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Yes, this is the webpage with a LOT of info about the tickets from the stop sign cameras found in the hills around LA.

But first, this important political announcement ...

 


In 2018, Vote No on Sheila Kuehl

Was Zev Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor?  (Until late 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.



March 2015:  A bill prohibiting stop sign cameras was introduced in the California legislature, but didn't pass.  Read about SB 218 on the Action/Legis page.



MRCA Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts - Stop Signs!

The fine was $100 in 2007.  By early 2011 it had risen to $175, but in early 2012 it was reduced to $100.  The lower fine will not be applied, retroactively, to pre-reduction tickets. 

The photo enforcement at stop signs is by "fixed" (permanently installed) cameras; the initial contract with RedFlex also called for speed enforcement (photo radar), but that was canceled before it started.  The speed enforcement was to be done by mobile units - maybe some recycled from the City of San Jose, which in 2007 was forced to discontinue its RedFlex photo radar program, the only one in the State at that time.  (For more info about San Jose, see their page, elsewhere on this site.)

Total Violations, Notices Printed [4]

New 9-27-09, updated 10-29-16

Cam #
FRDST
01
FRTHD
01
FRUST
01
REUST
01
STST
01
TECA
01
TOST
01








Franklin
Park
Nbd


[6]
Franklin
Park
Trailhead
Nbd

[6]
Franklin
Park
Sbd


[6]
Reseda
Nbd



[6]
Hollywood
Bowl
Outlook/
Temescal
Ebd
[6]
Temescal
Nbd



[6]
Topanga
Wbd



[6]


[3]

Total
Tickets
Issued
as %
of Events
Re-
corded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed

[1] [4]

12 days
Jul07
[10]
195
190
0
0
452
179
0
0
553
236
0
0
214
80





1414
585

Aug07
[10]
655
199
0
0
1076
422
0
0
1177
579
0
0
788
424





3696
1624

Sep07
[10]
542
169
0
0
500
256
922
232
773
436
52
0
567
334





3356
1427

Oct07
[10]
442
171
0
0
461
199
0
0
779
434
989
215
475
269





3146
1288

Nov07














4th Qtr 2007












9134
3596

2007














1st Qtr 2008












8752
2815

2nd Qtr 2008
1516
404
0
0
1605
544
0
0
2801
866
1418
531
1122
531





8462
2876

3rd Qtr 2008












8094
3238

4th Qtr 2008












6769
4186

2008
[2]












13115

1st Qtr 2009












10331
6098

2nd Qtr 2009
995
525
1101
558
1430
690
3381
1331
2644
1534
922
633
1502
815





11975
6086

3rd Qtr 2009












11973
6007

4th Qtr 2009












11015
6477

2009
[2]












24668

1st Qtr 2010












11583
6070

2nd Qtr 2010
1070
471
1161
526
1561
572
3941
1725
3380
1655
720
399
1845
840





13678
6188

3rd Qtr 2010












12636
5161

4th Qtr 2010
[11]



0
0








6884
2892
















2010
[2]












20311

1st Qtr 2011
[11]



0
0








8117
4200

2nd Qtr 2011
[11]
871
332
1144
549
1452
607
0
0
3652
1472
591
313
1646
643





9356
3916

3rd Qtr 2011
[11]



0
0








9938
3684

4th Qtr 2011
[11]



607
262








7826
2832

2011
[2]












14632

1st Qtr 2012
[11]



1469
575








8691
3831

2nd Qtr 2012
[11]
994
515
1277
734
1345
711
1635
767
3201
1886
548
392
1624
938





10574
5943

3rd Qtr 2012
[11]












10296
5679

4th Qtr 2012
[11]












7463
4461

2012
[2]












19914

1st Qtr 2013
[12]












8516
5206

2nd Qtr 2013
[13]
819
496
1106
722
1253
746
1157
877
2987
1973
620
452
2087
1286





10029
6552

3rd Qtr 2013
[13]












10725
6834

4th Qtr 2013
[13]












9421
5764

2013
[2]












24356

1st Qtr 2014
[13]
841
436
1056
619
1458
757
1470
1055
3279
2187
416
286
1746
1010





10266
6350

2nd Qtr 2014
[14]
1004
537
1362
846
1305
783
1288
903
2877
1807
427
303
1705
1018





9968
6197

3rd Qtr 2014
[15]
1195
643
1737
885
1178
664
1265
886
2788
1654
537
354
1855
1086





10555
6172

4th Qtr 2014
[15]
911
515
1298
753
952
495
1189
818
2791
1652
352
211
1974
917





9467
5361

2014
[16]












40283
24080

1st Qtr 2015
[15]
1391
803
1831
1062
2121
1024
1400
876
3166
1991
524
339
2213
1233





12646
7328

2nd Qtr 2015
[16]












12223
6902

3rd Qtr 2015
[16]












11563
6339

4th Qtr 2015
[16]












10538
6374

2015
[2]












46977
26943

1st Qtr 2016
[16]












5892
1983

2nd Qtr 2016
[16]
1993
291
2945
191
1824
234
1002
416
413
242
677
106
1346
177





10200
1657

Jul16
[16]












3482
1572

Aug16
[16]












3579
1634

2016
[2]












10269
(proj.)

