Tag Archives: Soquel

No dedicated left turn light coming to Cabrillo College Drive, Park Avenue

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy reading your advice on Street Smarts and appreciate the opportunity to have somewhere to voice my concerns. I live in Soquel, near the busy intersection of Cabrillo College Drive and Park Avenue. There is … Continue reading

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Ford recalls 5,600 vehicles due to child safety concerns

Ford is recalling 5,675 vehicles because the rear left door child lock was built incorrectly, allowing it to be opened from the inside, increasing the risk of injury to an unrestrained child. The vehicles impacted by the recall are 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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Reader sounds off about nonuse of bike helmets by parents

I have observed a foolish trend that deals with bicycles, kids, parents, and safety helmets. Lately, I have seen many kids riding their bikes and wearing their bicycle helmets. Riding next to them is a parent with a bare noggin. … Continue reading

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Ford issues safety recall of about 100K 2013 Escape and Fusion vehicles

Ford is recalling 80,057 model year 2013 Escape and Fusion vehicles because the engines may overheat, causing a fluid leak that may reach the hot exhaust system, possibly resulting in a fire. Meanwhile, the company also is recalling another 19,106 … 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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Tips to drive by from a tow guy

On Tuesday, I spent two hours riding along with Walt Barrows, the Ladd’s Towing employee who drives the Freeway Service Patrol tow truck during the weekday morning and late afternoon commutes on Highway 1. During that time, I learned a … Continue reading

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Fuel line problem leads to recall of Ford Edge vehicles

Ford Motor Company is recalling 5,499 model year 2012 Edge vehicles because the fuel line pulse damper metal housing may crack. A fuel odor and continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized may result and a fire could occur. … Continue reading

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You don’t need a car to get to San Francisco

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hi Ramona, love your column. You always seem to provide such helpful information, so I’m hoping you can help me! I’m wondering if there is any public transportation to get to San Francisco. There used to … Continue reading

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Ford recalls more than 6,100 2013 Escape vehicles

Ford is recalling 6,146 model year 2013 Escape vehicles because the freeze plug may dislodge, causing a significant loss of engine coolant. As the leaking coolant evaporates on the hot engine, an engine fire may erupt. Ford’s recall number is … Continue reading

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