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 LA'S UPSET NEIGHBORHOODS

People are Pissed! Can a Revolution be Far Behind

Dick Platkin and George Abrahams
LA IN MOTION-Throughout LA’s vast 500 square miles are many self-identified neighborhoods. Ninety-six of them have formed official Certified Neighborhood Councils (CNCs), as established by the Los Angeles City Charter. But, the real number of neighborhood groups is much larger, and they reflect tremendous differences in concerns, demographics,…

Exposed: Guess Who’s Leading the LAUSD Witch Hunt Against Teachers

Leonard Isenberg
CONSIDER THIS-How is it that the LAUSD's go-to outside law firm Sedgwick L.L.P. (that was embroiled in the Miramonte scandal and sanctioned for covering up evidence) is running teacher investigations, teacher jail, and the current witch hunt against nationally acclaimed teacher Rafe Esquith? As CityWatch has previously reported, LAUSD's latest…

DWP Ratepayers Facing Billions of $$$ in ‘Taxes’ Over the Next Five Years

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Over the next five years, the Ratepayers of our Department of Water and Power will be hit up for over $3.7 billion in taxes by City Hall as a result of the combined 20% levy on the power portion of our DWP bimonthly bill. And this does not include the billion dollar-plus price tag associated with the IBEW Labor Premium and its overly…

Politics: Let's Say Goodbye to the Snark

Ken Alpern
POLITICS FOR GROWN-UPS--It's been so long since the terms "liberal" and "conservative" were considered decent and honorable that probably most readers don't even know that they once were perfectly fine labels to bear with pride and respect. Ditto with respect to "Democrat" or "Republican". Yet after not one but two presidential eras where the…

Gang Wars: Don’t Just Send Cops to South LA

Ken Stone
URBAN PERSPECTIVE--With stepped-up police patrols continuing in South Los Angeles, community groups and clergy called on city and county officials Friday to bolster resources for gang-intervention programs and services for at-risk youth and adults. Twitter meme about Los Angeles gang violence.The groups spoke out in response to a wave of violence…

They Love Us This Much

Rick Risemberg
LA’S NEIGHBORHOODS--Yes, the photo is of a hole. Specifically, an incipient sinkhole on Hauser Boulevard where it runs through Park La Brea. It is about eight inches deep. It has been guarded for over a year by its faithful traffic cone. A companion pit behind it suffered the usual indignity of a half-baked cold-patch repair, and is now itself…

Latinos: More Concerned about the Environment than Average Americans

Fred Mariscal
LATINO PERSPECTIVE-Yes it’s true, according to recent polls, Americans of Latino descent are more worried about the quality of our air, water and the alarming effects of climate change already impacting our country, than the average American. Anyone who says that Latinos are only concerned with immigration doesn’t understand the complexity of…

Hey, Councilman Koretz … Westwood is for Bikes Too!

Joel Epstein
DEAR PAUL--LA City Councilman Paul Koretz that is. Say it ain't so! How sobering to read in the LA Times and The Daily Bruin that you now not only oppose bike lanes on Westwood Blvd but also want to strike the planned lanes from the City's Mobility Plan. Such a move would be totally unprecedented and would reverse nearly a decade of bicycle…

Could Molly Knight Be Vin Scully’s Successor?

Tony Castro
TONY CASTRO’S LA-For almost four decades, my summers have been passed listening to Vin Scully religiously, bemoaning the cutback in his announcing schedule and, I suppose, unconsciously preparing myself for that day when Vinny calls it a career. I am also one of those baseball fans who wears headphones and listens to Scully call a game on the…





Art or Ad? LA’s mural law written in gray ink

Escape the Room-Conan goes for the record … and the laffs


LADWP Rates Overview

 

 

  

 

 

 

160,000 Hanging in Red Light Ticket Limbo; LA Needs to Declare Amnesty Now!

GUEST WORDS - Although the Red Light Photo Program in Los Angeles was officially terminated on July 31, there are an estimated 160,000 Angelenos still in limbo with pending tickets and a complete lack of clarity as to what may happen to them if they do not make  payments, although City officials have called payments “voluntary.”


My call for an immediate amnesty (CityWatch, August 24) [link] has so far gone unheeded, except for written statements by Council member Zine saying he would speak to the Courts.  Has he?

Numerous calls to the courts to get clarity for my clients yielded the information that red light photo tickets will NOT be sent to the DMV records of the car owner (who was not necessarily the driver).  

But, do not exhale yet, because internal court records will report a “Failure to Appear” and are then sent to GC Services for collection.  For those unaware, GC Services is the contractor retained by the County of Los Angeles to collect traffic ticket fines.  

My numerous calls to and messages for Jamie Field at GC Services, the person in charge of collection efforts for the Los Angeles Superior Court, have thus far remained unreturned.

On Tuesday , August 22, Daily News columnist Kerry Cavanaugh reported that a colleague recently received a collection notice demanding $780.00 (for a ticket plus penalties) for one received in June and threatening that liens would be placed on his/her wages for non -payment.   I find this governmental intimidation unacceptable and demeaning.  I respectfully repeat my call for the City Council to declare an amnesty now on all pending photo red tickets.  

The vast majority of the clients I represent received red light photo tickets for rolling right turns, aka California or Hollywood rolling-stops, which are proven not to cause accidents.  If the City of Los Angeles wanted to immediately reduce the traffic accidents and improve public safety,  LA would simply lengthen the yellow and red light intervals by one second at intersections with traffic lights.  

City officials know this.   Why don’t they “do the right thing” and just declare an amnesty?

If you are one of the 166,000 Angelenos in limbo or feel as incensed as I do, I urge you to call, email or write to your elected representatives asking them to end this misplaced justice.  

Although this is August and Council members are on vacation, staff members are working who will get the message loud and clear.   

(Sherman M. Ellison is a California trial attorney whose practice is almost exclusively traffic ticket defense. Ellison testified before the Los Angeles City Council on the controversial Photo Red Light Program in April, 2011 and is a regular contributor to numerous radio, television and print media outlets. He is widely considered the pre-eminent legal authority on traffic ticket defense in California. He can be reached at: www.ShermanEllison.com ) -cw

Tags: amnesty, amnesty for red light tickets, red light tickets, City Council, Councilman Zine, DMV, traffic tickets







CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 69
Pub: Aug 31, 2011

 

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