Cam #
FRDST
01
FRTHD
01
FRUST
01
REUST
01
STST
01
TECA
01
TOST
01








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

[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  Totals are as provided by the MRCA.
[2]  These annual totals, or annual projections, are by highwayrobbery.net.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of MRCA's system.
[4]  The 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 (later:  Total Processed Incidents), or all incidents recorded by the cameras. The figures in black type are citations issued, what RedFlex calls Notices Printed.
Due to time limitations, location-by-location figures have been posted only for selected calendar quarters.  Full quarterly data, and data for some calendar months, are available at the links below.
[5]  Data was requested on:
[6]  Per invoices from RedFlex to the MRCA, the camera enforcement is in the compass directions noted.  See Set # 2, below, for a location map.
[7]  Source data:  12+ months Jul07 - Jul08
[8]  Source data: 12 months Aug08 - Jul09
[9] Source data:  1 - 3 month periods, 2008 - 2009
[10]  Source data received Jan. 2011
[11]  Source data received Jan. 2013
[12]  Source data received June 2013
[13]  Source data received July 2014
[14]  Source data received Aug. 2014
[15]  Source data received May 2015
[16]  Source data received Oct. 2016




MRCA Docs Set # 2
MRCA Website, Articles (Do You Have to Pay?)

The MRCA's Ticket Website
MRCA's Main Website
Website About the MRCA's Director Archived Copy

If you have a ticket and want to contact the MRCA photo stopsign program, their number is (310) 858-0117.

The direct number to the administration at the MRCA is (310) 589-3230 ext. 112 or 118.

July 2007 Post Article
  July 2007 Local Blog Article
July 2007 National Blog Article
Jan. 2008 Post Article
Apr. 2008 Post Article
Dec. 22, 2009 Post Article About a Defendant's Victory
In May 2010 freedomminute.com blogged about whether it is necessary to pay MRCA tickets, and that article started a string of comments that has continued into 2014.  Also, there is a FAQ.
Jul. 2011 CBS-2 Report
Aug. 21, 2011 LA Times Article
Aug. 24, 2011 StreetsBlog Article (statement by MRCA Director)
Sept. 1, 2011 Post Article
Mar. 15, 2012 LA Weekly Article included this map of camera locations:

Map of MRCA cameras by Peter
                Hoey, LA Weekly
Map by Peter Hoey

An Aug. 9, 2012 LAWeekly Article revealed that in early 2012 the fine was reduced to $100.  I inquired with MRCA staff to find out if the lower fine will be applied, retroactively, to tickets issued prior to the reduction. It will not.
On Aug. 10, 2012 SaferStreetsLA blogged about the MRCA.
In July 2015 there was an appellate court decision supporting the MRCA.


MRCA Docs Set # 3
The Contract

In 2007 - evidently tired of toiling in obscurity - the MRCA contracted with RedFlex for the installation of two kinds of automated enforcement not permitted by California law (and found nowhere else in California):  (1) Photo enforcement at stop signs (illegal because
CVC 22450, the usual Code section for a stop sign violation, is not included in CVC 40518, the Code section authorizing the use of a mailed Notice to Appear), and (2) photo enforcement of speed* (illegal because CVC 21455.6 says: "The authorization in Section 21455.5 to use automated enforcement systems does not authorize the use of photo radar for speed enforcement purposes by any jurisdiction").
2006 Staff Report Recommending Signing of Contract - see item V(b) in the report
The MRCA claims that their program is legal:
Feb. 2008 Memo by MRCA's Attorney
Apr. 2008 Informal Opinion by AG

In 2010 two class action suits were filed against the MRCA, and in 2011 and July 2015 there were decisions by the appellate courts (See the
Class Actions page.)

A further illegal provision was found in the
contract.  The contract's Exhibit D specified* that MRCA would pay RedFlex $20 (fixed cam) or $40 (mobile cam) for each image processed, a blatant violation of the CVC 21455.5(g) (as of 2013, CVC 21455.5(h)) prohibition of such "pay-per-ticket" schemes.  See Subsection B of Defect # 10.

*In May 2008 the contract was amended to remove the provision for speed
enforcement and to set compensation to RedFlex at a flat rate of $4,400 per
month per camera location.  The timing of the amendment coincided with the
failure of SB 1325, a 2008 bill that would have allowed the use of
photo radar throughout California.  (In 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 there were legislative efforts to allow photo radar.  They failed, but photo radar is an idea that won't go away - a new bill was launched in Mar. 2011.  See Legislation.)

In June 2012 the MRCA extended the contract for four years, and got the price down to $3900 per camera per month for the first two years and $3750 for the remaining two years.

In March 2015 a bill prohibiting the use of stop sign cameras was introduced in the California legislature - but it did not pass.  Read about SB 218 on the Action/Legis page.

In June 2016 the MRCA again extended the contract for four years - to 2020 - and got the price down to $3500 per camera per month.


The contract information above was up-to-date as of Oct. 24, 2016.



MRCA Docs Set # 4
More Coming

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


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