Ca motorist beats fourth traffic ticket through the mail 2/15/13 [Corona, Ca red-light camera slapped down! Court documents included on page.]
City of Corona, CA claims that traffic defendants must be compelled to testify 8/21/12
"Remember, Remember, the 5th of November," or so goes the rally cry of Guy Fawkes, the Catholic rebel who was executed for plotting to blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes day, popularized in recent years by the 2006 movie V for Vendetta, currently represents opposition to the corrupt establishment. Perhaps it is fitting then, albeit coincidental, that one of the main technological surveillance tools used to tyrannize and fleece the hard-earned money out of everyday people is coming to an end on that very same day.
The City Council of Corona, California has ratified their decision to officially terminate their red-light camera program effective November 5, 2012. At the City Council meeting on September 4th, the City narrowly voted 3-2 to axe the city's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. The Southern California City, located in Riverside County 47 miles southeast of Los Angeles, originally entered into the contract with Reflex on November 5, 2008. The contract consisted of a 3 year term with two automatic renewal terms of one year, unless a party canceled with 60 days notice.
The original notice of non-renewal was sent visa from City Manager Bradly L. Robbins via certified mail to Redflex on August 27th, but it was not formalized until the city ratified the decision. The letter, addressed to Reflex Corporate offices in Culver City, states "We understand that the agreement will be terminated as of 12:01 a.m. on November 5, 2012.", and calls for a "timely schedule for the removal of all Redflex equipment as soon as possible following November 5."
John Shanahan, PE, an electrical engineer and member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, recently recieved a red-light camera ticket from the city of Corona. He spoke at the meeting in opposition to their red-light camera program and other big-brother type surveillance. Shanahan noted that when he grew up in suburban Chicago, police were our friends, but that today that does not seem to be the case, with police oftentimes serving as revenue agents. (You can watch his allotted three minutes here. He speaks after the firemen get their award.)
Shanahan, a long-time freedom advocate, is no stranger to beating traffic tickets. He has beaten three tickets through the mail using California's Trial by Declaration option, as explained by the excellent free site helpigotaticket.com. John's victories, which didn't take any money or time off work in order to be successful, included a seat belt ticket, stop sign ticket, and another seat belt ticket.
The excellent website HighwayRobbery.net, which features information on many cities including a Corona page and a Corona Documents Page, sent out an alert August 31 about the importance of the upcoming Corona vote and noted that sometimes cities intend on cancelling red-light camera contracts but are persuaded to keep them via financial incentives:
This report (attached) is on their agenda for Tuesday Sep. 4th. (Corona council meetings are always on a Wednesday - except for this one)
The vote during the Aug. 22 study session was 3 - 2 to close the program, but I think it might be possible for a councilmember to switch his or her vote. Particularly if Redflex offers a last minute concession on the price. The city manager already has sent Redflex a termination letter (attached), so it could be embarrassing for the city to change its mind. But cities are not easily embarrassed, so they still might switch. The City of Laguna Woods is an example of that. In May they voted to cancel, then Redflex offered a huge discount, so in June the city voted to continue the program.
Thus, I would like to suggest that everyone who can should try to attend the meeting, and speak. Or at least send the council an email.
Switching our focus to the bigger picture, please also see the note below my signature line, about SB 1303. NOW is our last chance to stop that bill.
Corona's decision, officially slated as "Agenda Report No. 6.C.3.", can be seen on their meeting archives here starting at page 100. In a "REQUEST FOR CITY COUNCIL ACTION" to the Mayor and City Council from the Police Department on September 4th, the subject was "NOTICE OF NON-RENEWAL/TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT WITH REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, INC. FOR A RED LIGHT CAMERA ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM." The recommended action was "That the City Council ratify the notice of non-renewal/termination of the Professional Agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., for a red light camera enforcement system."
The fiscal impact of the decison states "a total of $350,000 was allocated in the Police Department budget for fiscal year 2012-2013. The total cost for the red light camera program through contract termination is estimated at $125,000. Upon contract termination and completion contract close-out, the estimated remaining balance of $225,000 will be returned to the General fund. Redflex will remove all red light camera equipment from all city property at no additional cost. Estimated date for equipment removal will be scheduled for the week of November 12, 2012."
Pasadena, CA recently scrapped its red-light camera program also, but left jagged metal protruding from their public sidewalks in wake of the cameras removal. Corona falsely claims on their city website that motorists ticketed by cameras "MUST" identify the driver of a car if it is not the registered owner, an outright lie since defendants can not be compelled to testify.
Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, FreedomsPhoenix, Rense, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com