Category Archives: disabled drivers

Disabled parking space in front of home should be removed, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live downtown Santa Cruz in a neighborhood that is difficult to find parking places. Next door to me is a low-income apartment with four units. They have a space in front designated for handicapped parking … Continue reading

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Who’s paying for free EV charging stations, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona, you wrote in last Thursday’s Street Smarts column about free parking and charging for electric vehicles that ”The electricity cost are also subsidized as only a public utility can charge for power usage,’ Granlund said.’ … Continue reading

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Us vs. them: Can bicyclists and motorists get along on Santa Cruz County’s roads?

Santa Cruz County touts itself as being laid back and a cycling-friendly mecca. But is it? Every time anything cycling related appears in this column, rage comes out. This past Thursday’s column is a perfect example. Verbal single finger solutes … Continue reading

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July 4th holiday road trippers should get ready and be set before they go

The Fourth of July is coming up in about a week and a half, and many of you are thinking: Road Trip! If you are planning to hit the road, it would be wise to put your car in the … Continue reading

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Visitors to California can apply for traveler’s disabled placard

Visitors to California who use disabled parking placards can apply for a Travel Parking Placard, reports Ask George, the DMV’s weekly transportation column. While out of state placards are legal here, the free travel placard can provide some sense of … Continue reading

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What happened to the handicapped parking at Seacliff State Beach?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read with interest the many informative handicap parking Q & A’s. Seacliff State Beach has eliminated the three or four handicapped spaces that were on the right side of the entrance under the eucalyptus trees. … Continue reading

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Parking in the CVS/Trader Joe’s lot means a big tow bill, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I had my car towed last Saturday night from the parking lot behind Trader Joe’s and CVS. I was parked on the Front Street side in the last row by the street. It cost me $391.48 … Continue reading

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City issued 13 disabled parking violation citations since late February

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I see that you and I started something that should¬† have been paid attention to a long time ago. I would like to know how many¬† tickets have been issued in the city for disabled space … Continue reading

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Street Smarts deserves kudos, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thank you for your tactful answer to Dan Bronson. Let me please add that we who chauffeur disabled persons have challenges that others don’t recognize Getting the disabled person out of the car is often a … Continue reading

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Parking placard rules need clarification, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your March 7 article on disabled parking someone seems to be misinformed. Could it be the city parking program manager? Several police officers have told me placards are specifically only for the disabled person to … Continue reading

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