"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

May 28, 2005

Digging a hole for Groperzenegger

From The Roundup (emphasis added):

The governor's stagecraft reached another peak yesterday, as he presided over the filling of a 10-by-15-foot pothole to illustrate his commitment to transportation programs. The twist is that a San Jose City Crew had dug the hole a few hours earlier. (For more information, see metaphor)

The Chronicle reports: "[Nick] Porrovecchio and his business partner, Joe Greco, said that at about 7 a.m. they became fascinated watching "10 city workers standing around for a few hours putting on new vests," all in preparation for the big moment with Schwarzenegger. But their street, he noted, didn't even have a hole to pave over until Thursday morning."

They couldn't find a real pot hole anywhere? Maybe this study could have helped. Anyway, back to the Chronicle story...

"'They just dug it out,' Porrovecchio said, shrugging. 'There was a crack. But they dug out the whole road this morning.'

'It's a lot of money spent on a staged event,' said Matt Vujevich, 74, a retiree whose home faced the crew-made trench that straddled nearly the whole street. 'We still have the same problems. Everything's a press conference.'"

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