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City of San Mateo Documents
(Including Countywide/Grand Jury Information - See Set # 5)

 
San Mateo, pop. 91,000, is 15 miles south of San Francisco.

Some of San Mateo's tickets can 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.


In late 2015 there was a dismissal of nearly 1000 San Mateo tickets.  See Set # 4, below.


Contacting State, City and other Bay Area Officials

State Senator Jerry Hill:  In early 2018 Sen. Hill introduced SB 1132 which, had it passed, would have reduced the fine for a rolling right violation. 
Sen. Hill hosts frequent events (Java with Jerry, open houses) around his district, which
includes the red light camera cities of Millbrae, San Mateo and Menlo Park.  For information about attending an event, see highwayrobbery.net's Millbrae Docs page or phone Hill's office at (650) 212-3313.  

If you will be boycotting San Mateo businesses, please send the following groups a little note.

Mayor and City Council, c/o:  citymanager@cityofsanmateo.org

Chamber of Commerce:  info@sanmateoca.org

If you have a ticket from the City of San Mateo, be sure to contact me!



East Bay Voters:

Do you live in the South end of Alameda County or the North end of Santa Clara County - State Sen. Ellen Corbett's former District?

In 2014 Sen. Corbett "termed out," and has been replaced by this person

Wieckowski, author anti-motorist bill AB
                    666
 
Wieckowski, Author of the anti-motorist bills SB-1 and AB 666

who will be running for re-election in 2018 and 2022.

Please don't vote for him.

Send him back home to his bankruptcy law practice.

As of 2018 he is in the State Legislature in Sacramento and was a co-author of SB-1 which raised gas tax and car registration fees beginning Nov. 2017 and which could be repealed by Prop. 6 on the Nov. 2018 ballot. 
In 2013 he was the author of AB-666 which - had it passed - would have increased the number of red light camera tickets. 
Before reaching the Legislature he was a member of the Fremont City Council, and during his time on the council he approved two extensions of Fremont's contract with RedFlex:  He was the maker of the 2005 motion to extend the contract to 2010, and in 2010 he made the motion to extend the contract to June 2017.


City Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts

Total Violations Recorded, Notices Printed [4]

Updated 7-1-18

Cam #

4HU
01
HINO
01
HINO
03
HISA
01
SAHI
01











4th
EB
@
Humboldt

Hillsdale
&
Norfolk


[6]
Hillsdale
&
Norfolk


[6]
Hillsdale
EB
@
Saratoga


Saratoga
SB
@
Hillsdale
Right





[3]
Notices
Printed,
Monthly
Average
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
Per
Official
Monthly
CMR
Reports
[1] [4]
Total
Citations
Issued/
Rolling
Right
Citations
Per CVC
21455.5(i)
Annual
Reports
[14]
Revenue
from
Court
(thou-
sands)
[16]
Apr05















May05

0
0
0
0
101
82
149
110






77%
250
192


Jun05

0
0
0
0
229
164
484
347






72%
713
511


Jul05

0
0
35
33
229
157
970
581






64%
1234
771


Aug05

359
251
346
249
144
96
1307
473






50%
2156
1069


Sep05

257
176
124
77
181
122
1219
552






52%
1781
927


Oct05

188
143
211
141
167
111
1946
533






37%
2512
928


Nov05















Dec05















2005
[7]

1158
815
952
636
1334
928
8115
3647






52%
11559
6026


Jan06
0
0
88
52
122
57
107
61
791
422






53%
1108
592


Feb06















Mar06















Apr06















May06















Jun06















Jul06
0
0
115
63
221
104
131
69
983
503






51%
1450
739


Aug06















Sep06












1162
702


Oct06












1204
731


Nov06












1692
976


Dec06












1590
1033


2006
[2]










796
(proj.)

9546
(proj.)


Jan07
398
307
83
69
133
87
84
51
766
451






66%
1464
965


Feb07















Mar07












1242
674


Apr07












1190
678


May07















Jun07















Jul07
430
271
26
17
165
100
70
35
315
193






61%
1006
616


Aug07















Sep07












1050
628


Oct07












1180
771


Nov07















Dec07















2007
[2]










722
(proj.)

