Last week, I blogged about Operation Pothole – the City of Los Angeles’ highly-touted endeavor to fill thousands of street potholes following our recent rains – and was even excited to call 3-1-1 to report four potholes I’ve experienced on the streets, both on car and on bike:
- Two large potholes on the 700 block of N. Ardmore Avenue (pictured above, taken today).
- One pothole on the 900 block of N. Normandie Avenue.
- One pothole on the 200 block of S. New Hampshire Avenue.
About 15,000 potholes were projected to be filled in over the weekend. Some 16,118 got filled.
NONE of the potholes that I reported got filled.
There were scores of others which I didn’t report, some of them got filled, some didn’t, maybe because no one reported them. But I was 0-for-4 in my report count. An active citizen takes time out of his day to call 3-1-1 to report potholes just like our public officials encourage us to, and not even one gets filled. Funny, because just up the street from a couple of the potholes I reported, were a few newly-filled ones.
Yes, I understand we’re in a budget crisis, and there are still going to be potholes that didn’t make the cut, and I’m a more involved citizen than the average griper, but sheesh – not even one got filled? I’m probably more steamed about the process – 3-1-1 is normally excellent when reporting bulky items (Bureau of Sanitation). But I’m wondering how perhaps the Bureau of Street Services operator failed to note it down, or how it failed to reach the right sources.
Not even one.
Operation Pothole? Pfffth. More like Operation Butthole!