Red Light camera company under fire for gifts to county officials
The Sacramento Bee dedicated its lead Sunday story to a tale about potentially improper gifts to county officials from a company seeking a public contract.
According to the paper’s investigation, “Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers accepted free meals worth thousands of dollars from the private company that operates the county’s red-light intersection cameras, then recommended the county choose that company over several competitors for a new red-light contract worth up to $11.8 million.”
“Documents obtained by The Bee under the California Public Records Act show that Redflex Traffic Systems paid for at least 250 meals worth $3,800 over a five-year period for more than a dozen deputies and CHP officers, possibly violating department policies. The meals, ranging from $4 to $27, were provided to sheriff’s employees and CHP officers involved with the red-light cameras in Sacramento.
“Five of those officials served on the eight-person evaluation team that ranked Redflex No. 1 among four competing companies for the new red-light camera contract last fall.”