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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Brownsville Streets ... Ugh.



Potholes, potholes and more potholes. North Bernal Street has more than 100 potholes that have been repeatedly patched for more than five years now. Residents are tired of complaining. When it rains, the holes reappear, and remain as such for weeks, if not months. Then, they're simply repatched.

SOURCE: BATB Video

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have filmed yourself walking in slow motion as if their was less gravity, and repeated Neal Armstrong's famous words.

Wow. I have seen streets with some large ptoholes, but I hadn't seen one with so many small ones.

If there is a giant leap to be made is that which is necessary to trust our elected officials and city adminnistration.

Hey, did you know some municipal charters actually list the qualifications for Public Works director? Something to think aobut.

Patricia A.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Josh said...

The city must stop using caliche. It's essentially limestone, and deteriorates quickly with rain and humidity, factored in with hot temperatures and heavy traffic.

The City of Brownsville used to have ebony-wood paved streets. Who knows? That method of street paving might be better than our current one.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Stan said...

Nothing's going to change much until the city learns something called preventive maintenance. Of course, that's hard to practice when so many of our streets were constructed without much regard to engineering standards and deteriorate pretty quickly.

Caliche, by the way, is a cousin to limestone, but actual limestone is stable in most conditions whereas caliche begins to dissolve at the first touch of water.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernal street is being addressed. There is no money for it right now and PUB said that they didn't have money to go in with us on fixing the street. THey hired 46 employees last week and gave a 5.6 percent raise to all its employees yet they don't have money to help the city? Jeez Louizz!

Charles Atkinson

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Like I mentioned, this street was this bad even more than five years ago, way before you were Commissioner. It saddens me to see such street conditions in less affluent neighborhoods as if they're neglected. And, I didn't even mention what driving down these streets daily does to our vehicles.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The PUB's responsibility is not to go and help the city fix and pave streets. Remember about three years ago, the city spent big money on a slow moving street paver that would lay a fresh sheet of asphault on streets. City channel 12 was showing the machine at work in a neighborhood in Brownsville that one could see had underground utilities. That was three years ago, and Cisneros and his selected city workers were showcasing the machine. Well, today, that machine is unheard of and is not being used because it broke down, and for reasons unknown, never got fixed. Another bad decision by the commission. And the contracters that the city seems to hire, must not be doing the job properly, because what Melissa shows here on this post at her site is true. I am glad she mentioned this recurring problem in our town. What a shame. I swear, if people like Melissa Zamora, Moses Sorola, Robert Sanchez, Peter Zavaletta, and Mr. Munoz could seek election and win a commission seat, then the city would have leaders that would do something about these serious and obvious problems that return. Not like the grand standers that act when the city channel 12 turns on their cameras in the commission chambers.
What a turn off of a group of boys.


Robert "Captain Bob" Sanchez

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the city wants to build a 50 million dollar sports park! What are our parks for? The city also wants to build a new library. Lets not forget that currently the library has a lawsuit for firing an employee for eating cornnuts. Building another library should be the least of their worries.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Dumbfounded said...

So if the streets are so bad, and we need more police, but we have no money, why are we spending 50 million on a sports park and who knows how much more in staff, located where a MAJORITY of the cities current population can't get to it.

This commission is bullshit!
A) Illegal Commissioner Benifts
B) Police department settlement
C) Pay for commissioners
D) Trying to Rape PUB's bond rating
E) 50 million dollar Sports Park in the monte.
F) Grandstanding at meeting by all 7 of them
G) No impact fee changes as promised
H) The Zoo and Musemums are like bums at the soup line

AND NO MONEY

Recall All The Jackasses

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Because I do not want all of the black stuff all over my truck I do not complain about the pothole on my street or Appollo. The repais last 1 day. A complete waste of money.

Cabler needs to be fired for hiring Santana Torres - and the Santana Torres needs to be replaced with a qualified engineer

Bobby WC

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I find it interesting that all the potholes on this street were patched this afternoon. Although I appreciate the temporary fix, with rain likely in the forecast, those patched holes will simply reappear after the inclement weather.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You won't be going there anymore, will you? Forget about it, they would hate you.....such a dissapointment!

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Charles Atkinson fails to mention is that pub does provide 10% on gross revenues to the city that currently amounts YTD to approximately 10 million with utilities or a net cool $6 million

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Don't know what you are insinuating, but it's rather apparent I was there today. And, I will be there soon to record the (your) crappy patchwork job.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Anonymous Stan said...

I put up some shots of repairs last spring when I was bellyaching about Pablo Kasel's condition. They put hot mix over the caliche there but their breaking up.

Reckon Commissioner Atkinson's assertions that we just need some guys experienced with shovels and hot mix may have a few holes in them.

We need engineers running engineering projects (such as street repairs) but also to professionalize the city administration at many levels. Public information comes to mind.

Thursday, September 11, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

This afternoon I met with three whisleblowers who claim they were forced into early retirement because they complained too much about the corruption and incompetence within public works.

Monday's BV - it includes a missing safe with $14,000.00 in it; city employees scavanging for copper in shipbreaking debris being dumped - a city policy which allows anyone with a city credit card to pay friends to do work for the city so long as it is under $500.00

there is plenty more

Bobby WC

Friday, September 12, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I just love Anony personal attacks. How amusing.

Friday, September 12, 2008  
Anonymous Stan said...

Frankly, I'm against anonymity most of the time. While it can protect, say, whistleblowers, most of the time in the blogosphere, it's the tool of the mischief maker--what we used to call a flamer-- or someone who has a stake in the topic but doesn't have the brass to speak his or her piece in public.

I don't allow anonymous posts on NunnaYerBizness. A post has to at least be tied to a valid email address.

Friday, September 12, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Stan,

Well, the attacks I'm getting recently are directed at me and my personal life. Obviously, someone who wasn't too happy with this recent post. The writing reads familiar (and IP). It's OK. I've received far worse, and I'm not intimidated.

Technology is so advanced these days that we all know that ANON is not-so ANON. However, I've never outed folks here and respect constructive ANON comments.

However, those folks who submit potentally libelous/defamatory comments about supposed love affairs with certain school secretaries or that so-and-so was seen making a fool out of himself at shenanigans will never be approved. They do not support the purpose/goal of this blog.

Saturday, September 13, 2008  
Blogger The Merovingian said...

I swear, if people like Melissa Zamora, Moses Sorola, Robert Sanchez, Peter Zavaletta, and Mr. Munoz could seek election and win a commission seat, then the city would have leaders that would do something about these serious and obvious problems that return.

Never in your wildest, late party night dreams! The only possibility of a "Draft Sanchez" movement might come from the Department of Defense. You listen to bad advice, then act upon it. Stay on the bench and out of politics. You aren't good at it.

M.

Monday, September 15, 2008  

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