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.
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 fix them themselves.
"This kind of activity tells us what we often hear from our community: They are frustrated and fed up with the pavement condition in their neighborhood," 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."
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.
So, the city authorities "often hear" how bad the problem is, and they've had 1oo million in cold, hard cash since 2016, but have done nothing?? Incompetent morons! So clueless they don't even realize how dumb this sounds.
Just last year, the city also launched the OAK 311 program, which they say makes it easier to report problems and request maintenance around Oakland.
Well, it's not needed if you already "often hear" about road problems, and also, if you really wanted to fix things, just put a road crew at the city limit somewhere, and start driving the roads, fixing potholes as you go.
What a bunch of idiots. They should all be fired, their pensions cancelled, and the job contracted out to competent private parties.