8664
(proj.)


Jan08
288
211
69
38
124
88
26
15
451
263






64%
958
615


Feb08















Mar08












1045
721


Apr08












1182
700


May08















Jun08















Jul08
325
188
73
32
177
106
47
24
636
347






55%
1258
697


Aug08















Sep08












1039
561


Oct08












1214
747


Nov08















Dec08















2008
[2]










674
(proj.)

8082
(proj.)


Cam #

4HU
01
HINO
01
HINO
03
HISA
01
SAHI
01











4th
EB
@
Humboldt

Hillsdale
&
Norfolk


[6]
Hillsdale
&
Norfolk


[6]
Hillsdale
EB
@
Saratoga


Saratoga
SB
@
Hillsdale
Right





[3]
Notices
Printed,
Monthly
Average
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed
[1] [4]


Jan09
219
178
31
21
127
75
39
26
723
336






56%
1139
636


Feb09















Mar09












978
566


Apr09












954
539


May09















Jun09















Jul09
176
111
30
21
86
34
31
15
557
261






50%
880
442


Aug09















Sep09












843
500


Oct09












848
526


Nov09















Dec09















2009
[2]










535
(proj.)

6418
(proj.)


Cam #

4HU
01
HINO
01
HINO
03
HISA
01
SAHI
01










Jan10
137
117
29
22
55
37
10
0
340
236






72%
571
412


Feb10















Mar10
136
113
22
17
85
67
19
13
640
315







902
525


Apr10
185
150
37
23
51
32
17
2
773
321






50%
1063
528


May10















Jun10















Jul10
210
149
31
19
81
52
29
17
769
269






45%
1120
506


67
Months
2005 - 2010
[8]
12356
8233
4779
3091
8057
4945
5080
3162
43744
23436





640
[2]
58%
74016
42867


Aug10















Sep10
225
166
36
20
64
19
21
7
761
255






42%
1107
467


Oct10
218
162
32
17
82
37
27
4
669
257







1028
477


Nov10















Dec10















2010
[2]










486
(proj.)

5830
(proj.)


Jan11
183
151
24
10
75
57
21
11
582
197






48%
885
426


Feb11















Mar11
175
115
24
14
67
46
16
9
446
197







728
381


Apr11
178
125
27
15
84
58
26
9
594
260






51%
909
467


May11















Jun11















Jul11
221
130
28
13
91
61
17
13
683
246






45%
1040
463


Aug11















Sep11
248
156
39
23
112
75
37
18
635
206







1071
478


Oct11
224
131
35
18
97
67
33
16
667
229






44%
1056
461


Nov11















Dec11















2011
[2]










454
(proj.)

5352
(proj.)


