Category Archives: county

Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project involves more than freeway construction

Recently, Street Smarts updated the progress being made during the Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. While gathering information on the congestion relief project, I learned it has helped ease traffic around schools affected by the project. Below is my interview … Continue reading

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Crosswalk painting to occur when weather dries, warms up

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The crosswalk at Portola Drive and 26th Avenue is not visible to many drivers approaching from the west from Corcoran Lagoon, and there is no signage. This is due to the uphill grade. I’ve experienced this … Continue reading

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Reader expresses B40 curiosity

Dear Street Smarts, Q: After a very long absence from Santa Cruz, my wife and I have returned and have purchased a house that’s on a corner of North Branciforte Avenue. As we drive north from Soquel Avenue, we notice … Continue reading

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Pedestrians must take steps to not endanger their own lives

On Tuesday, Street Smarts published a letter from a reader who was adamant that drivers do all they can to not risk pedestrian lives. That means keeping an eye out for them, obeying traffic laws and slowing down when passing … Continue reading

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Transportation grant aims to save lives

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is the recipient of $120,000 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant funding will greatly enhance our work with collaborative partners in public safety, schools and community-based groups … Continue reading

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Sustainable communities workshops planned

Santa Cruz County is hosting two community workshops on creating a Transit Corridors Plan for Sustainable Communities. While the focus will be on Live Oak, Soquel, and Aptos, the goal is to have residents help shape growth and development priorities … Continue reading

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Eastern access road idea should become reality to ease Mission Street congestion, says reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think there may be different solutions to gridlock in different parts of the county. But with regard to the King at Mission intersection, Caltrans is right – that intersection cannot and was never intended to … Continue reading

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County flexes muscle on rogue utility contractor

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is Intren? At about 3 p.m. one recent Sunday afternoon, it took me 37 minutes to crawl from Rodeo Road for the six-tenths of a mile to 41st Ave. The basket trucks blocking the right … Continue reading

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Street Smarts not quite so fair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona–you were doing well with this article (“Us vs. them,” Monday, June 25) until you laid all the blame on motorists: ‘Even if it is perceived that “the other guy” is being inconsiderate, try to be … Continue reading

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