Walter Mencken 10 a.m., July 23
San Diego extends red light camera search, new locations to be considered
The city of San Diego has extended for another four days its search for firms to install and run its so-called red light camera system, telling would-be vendors, "It should be anticipated that some of the existing photo enforced locations will continue to use this technology and some new locations will be selected."
The information is contained in an addendum to a request for proposal, first reported here last month, posted on the city's online bid site.
But the city's procurement office says it does not have enough data about the program to answer other significant questions about its operation, according to the addendum.
To the query, "What is the number of protested citations that [have resulted] in court dismissal for the last 2 years?" the document responds, "We do not have this information.”
According to the original August 21 document, "Based upon the analyzed benefits of the current [red light camera] program, the City has determined that the program be continued, [and the] City desires to operate [the red light cameras] at a minimum of 15 sites."
The request for proposal added that that "expansion plans for future years [have] not been determined at this time. With a goal to reduce violations, the City cannot currently commit or guarantee a specific number of intersections or volume of work."
The red light program has a history of controversy, having drawn legal challenges from irate motorists, and lame duck mayor Jerry Sanders has been largely mum about future plans.
The September 14 addendum to the request for proposal, which extends the response date until September 24, answers a few more questions, submitted by would-be camera service providers, about the city's largely secretive procurement plans.
In response to the question, "Does the City anticipate any new locations that will be added to the project?" the document says, "The City is currently reviewing locations that will benefit from use of this technology.
“It should be anticipated that some of the existing photo enforced locations will continue to use this technology and some new locations will be selected."
Asked to define "clear and identifiable" images to be taken by the cameras, the city says, "The City/PD needs to be able to look at a photo and ID the person. In processing, identifiable facial features, nose, eyes, eyelash, eyebrow, ear, mouth, chin, scars, moles, etc. At least four identifiable features are needed."
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