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Why L.A.'s streets are so bad, and what we can do about it
Why L.A.'s streets are so bad, and what we can do about it

I'm one of the many Angelenos who live on a street that's a mess. The concrete is cracked. Potholes pop up every few feet. The road is crumbling. Like 25% of Los Angeles' streets, mine gets a grade of F from the Bureau of Street Services, the division of the Department of Public Works responsible for maintaining the city's 6,500 miles of public roadways. This year, an engineering report concluded that it would cost nearly $4 billion to rehabilitate streets like mine. But before we rush to write a check, we must consider how money already allocated for street repair has been spent, which is precisely what auditors in my office have done. Based on their work,...

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