Dear NMA Los Angeles Area Members,
David Goldstein, an intrepid TV reporter with the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, filed this story on March 1st in which Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledges that motorists who received red-light camera tickets at the Metro Blue Line crossing at East Century Blvd. and Grandee Avenue in Watts should get a refund from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Because of complaints that the light phasing was confusing, the MTA is redesigning the intersection which sparked Garcetti’s call for refunds. In addition to being LA mayor, Garcetti is on the MTA board of directors.
Nearly $400,000 worth of RLC tickets were issued at that intersection in 2015 and 2016. Despite Garcetti’s call, the MTA has not yet issued refunds.
NMA members in the Los Angeles area should write to Garcetti demanding that he use his position on the MTA board to insist that the agency return the fines that were collected due to violations issued at the intersection in question.
Write your emails and letters to the mayor and also copy the CEO of the Los Angeles County MTA is Phillip A. Washington (and all other MTA Board Members as listed below).
Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles
200 N. Spring St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
In addition to your email or letter, use the mayor’s online portal with your concern: https://www.lamayor.org/talk-us
Here is a link to the objections that the NMA has towards red-light cameras that you can use to support your email or letter and online comment.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Phillip A. Washington
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Administrative Offices 213/922.6000
Here are emails of the MTA Board Members:
Sheila Kuehl, LA County Supervisor 3rd District: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor 5th District: Kathyrn@bos.lacounty.gov
Mike Bonin, LA City Counciler, email@example.com
James Butts, Inglewood mayor, mayor@cityofinglewood
Robert Garcia, Long Beach mayor, Mayor@LongBeach.gov
Janice Hahn, LA County Supervisor 4th District, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Krekorian, LA City Counciler, email@example.com
Ara Najarian, Glendale City Counciler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Supervisor 2nd District, email@example.com
Hilda L. Solis, LA County Supervisor 1st District, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Bowen, Caltrans (non-voting member), email@example.com
Thank you for your support of motorists’ rights in southern California!