…which is to say, almost all of the time, it’s incumbent then for citizens to step in and fix the problem, if they can. As did a couple folks in the People’s Collective of Oakland, Californistan:
We don’t need to remind Oakland drivers their streets are some of the worst in the country, costing locals an extra $1,049 a year in car maintenance on average.
The problem has prompted two Oakland residents to go rogue, pulling off covert missions to patch potholes in the middle of the night. They’ve dubbed themselves the “Pothole Vigilantes” and show off their work on an Instagram page by the same name.
Needless to say, Gummint isn’t impressed:
When asked about the unauthorized roadwork, Oakland Public Works empathized with the problem at hand, but made it clear that Oakland residents shouldn’t be taking to the streets to themselves.
Said Sean Maher, a spokesperson for the department, “We can’t recommend anyone do this work themselves, not least because it raises safety issues while people are working in the streets.”
Oh yeah, the old “safety” bullshit. Like hundreds of people hitting deep potholes with their cars every day is a “safer” alternative. I also like the other part:
Maher made a plea for patience, saying more resources to fix roads are on the way. The city council is set to vote on a $100 million plan to repave streets over the next three years. The money would come from Measure KK, approved by voters in 2016.
Okay, let me just make sure I’ve got the arithmetic right. The voters approved the necessary spending in 2016. We are now nearly halfway through 2019 — and the council is only now “set to vote” on the repaving plan? Uh-huh. No wonder people are getting impatient. I wonder what else the OakGov may have been doing over the past couple years, that prevented them from working on the thing any earlier… never mind, I remember now: Oakland City Hall was busy preventing ICE from rounding up illegal immigrants, making themselves feel all virtuous by defying federal law. But back to our story:
“They are frustrated and fed up with the pavement condition in their neighborhood,” said Maher.
I bet this guy also works for the Oakland Department Of The Blindingly Obvious.