Category Archives: money

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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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … Continue reading

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City needs to do something about long lines at Santa Cruz’s new ‘paystations,’ reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy your Street Smarts column and read it regularly. Here’s a complaint and question about the new parking lot kiosks for buying time in the previously-free parking garages. Most of the time, including this past … Continue reading

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Enforcement of new downtown Santa Cruz pay stations flawed, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last week, I was in downtown Santa Cruz to go to Logo’s and parked in the lot to the rear of the store. I went to the new parking lot payment box and paid for one … Continue reading

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Capitola awarded $53K for traffic safety programs

Capitola has been awarded one of 198 grants being handed out statewide by the California Office of Traffic Safety. The state agency is giving away $67 million in traffic safety grants to help communities and agencies with their long term … Continue reading

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Beach front parking scam going on in Santa Cruz

Beach-goers beware: there’s a parking scam going on in the area of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. One recent March weekend, at least one man found himself shelling out nearly $400 to get his vehicle out of impound after parking … Continue reading

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Never too early or late to learn good driving skills

Today’s Street Smarts column is dedicated to improving traffic safety awareness among older and teen drivers. It’s dangerous to be an senior or young driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, 13 percent of this country’s … Continue reading

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Salinas Road Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday

If you find yourself in the area of Highway 1 and Salinas Road Friday, April 23, you may stumble upon a party. Caltrans District 5 and the Transportation Agency of Monterey will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to … Continue reading

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‘Driver’s Yoga’ teaches motorists to become one with their ride, be better drivers

When you drive, does your mind wander? Instead of paying attention to the road, you start thinking about things that happened the previous day, your to-do list for today and the people in your life. That’s called distracted driving and … Continue reading

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Lawmaker, cycling group seek tougher penalties for ‘careless drivers’

Careless drivers who cause a crash that injures other road users may find themselves behind bars if San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and the California Bicycle Coalition get their way. On Monday, April 19, the state Assembly Transportation Committee will … Continue reading

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