In case you missed them, two stories of local interest made the news this week.

The Times-Herald reports that a Vallejo man was arrested Thursday morning for spray-painting a crosswalk on Sonoma Boulevard at Illinois Street. City workers spotted Anthony Cardenas committing the act of graffiti art, according to Solano County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brad DeWall said.

“He did give a statement,” DeWall said. “I believe he said it needed a crosswalk there.” Caltrans crews planned to paint over the graffiti by afternoon.

See the photo HERE.

And Craig Harrison, founder of SOS Roads, has taken his campaign national. On Wednesday, Reuters published a story about the sad state of Sonoma County’s roads headlined “In California wine country, bumpy roads tell tale of fiscal woe.”

“The serpentine strip of asphalt known as Sonoma Mountain Road wends its way through a bucolic landscape 50 miles north of San Francisco, curving past rows of grapevines, dipping into redwood groves, rising again through rippling hills,” write Los Angeles based reporters Jonathan Weber and Tim Reid.

“It’s a beautiful ride. But it is also a bumpy one.

“‘You get pothole patch after pothole patch,’ groused Craig Harrison, a local resident and attorney who is part of a grass-roots campaign to fix the crumbling roads of Sonoma County. ‘We’re going to be a test case of what a county does with a completely failed road system.’”

For those who have followed the issue, the story won’t provide any surprises, but it’s always fun to see local news as it ricochets back from the other coast. Read the full story HERE.


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  1. jeff

    The crosswalk artist could have avoided all this trouble, and achieved the same goal, had he only used sidewalk chalk, instead of paint.

    June 1st, 2013 8:52 am

  2. Tyler

    Sonoma County has tremendous employee retirement costs right now and they are growing exponentially.

    Retirement trumps potholes. Retirees have contracts; silly taxpayers believed promises about gasoline taxes maintaining their roads. End of story.

    June 2nd, 2013 6:31 pm

  3. x

    we do not have potholes in soco, we have frying pan holes and teacup holes. real potholes only exist where surface water regularly freezes and are as deep as a sauce pan, or much bigger.
    if the road in this rural farming community are too bumpy for you, trade your low profile tires in for something with some real rubber, buy a truck, and or ride a MTB.

    June 12th, 2013 6:57 pm

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