Category Archives: disabled placards

Parking remains free for disabled placard, license plate holders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: With all the talk of parking meter rate increases in Santa Cruz, how will this effect those with handicap parking placards or plates? Have not seen that mentioned in any of the Sentinel articles. Thanks, Jack … Continue reading

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Revisiting disabled parking question, road trip travel tips for parents

Streets Smarts wants to follow up on a couple recent columns. First, in regard to Monday’s letter from a reader questioning the disabled parking spot in front of an apartment building which the disabled person who lives there does not … Continue reading

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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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Disabled park for free at meters, not in pay parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last Thursday’s EV article had a misstatement. Placarded vehicles do not receive free parking in city parking lots. Some cities allow this, but not Santa Cruz! Just go to Walnut Street or any other city-owned lot. You’ll see … 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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Disabled parking placard isn’t free pass to park anywhere

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Where in Santa Cruz can you park if you have a handicap placard? Maryanna McSwain via email A: “A person with a placard can park anywhere except in ‘No Parking’ areas and ‘Loading’ zones, commercial — … 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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