Q Gary, attached is the $146.92 receipt for my free fill-up for winning the Roadshow contest for picking the price of gas last Memorial Day.
A Kevin has a Ford Raptor with a 36-gallon tank -- and he has a big heart.
Q How about sending my winnings to the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial Fund? I will also send in a donation to assist his wife and children.
A Will do, and thank you. Youngstrom was the CHP officer gunned down on Interstate 680 earlier this month. Donations for the family can be made at any Wells Fargo branch through the Officer Youngstrom Memorial Fund.
Q I normally enjoy reading your column, but what I recently read made my blood boil. A CHP officer is killed in the line of duty, and all some readers are concerned about is the traffic inconvenience they encountered. How pathetic to be so self-centered at a time like this.
And then you go and give them a forum. You are generally helpful in explaining traffic situations to the public, but this time you really stepped in it.
I, too, was affected by the traffic that day, but I chose to keep the bigger picture in mind: An officer was killed. My lateness pales in comparison. For you to focus mainly on the responses you did was irresponsible, and you should probably apologize to all the decent people you have offended in doing so. Next time, how about just a brief comment about the traffic accompanied by a lengthier tribute to a slain officer who did not return to his family that night?
A I tried to explain matter-of-factly why the police investigation took most of the day -- that evidence needs to be collected over a wide area and that this shooting took place on a very congested freeway at the peak of rush hour. We ran several tributes on the fallen officer and appreciate the risks he and others take to protect motorists.
Q I just bought a used car on Craigslist and went to get it smogged. Well, it did not pass. The mechanic informed me that the seller is responsible for getting the car smogged, not the buyer. Is this a California law? The seller has been avoiding me and won't return my calls. What are my options? Am I responsible as the buyer for costs incurred in fixing the car if the seller refuses?
A Glenn-the-California-Department-of-Consumer-Affairs-Spokesman says the seller is responsible for making sure the car can pass the smog test. You can take the seller to small claims court if you can locate him; otherwise you will be stuck paying for the smog check and repairs. Consider this a life lesson learned.
Q Back in the '90s, the Taylor Street bridge over Highway 101 in San Jose was expanded, but not the roads going up on either side. This makes it rather tight for cyclists when cars are passing by.
A Sam Liccardo agrees. On the Roadshow chat line last week, the San Jose councilman said he uses that bridge to get to Sierra Road, and he called it "hairy." "We're working on building ramps to 101 from Taylor/Mabury, and we've got about $50 million of funding to collect to get there," he said. "We're hoping to have something under way around the 2016-2017 time frame, so we can get it up within a couple years of the BART station opening."
Q How much longer will the lanes on Capitol Expressway between Ocala and Cunningham roads remain unmarked? They have been that way for weeks, if not months. I shouldn't have to mention what a danger this is in the dark, as well as during the daytime.
A Temporary markings will be installed by the middle of this week. Work had been delayed to accommodate a bike lane on the northbound side of the expressway, which meant taking out the median. Once median work is finalized over the next few weeks, permanent striping will follow.
Q I see that San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed got a ticket for not using his turn signals. If the gendarmes ticketed even a small percentage of drivers in Silicon Valley for not using their turn signals (assuming they even know that their vehicles are so equipped), the budget crisis would evaporate in all municipalities in Santa Clara County. A $35 ticket would add up to millions in only a couple of months. It has been my observation that only about one in four drivers ever uses them.
A You think it's that high?