City, pop. 40,000, is in west LA, 3 miles
north of LAX.
It may be possible to completely ignore a Culver
1. The Los Angeles 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 police
department in an attempt to bluff you into identifying
the driver shown in the photo. For more details
about Snitch Tickets, see the Snitch Ticket section at
the top of the Your Ticket page.
And if you don't want to ignore the
ticket, or cannot, see Set # 16, below.
Out - Tickets Surges in Early 2016 and Late Summer
See Sets # 7 and 13, below.
There is a LOT more info, below, about
the red light cameras in Culver City.
But first, these important political announcements ...
Do you live in LA County?
Vote No on "Measure X"
In Nov. 2016 there will be a sales tax increase
on the ballot in LA County, with most of the money
to go to Metro and a little bit to local
cities. When you are deciding how to vote on
that measure, remember the $500.00 Metro or one of
those cities forced you to pay for your Mickey
Mouse red light camera ticket.
And remember that 1/6 of the sales tax you
already pay goes to Metro.
that by Nov. 2016 the sales tax increase will not be
called Measure X. It will be some other letter.)
Vote No on Sheila Kuehl
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
Zev "termed out," and in the Nov.
2014 election, Sheila Kuehl won the race to succeed him,
by a narrow margin.
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
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 will also be a vote to put an additional LA
County-wide sales tax, to go to Metro, on the Nov.
2016 ballot. (See Measure X on
the Action/Legis page, for more about that tax.)
Kuehl will be up for re-election in
Nov. 2018 and Nov. 2022.
Culver City Contacts
City Hall, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver
City, CA 90232
(1/2 mile east of the courthouse - plentiful free
well-lighted underground parking, entrance ramp on
Councilmembers' individual email addresses are:
or you can send an email to email@example.com,
for distribution to the councilmembers.
Council meetings: Most Mondays, 7 p.m. Opportunity for
public to speak: Promptly at beginning of council
meeting. Call (310) 253-6000 to confirm council meeting
date or to leave a message for mayor or councilmembers.
Culver City Chamber of Commerce
Location: 1st Level of Fox Hills/Westfield Mall,
near Best Buy
Culver City, CA 90230
Attractions Near Culver City's Red Light
A-Frame, Akasha, Bucato, East Borough, N/Naka
Costco (on Washington near Marina del Rey),
Fox Hills Mall/Westfield (Macy's, Nordstrom
Courtyard by Marriott, Culver Hotel, Double
Tree by Hilton, Four Points by Sheraton,
Ramada, Rodeway Inn, Travelodge
see the map, in Set # 5, below.
Docs Set # 1
Request for Camera Stats - Reply of 10-31-02
Here are 12 pages provided by the City
in response to my Public Records Act request for
information (1) regarding the reasons (accident rates,
etc.) for installation of the cameras at the
intersections chosen, and (2) the
intersection-by-intersection breakdown of revenue,
citations issued, the disposition of those citations,
and citations not issued. For more details about
citations issued, see also Set # 13, below.
Docs Set # 2
At an October 2002 City Council meeting I presented a
graph showing that, the previous fiscal year, red
light camera program expenditure ran 42% higher than
budgeted, and revenue flattened out.
Updated 3-15-03: My
projection, using figures from the first eight months
of the current fiscal year, indicates that the
profit flowing from the program to the City's General
Fund could be 57% less than expected.
This section also includes monthly
revenue, 2010 to present.
City Docs Set # 3
Request to Court
to Allow Public to See TV Display
Here is the correspondence, to date, on my request to
re-orient the courtroom TV so that the public may
again view the ticket photos.
City Docs Set # 4
Signal Timing: Was Culver
City's "Mistake" an "Inadvertent" One?
The evidence shows that they were aware of the new law
prescribing minimum yellow times(VC 21455.7, effective
Jan. 1, 2002), but failed to bring their cameras into
compliance with it.
This set also includes
the signal timing charts as of late 2015.
Docs Set # 5
Map of Culver City's
A Possible Explanation Why Just
a Few Locations Produce Most of the Revenue
The map shows the location of the seven cameras that
are presently operating, plus two more that are under
On Mar. 27 and 28 I had a chance to review the speed
surveys that the City used to determine what speed
limits would be posted on the streets where camera
enforcement is used. These surveys revealed a close
match between high ticket production and, at those same
locations, Posted Speed Limits substantially below the
85th Percentile* Speed (thereby allowing the City to set
a shorter yellow time).
*For an explanation of 85th Percentile Speed, see Defect
# 2 on the Home Page.
For signal timing charts as of 2015,
see Set # 4, above.
City Docs Set # 6
The transcript is provided to show the standard
testimony that occurs during Culver City red light
camera trials. It is also an example of the
Settled Statement that is written as part of the appeals
Culver City Docs Set # 7
Culver City's Contract
Watch Out: The New Contract
Continuously Expands Enforcement
The new contract signed in
Aug. 2014 provides for the addition of right and/or
left turn enforcement capability to many of the
(To see the contract, and the amendment, click on the
Docs Set # 7 link above; also see Defect # 10 - B).
June 2016 the Council may vote to add even more cameras
and intersections. See Set # 7.
