News item: Santa Rosa is spending $400,000 to resurface some of the best streets in town. Why? City officials told my colleague Kevin McCallum it’s a lot less expensive to maintain good roads than it is to fix bad ones.
Did anyone else spit out their coffee when they read that?
There are programs to take care of streets that are in worse shape, city officials say, but they’re underfunded. Look out for the tank traps while you’re driving.
Does anyone think it’s a coincidence that the roads getting this TLC are in or near the neighborhoods whose residents dominate the City Council and the various boards and commissions named by the council?
Yes, I’m back on the district elections hobby horse.
Picking council members from around town might not generate any more money for the public works budget, but it could add some perspective to the decision-making process.
The election issue is bound to return – just as the roads are bound to remain a sore point for residents of less fortunate neighborhoods around town – and fair share might be a winning theme.
– Jim Sweeney