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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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Put the brakes on passing cyclists by crossing double yellow, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, A: Every day, someone driving in the oncoming lane in Santa Cruz veers over the line into my lane to avoid a bicycle or car. The correct prescriptive in this situation is to put on one’s brakes … Continue reading

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Trout Gulch at Soquel confusing, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The intersection at Trout Gulch and Soquel is confusing and, at times, dangerous. As one travels west on Trout Gulch, a stop sign next to the railroad crossing precedes the intersection by perhaps 20 feet. There … Continue reading

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First community meeting for proposed ‘rail trail’ is Monday

Monday marks the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s first workshop to gather public input into the recently released Draft Master Plan for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network project. The workshop is 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at … Continue reading

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‘Right on Track’ celebration Nov. 17

Editor’s note: Today’s column comes from Karena Pushnik, senior transportation planner and public outreach coordinator for the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. Today she’s pleased to announce festivities surrounding the purchase of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line. Join … Continue reading

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Transmission issues behind General Motors recall of 426,240 Saturns, Chevrolets and Pontiacs

A transmission problem is behind the recall of certain model year 2007-2010 Saturn Aura, 2008-10 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles. The General Motors recall encompasses 426,240 of those vehicles. It involves the shifter allowing drivers to move it into … Continue reading

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Highway 1/9 intersection improvements coming down the pike

Dear Street Smarts, Q: An easy solution to a major backup northbound Highway 9 at Highway 1 can be improved by eliminating the left turn at Fern St. Paul Krug, via email A: “While closing Fern to left-turns would help … Continue reading

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Malfunctioning windshield wiper hose behind recall of nearly 45K Chevy Sonics

General Motors is recalling 44,668 model year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles because the windshield wiper washer hose may separate from the washer fluid reservoir.       If this occurs, washer fluid will not be available, making it difficult for … Continue reading

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Addressing parking problems in two Santa Cruz neighborhoods

Dear Street Smarts, Q: An ongoing issue on our Chico Avenue neighborhood street is cars parking facing traffic. For example a car heading south will park on the northbound side while still facing south. I know it is done for … Continue reading

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Street Smarts not quite so fair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona–you were doing well with this article (“Us vs. them,” Monday, June 25) until you laid all the blame on motorists: ‘Even if it is perceived that “the other guy” is being inconsiderate, try to be … Continue reading

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