Santa Monica Avenue Gets “Honorable Mention” In San Diego Street Repair Scandal

by on February 7, 2011 · 1 comment

in Economy, Environment, Labor, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Channel 10News has uncovered a scandal involving millions of dollars in street repairs with the City of San Diego, and our own Santa Monica Avenue has received a walk-on part.

Apparently, in a city audit, it has been discovered that:

“… in 2009, the city street department resurfaced Santa Monica Avenue in Ocean Beach. A month after the resurfacing, the city utilities department tore up the road to replace a pipe.”

Here is the beginning of the article, originally published February 5th:

Audit: City Wasted Millions In Street Repairs
Audit Says City Did Some Resurfacing Projects Multiple Times

SAN DIEGO — The city of San Diego wasted millions of dollars on street repairs, according to an audit discovered by the 10News I-Team.

The city audit revealed that since 2004, the city has spent $133 million on resurfacing streets. However, some of those resurfacing projects were done multiple times because different city departments did not communicate.

For example, in 2009, the city street department resurfaced Santa Monica Avenue in Ocean Beach. A month after the resurfacing, the city utilities department tore up the road to replace a pipe.

“That’s just crazy and that’s not what we should be doing,” said San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

Faulconer said the city has not yet put a specific dollar amount on the waste.

“It’s clear there was millions of dollars … on an annual basis that could have been done differently,” said Faulconer.

In downtown on First Avenue, repairs to the road made by contractors did not last.

For the remainder of this article, please go here.

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avatar OB Dude February 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Undergrounding should be done right after the water and sewer jobs …..but NOOOOOOOO we must tear up the street again and waste more time and more money. I have been to many planning board meetings where the city of San Diego has made presentations about water and sewer projects. Many volunteer planning board members always requested the undergrounding of utilities at the same time or back to back. The city reps would give the same song and dance each time that undergrounding is SDGE’s bag and there is no money for that and blah, blah, blah. So it’s not that the good people of San Diego don’t come up with constructive or money saving ideas, it’s that those that work for the city whether they are elected or hired don’t have the ability or desire to get things done and save money….i.e. OB Beach Bathroom. It’s the same sad story over and over!

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