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Tree Trimming, Rudy Martinez style


Watch him trim.


This should be fun. Challenger candidate in CD 14 Rudy Martinez issued the following in an email blast this morning:
What can I do now? It’s quite simple. Help me identify your problems. Today I am instituting project “Block by Block” to collect data. I am asking you to take pictures of your areas of concern and post them on my Facebook Here.

This can be something fun, use your camera phones, or digital cameras to photograph potholes, sidewalks, untrimmed city owned trees, blighted business, buildings, corridors and alleys. Once you post the picture on my Facebook, please tell me the location, and if possible how long the problem has been there and what you want done.

When elected, I fully intend to address each and every one of the problems you post. I will use my experience building relationships to ensure that the corresponding City Departments address your concerns and get them fixed in a timely manner.

Wait a minute. Did he say "untrimmed city owned trees?" Indeed, Rudy will take care of those. He hacked down a City tree that was unlucky enough to be in front of a restaurant of his.

While it's an excellent sentiment, the whole concept sounds like the precise opposite of Stephen Box's pledge to make the City Departments themselves look out for problems, as has always been the model before the days of 3-1-1 and our "complaint-driven" City government.