Category Archives: Mission Street

King Street needs paving, bike lanes, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: King Street is a major thoroughfare and, for bicyclists, is often a suggested alternative to Mission Street. It is also used daily by countless school kids who are going to either Mission Hill Middle School or … Continue reading

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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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Bay at Mission traffic is not so bad, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Dec. 11, 2013, you published a letter from a reader complaining about the backup of southeast bound traffic on Bay Street at Mission or turning right onto Mission toward Half Moon Bay. I was surprised … Continue reading

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No left turn from Soquel onto Park Way during construction, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was wondering if you could do me a favor and print something? At the Soquel/Park Way intersection — Whalers and Ford dealership — where we are building the left turn lanes and have to reduce … Continue reading

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Two left turn lanes better than one at Bay, Mission, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live near Bay and Mission streets. As you are probably aware, there is often a large backup on Bay. I believe the backup could be largely fixed for the cost of some paint and perhaps a … Continue reading

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Pedestrians and cars can cohabitate on Mission Street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There are, I think, four places on Mission where the pedestrian is to press a button, causing lights to flash, informing the motorists to stop. The current situation is dangerous. First, the pedestrians cannot see that … Continue reading

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Challenges of enforcing speed on Mission Street from retired SCPD officer

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column comes from Ken Black, a retired Santa Cruz Police officer. Now a teacher in the Ukraine, Black still reads Street Smarts. Consequently, he mailed seeking to weigh in on the recent conversation about the … 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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Cracking down on Mission Street speeders not easy, police say

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In response to the suggestions on how to deal with Mission Street problem, one major problem was not mentioned. Speeding is rampant with zero police enforcement. Since Measure H was heavily pushed and passed with the … Continue reading

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Caltrans explains the anatomy of clogged traffic on Mission Street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: It seems nothing has been done about the back-up of traffic at the intersection of King and Mission Streets in Santa Cruz. With hundreds of cars coming down from UCSC, clogging High Street, Storey and King, … Continue reading

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