Dunno about Cali but I have a friend that just sends his ticket to some ticket lawyer who goes in his stead to get the ticket dropped and waive any points. No traffic school to attend, no points, and just the lawyer fees. Now if the lawyer can't fight it, you end up paying lawyer fees, ticket fees, but still no traffic school or points.
I haven't had to use this myself (and hopefully never will!) but that's what I've heard works in FL.
335i E90 / Arctic / Gray / Burl Walnut / Steptronic / ZPP / ZSP / Paddles / CA / Nav / PDC / OEM Spoiler
Mods: PIAA Angel Eyes, Rear Fog Switch, Escort X50 Blue hardwire, 30% Charcoal Llumar
Installing soon: Rear Power Outlets (Happy Robot mod!)