Bill to be mailed for Fishhook damage

The driver who, earlier this month, crashed into the barrier between Emeline Avenue on Highway 1 and Northbound Highway 17 at the Fishhook is going to get a bill from the state. On July 10, the driver of a Ford truck fell asleep at the wheel and awoke before the 6 a.m. crash, according to CHP reports. Last Wednesday, Caltrans crews repaired the guardrail. Now, the agency is processing a bill, to the tune of $5,995.14. “The State of California, Department of Transportation has an highway property abatement process that invoices the responsible parties for damages to State property,” said Susana Cruz, Caltrans spokesperson. “Documentation of damages to the highway – such as guardrail, traffic devices, cost for hazmat clean up, etc. – are collected from traffic collision reports and the costs for repairs are determined by the area’s maintenance department.” That information is then entered into a labor and cost data program, which is then used by the Abatement Department to produce an invoice. That payment request is then mailed to the person determined to be responsible for the incident and the registered vehicle owner. “The owner can present the invoice to their insurance company for payment,” said Cruz. “Caltrans has up to three years to invoice for repairs and its accounts receivable department has an aggressive collection agency for invoices that go unpaid.” The money paid by people who damage state property “is taxpayer money and any collected money is credited to the maintenance departments to offset the cost of repairs,” Cruz explained. “The State of California is self-insured per California Government code 11007.8.” Charged up Ecology Action is planning four public workshops in the Monterey Bay in August and September to help people learn more about the benefits and savings of owning electric vehicles. Three workshops, called the “Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan Public Workshop,” invites electric vehicle owners, business owners, land owners or developers, government officials to weigh in on making sure the region is ready for plug-in electric vehicles. The workshops will be 6-7:30 p.m.:
  • Aug 15 at the Ecology Action headquarters, 877 Cedar Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz;
  • Aug. 19 at the Hollister Community Center's San Benito Room, 300 West Street, Hollister; and
  • Sept. 11 at the Casanova Oak Knoll Park Center, 735 Ramona Ave, Monterey.
Meanwhile, a “Free Electric Vehicle Workshop” will be held for the plug-in electric curious 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Ecology Action office, 877 Cedar St, Suite 240, Santa Cruz. For information, visit To RSVP email Emily at Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge The Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge is 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Scotts Valley High School. It features a tough three-mile climb to 1,500 feet up Jamison Creek Hill. The Santa Cruz County Cycling Club designed Burma Shave style road signs to encourage riders along the way, during the 100-kilometer, 100-mile and 200-kilometer routes through the redwood forest. The Burma Shave style signs were popular on US highways from the 1940s through the 1960s. For information, visit www.santacruzcycling/scmc.
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