.  To cover that extra rent, the City will need to issue an extra 7700 tickets (the City's fine revenue averaged $60 for each ticket it issued, in 2013).
 
But there is a way out.
One of the 2012 amendments allows the City to cancel the program on short notice, giving the City the leverage to negotiate a better price.

To see how much other cities pay for their cameras, and how they negotiated, go to FAQ # 17.


This list of contracts and amendments may not be up-to-date - there could be a contract or amendment later than the ones listed above.



Hawthorne Docs Set # 10
The Revenue


The City's monthly ticket revenue from the court is available in the Revenue Spreadsheet on the
LA County Docs page.



Hawthorne Docs Set # 11
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Left Turns

An official report showed that in 2014, 91% of the City's tickets were for turns, mostly left turns.



Hawthorne Docs Set # 12
More Coming


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



Details of some trials of Hawthorne tickets are at:  Hawthorne Chronology.


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