Category Archives: county

Learning about ‘glasphalt’, tsunami signs & Halloween safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article [Monday] described the glass look in paving. It actually isn’t sand — it is glass. [It’s called glasphalt.] When recycling began in the late ’60’s, the State of California quickly realized that demand — … Continue reading

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King Street needs paving, bike lanes, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: King Street is a major thoroughfare and, for bicyclists, is often a suggested alternative to Mission Street. It is also used daily by countless school kids who are going to either Mission Hill Middle School or … Continue reading

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Bikes and cars

In recent weeks, Street Smarts has published letters from people trying to understand the new Three Foot For Safety Law, as well as those seeking to educate the public about it. One common question was about the way drivers are … Continue reading

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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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B40 Drive repairs coming this summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Would you mind poking around with county public works on the long-delayed reconstruction of Branciforte Drive by Delaveaga Park? The landslide there took out the southbound lane three years ago and the metering light for one … Continue reading

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Readers offer traffic congestion busting ideas

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Dear Ramona- Thank you for the opportunity to submit questions for your upcoming interview. I am 83 years old and have lived in Santa Cruz my entire life. My question is whatever happened to the four lane … Continue reading

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The race to unravel gridlock

Traffic congestion — everybody dislikes being stuck in gridlock and in recent weeks Street Smarts has been fielding a good share of letters from readers complaining about it. They’ve been requesting that local public works departments make changes, whether it … Continue reading

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Who’s responsible for curb strip area at end of my driveway?, reader asks.

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am new to the area and reside in the Rio del Mar area of Aptos. I would like to know who is responsible for repair and maintenance of the curb strip at the end of … Continue reading

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Aptos Crossing agreement reached

Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway Company and the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission reported Thursday that an agreement has been reached with Barry Swenson Builder and Aptos Ventures, LLC, to provide changes that accommodate the planned Aptos Village Project. The … Continue reading

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Neighborhood addresses speeders head on

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Recently, during a bicycle tour from Ventura north to San Francisco, I was passing through Rio del Mar. While riding on Rio del Mar Boulevard, I observed a significant number of hand made signs which indicated … Continue reading

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