California residents are up in arms after this planned project got nixed for one jaw-dropping reason

Things have gone from bad to worse in large, Democrat-run cities in recent years.

The policies favored by politicians in power simply don’t work and that’s causing a slew of problems.

Now, an Oakland street is scheduled to be repaved but it’s not happening for a jaw-dropping reason.

The city of Oakland, California has turned into a veritable hellscape.

According to official police data, robberies increased by 38 percent last year.

Motor vehicles increased 44 percent in the same period.

In what is probably the best encapsulation of just how pervasive the crime problem has become; the San Francisco Chronicle reports that one out of every 30 residents has had a car stolen just in the last year.

Businesses are leaving town in droves.

In-N-Out burger chain has permanently closed one of their restaurants because of the rampant criminal activity.

The city’s only Denny’s restaurant closed its doors for good earlier this year.

The company cited public safety concerns as the reason for the closure.

But it’s not just restaurants and retail shops that can no longer justify the risk of doing business in the city.

Independent contractors are now shying away as well, even as doing so means a steep loss in revenue.

Potholes galore and a community in limbo because of safety concerns

One city street in East Oakland is in desperate need of repaving.

The plan has been in the works and the street was prepared for new asphalt but there are no workers on-site.

That’s because the contractor pulled out due to workers fearful of the residents in the neighborhood.

The street is in a rough shape, having been reduced to gravel with giant-sized potholes.

Shari Angarano lives nearby and says that the condition of the road has made an already bumpy situation even worse.

The problems started way back in March when locals got letters in the mail saying that their street would be paved.

Angarano told KRON4, “They put signs up, did some work. The signage on the street barriers indicated that the crew would be back on 5/15-5/16 to complete the work.”

But after the workers left and didn’t return, Angarano wondered what was going on and acted.

She added, “I called and the engineer with the City of Oakland said that contractor pulled out because the crews didn’t feel safe.”

Local officials are not looking out for law-abiding citizens

This pathetic situation has everything to do with the failure of local officials.

Crime has been tolerated and excused for so long that it has become completely pervasive to the extent that the community is now breaking down.

Pamela Price, the far-left Alameda County District Attorney, has enacted policies that emboldened criminals and failed to prioritize the safety and security of Oakland’s residents.

Her decision to reduce sentencing enhancements and avoid life without parole has negated the deterrence effect that would have otherwise dissuaded many offenders.

Now she’s facing the prospect of a recall in November’s elections.

For voters living in Oakland, here’s to hoping they take that opportunity to forge a new approach by selecting someone with ideas that work.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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