Category Archives: environment

Don’t toss flaming cigarette butts out car windows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In this high fire danger period, is it illegal for a driver to toss a lit cigarette out the window? I observed a spark trail from a cigarette tossed out of a black mini SUV with … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … 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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Celebrating National Public Works Week with an Arana Gulch trail update

Editor’s note: Todays column is a guest article updating the effort to built multi-use trails in Arana Gulch from Janice Bisgaard, community relations specialist for the city of Santa Cruz. The article comes at the city celebrates this week as … Continue reading

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Reader offers sun to shade driving tips

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Street Smarts seems to be a good place to mention the dangers of driving from sun into shadow. I was driving on Conference Drive in Mount Hermon a while back when I came very close to … Continue reading

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Electronic message signs address drought concerns

What do you think about Caltrans posting water conservation messages on the electronic message signs?

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Helping traffic flow on Hwy 1 requires money

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The letter by Miss Roberson in last Monday’s paper supports widening of highway one –again. Instead, can’t the engineers at Caltrans design a better 41st Avenue-Bay Avenue-Porter Street interchange? For all the money spent thus far … Continue reading

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Placement of ‘No-U-Turn’ sign questioned at River St., Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts Q: Ramona, Question for you: Have you heard complaints about the placement of the U-turn sign at River Street and Highway 1, the one you will see coming from Costco and turning onto Highway 1 South? The … Continue reading

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Readers minds on the move about idling

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for the information in (Monday’s) column regarding it taking less fuel to shut off and start an engine than is consumed in 10 seconds of idling. I thought the break even point was longer than … Continue reading

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Idling negatively affects health, environment, vehicles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Occasionally, I see idling vehicles on West Cliff Drive¬†while folks read a magazine, take a nap, or to get out to take pictures of the beautiful views. Neighbors have vehicles idling in their driveway or on … Continue reading

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