Asphalt patch after water line breaks in the
1800 block of Rolling Hills Dr.
If you have followed me over the last few years or even months, you know I have been banging on the doors of City Hall to get our infrastructure in order. You don't have to be a land surveyor to see that our roads and water lines are failing. You don't need to be an economist or accountant to realize that "holding the line", the current budgetary philosophy of Fullerton's leadership, is never going to repair the decades of neglect inflicted.
A study released by the American Society of Civil Engineers confirmed similar fears for Bay Area residents to the tune of $2.8-billion! (special thanks to Fullerton's own Adan Ortega for the link)
How would Fullerton rank in a similar study? Where as the Bay Area was graded a C, my guess would be Fullerton has earned an F. The few road projects we tackle are not keeping up with the wear and tare. Similarly, the water lines are springing dozens and dozens of leaks with no major repairs in sight.
Some say this is due to inadequate tax collection and the solution is simply to raise taxes. That's not true.
The Fullerton City Council has made it clear over the years that they are more interested in social engineering and feel-good projects than meaningful maintenance of our existing community.
Their arguments rely on impulse and emotion rather than necessity - wants over needs. To prove this, just look at the official prioritization of our capital funding:
1) Fire & Police Projects (not salaries or benefits)
2) Redevelopment Projects (includes transportation center, parking structures, downtown-related projects, and other pet projects)
3) Parks & Rec Projects
4) Facility Capital Repairs
5) Sewer, Water, Storm Drain Projects
6) Arterial Street Repair
7) Residential Street Repair
8) Airport Projects
At this rate, we will never be able to adequately repair or replace key elements of our infrastructure and continue to FAIL as a municipal government. Something needs to change but with the Redevelopment agency rearing its bloated head once again, I don't think anything resembling responsibility or leadership will happen soon.