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City of Walnut Documents (Program Closed)


It may be possible to completely ignore a Walnut 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 Documents page.
 

May 14, 2014:  The city council voted to end the program.  See Set # 3, below.


Do you live in LA County?  Is Zev Yaroslavsky your County Supervisor?  (Until now, he has been representing 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 is termed out, and the upcoming June 3, 2014 election will determine who succeeds him.

 Sheila Kuehl is one of the candidates. 

Sheila Kuehl authored 3 speed
                camera bills
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 California.

Please don't vote for her.  If she becomes 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.



Walnut Docs Set # 1
Ticket Counts

Total Violations, Notices Printed [4]

These cameras are located next to Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC)

New 7-31-09, updated 5-23-14

Cam #
AMGR-01
GRAM-01









Amar/Temple
Ebd @
Grand

Grand
Sbd @
Amar/Temple
(may include
enforcement of
 no right turn on red)
Monthly
 Average
of Notices
 Printed
AMGR
[5]
Monthly
 Average
of Notices
 Printed
GRAM
[5]
Monthly
 Average
of Notices
 Printed
Citywide
[5]
[3]

Total
Citations
Issued
as %
of Events
Re-
corded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed
[1] [4]

Dec06
0
0








2006










Jan07
728
510
138
59






866
569

Feb07
856
546
189
77






1045
623

Mar07
921
528
145
56






1066
584

Apr07
650
289
169
36






819
325

May07
567
182
144
29






711
211

Jun07
516
176
249
43






765
219

Jul07
733
333
300
63






1033
396

Aug07
594
261
261
99






855
360

Sep07
713
336
279
109






992
445

Oct07
563
256
235
108






798
364

Nov07
413
196
243
79






656
275

Dec07
379
137
183
41






562
178

2007










Jan08
305
135
190
66
113
61
174


495
201

Feb08
236
112
182
81
113
61
174


418
193

Mar08
261
112
174
72
113
61
174


435
184

Apr08
147
34
198
52
113
61
174


345
86

May08
374
141
157
54
113
61
174


531
195

Jun08
337
112
165
49
113
61
174


502
161

Jul08
341
81
253
57
113
61
174


594
138

Aug08
425
175
250
75
113
61
174


675
250

Sep08
344
167
170
62
113
61
174


514
229

Oct08
108
63
88
41
113
61
174


196
104

Nov08
0
0






0

Dec08
0
0






0

2008










Jan09
0
0






0

Feb09
0
0






0

Mar09
0
0






0

Apr09
0
0






0

May09
0
15
0






15
0

Jun09
[6]
444
150
268
91
130
134
263


712
242

Jul09
[6]
498
155
478
172
130 134
263


976
327

Aug09
[5]


130 134
263




Sep09
[5]


130 134
263




Oct09
[6]
396
132
405
193
130 134
263


801
325

Nov09
[5]


130 134
263




Dec09
[5]


130 134
263




2009










Jan10
[6]
346
159
217
156
130 134
263


564
315

Feb10
[5]


130 134
263




Mar10
[5]


130 134
263




Apr10
[6]
253
132
241
135
130 134
263


494
267

May10
[5]


130 134
263




Jun10
[5]


130 134
263




Jul10
[6]
350
110
293
90
130 134
263


643
200

Aug10
[5]


130 134
263




Sep10
[5]


130 134
263




Oct10
[6]
233
143
202
129
130 134
263


435
272

Nov10
[5]


130 134
263




Dec10
[5]


130 134
263




2010










Jan11
222
138
250
148
130 134
263


472
286

Feb11
[5]


130 134
263




Mar11
[5]


130 134
263




Apr11
174
94
221
95
130 134
263


395
189

May11
[5]