Cam #

4HU
01
HINO
01
HINO
03
HISA
01
SAHI
01










Jan12
202
141
43
14
88
60
21
13
601
184






43%
955
412


Feb12
194
136
33
14
83
62
5
3
484
175






49%
799
390


Mar12
191
127
42
15
81
57
13
7
574
217






47%
901
423


Apr12
209
124
35
17
79
53
24
9
665
255






45%
1012
458


May12
285
152
48
21
81
65
58
39
736
372






54%
1208
649


Jun12
256
170
46
25
101
79
53
35
641
285






54%
1097
594


Jul12
227
159
37
23
117
95
48
42
792
383






57%
1221
702


Aug12
237
178
39
23
101
79
48
28
668
351






60%
1093
659


Sep12
270
186
34
18
111
82
59
40
751
377






57%
1225
703


Oct12
303
213
32
17
100
80
45
26
718
350






57%
1198
686


Nov12
243
196
45
25
89
71
40
26
561
245






58%
978
563


Dec12
118
95
44
34
107
76
35
22
487
254






61%
791
481


2012
[2]
2735
1877
478
246
1138
859
449
290
7678
3448





560
54%
12478
6720


90
Months
Apr2005 -
Nov2012 [11] [2]










633

102688
56990


Jan13
190
141
37
21
88
75
18
12
573
297







906
546


Feb13
170
115
29
15
117
86
16
10
528
240







860
466


Mar13
201
140
39
22
105
86
26
13
548
301







919
562


Apr13
204
140
37
28
91
74
18
9
620
337







970
588


May13
272
172
33
24
111
83
22
13
689
385







1127
677


Jun13
282
201
51
35
127
99
17
10
573
308







1050
653


Jul13
130
84
41
33
90
79
27
18
558
314







846
528


Aug13
144
84
41
29
118
101
34
25
677
343







1014
582


Sep13
146
99
39
28
116
89
25
16
701
325







1027
557


Oct13
160
122
54
38
91
74
38
32
646
353







989
619


Nov13
182
141
43
23
107
88
32
25
634
340







998
617


Dec13
158
115
49
22
81
66
30
21
485
204







803
428


2013
[2]
2239
1554
493
318
1242
1000
303
204
7232
3747





568
59%
11509
6823
5423
3120

Cam #

4HU
01
HINO
01
HINO
03
HISA
01
SAHI
01










Jan14
115
70
34
21
81
55
34
25
527
281







791
452


Feb14
[10]
110
81
46
30
72
52
19
14
432
238







679
415


Mar14
117
72
45
28
75
58
29
23
599
311







865
492


Apr14
113
75
45
32
80
53
24
15
646
339







908
514


May14
114
71
81
62
120
49
43
26
647
273







1005
481


Jun14
105
71
74
49
152
83
40
20
422
151







793
374


Jul14
79
53
70
43
117
70
41
23
911
334







1218
523


Aug14
115
67
59
39
170
80
43
29
920
377







1307
592


Sep14
94
54
62
45
137
64
42
22
688
306







1023
491


Oct14
100
70
49
36
166
85
50
20
792
284







1157
495


Nov14
68
34
48
36
119
37
28
15
753
295







1016
417


Dec14
49
32
70
49
108
50
70
46
644
247







941
424


2014
[1]
1190
759
686
472
1409
744
472
284
8047
3471





478
49%
11804
5730
4462
2825

Jan15
88
71
42
28
105
53
64
46
732
312







1031
510


Feb15
93
67
52
35
90
45
36
19
705
280







976
446


Mar15
115
70
80
46
112
53
57
27
850
286







1214
482


Apr15
54
39
65
47
111
63
59
37
712
299







1001
485


May15
94
53
63
43
157
91
63
36
846
327







1223
550


Jun15
117
87
82
54
134
80
73
41
968
418







1374
680


Jul15
130
84
55
28
174
107
60
44
859
347







1278
610


Aug15
[12]
123
75
88
53
159
83
71
46
783
319







1224
576


Sep15
[12]
150
95
79
50
161
99
67
37
920
370







1377
651


Oct15
[12]
130
85
72
46
147
71
68
40
830
227







1247
469


Nov15
123
84
41
23
104
43
50
27
770
273







1088
450


Dec15
140
95
21
13
113
54
64
41
838
310







1176
513


2015
[2]
1357
905
740
466
1567
842
732
441
9813
3768





535
45%
14209
6422
4790
2898

Jan16
141
93
31
19
115
43
66
44
854
297







1207
497

39
Feb16
133
94
36
22
93
46
61
42
830
340







1153
544

37
