January 26, 2021

San Jose crackdown on copper thieves working: Roadshow

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Q: Maybe it’s the lighter traffic, but I seem to be stopping at fewer red lights. Am I just hallucinating? … The street lights through Willow Glen don’t seem to burn out as often as they once did. What’s going on? … Every time I see a street or traffic light out, I curse the thieves ripping out the copper wiring. What can be done to curb this problem?

Richard Lopez, Mary Koche, Mary Ramirez and others

A: A lot is being done and early reports are very encouraging in San Jose where, as of Oct. 31, the streetlight outage backlog was 796, a 21 percent decrease from 1,005 in 2018 and significantly lower than the peak of 1,672 in February 2016.

The city has spent more than $2 million since 2013 to install 1,699 locking metal pull-box lids to secure wiring at 171 locations. Concrete collars, vandal-resistant cabinets and welded anti-theft lock protectors have also been installed, slowing incidents of wire theft by approximately 93 percent. Of locations with new security measures, only 12 have been hit a second time.

 

Q: I like to think of myself as slow to anger, but a recent complaintstruck a nerve, and now I’m all agitated. For months duringno work, no child care COVID-19 sheltering in place, I take my 1-and 4 year old on walks: 4-year old on a coaster bike, baby in astroller.

On every other block in San Bruno (Unofficial motto:City of Narrow Streets) there is a car parked across the sidewalk.So every other block I have to take the kids into the street. Thesidewalk is NOT your driveway.

Dave Stanford, San Bruno

A: Indeed, it is not. Folks, please don’t block the sidewalk.

 

Q: Wow, your son is a hero for helping to rescue a woman at BART. Way to go in the dad department. Thanks for sharing his and other great stories on Thanksgiving. I’m grateful to them all.Loved the story about Matt-the-Roadshow-Son and the other heroes! When we celebrated  Thanksgiving dinner with our family (masked in the backyard),  I brought your column to share with everyone.

Doug McKenzie//CQ//, John LaLonde, Betsy Gebhart and others

A: I recently wrote about four folks doing good deeds _

Alex Roginski, who is  doing remote learning from his Menlo Park home during the pandemic, and picks up trash on city streets, an alert 14-year-old who called the CHP in Capitola to report a suspected drunk and two young men who jumped onto the tracks at the BART Powell Street station in San Francisco to rescue a woman who slipped off the platform onto the tracks below.

The second hero who helped lift the woman to safety was my son.

 

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