Q Recently I filled my VW Passat with gas at a Chevron station in Milpitas, resulting in a $43.46 charge to my credit card. A day later I happened to be checking my credit card charges and was surprised to see another charge just posted for $126. Alarmed that my credit card had been used fraudulently, I called the station, and the manager told me it was a standard charge that was just temporary and would be reversed in a few days.
A Was it?
Q Sure enough it was gone when I checked on Sunday. Gary, have you ever heard of that? Do other stations do that? I think that is crazy.
A Yes, others do, but don't blame the gas station. When you put in your credit card, a request for approval was sent to your credit card company or bank. Since it was unknown how much you were going to pump, an amount was preapproved.
Generally the preapproved amount is the transaction limit for that debit or credit card. In this case, $126. This becomes a hold on your account until your purchase has been completed and posted. Then the $126 is removed by the bank.
Said-Tom-the-Gas-Man: "Darlene should blame her bank, not the station."
Q Have you fielded any complaints about the invisible lane lines along Interstate 280 through San Jose?
A Hah! Read on.
Q Driving 280 is like playing dodge ball. Many drivers veer into another lane unexpectedly because the road markings are so faded.
A And ...
Q I think the stretch of I-280 from McLaughlin Avenue to Stevens Creek Boulevard has very poor lane markings, especially southbound from Bird Avenue to McLaughlin. Everyone is always lost by the Seventh Street exit as to where to go and merge. Any plans on when it will be redrawn?
A Good news, everyone. Crews will be striping this section of freeway beginning Monday with work taking about two weeks. Now for more good news.
Q There is a residential street in San Jose that needs fast attention. Bird Avenue between Willow and Minnesota is so full of potholes and broken asphalt that drivers wish they could fly like a bird rather than drive through this mess. Local residents really need your help! ... I'm appalled at the condition of this road between Coe and Willow. ... This section is in the worst condition of any road that I drive on. It's the only paved road that has ever caused a CD (yes, I still have these) to skip in my car stereo.
Laureen Mark, Linda Ellis, Eric Olson, Chris Gennuso and many more
A A CD? Be patient a little longer. The San Jose Water Co. is currently designing a water main replacement project on Bird between Willow Street and Minnesota Avenue and on Cristina Avenue between Bird and Minnesota. This work could be completed in July. Then the city will sweep in and install sanitary and storm sewer lines, and replace most of the pavement on Bird between Minnesota and Cristina.
Q The foot-tall black domes on top of San Jose police cars are not LPR, or license plate recognition, equipment. They are an FLIR, or forward looking infrared camera used to scan for heat-related sources during searches at night. The police helicopter is outfitted along with a few patrol cars, and then we additionally have a few handheld devices for use by search teams on the ground. That particular camera is not recorded. It is only used as a tool to enhance night vision for officers in the field.
Sgt. John Marfia
San Jose Police Department
A Thanks for the clarification, Sarge.
Q We need some relief on Montague Expressway. There is work being done to add lanes and to coordinate access to the upcoming BART station in Milpitas. While the work is welcomed, the fact that it takes place before 9 a.m. hampers a smoother commute. Can they delay the start to 9:30 a.m.?
A Work is not supposed to begin until 9 a.m. On this day, a flagman was stationed earlier at Montague and Piper Drive to enable a few trucks that needed to swing out a bit to turn to enter Piper, where utility work is going on. There were no lane closures that morning, and four eastbound and three westbound lanes should be open during peak hours.