The stinky smell near the San Jose airport is back
Q: I work for Catholic Charities on Zanker Road in San Jose. For months now, when I walk in and out of the office, I have smelled a pungent, loathsome odor hovering over the intersection of Zanker and Trimble. Do you know why?
Vicente Lovelace, Santa Clara
A: Oh, my God, yes. There are two sources of this rotten egg smell. One is the Newby Island Landfill, at the western end of Dixon Landing Road. Another is an old sewer line built in 1948 that emits high levels of smelly hydrogen sulfide near the San Jose airport.
A new sewer line has been largely completed and should reduce the odor.
The worst time for this smell is when it’s hot.
Q: It happened again last week. I was waiting for a traffic light, merging from a minor street on El Camino Real. My light turned from red to green, and I stopped before continuing. This time it was a car coming from my left. The car didn’t even slow down and drove through the intersection. If I had moved on as soon as the light turned green for me, well, I don’t even like to think about it.
A few months ago it was the same on Lincoln Avenue in San Jose. My light turned green, I took a break, luckily, and this time a big dump truck accelerated and went through the red light. If I had stepped forward when my light went green, well, I don’t even want to think about it.
I know anyone reading this will never cross a red light or stop sign, but I’m just posting this to remind them not to enter the intersection as soon as the light turns green. Take a break, make sure it’s safe, then continue. The life you save can be yours and the lives of your loved ones who travel with you.
A: I hope others heed your plea.
Q: It’s time to remind drivers that a black and white sign asking them to turn on their headlights in daylight is not just a suggestion, it’s the law. I am thinking in particular of route 152 which passes through the Pacheco pass. My estimate is that maybe only 50% of drivers obey this law. These highways are very busy and require caution.
Ron Thibault, Saratoga
A: That’s what they do. Your reading of the law is perfect.
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