Q. Hi Honk. I have been very frustrated lately trying to get out of my condominium complex in the morning. Clearly marked in the public street is “KEEP CLEAR.” But traffic backs up when the signal down the street turns red because of a train going by, and drivers clog up the area that is supposed to be kept clear. They repeatedly block me from getting out of my driveway. What are the rules on this? Frustrated in Orange. (Honk does have a little Dear Abby in him). Sgt. Phil McMullin of Orange P.D.
Q. Last week I traveled along northbound Fairview Road and instantly found myself stopping for – you might not believe this – 10 or 11 consecutive red lights! It started at South Coast Drive. There is no way our signals are coordinated, unless you call getting dragged down at one red light after another as being “coordinated.” With all of today’s technology, and with all of the expensive taxes we pay for our roads and traffic signals, I am amazed that cities have not figured it out yet!
Q. There are two entrance lanes to the southbound 55 freeway at 17th Street in Santa Ana. When the ramp meters are on, the lights are both green at exactly the same time, and then red at exactly the same time. A reasonable person would assume that the lights should be staggered to permit a car from one lane to enter, and then the one in the adjacent lane. The two lanes merge into a single lane almost instantly.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".