Category Archives: county

Stop sign at washout on El Rancho near Carbonera stays, public works says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am writing to find out about a stop sign on El Rancho just north of Carbonera Drive. It is a one-lane road each way and there is a section of the northbound lane that has … Continue reading

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Readers say ‘thank you’ to Street Smarts

Thank you to those of you who wrote in to respond to last Thursday’s column encouraging all road users to obey trafic laws, including new ones aimed at protecting people who work or ride a bicycle along the roadside. Here … Continue reading

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Live Oak neighborhood could use some TLC, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently moved into Live Oak area and I like it very much — the families, rich and poor, and the diversity of people. However, I am struck by a few issues that I hope you … Continue reading

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Aldridge Lane to be repaired this fall, ‘Give Me 3’ bill becomes law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In 20 years living on Aldridge Lane in Corralitos, I have watched the berm alongside the road be dragged down by the procession of apple growers who have taken turns farming the small piece of land … Continue reading

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Trestle boards need repair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Who does one contact to request a minor repair at the west end of the trestle foot bridge at the Boardwalk? There is an ever-widening gap between two of the boards. This gap is a hazard to … Continue reading

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Addressing red curbs and slipouts

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I should have kept record of the number to call at Santa Cruz County to have a curb repainted. The red curb at Baseline Drive and Willowbrook Lane needs to be repainted before Cabrillo College goes … Continue reading

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Illegal parking in front of The Farm is dangerous to cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question about cars parking in the bike lane on Soquel Avenue, specifically, in front of The Farm at 6790 Soquel Drive. The bakery’s parking lot has a one-way entrance on its north side … Continue reading

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Looking out for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The crosswalk button on the corner of Soquel and Mission drives, in front of Erik’s Deli, is not working. My employees have to cross back and forth on Soquel multiple times a day when going between … Continue reading

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Confusing signs in Soquel Village contribute to traffic snarls, says reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The sign on Soquel Drive at Main Street in the Soquel Village indicates two lanes that can travel straight through the intersection of Soquel and Porter when you can only go straight through the intersection from … Continue reading

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The 411 on after market window tinting

Every now and then, I look at my car and think about how cool it would be to darken the tint on my windows – to protect my interior from the hot sun, when it is out, as well as … Continue reading

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