Mar16
111
61
42
16
124
50
41
20
939
273







1257
420

44
Apr16
130
68
34
20
116
58
34
15
738
207







1052
368

20
May16
170
77
29
11
115
40
77
35
978
270







1369
433

36
Jun16
130
34
49
24
102
47
56
12
1029
289







1366
406

27
Jul16
93
48
46
28
133
63
70
30
1129
320







1471
489

28
Aug16
116
60
37
28
117
56
74
29
1077
344







1421
517

35
Sep16
130
68
25
12
111
51
58
21
935
290







1259
442

31
Oct16
109
57
38
17
129
62
81
41
998
325







1355
502

30
Nov16
140
92
55
29
119
47
32
19
1035
265







1381
452

28
Dec16
119
85
65
36
110
35
96
76
1036
320







1426
552

27
2016
[1]
1522
837
487
262
1384
598
746
384
11578
3540






36%
15717
5622
3232
2101

Jan17
105
67
32
19
104
46
67
48
1039
378





0
0

1347
558

34
Feb17
103
69
46
31
71
37
64
47
728
323





0
0

1012
507

30
Mar17
109
75
57
38
87
53
62
49
898
410







1213
625

30
Apr17
118
47
44
17
115
44
74
41
992
278







1343
427

29
May17
120
60
179
84
104
61
70
47
1124
537







1597
789

39
Jun17
[13]
110
64
748
409
113
70
62
40
944
516







1977
1099

32
Jul17
[13]
116
42
795
308
128
47
82
36
1000
317







2121
750

37
Aug17
167
50
664
199
136
34
58
13
830
217







1855
513

47
Sep17
160
60
703
227
117
29
67
21
918
210







1965
547

47
Oct17
175
66
633
167
135
38
49
13
1028
288







2020
572

53
Nov17
141
66
554
218
119
24
75
17
896
224







1785
549

49
Dec17
33
16
663
274
100
24
88
19
996
231







1880
564

51
2017
[2]
1457
682
5118
1991
1329
507
818
391
11393
3929







20115
7500


Jan18
148
62
517
193
115
23
49
14
894
233







1723
525

53
Feb18
191
96
443
166
149
44
62
19
861
237







1706
562

50
Mar18
188
89
419
165
166
45
65
26
970
269







1808
594

53
Apr18
142
47
325
97
118
28
44
15
701
145







1330
332

56
May18














59
Jun18















Jul18















Aug18















Sep18















Oct18















Nov18















Dec18















2018
[2] 
(proj.)
2007
882
5112
1863
1644
420
660
222
10278
2652







19701
6039


Speed Limit [9]
Left Yellow
Through Yellow
30
3.6
3.6
35
3.2
3.8
35
3.2
3.8
35
3.2
3.9 (3.8)
30
-
3.4










Cam #

4HU
01
HINO
01
HINO
03
HISA
01
SAHI
01











4th
EB
@
Humboldt
[4]

Hillsdale
Ebd
at
Norfolk

[4] [6] [13]
Hillsdale
&
Norfolk


[4] [6]
Hillsdale
EB
@
Saratoga
[4]


Saratoga
SB
@
Hillsdale
Right
[4]





[3]
Notices
Printed,
Monthly
Average
[4]
Total
Notices
Printed
as % of
Violations
Recorded
[4]
Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
Per
Official
Monthly
CMR
Reports
[1] [4]
Total
Citations
Issued/
Rolling
Right
Citations
Per CVC
21455.5(i)
Annual
Reports
[14]
Revenue
from
Court
(thou-
sands)
[16]

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

Official reports, Jan. 2005 to Jul. 2010 (67 months) & Sep. 2010 [8]
Official reports, monthly, six-month intervals, Jan. 2005 to Jul. 2010
Official reports, 2010 & 2011 quarters, 2012 monthly
Official reports, July to Sept. 2012
Official reports, Sept. 2012 - Apr. 2013, and Overall Total to Nov. 2012 [11]
Official reports, May 2013 to July 2014
Official reports, Sept. 2006 to Sept. 2014
Official reports, 2007 to Dec. 2014
Official reports, 2007 to Apr. 2015
Official report, 2014 Annual
Official reports, May to Nov. 2015
Official reports, Dec. 2015 to Mar. 2016

Official reports, Apr. to Nov. 2016
Official reports, Dec. 2016, 2016 Annual, & Jan. 2017
Official reports, Jan. to July 2017
Official reports, Aug. 2017 - Apr. 2018

