Truly touched by support from Capitola

My wife and I were overwhelmed with all of the kindness and support that we've received from the city of Capitola with regards to the towing of our car. When I first contacted the Santa Cruz Sentinel, I simply wanted to make others aware of the potential confusion with the "free parking" signs in hopes that others might not get towed as well. I never imagined that we would see such an outpouring of empathy, and we are truly touched.

The City Council wasted no time in addressing the street sign issue and offering up creative solutions to make sure this kind of situation would not occur again. The owners of the lot (MCM Diversified and Barry Swenson Builder) have been so wonderful and gracious with each calling separately to offer concerned well wishes and even reimbursement. That kind of generous and earnest response shows the sense of community spirit and integrity they have as local business owners.

My wife and I were feeling pretty dejected the day our car was towed. But honestly this kind of response has been so uplifting. It's truly heartwarming to see a community respond in this unified way and reaffirms our faith in the kindness of people. And everyone we've shared the story with has been equally impressed.


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I was a resident of Santa Cruz County for most of the 1990s and very involved in the community back then. I was the editor-in-chief of the Cabrillo College-funded art and literature anthologies Rude Magazine and Iris Magazine, I ran the manufacturing plant for Marianne's Ice Cream had a radio show, as well as worked as assistant manager for the Riverfront Cinema. I wanted to take my family back to Capitola Village to show them a place that had meant a lot to me back when I lived there. Seeing this outpouring of community support has been a reminder of what I loved about Santa Cruz so much back then. You have got to be so proud of Capitola and its residents and business owners ... we surely are!

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and have a lovely holiday season.

Jeff and Dori Gutman, San Francisco