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Connections and Broken Sidewalks

It pays to be well-connected but what if you're not? Do you still get to have a say?

Today La Jolla Town Council members got a rush E-Blast from their Executive Director alerting them to some work the city of San Diego is doing. After years of complaints about broken sidewalks and dangerously dinged curbs, the City's Streets Division is responding.

The E-Blast says that the Streets Division is updating its list of sidewalks in need of repair. The purpose of this update is "to evaluate and prioritize repairs based on severity of damage." La Jolla movers and shakers were told that their City Councilman Scott Peters is compiling a list to make sure that the sidewalks in La Jolla get the attention they deserve, and that time is of the essence to get the list to his office representative. Monday, September 3rd is the deadline.

Hold on. Isn't that Labor Day? Is there enough time between now and Monday to nominate your most broken sidewalks? Will someone be working in Scott Peters' office on Monday? And will that E-blast also reach the thousands of other San Diegans who want the city to know about their disintegrating and dangerous neighborhood sidewalks? Or is this opportunity to get your sidewalk fixed only for the well-connected?

Gloria Penner is KPBS' director of public affairs. She's been covering local, state and national politics in one form or other (radio, TV, and now the Web) for 37 years. Please read our guidelines before posting comments.

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