Q Here's an idea how we can get San Jose's roads repaired. Let's start a rumor that Jimmy Hoffa is buried somewhere under our streets. The feds will be all over this in a heartbeat. Yes, there will be some disruption as they excavate our roadways, but when they are finished, they will have to rebuild and pave the streets -- right? And who knows who or what they may find.

Before you hit the delete button for this email, consider: Isn't this a better option than waiting until the San Jose City Council takes meaningful action on this issue?

Tom Darby

San Jose

A Delete an email from you? No way. But first ...

Q Apparently your column and references did the trick. Mayor Chuck Reed and the city transportation department have crews out in MANY locations throughout San Jose repairing our streets. I just hope they keep it up in that they have a LOT of catching up to do.

Joe Coughlin

San Jose

A That they do. Here's one reason you are seeing so many roads being worked on: Some repairs were suspended during the winter and are now going full tilt in addition to work long planned for the summer. For example, Hedding Street is getting repaved and slurry-sealed now.


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Q I hope you can help me. I am 86, live in a mobile home and my only route back home is on Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View. For some time now I have been jolted by a bad hole in the right lane, just before turning right on Pear Avenue by Starbucks. I have no alternative route and use this several times a day, usually in heavy traffic, so I cannot use the right lane until I turn at the next corner. I would never make it back into the right lane in time.

Joyce Andersen

Mountain View

A The city has been alerted and hopefully your drive will improve. But I am impressed. Joyce says she has been driving since 1946 and "has not received a ticket -- yet." And she has more to share.

Q I shared the driving of a 20-foot motor home towing a VW Dasher cross-country for five years. We lived in it. My first vehicle was a '27 Chevy which had a spark. I learned to drive with it. Tricky!

Joyce Andersen

A Ah, what is a spark?

Q WOW! I'm older than I thought! It is a separate lever on the steering wheel which had to be engaged at the same time that you let up on the clutch. It was on a 1927 Chevy 2-door, with a register on the passenger's side on the floor. We bought the car in 1946 in Manistique, Mich., for $150. We just got married.

It was our only heat source when we lived in Northern Michigan. We named her Esmeralda. That's the best I can remember. Maybe you can find someone who remembers this model.

Joyce Andersen

A Your memory seems pretty good to me.

Q Seeking a knight in a shining Prius!

We who work in the business park off Kato Road and Warren Avenue in Fremont have been steeling ourselves for the closure of Warren by thinking happy thoughts of how nice it will be a year from now. However, we were unprepared to be held hostage by the traffic light at Kato and Warren. At heavy traffic times, we are being limited to 4-5 cars being allowed through the light from Kato onto Warren to escape to the freeway.

Provisions and patience are in thin supply and your intervention is requested.

Jennifer Aguirre

A Holy Prius! Traffic engineers came out to provide more green time on Kato. They'll continue to monitor the impact of this yearlong closing and see if more needs to be done.

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