130 134
263




Jun11
223
94
268
138
130 134
263


461
232

Jul11
[5]
[8]
124
43
166





Aug11
[5]
[8]
124
43
166





Sep11
[5]
[8]
124
43
166





Oct11
[5]
[8]
124
43
166





Nov11
[5]
[8]
124
43
166





Dec11
[5]
[8]
124
43
166





2011










Jul11-
Dec11
(6
mos.)
[5]
1899
741
564
257






2463
998
[5]

Jun09-
Jan12
(32
mos.)
[5]
9855
4109
7353
3738






17208
7847
[5]

Jan12
[6] [5]
341
162
43
24
130
134
263


384
186

Feb12
[6]
252
133
30
16






282
149

Mar12
451
196
45
36






496
232

Apr12
418
175
39
28






457
203

May12
670
261
43
37






713
298

Jun12
324
114
39
27






363
141

Jul12
228
90
26
15






254
105

Aug12
379
192
32
23






411
215

Sep12
537
256
204
154






741
410

Oct12
512
235
553
430






1065
663

Nov12
383
150
220
138






603
288

Dec12
465
153
565
265






1030
418

2012










Jan13
364
153
476
296






840
449

Feb13
461
176
404
230






865
406

Mar13
541
219
506
333






1047
552

Apr13
493
221
413
277






906
498

May13
567
201
434
312






1001
513

Jun13
553
212
411
284






964
496

Jul13
508
192
457
330






965
522

Aug13
598
197
464
329






1062
526

Sep13
631
125
482
246






1113
371

Oct13
408
110
432
299






840
409

Nov13
360
73
455
238






815
311

Dec13








731
265

2013










Jan14








658
286

Feb14








665
312

Mar14








924
337

Apr14








923
301

May14
CLOSING
CLOSING








Jun14
See
See








Jul14
Set # 3,
Set # 3,








Aug14
below.
below.








Sep14










Oct14










Nov14










Dec14










2014










Cam #
AMGR-01
GRAM-01
AMGR
GRAM
Citywide






Amar/Temple
Ebd @
Grand

Grand
Sbd @
Amar/Temple
(may include
enforcement of
 no right turn on red)

Monthly
 Average
of Notices
 Printed
[5]
Monthly
 Average
of Notices
 Printed
[5]
Monthly
 Average
of Notices
 Printed
Citywide
[5]
[3]

Total
Citations
Issued
as %
of Events
Re-
corded
Total
Violations
Recorded/
Notices
Printed
[1] [4]


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

Official reports, 2006 - 2009
Official reports, 2009 - 2010, recd Jan. 2013
Official report, Jun. 2009 - Jan. 2012 (32 months)
Official reports, 2011
Official reports, Jan12 - Mar12
Official report, Apr12
Official reports, May12 - Dec12
Official report, Jan13
Official reports, Feb13 - Jul13
Official report, Aug13
Official report, Sep13
Official reports, Oct13 - Nov13
Official reports, Dec13 - Mar14
Official report, Apr14

[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  Totals are as provided by the City.
[2]  YTD = Year-to-date total.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4]  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, and due to time limitations may have been posted here 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 any Nominations mailed (not filed with the court, a.k.a. Snitch Tickets).
[5]  Calendar month data was requested on 1-30-12 but the City provided only a six-month grand total and a 32-month grand total.  In the table above, highwayrobbery.net averaged those grand totals over the six months and over the 26 months the two report periods did not overlap.  For comparison, highwayrobbery.net also averaged the Notices Printed in the ten months of 2008 for which information has been made available.  The 263 average for the 2009 - 2012 period represents a 51% increase over the 174 average for 2008. 
[6]  The official reports for these months were run for the first of the month to the first of the next month.  To keep the figures displayed comparable to the figures for other months, 3% has been deducted.
[7]  Includes enforcement of posted "no turn on red."
[8]  Month-by-month data was requested on 2-28-13, 4-4-13, 5-23-13, 6-30-13 and 8-15-13.



Walnut Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs

The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for both 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.

Bar Graphs 2008 - 2009
Bar Graphs Oct. 2011

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



Walnut Docs Set # 3
Contracts - Program Closed in May 2014


The city council heard a
staff report in late 2005.

