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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Operation Pothole

As we profiled on Monday, "Operation Pothole,'' a 14-week effort to repair pockmarked streets across the city, came to an end today as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa filled a pothole in North Hollywood.

Many, including LA Observed, took the opportunity to note the irony of the photo-op happy mayor and the bold claims of achievement in his short tenure as Mayor.

There were two very funny quotes used in the CNS story which has been cited all over the place. The first by the lovable Tom LaBonge:
"When you drive, drive slow so you don't hit that pothole and hurt your suspension."
Or, you could just fix the fu&$#$%! pothole so we don't have to. That's what you were claiming victory over, wasn't it? Now for quote number two from Judith Nazemetz, a resident walking by who lives on Radford Street:
"This is a great beginning, but more needs to be done,'' Nazemetz said. "But I love the way he handles that machine. I wonder if he irons?''
Inquiring minds want to know?


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kenny Hahn is still the pothole king. AV will never be able to take that title.
Wendy Gruel can be the queen, unless AV wants that title. They can fight for it...LOL

December 28, 2005 5:59 AM  

Blogger LAFD Media and Public Relations said:

While I can't say much about the topic on this post, I can say that the image is certainly a keeper!

Happy Holidays Mayor Sam!!

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

December 28, 2005 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think the whole media photo op is an embarrassement. With all the serious issues in this city and Antonio's weak leadership doing nothing about them its a shame he would again be a media whore for potholes. He belongs back on the horseshoe with our moron city councilmembers.

December 28, 2005 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If AV is sincere about improving our quality of life, he should take meaningful measures against illegal immigration not just fill a few potholes. Of course he never will. In the meantime, our schools will continue to decline with more racially-based riots, more hospitals will close, gang violence will continue, and he'll continue to play dodgeball by blaming the feds. At least Walter Moore spoke candidly about these issues.

December 28, 2005 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:36 - please take a basic civics class you jackass. Immigration = federal jurisdiction. If you have problems with it, take it up with Congress and your President.

9:32 - Filling pot holes represents delivery of basic city services, like picking up trash. People want the big AND little issues addressed.

By the way, Mayor Frank, did you forget the LAX fix that the Mayor led? Or is that just one of those insignificant achievements?

December 28, 2005 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


There's a lot the city can do bonehead. If you don't admit to that you're stupid or just a liar.

December 28, 2005 11:36 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

11:27 - We reported on LAX back on Dec. 1. If anything, the Mayor should be glad we aren't roasting him for something else LA Observed is pointing out. The damn street he just filled the pothole on is scheduled to be resurfaced next week, making the work he just did yesterday redundant in nature and an even bigger waste of resources.

But who are we to point out the obvious...

December 28, 2005 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well said Mayor Frank. I heard the $100,000 that the Neighborhood Council got to resurface streets only cover 2 blocks. That's how much it takes. Thanks to Antonio desperate for a media op he just wasted how much on that pothole in the valley. Just goes to show how out of it AV is with knowing what's going on in the city. Now its even more embarrassing. Let's see if any reporters print that.

December 28, 2005 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wake up Angle-eenos. The Mayor-Man is just plain rubbing your face in it.

80 FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ORGANIZATIONS created in one year by nominal CM Antonio. . .

80K FILLED POTHOLES in three months (thats +/- 35 an hour, every hour, 24x7... or, one pothole filled every 99 seconds, give or take). . . including travel time, stopping traffic, loading, unloading, yada, yada, yada.

(This kind of "creative" math is obviously just on of the reasons why AV had a 1.8 GPA in college!)

GUARANTEED, AV will never list all the locations -- because, like the 80 FAKE WATCHES they're probably SECRET. NOPE, he'll never make the mistake HAHN did, when AV was able to point to a gapin hole in Hollywood one afternoon before TV cameras and say "that one Jim Hahn said he filled already").

So. you can't get a cop to respond to an ongoing armed robbery or an attempted murder or child-snatching in this city in less than 15-20 minutes (on the best of days), but you can get a POTHOLE filled in 99 seconds????

The Kool-aid drinkers can't NOT believe it, and the rational, questioning people can't get ahold of any part of the apparatus RUN by the power-drunk kool-aid kiddies to prove it's NOT true.

And on it goes (but they DO like that number "80").

I think it's AV's IQ. . . (also on a good day).

December 28, 2005 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Next time there won't be any voter apathy in this city!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an embarrassment for this city!!!!!

December 30, 2005 11:19 PM  

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