RED LIGHT CAMERAS
you haven't already done so, please read the
Highland section on the Camera Towns page
Documents (Program Closed)
Some of Highlands'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.
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, 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 
New 8-12-10, updated 3-5-14
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official reports provided by the City under the California Public Records Act.
Set # 2 below includes the official reports spanning 2008 - 2010
Official reports, July & Oct. 2010
Official reports, 2011 - 2012
Official reports, 2012 - 2013
Official reports, 2013
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 Annual total, or annual projection, is by highwayrobbery.net.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 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.
 Monthly data has been requested but has not yet been received.
 Due to time limitations (both for the City and for highwayrobbery.net), data for these months was not requested. If there is sufficient public interest, data for these missing months will be requested and posted.
 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, right) is not yet available.
 Includes enforcement of posted "no turn on red" signs.
 The report for this month was generated just a few days after the end of the month, so it is likely that not all tickets (for violations which occurred during the month) had been approved and counted by that time.
Highland Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs
The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for both 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.)
The picture above is an example from another city.
Ticket Counts (16 pgs.) and Bar Graphs (12 pgs.), June 2008 to April 2010 (Big Pdf: 10 MB)
July 2012 Bar Graphs:
July 2013 Bar Graphs
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Highland Docs Set # 3
The city council approved Highland's contract
with RedFlex in March 2008.
Like the cities of Baldwin Park, Capitola, Citrus Heights, South San Francisco, Victorville and Walnut, Highland failed to hold the formal public hearing required by CVC 21455.6 before it approved the 2008 contract - see the staff report and minutes from the council meeting of Mar. 11, 2008, and the expanded version of Defect # 6.
The contract includes 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. The staff
report for the city council meeting of May 11,
2010 included a spreadsheet showing the actual
cost-neutral adjustments to the payments to RedFlex.
The 2011 Extension: A Comedy
In 2011 the contract was about to expire, and on Mar. 17, 2011 the Highland Community News reported, in error, (this is the full article, unedited):
The first and third paragraphs of the article above were incorrect. The city council had not approved anything, much less a seven-year program. What the council subcommittee (it was the Finance Subcommittee, not the PSC) considered was whether to do another one-year extension on the original contract, which was signed in 2008 and was for two years with three optional one-year extensions.
The reporter picked up the $4700 figure because Redflex had offered a slightly reduced rate in an unsuccessful attempt to get the City to agree to five to seven additional years (with none of them optional). If in the future the City were to seriously consider adding five or seven years to the contract, it should compare the Tier Two rate of $4700 (offered to it for the last five years of the proposed seven-year extension) to the $2225 the City of Solana Beach negotiated upon contract renewal in 2009. The lower rate, over a five-year period, could save Highland $297,000. (The Solana Beach contract is available on the Solana Beach Documents page.)
On April 7, 2011 the HCN published a correction.
On April 12 the Finance Subcommittee heard a presentation by the Public Works Department and the Police Department. On April 13 a widely-read national blog published an article pointing out numerous misrepresentations and inaccuracies in the presentation.
Despite the warnings contained in the April 13 article, at the April 26 meeting of the full city council City staff submitted a report whose one-page summary stated, "...no significant increase or decrease in high risk injury accidents since July 2008." Staff's summary failed to mention that graphs included in the report (near the end of Attachment 2) showed that injury accidents went up by more than double (comparing the average for 2005-2007 to the average for 2009-2010). The report recommended approving two one-year extensions. The city council approved a single one-year extension, 4 - 1 with Mayor McCallon voting "no."
The City also agreed to pay too much. Had the City asked for a better price, it could have achieved a price reduction during the one-year extension.
The 2012 Extension: Paying Too Much - Again!
A Second Amendment in 2012 extended the program two
years to June 30, 2014 without an escape clause
permitting early termination for convenience, and
retained Cost Neutrality.
Invoices and check copies obtained in late 2013 show that the City continued to pay $5750.
2014: Program Closed at the End of June
An Apr. 10, 2014 article said that the city council might allow the camera program to end.
On Apr. 8 the Finance Subcommittee (two members of the city council) decided to recommend that the program be discontinued upon expiration of the contract in June. That decision was a switch from the subcommittee's original decision, in March, to extend the contract for another year. (The agenda of their Apr. 8 meeting includes the minutes of the March meeting.) The final decision (a vote of the full council) was made at the Apr. 22 council meeting, and the vote was 4 - 1 to close, with Councilmember Scott dissenting.
The materials prepared for the Apr. 22 Meeting (big file) include an Apr. 9 letter from RedFlex in which it was disclosed that 94% of the tickets have gone to visitors to town.
This list of contracts and amendments above was up-to-date as of 4-23-14.
Highland Docs Set # 4