Put An End To Oakland's Potholes

Put An End To Oakland's Potholes

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Mike Wagner started this petition to Oakland City Council

Oakland's streets are some of the worst in the country, costing local motorists an extra $1,049 a year in car maintenance on average. By comparison, drivers usually spend less than $600 for car repairs on a national average. The culprit behind all these costs - potholes. 

For many Oakland motorists and residents in a city with increasingly unaffordable costs of living, the extra expenses associated with car maintenance are not only a burden, but a serious concern for those who live in the city's lower-income neighborhoods. In parts of East Oakland, where the median income of its residents is $45,000 a year and labeled as having a paving condition index of "poor," the neglect is noticeable and the potholes serve as a physical symbol of the disparity between Oakland's neighborhoods. 

Two of Oakland's concerned citizens even took matters into their own hands. Now known as the "Pothole Vigilantes," they took to the streets to anonymously patch potholes in the middle of the night. Working off donations, they estimate that they've raised more than $6,000 and filled about 30 potholes. But they need more than just time and money to reach the ultimate goal of filling every pothole. 

Luckily, this has captured the attention of mayor Libby Schaaf, who encouraged the Oakland Department Of Transportation to carry out a "pothole blitz." Although the blitz quickly patched many of the city's potholes over the course of three weeks, it only scratched the long overdue surface of what work really needs to be done. 

The cracks below the surface of the asphalt were simply patched over and will continue to crumble as we lead into the rainy season, leading to more potholes and further spending for both the city government and residents. With your help, we can bring greater attention to Oakland's pothole epidemic and pressure the Oakland City Council to begin paving the roads, beginning with the neighborhoods who need it the most. 

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