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Special to CityWatch: Can Jorge Ramos Save The American Immigrant Dream?

Tony Castro
TONY CASTRO’S LA- President Barack Obama’s disappointing failure to champion immigration reform, what The Washington Post called his “immigration train wreck,” may be the consummate example of the failure of the Obama presidency on Latino issues. It is also a tell-tale sign of the potential trouble the Democratic Party could find itself in…

Museum Row’s Billion Dollar Block Party

Tim Deegan
EXCLUSIVE TO CITYWATCH--City planners, developers, community members and other stakeholders are having a block party in the Miracle Mile: no champagne but plenty of stress served to order, depending on who you're aligned with. Issues with development: take a seat. Raising hundreds of millions of dollars for development, take several seats. Here…

What Is It About The Homeless That Makes Us So Angry?

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD--It was a long public hearing at my neighborhood council the other night. Outraged, obviously frightened homeowners were pitted against advocates for the homeless. At least that's how it started, but it's not how it ended. It's curious, but in this contentious culture of ours, it turned out to be possible to have a meeting of the…

Kill the Transit Tax, Kill the Olympics

Ken Alpern
ALPERN AT LARGE-You know, it's indeed possible that there will be enough voters who won't remember (or care about) the current shenanigans and budget games in the City of LA--enough to allow a 2/3 vote to pass a new sales tax measure in November 2016. Then again, maybe enough voters will remember, and the initiative will (like its predecessor…

Headlines Don’t Lie – LA Needs Leadership

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-I’m talking to you as a man who policed Los Angeles streets for over 30 years and established policy for another 14 years -- two years as an elected Charter Reform Commissioner and 12 years as an elected Los Angeles City Councilman. Take a look at the latest Los Angeles News and Breaking Headlines. They tell a frightening story…

Airbnb Just Floats by the PLUM Committee

Tony Butka
THE CITY-I was going to do my usual flip and cynical kind of a piece on the Airbnb hearing, but the issue is too important, and just maybe, all is not lost. The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee hearing was scheduled in the Public Works Hearing Room, but so many people attended that they had to move it to City Council Chambers…

Bikeshare Comes to Los Angeles … Sort Of

Richard Risemberg
WAITING ON LA--Here’s photographic confirmation that bikeshare has arrived in LA: Not the City of Los Angeles, though; not quite yet. That’s a live bikeshare station in Santa Monica, on Main Street, next to one of the two bike corrals that grace the block south of Ashland. (There’s another and very busy bike corral two blocks north.) This is a…

The Summer of My Discontent ... LA Version

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN--I think there is such a thing as the "Dog Days of Summer" since my usual sunny disposition ... glass half full demeanor ... seems to be out of sorts of late. There is a litany of things that are annoying me, aside from the heat. I am disappointed in our local government ... not all of them, but a majority. Like many of you I studied the…

Marilyn Who? Ask Councilman Krekorian or Mayor Garcetti

Richard Lee Abrams
PRESERVATION POLITICS-Who doesn’t like Marilyn Monroe? Councilmember Krekorian, that’s who! Why else would Councilmember Paul Krekorian support the demolition of one of the most significant homes of Marilyn Monroe? With the blessings of Mayor Garcetti, who believes in eradicating as much of Hollywood’s history as possible, and with the support of…





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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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