Set # 8
City Docs Set # 9
"Certificate of Mailing"
This is the official-looking "Certificate of Mailing"
form Culver City formerly used. See Defect # 8 on
the Home Page for more details.
Culver City Docs
Set # 10
Fiddles While Police Department Burns
, containing video of an incident of negligence by the
Culver City police, suggests that the department lost
sight of its mission, public safety, and that the city
council failed to take action to bring it back on
City Docs Set # 11
Rumors about a
Culver City Refund
On June 12, 2004 an
LA Times story about the Costa Mesa refunds (see Costa
Mesa section on the Camera Towns page) erroneously
stated that there had been 2000 refunds in Culver
City. The city where the refunds happened (actually amost 3000 of
them) was East LA (see the East LA section on the
Camera Towns page). The Times supplied
their story to the AP, so the incorrect story was in
hundreds of papers, worldwide.
Docs Set # 12
Camera Not Justified
City's Jefferson / Overland intersection with its
recently-installed - and very lucrative - camera
enforcement on left turns, is an excellent example
of an intersection where there is scant safety
justification for the use of the camera. Set #
12, a ten-year accident history for the
intersection, shows a total
of 41 accidents, but only one of those (9 years
ago) was caused by a driver running the left
The accident history was provided
by the City in response to a Public Records Request.
See also "Churning Left Turn$" in Defect # 9 on the
Set # 13
Counts, Late Times
Watch Out: Enforcement was Expanded in
Early 2016 and Expanding Again in Late Summer
# 13 tells how many tickets were issued at the
various intersections, and for how late into the red
(lane by lane).
The new contract signed
in Aug. 2014 added right and/or left turn enforcement
capability to many of the existing cameras, and in late
Summer 2016 the City may add five new cameras.
City Docs Set # 14
Per a CCPD internal memo of Nov. 28,
2001, and the CCPD's monthly reports to the city
council, and annual ticket counts (Set # 13 above),
the "inception dates" of the cameras were:
Washington / La Cienega 2-26-99
Jefferson / Duquesne 1-13-00
Sepulveda / Green Valley 3-10-00
Washington / Beethoven 7-26-00
Sepulveda / Machado 8-14-00
Jefferson / Cota 8-24-00
Slauson / Buckingham 12-23-01
Washington / Sawtelle 2-5-02
Jefferson / Overland 8-03
Sepulveda / Centinela 8-03
Washington Place / Centinela 8-03
Washington / Helms 2005 or 2006
Sepulveda / Slauson 2005 or 2006
Right and left turn enforcement capability added to
many cameras: Early 2015
Washington / Sepulveda and Washington / National
Late Summer 2016
City Docs Set # 15
recommend moving your case away from Judge Cho or
Commissioner Pamela Davis in the Santa Monica
Do a Change of Venue if you can, otherwise,
file a PC on them.
See my Challenges page for more info.
Culver City Docs Set # 16
When You Hear Hoofbeats, Think Horses, Not
New 7-7-14, updated 8-14-16
At the May 12, 2014 city council
meeting the police told the council that they issue a
real ticket to the registered owner of the vehicle even
when a gender and/or age mismatch has made it obvious
that the owner was not driving the vehicle at the time
of the violation.
The City's Uniform
Guidelines (required by CVC 21455.5(c)(2)(f))
confirm that May 12 statement:
From pages 5 and 6 of Culver City Uniform
Guidelines Red light Camera Enforcement, with Emphasis
|SECTION 5- General Processing
1. Passengers' faces shall be masked on the
2. Where only partial driver information is
available or no Department of Motor Vehicle
('DMV') information is available, Vendor will
process the incident with "dummy" information,
check the "Incomplete Details" Box and place it
in the police authorization queue. The name
field will read "NOF" (not on file), the address
line will read "123 Any Street" and Vendor will
mark the incident as "Incomplete Details".
a. CCPD will be
responsible to obtain full details, will uncheck
the "Incomplete Details" box and Vendor will
mail a Notice to Appear.
3. Incidents where the driver's gender appears to
be different than the registered owner's name will
be placed in police authorization queue for
disposition by CCPD. Vendor will check the
"Incomplete Details" Box. If CCPD determines that
a gender mismatch has not occurred they will
uncheck the "Incomplete Details" Box and Vendor
will mail a Notice to Appear. If CCPD believes a
gender mismatch exists, CCPD will attempt to
identify the driver of the vehicle. However,
if the driver cannot be otherwise identified, a
Notice to Appear will be issued to the
registered owner of the vehicle on file with the
b. If CCPD is unable to
obtain full details, the Citation will be sent
to the registered owner at the address on file
with the DMV.
That discussion occurred because, at that
same meeting, a local resident came to the podium
and complained about a ticket that had been issued
to him (a large man with a mustache and beard) when
the face photo showed a young woman - his daughter.
CCPD: Think Horses, Not Zebras (or Actors)!
In the Summer of 2016 the public heard
about another, rather bizarre, instance where the CCPD
issued a ticket to the wrong person.
When the officer was preparing the ticket, he noticed a
strong resemblance between the driver pictured behind
the wheel and an actor he knew socially and from
TV. So, he issued the ticket to the actor despite
the fact that the vehicle was registered to a totally
different person, in Missouri.
Times article (archived
Also see Defect # 10 - E.
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