Tag Archives: money

Hwy 17 needs an auxiliary lane through Los Gatos, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Here in Santa Cruz, we have achieved better traffic flow by adding merge lanes to Hwy 1. I was a Los Gatos mountains resident for 25 years, commuting to Cupertino. It finally dawned on me that … 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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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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Cabrillo students eligible for zero interest bike loan

Ecology Action, a local non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living, is teaming up with Cabrillo College to offer students zero interest loans to purchase bicycles they can use to get to school, work and anywhere else they need to go. … 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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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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Gas prices rise slightly since last month

The pain at the pump appears to be leveling off. AAA of Northern California reports gas prices are averaging $3.11, up four cents from last month. Of the 25 metro areas it tracks gas prices, all except one had seen … Continue reading

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Potholes to be filled, road repaired this summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have enclosed some photos taken Sunday, March 14th on Old County Road in Ben Lomond, off of Hillside (one of the photos appears here in Street Smarts). I hope you can see that this road … Continue reading

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California offers low cost automobile insurance

Drivers who need car insurance but are afraid they can’t afford it can turn to the state of California for help. “California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program provides you with the liability insurance required by law, so that you and … Continue reading

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