Gold in Them-Thar Cars
Although a small county, Santa Cruz falls statewide behind many larger counties—in many areas. In the cities of Santa Cruz and Capitola we already pay some of the highest sales tax in the state. Bob Smallman (“When Does It End?” Letters, July 25) gave figures on some of the ways we are already taxed and re-taxed due to the inefficient use of taxes already collected. Apparently our local cultural creative rulers are unable to provide creative solutions other than utilizing the well-used instant gratification fix of another regressive tax. For truly instant gratification, and saving us money, why aren’t they using the California Driving Code: 22526 Anti Grid Lock—about not blocking intersections? This does not require any new laws or any new paid studies. Starting now during our tourist summer Boardwalk rush—beginning on Thursday afternoons through Sunday evenings—our well-staffed police force could be used for extremely efficient revenue collection. All they need to do is sit at the several intersections beginning at the Ocean Street freeway off/on ramp to the Boardwalk and enforce the existing law. With great ease they could cite the self-absorbed folks who don’t mind blocking the intersections in their haste to arrive and depart Santa Cruz via Ocean Street. This would provide ample easy revenue for the county, offsetting the other vital impacts of tourism here on our water systems, electrical energy, air quality and beat-up roads
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Elder Abuse Widespread
Thank you, Georgia Perry and Santa Cruz.com for the sunshine of the media on the Olvera case (“Leaving Las Vegas,” Currents, Aug. 1) and the bleeding of Guadalupe Olvera’s estate from his court-appointed conservator and “protector,” Jared Shafer.
Unlawful and abusive adult conservatorships are harming families and pauperizing vulnerable, disabled and elderly people all over this country. Conservatorship law is designed to “guard,” “conserve” and “protect” incompetent people and the public. Over the years, the laws have been misused, misapplied or manipulated to unjustly enrich court-appointed fiduciaries at the expense of and to the detriment of the very people the courts have appointed them to protect.