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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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Public works staffers earn kudos from cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to give my ‘high 5,’ ‘thumbs up, ‘+1,’ and ‘Likes’ to Graham Jones and Cheryl Schmitt of the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Cheryl is the Transportation Coordinator. I sent an email … Continue reading

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New traffic signal installation at Soquel Ave., Park Way Tuesday

As construction begins to wind down on the $1 million widening project along Soquel Avenue at Park way, crews Tuesday will remove the old traffic signals so that new ones can be installed. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., that … Continue reading

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Aptos Village Plan to add pedestrian safety improvements

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live off of Lori Lane across from the Post Office in Aptos Village. I am writing to you because I am concerned about the significant safety hazards on Trout Gulch Road at this location. There … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … Continue reading

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‘No Jake Brakes” signs seek to control truck noise, create legal ruckus

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m wondering what it would take to get a ‘No Jake Brakes’ sign posted for northbound big rigs approaching the fishhook. There are a couple guys that enjoy rattling our neighborhood very early in the morning. … Continue reading

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B40 projects generating reader interest

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was wondering about the future of the one-way light on Branciforte Drive just past Goss Road. It was shut down Aug. 1 for repair of overhead wires in advance of some roadwork. We live on … Continue reading

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Back to school commuting tips

It’s back to school season. That means more traffic and a longer commute to work. It also means more kids on the road in their parents cars, on foot, bikes, skateboards, etc. going to and from school. Street Smarts solicited … Continue reading

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Bike summit seeks presenters, workshops, networking bike ride events

The California Bicycle Coalition is seeking presentations, volunteers and sponsors for its 2013 bike summit in Oakland Nov. 7-10. The event’s theme is “Mainstreaming the Bike in California Culture.” It’s goal is to bring together Golden state residents as well … Continue reading

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Seeking local traffic, travel information in one place

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We are still waiting after three-plus years as to when electronic signs will be updated with pertinent information. Bob Zimway via the Street Smart Blog A: Right now, those signs are used to give information such … Continue reading

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