From the time the city installed red-light cameras in December of 2005 until November of 2006, three intersections had yellow lights set 0.3 seconds shorter than California's legal minimum, the documents show.
The editor of a website devoted to tracking red-light cameras received the documents under a public records request and posted them at www.highwayrobbery.net.
Extrapolating data from March and October of 2006 - the only months released before the change - suggests that about 1,890 drivers received tickets for running a red light by 0.3 seconds or less.
But City Manager Jarb Thaipejr said the city has always followed state requirements.
"Why would we not?" he asked. "I can't speak for what a website says."
Mayor Rhodes Rigsby said he was not aware of any violation but that, in general, he trusted the website and has has taken its advice in the past.
He also said he distrusted the company that operates the cameras and will stop using them when the contract with Redflex expires in December.
"I as the mayor am apologetic to the community for the Redflex camera business that we were associated with," he said. "I hate these cameras more than anyone else in Loma Linda."
He said the city could not refund the fines because its
The too-short lights were for eastbound Barton Road at Anderson Street and Barton Road at Mountain View, plus east- and westbound Redlands Boulevard at Anderson Street.
The 45 mph speed limit at these locations means a light must remain yellow for at least 4.3 seconds, according to a Caltrans formula that was also mandatory in 2006. The light was set to 4.0 seconds until November 2006. The lights have since been further lengthened.