Category Archives: Santa Cruz Police

Monday is Earth Day, workers encouraged to ‘Skip the Commute’

Each Earth Day, workers who drive to their place of business are encouraged to seek other means to commute, such as carpooling, riding the bus or their bike. This year, the push is on for folks to telecommute, if they … Continue reading

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SCPD memorial procession video returns

Sergeant Baker – Officer Butler Memorial Procession From CHP Motorcycle The video shot during the funeral procession for fallen officers Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler from Santa Cruz’s Beach Flats area to San Jose’s HP Pavilion is … Continue reading

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Why police officers can talk non-hands-free while driving

Q: I’ve observed Capitola police officers regularly use their mobile phones while driving! Why? Rick Caldarella, via email A: This topic has appeared in Street Smarts before. But being that this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and officers will … Continue reading

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police are cracking down

Law enforcement locally, as well as statewide will be keeping their eyes peeled for distracted drivers during the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Santa Cruz Area California Highway Patrol office will be teaming up with the police … Continue reading

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SCPD funeral procession video goes viral

Among the many videos on YouTube that memorialize last Thursday’s funeral procession for Santa Cruz Police detectives Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler, who were killed in the line of duty two weeks ago, one is going viral. While the … Continue reading

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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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Today’s Start Smart class canceled to honor fallen SCPD officers

Today’s Start Smart class has been canceled and those who planned to attend are invited to the next regularly scheduled course April 25. The change is to allow consideration of Thursday’s memorial service for two Santa Cruz Police officers killed … Continue reading

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Protect your bike to prevent bike thefts, report bike thieves

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was wondering if you’d like to include the piece below in your column as a guest perspective. There has been a lot of discussion about bike theft recently, and it seems like a good moment … Continue reading

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Turn pockets hot topic with reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am curious if there would ever be a left hand turn signal at the intersection Branciforte and Soquel avenues. It’s a dangerous intersection for pedestrians and is difficult to get through. A similar situation exists … Continue reading

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Looking at speed along Seacliff Drive

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I visited friends living on Seacliff Drive between Mar Vista and State Park Drives and noticed that despite a posted speed limit of 25 mph, vehicles were doing more like 45-50 mph. My friends said they … Continue reading

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