March 16, 2012
Should we take at face value the comments by Glendale Police Capt. Carl Povilaitis indicating that the red-light camera program was not cost-effective (“ Police shut down red-light camera program ,” March 14)? If the reasoning behind installing the cameras was to improve traffic safety and the article mentions that citations dropped by half due to motorists being more mindful of traffic safety, then the logical conclusion is that a successful program should remain. So what gives?
March 13, 2012
Glendale police will no longerissue citations for red-light violations caught by cameras set up at four intersections throughout the city, officials said. The decision, which took effect Feb. 24, was made because the program had become a burden on resources, and police needed the officer assigned to reviewing violations out in the field, officials said. In short, the nearly 4-year-old red-light camera program became “cumbersome” and not “the best use of our resources,” Capt.
July 26, 2011
Good news for motorists slapped with red-light tickets in Los Angeles. If you got the citation under the city's controversial camera program , you can ignore your ticket. You read that right. After a three-hour City Council committee hearing Monday on the future of the much-debated photo enforcement system, the session ended with a recommendation to stop issuing citations at the end of the month and "phase out" the program. The tickets are part of a "voluntary payment program" without sanctions for those who fail to submit fines, said Richard M. Tefank, executive director of the city's Board of Police Commissioners.
June 17, 2011
While reading the article about Habitat for Humanity (“Nonprofit builds homes for 5 families,” June 5), I couldn’t believe what I read. First of all, to build 6,250 square feet with mostly donated labor for $1.1 million is out of line, and what’s even worse is that the city would pay $2.5 million for a lot. I happen to have a 6,800-square-foot building on about an 8,000-square-foot lot and the value is about $1 million. With all the vacant apartments and buildings for sale, wouldn’t it be more feasible to buy an existing building for a lot less?
November 18, 2009
I am writing regarding the Nov. 11 article titled “Cameras become flash point.” I completely agree with City Councilman Ara Najarian. Red-light cameras do a lot of good in our streets. It is as if a police officer is standing there and making sure that no one neglects the law. Personally, my life was threatened by a driver who completely ignored and missed the red light. One day, as I was driving on North Verdugo Road, I was almost struck by a motorist who passed the red light.
November 12, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY The City Council on Tuesday renewed a red-light-camera program, and authorized officials to expand the network to up to 10 other intersections. Under the agreement, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. will continue to operate the red-light cameras for another five years while police officials evaluate whether to install the monitoring equipment — which photographs motorists violating traffic laws at four intersections in the city — to other problem areas.
November 11, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday renewed a red-light-camera program, and authorized officials to expand the network to up to 10 other intersections. Under the agreement, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. will continue to operate the red-light cameras for another five years while police officials evaluate whether to install the monitoring equipment — which photographs motorists violating traffic laws at four intersections in the city — to other area problem areas.
March 19, 2009
GLENDALE — Council members extended a contract Tuesday for another six months with a company that monitors red-light cameras that photograph motorists violating traffic laws at four intersections in the city after seeing a dramatic decrease in violations. Since the cameras went online in July, the number of tickets has decreased, Councilman Bob Yousefian said during Tuesday’s council meeting. “The idea isn’t to give them tickets,” he said. “The idea is for them to be careful, so they don’t get it.” At the Colorado Street and Pacific Avenue camera-monitored intersection, 102 tickets were issued in July, while only 69 were given in January.
March 4, 2009
I have been watching the current City Council campaign with interest. To say that I am very concerned by the statements being made by the candidates, including my colleagues, would be an understatement. So I’ve decided to write commentaries to the Glendale News-Press on what I believe to be facts and not fiction. For today’s commentary, I would like to address the traffic issue that is now seemingly becoming a major campaign talking point (“Forum focus is traffic safety,” Feb. 23)
June 25, 2008
GLENDALE ? Police will stop issuing warnings and start giving tickets on Monday to motorists who violate traffic laws at the red-light-camera-monitored intersection of San Fernando and Los Feliz roads. That Monday marks the end of a 30-day grace period at the intersection, Glendale police Sgt. Dennis Smith said. ?There have been quite a few warnings issued at that intersection,? Smith said. ?The intersection is pretty active.? Under California law, motorists must be given a grace period before citations are issued at a camera-monitored intersection, Smith said.