Category Archives: parking

Busy roads on tap this week, through summer

Santa Cruz will start the month of June with some traffic and parking issues related to events and construction. First, the AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride, which pulled into town from San Francisco Sunday will head out early Monday via Highway … Continue reading

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EV chargers getting damaged by users, replacement pending

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am noticing the EV chargers in downtown Santa Cruz are slowly disappearing. One by one, they are breaking and not being repaired. I drive an EV and one of the major incentives was free charging … 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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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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The Street Smarts of saving street parking spaces, opening barricaded roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You might suggest that your reader who is having trouble parking on the street in front of his or her home take a swing by Monarch Way on the Westside of Santa Cruz. A resident there … Continue reading

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Neighbors hog all street parking, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is plenty of open parking space on the street where we live. Unfortunately, both next door neighbors have a gazillion cars and squeeze us out of parking in front of our home. We have one … Continue reading

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Reader questions Santa Cruz’s color-coded parking meters

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When I am in downtown Santa Cruz, I always look for the ‘blue’ meters where for a quarter you get one hour of parking. Is the city getting rid of these affordable parking places? Lori Gaudin … 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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City’s EV fleet charging stations soon to be off limits to public

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Sunday, we went downtown for the ‘Eat Like A Greek’ festival in our Chevy Volt. I knew that the City Hall parking lot would be ideal–close by and electric charging stations, which I didn’t know were … Continue reading

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