[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  This annual total was provided by the City.
[2]  This annual total, annual projection, or average, is by highwayrobbery.net.  The projection for 2018 is based upon Jan. - Apr. data.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4]  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.
[5]  Data was requested on:  4-28-15.
[6]  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.
[7]  Entire year 2005 including November and December.
[8]  Report (linked above) covers Jan. 2005 to Jul. 2010.
[9]  In Aug. 2012 I received a Nov. 2011 memo which listed the length of the yellows.  Those lengths have been entered at the bottom of the table, above.   In June 2015 I received a Jan. 2015 memo which showed that the yellow for EB Hillsdale/Saratoga had been shortened.  The shorter time has been entered above, in (  ).
[10]  The report for this month was generated close to the end of the month so the figures may be low.  Or, the reporting
period may have been entered incorrectly.
[11]  For purposes of averaging, the 2005 - 2012 report (linked above) has been treated as covering 90 months.
[12]  Almost 1000 tickets from these months were dismissed, in late 2015.  See Set # 4, below.
[13]  May 2016 the city council approved a new contract adding enforcement to the two right turn lanes from eastbound Hillsdale onto Norfolk.  See Set # 3, below.
[14]  From the annual reports required, beginning with 2013, by CVC 21455.5(i).  They become available by the Fall of the following year.
[15]  The report for this month was generated less than ten days after the end of the month, leaving a number of the Violations Recorded still "in progress."   The Notices Printed figure shown for this month in the table above is our estimate of the number of notices eventually printed.
[16]  To see more of the Court's official tables of how much fine money the Court has
sent to the City, go to Docs Set # 5 below. 




City Docs Set # 2
Mickey Mouse Tickets - Mostly Right Turns

An official report showed that in 2016, 65% of the City's tickets were for right turns.





City Docs Set # 3
The Contract:  Paying RedFlex Way Too Much



Cost Neutrality:  San Mateo Ignored Warning by Police Association

The City of San Mateo signed its first
contract with RedFlex in May 2004.  The contract included a "cost neutrality" clause whereby the city would not have to pay RedFlex the full rent if fine revenue was insufficient to cover the cost.
The City included "cost neutrality" in that contract despite have been warned not to do so: In Nov. 2003, the California Peace Officer's Association sent the City a letter pointing out the constraints imposed by CVC 21455.5(g) (as of 2013, VC 21455.5(h)(1)). (The letter from the CPOA was included in the council packet for the required public hearing, held on November 17, 2003.   A typo in the last paragraph of the letter revealed that a similar letter may have been sent to the City of Whittier - and other cities.) 
Following San Mateo's lead, many other cities adopted similar clauses.  See Defect # 10 - B, on the Home page.

 
The following invoice, for the month of Aug. 2005, shows what may be a cost neutrality adjustment,  a "Performance credit" in the amount of $2412.00.  The timing of it would be consistent with the 12-month review provided in the contract.




Successful Appeals

In Sept. 2009 a defendant won his appeal on the cost neutrality issue.  
P. v. Bullock.

In Dec. 2009 another defendant won his appeal on a San Mateo ticket. 
P. v. Schmidt.

In Mar. 2010, another! 
P. v. Paul B.


2009:  Sudden Contract Renewal Removes Cost Neutrality


On Nov. 16, 2009 the city council voted 5-0 to renew the contract with RedFlex for another six years (staff report & contract) despite the fact that the original (2004) contract was not due to expire until May 2010.  It is likely that the renewal date was moved up because the then-recent P. v. Bullock appeal decision found the original contract's cost neutral clause to be illegal, and the City wished to remove the clause without delay.

The $17.9 million no-bid contract gave away a lot of money. 

One example:  Under its terms (Exhibit D at the back of the contract document) the City agreed to pay $6200 per month for up to 20 newly installed cameras, for up to 10 years.  Had San Mateo negotiated the same rate as neighboring Burlingame ($5870), the City could have saved $792,000 over ten years, on the new cameras. 

Another example: 
The City agreed to pay $4980 per month for the five existing cameras, for six more years. 
At that price the City still will pay $712,800 too much over the six years (when compared with a $3000 target price).  See FAQ # 17.

The contract contains an escape clause (Section 6.1) which allows the City to cancel the contract with ten days' notice and no penalty (once the cameras are more than 60 months old).