The council approved Walnut's first contract with RedFlex in Aug. 2006.

Like the cities of Baldwin Park, Capitola, Citrus Heights, Highland, South San Francisco and Victorville, Walnut failed to hold the formal public hearing required by CVC 21455.6 before it approved the 2006 contract; neither of the 2005 - 2006 council items was set as a public hearing. See the expanded version of Defect # 6.

In Jan. 2009 the council approved a new speed survey.  

In Feb. 2009 - two years before the expiration of the first contract - the council approved a
new five-year contract.
The new contract provided for a slightly lower rent for the cameras - $5750 per camera per month vs. the former $6000.

Both contracts included, in Exhibit D, 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.

Section 11.14 of the 2009 contract penalizes the City if:
"...the City or Police waives more than 10 percent of valid violations forwarded to the Police for acceptance...."
(See Subsection A of Defect # 9, about quotas.)

Section 11.14 also penalizes the City if:
"...the City elects not to enforce illegal right turn on red violations...."

The slight rent reduction in the 2009 contract will save the City $30,000 over the 60 month term of the contract. 
Despite the lower price the City still will pay $330,000 too much over the five years (when compared with a $3000 target price).  See FAQ # 17.

In Aug. 2011 the council reviewed the program, including accident statistics.

In July 2013 the council approved a new speed survey.

 
  2014:  Two-Year Extension Proposed

The 2009 contract was due to expire in Feb. 2014, so City staff and the sheriff prepared a report, for presentation at the Jan. 8, 2014 council meeting.  The report discussed the option to extend the program another two years.

Staff Report, Including Sheriff's Crash Stats

In the staff report there was no indication of bargaining to obtain a lower rent during the potential two-year extension, despite the fact that cities near Walnut pay about half what Walnut has been paying.  If the rent is left at $5750, Walnut will pay $132,000 too much over the two years.  See FAQ # 17.

On Dec. 29 the San Gabriel Valley Tribune published an article about the upcoming decision.

Walnut camera photo by Keith
                Birmingham, SGV Tribune
Photo by Keith Birmingham, SGV Tribune

On Jan. 7 I attended a trial session.  (Anyone who wishes to watch the court trials of Walnuts tickets can come to the El Monte courthouse on Valley Blvd. one block north of the 10 freeway, at 1:30 on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The trials are public.)  At the Jan. 7 trial session there were 49 Walnut camera tickets on the calendar. Of those, 27 defendants had their fine cut in half, with no point, 11 defendants had their tickets dismissed, one pled no contest, one was found guilty, and nine didn't show up at court so forfeited their bail.

On Jan. 7 SaferStreetsLA published their analysis of the program.

On Jan. 7 the Walnut-Diamond Bar Patch published an article about the program.

At the Jan. 8 council meeting, the council voted to extend the contract for three months (to May 2014), to allow time for further study of the program, including more input from the public. 

Post-meeting articles:  Tribune   Patch 


Program Closing!

At the May 14, 2014 council meeting the council voted 5 - 0 on a staff recommendation to let the contract expire, which will end the program in late May.

In a SGV Tribune article published 5-19-14 Mayor Tony Cartagena was quoted as saying:

"The statistical review of the RedFlex camera program did not reflect a reduction of traffic accidents, nor could the data support the cameras made the intersections safer."


This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of 5-20-14.



Walnut Docs Set # 4
"No Right Turn on Red" Tickets


The use of cameras to enforce No Right Turn on Red signs is relatively rare, but it appears that in Sep. 2012 Walnut began heavy enforcement on right turns from southbound Grand to westbound Amar.
There is some question about which section of the Vehicle Code should be used - and it has a big effect upon the price of the ticket.  See the discussion in the big blue box on the
AB 909 page.

If you received a ticket for that right turn, please contact me. 



Walnut Docs Set # 5
The Revenue


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



Walnut Docs Set # 6
More Coming


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



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