The Street Smarts of saving street parking spaces, opening barricaded roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You might suggest that your reader who is having trouble parking on the street in front of his or her home take a swing by Monarch Way on the Westside of Santa Cruz. A resident there parks a couple of Greencycle carts in the street with signs that say, 'Private Parking'. Done it for years with no complaints or action from the city. Seems to work great, problem solved. John Krupp, Santa Cruz A: "This is not advisable," said Marlin Granlund, parking office manager for the city of Santa Cruz. "We do not have regular enforcement on Monarch and we have not received any complaints about this issue, so we have not addressed it. Until there is a public complaint, If we find something like this we normally just remove the obstructions out of the parking area." Q: In the city of Scotts Valley, there is an important frontage road that is blocked by a simple barricade virtually cutting some of the city’s transportation options in half. It must be a drag working at the Sentinel office knowing your trip to Scotts Valley Market for a yummy lunch is three times longer than necessary. All the diverted traffic negatively impacts several neighborhoods including all of Scotts Valley Drive while 50 homes are saved some through traffic. What needs to happen, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, to 'tear down this barricade'? With traffic being such an important aspect of life in Santa Cruz County this seems like a no-brainer. Sincerely, Peter Glynn, via email A: In the early 80s, "a condition of the project to build 1500, 1600, 1700, and 1800 Green Hills Road was that through traffic to South Navarra Drive would not be allowed," explained Scott Hamby, public works director for the city if Scotts Valley. "The residential neighborhood and Baymonte School was quite concerned about the additional traffic the project would create. The buildings were built by Seagate and traffic was a real concern with many employees and large delivery trucks." To reopen the road, Hamby said a petition could be circulated through the neighborhood to get their consent and presented to the city council. "As I understand it, only the construction of a mid-town interchange or a specific on/off ramp off of Highway 17 would allow for this change," Hamby continued. "The building occupants have changed hands several times through the years, but the type of use allowed remains the same. There are still a lot of deliveries to that area. I guess one could petition the residents of South Navarra Drive to see if they would support such a change. At that point the requesting party could bring this to the City Council. For that matter, anyone can bring this to City Council at any time."
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