Concessions = Cost Neutral?


In 2014, a number of the
invoices from RedFlex to the City showed 20% discounts entitled "Allowance for other concession."  When asked, the City said that there was nothing in writing about how those concessions came to be.
Later, invoices from early 2015 showed that the discount was continuing, each month.  But even with the discounts, the City was paying way too much.  Consider this price schedule, from another city.
 
Elk Grove Calif. red light camera contract with
                Redflex
Table from Exh. D to the April 2014 contract between RedFlex and Elk Grove, California


2016:  Contract Amendment, Extended to 2018

In Nov. 2015 the SMPD submitted a one-page
report recommending a two-year extension of the program at a reduced rent of $3985 per camera.  In response, the city council asked for more information to be brought back to them in 90 days. 
In Feb. 2016 the SMPD asked for another 90 days.
On May 2, 2016 the SMPD asked for another 30 days. 

The item came back to the council on May 16, 2016 and they approved it, 5 - 0.  The contract amendment included adding enforcement to the two right turn lanes from eastbound Hillsdale onto Norfolk.
Staff Report
HighwayRobbery Letter
SaferStreetsLA Report

San Mateo's cameras were nine to ten years old by 2016, so the target rent, per the Elk Grove schedule (above) should have been $2000, or less.  Over the two years of the 2016 - 2018 extension the City will pay $238,200 extra.  To cover that extra rent the City will need to issue 2382 extra tickets (the City gets about $100 from each ticket issued).


2018:  Contract Amendment, Extended to 2020

On May 7, 2018 the council voted 5 - 0 to extend the contract for another two years, to June 20, 2020, with an option for two more years to 2022.  There was no discussion, at all.  They did not obtain a lower price.
Staff Report
Draft Amendment
HighwayRobbery Letter




City Docs Set # 4
Yellows Too Short? - BIG Dismissal in Late 2015


On Oct. 6, 2005 I asked the City of San Mateo for copies of its signal timing charts, both current and former.  On Nov. 25 they provided charts dated May 25 for the signal at Hillsdale and Saratoga, and dated Sept. 14 for Hillsdale and Norfolk. I wrote them back, again asking for the charts that were effective prior to those dates.  On Dec.7 the deputy city attorney wrote back that "the signal timing charts previously provided were as far back as available."  If that truly is the case, the City will have a hard time proving that its yellows were long enough.
Enforcement at Hillsdale and Saratoga started on May 19, so tickets between that date and May 25 could be challenged. 
Enforcement at Hillsdale and Norfolk started about July 28, so tickets between that date and Sept. 14 could be challenged.

On Aug. 30, 2012 I received a Nov. 2011
memo which listed the length of the yellows.  Those lengths have been entered at the bottom of the table in Set # 1, above.

BIG Dismissal in Late 2015

The City of San Mateo failed to re-set its yellows prior to the Aug. 1 deadline, and in Nov. 2015 announced they would be refunding or canceling nearly 1000 tickets issued Aug. 1 or later.
TV Article   Archived Copy  Newspaper Article  Archived Copy



Docs Set # 5:  Countywide
Countywide Information, Including Grand Jury Report, How Much $$$ They Get

The info in Set # 5 is applicable throughout San Mateo County.

In Sept. 2009 a San Mateo defendant won his appeal
on the cost-neutral contract issue (P. v. Bullock).  In Dec. 2009 a Daly City appellant won on the same issue (P. v. Lopez).  The two decisions could affect tickets in these San Mateo County cities which signed cost-neutral contracts:
Daly City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, and San Mateo.

It is reasonable to expect that some or all of these cities will amend their contracts to remove the cost-neutral language.  San Mateo, and Millbrae already have (see Docs Set # 6, below, and the Millbrae section on the Camera Towns page).
Also in Dec. 2009 another San Mateo defendant (
P. v. Schmidt) won his appeal, which was based upon missing warning signs and the control of the system by a private company.
Then, in June 2010, a Millbrae defendant (
P. v. Durney) won his appeal, based upon hearsay/confrontation (Sixth Amendment) issues.
If you have a ticket from any of the cities listed above, please be sure to contact me!
And contact your local reporters - ask them to write about this, get the word out.

