Tag Archives: Santa Cruz Police Department

‘No U-Turn’ sign needs better positioning, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was disappointed in your treatment of Mr. Jim Walt’s problem (published in Street Smarts March 31) with the signage at the Highway 1, Highway 9, North River Street intersection. The signage there is positively wretched. … Continue reading

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Challenges of enforcing speed on Mission Street from retired SCPD officer

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column comes from Ken Black, a retired Santa Cruz Police officer. Now a teacher in the Ukraine, Black still reads Street Smarts. Consequently, he mailed seeking to weigh in on the recent conversation about the … Continue reading

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Police officer causes traffic jam near already congested Harvey West, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Saturday, Dec. 19, I was heading up River Street towards Costco around noon and the traffic was backed up almost to Outdoor World. I thought it was just Christmas shopping traffic until I finally got … Continue reading

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Who gets ticketed in the dooring incident described in yesterday’s blog?

Yesterday’s blog asked readers: You’re driving down the street, past parked cars when a car door opens. Your vehicle strikes the door, causing damage. Who should get ticketed, you or the person in the parked vehicle? This question came from … Continue reading

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Street Smarts reader seeks relief from noisy motorcyclists

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live in the Upper Ocean neighborhood in Santa Cruz, in rather close proximity to a biker bar. My neighbors and I are all growing rather tired of hearing the ‘motorcycle enthusiast’ revving up and down … Continue reading

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Reader questions guests parking in driveways, source of foul sewer-like smell

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live downtown on Maple Street and I have two questions. First, Maple Street is posted two-hour parking without a permit. Is a permit required for parking longer than two-hours if I allow my guests to … Continue reading

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I can see clearly now the ‘gunk’ is gone

I know we are in a drought situation and we’re encouraged to conserve water but the number of vehicles I see on the road with super dirty windows is scary. Some of the automobiles I’ve seen appear to have been … Continue reading

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Reader got caught up with friends, car towed

A regular Street Smarts reader, who wanted to remain anonymous, wrote in recently that his car had been towed from the CVS/Trader Joe’s parking lot. The lot has a two-hour time limit for patrons to park there, but the reader … Continue reading

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Reader complains about stop sign runners on Bay and California streets

Dear Street Smarts, Q I’m seeing more drivers running the stop sign at Bay and California streets. It is a three-way stop, but I have observed cars on Bay Street slow down to see if there is a patrol car … Continue reading

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