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ONE MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE

  • WHO WE ARE-Women did it again. The annual Memorial Day tradition of placing flowers on graves of fallen soldiers was begun by women in the South after the Civil War. Who knew? Who now remembers that it was originally Decoration Day? Or that it is a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who fought for a better future. Memorial Day is a great deal…
  • 453 Days Later...

    Tom Rubin
    OFFENSIVE BUT PROTECTED SPEECH-Welcome news this week from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. By a vote of 11 to 1, the court overturned its injunction against the controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" that it had ordered off YouTube back in February 2014. Here's the background. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia (photo below) was…
  • What LA Educators Should Learn From Bell Gardens High School’s Shocking Turnaround

    Jay Mathews
    VOICES FROM THE SQUARE-Bell Gardens High School in east Los Angeles County was a sorry mess when science teacher Liz Lowe arrived in 1989. It was overflowing with trailer classrooms and graffiti. More than 3,000 students crowded into school buildings surrounding a concrete quadrangle with patches of grass and some trees. Expectations were low. Not…
  • The Clean Sweep Election Finally Happened

    Bob Gelfand
    GELFAND’S WORLD- A few years ago, a group calling itself Clean Sweep argued that the voters of Los Angeles should defeat all the incumbents and replace them with fresh blood. On Tuesday, the results came close. There are two distinct lessons, one of which is quite ominous for elected officials. This election demonstrated the end of voter patience…
  • What Did Tuesday’s LAUSD Election Results Prove?

    Paul Hatfield
    PERSPECTIVE-Did the LAUSD election results signal a change for charter schools? Perhaps. Possibly. Maybe. You can make a decent case that Ref Rodriguez’s victory in District 5 points to strong support for charters. It was a battle between two well-funded candidates with diametrically opposed views on the issue. The effectiveness and fairness of…
  • (Train)ing Ourselves to Confront Modern Mass Transit

    Ken Alpern
    GETTING THERE FROM HERE-It's great to learn that Metro has an excellent new CEO with the hiring of Phillip A. Washington who comes to us from Denver. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Roger Snoble and Art Leahy, Mr. Washington has a first-rate reputation to maintain--but his first job will be to pass Measure R-2. Measure R-2 (perhaps…
  • City Controller’s Grandstanding DWP Audit is the Real Waste of Ratepayer Dollars

    Dennis Zine
    JUST THE FACTS-City Controller Ron Galperin’s Grandstanding DWP Audit results were finally released. Unfortunately, the conclusion and political spin that came afterwards from the controller was misleading. Here are the FACTS: The DWP’s Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute are administered by DWP managers and representatives of the…
  • A Place Where ‘Special Interest’ is NOT a Dirty Word

    Denyse Selesnick
    MY TURN-We need to have a new word to differentiate the villainous “Special Interest” that everyone is always complaining about and the “Special Interest” that almost all of politicians and civic and social activists have adopted as a cause. It is impossible to have passion about multiple issues. I know I have mentioned this before, but it seems…
  • Alert! America’s Small Businesses are Being Screwed by Big Business

    Robert Reich
    THE ECONOMY-Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being screwed by big businesses? For years, small-business groups such as the National Federation of Independent Businesses have lined up behind big businesses lobbies. (Photo: small businesses in Studio City) They’ve contributed to the same Republican…

 

  • Can Strawberries Help Fight Cancer?

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-There have been a number of studies over the years that could show evidence of strawberries fighting off cancer. Tong Chen lead a study…
  • Study: The Best Way to Quit Smoking … Bet On It

    Francie Diep
    WELLNESS-Oftentimes, money speaks louder than words. Apparently, that aphorism applies to cigarettes too. A new study finds that money incentives…
  • Exercise Can Help Anxiety … Here’s How

    Christian Cristiano
    WELLNESS-Statistics show that over 3 million American adults suffer from anxiety and there is no evidence that number will be declining any time…




Memorial Day 2015- Freedom Isn’t Free

J. Cole raps on the Letterman show: “Be Free’

The Star Spangled Banner … like you’ve never heard it before

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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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