In Jan. 2015 a defendant wrote about handling a San Mateo County ticket via correspondence:
"Pleading guilty and asking for a reduced fine is fairly common when you attend court in person and they usually reduce it by around $100 [in San Mateo County].  Remote correspondence is also an option mentioned on the violation notice, but this option pertains to pleading not guilty.  So in order to do both [pleading guilty and asking for the reduced fine, by mail], you need to send a letter (not email) to the traffic court asking if you can plead guilty with a reduced fine and attend traffic school.  My fine was originally $490 plus $49 administrative fee for traffic school and it was reduced to $400 total (not including traffic school itself). I also used the San Mateo County website in order to extend my due date by one month to allow for enough time for the correspondence."

If you are going to fight your ticket, you do not want to do it before Comm. Kathleen M. McKenna in the San Mateo courthouse.   I strongly recommend doing a Peremptory Challenge to remove her from your case.  See the Challenges page of this website.  I also recommend doing a Peremptory Challenge of her if you are doing a Trial by Declaration.

In one of two Nov. 13, 2009 red light camera articles by Joshua Melvin, the San Mateo County Times reported that the county court's CEO John Fitton had asked,
"Are we doing right by the public?"

John Fitton, CEO, San Mateo County
                    Courts
Court CEO John Fitton

Then, in a Feb. 16, 2010 KGO-TV segment by Vic Lee, Mr. Fitton stated:
"I would advise cities who are contemplating installing red light cameras to move cautiously. I know these systems generate revenue for cities, but safety-wise there are questions about whether the red light cameras reduce accidents."


Grand Jury Report, and Public Comments

"Based on the data provided by the cities, there was no overall trend indicating a noticeable change in accident rates before and after installation of red light cameras." "Recently, the City of San Carlos extended the yellow light time to comply with state standards and found that the number of citations fell dramatically."  "As a result the revenue from red light citations could no longer cover the associated costs."  

In June 2010 the San Mateo County Grand Jury released a report containing the quote above.   The grand jury rules allow the cities to make formal comments about the report, but do not allow the public to do so.
Here is the
final report (big file), including the initial report and the later comments by the cities.

If you would like to read some grand jury reports about the red light cameras in other cities, see the Grand Jury entry in the Site Index.


$$ Distributions to Cities Up 39% in One Year

Court-provided reports show that red light camera ticket revenue flowing from the San Mateo County Court to the cities increased 39% in one year.  (Some of the figures have been entered in the rightmost column of the large table in Set # 1, above.)

July 2011
July 2012
Various months, 2011 - 2013

Spring 2015
Late 2015
2016 and 2017
2017 and 2018


Contacting Officials

State Senator Jerry Hill:  In 2017 Sen. Hill introduced SB 493 which, if it passes, will reduce the fine for a rolling right violation. 
Sen. Hill hosts frequent Java with Jerry events around his district, which
includes the red light camera cities of Millbrae, San Mateo and Menlo Park.  For information about attending a Java with Jerry event, see the info on the Millbrae Docs page, or phone his office at (650) 212-3313.




City Docs Set # 6
"Late Time" Graphs

The City provided bar graphs (or tables) 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 - 2010 (49 months) Bar Graphs ( 7 MB file )
July 2006
July 2007
July 2012
Sept. 2012
June 2014
June and Nov. 2015 (tabular)
Jan. 2017
Jan. 2018

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




City Docs Set # 7
Info on City Site


The San Mateo Police Department has a little bit of info about its program, on this
webpage.




City Docs Set # 8
Prevailing Wage Action

RedFlex' construction work in San Mateo was the subject of a
Prevailing Wage action by the California Department of Industrial Relations.




City Docs Set # 9
Business Rules, Guidelines, Etc.


Guidelines for Screening, as of May 16, 2016




City Docs Set # 10
More Coming


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




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