Bart Reed, executive director of the Transit Coalition, a local advocacy group, voiced support for red-light cameras, saying they help keep in check "many wild and crazy motorists on the streets that have no bounds or respect on the safety or security of others."
Councilman Greig Smith, who heads the council's Public Safety Committee, agreed with the commission, saying the program has been a drain on city finances. He added that the cameras had only a "marginal" effect on traffic safety and said he doubted that his colleagues on the City Council would find the 10 votes needed to overturn the commission's decision.
"I don't think anyone on the council wants to get up and be the proponent of bringing it back to life," he said. "No one's been a big fan over here."
Similarly, Councilman Dennis Zine commended the commission's decision, calling the camera program flawed and a waste of taxpayer money.
"It's a dishonest program," said Zine, a former traffic cop. "This thing really mocks the public."
Several months ago, the council granted the LAPD the authority to seek bidders for a new camera contract and allowed the department to expedite the process. If they allow the cameras to go dark and there are accidents at the intersections, council members could face political scorn and possible lawsuits.