In my business, it's not kind to make fun of other people's typos. No journalist is perfect. When you are sweating under your hairnet in the word factory, there are going to be some "blems" that get past you on the assembly line.
But a typo in a Caltrans road sign?
A large green sign is sitting next to northbound Highway 101 just south of the Rowland Boulevard exit in Novato. It says "San Martin Dr" rather than "San Marin Dr."
The sign is on the dirt about 25 feet from the highway shoulder and appears to be slated for installation in the coming days. It's facing to the west right now rather than south, making it hard for northbound motorists to see.
The possible source of confusion: San Martin is a town along Highway 101 south of San Jose and north of Gilroy.
Caltrans regional publicist Bob Haus said it's too early to tell whether the sign was ordered incorrectly or the independent contractor who makes the signs screwed up.
"They correct it at no cost," he said.
He said he'd get on the horn to the maintenance and construction divisions to alert them of the problem.
Haus has worked for Caltrans for 12 years and said he can only remember this happening once or twice. The most recent one was when Steele Lane in Santa Rosa was missing the final E, he said.