Hollywood actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has taken it upon himself to make repairs to a troubled street in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. After residents repeatedly asked for repairs to the road, damaged by winter storms, Schwarzenegger decided to take action and fill the pothole himself.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, the actor shared a video of him and a helper filling the pothole with packaged concrete. "Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it," he wrote. "I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it.
Here you go."
A neighbor expressed her gratitude for the repair, rolling down her car window and shouting her thanks at the action movie star. Schwarzenegger, dressed in work boots, a leather jacket, and shades reminiscent of his role in "Terminator," responded with a simple "You're welcome."
Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it. I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it.
City of Los Angeles Clarifies the Issue
However, a spokesperson for the City of Los Angeles stated that the location in question is not a pothole, but rather a service trench related to active, permitted work being performed by SoCal Gas.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of May, and the gas company will be required to repair the area once their work is completed. SoCal Gas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mayor Karen Bass's Plan to Address Blighted Streets
Last week, Mayor Karen Bass announced a plan to address the unprecedented number of blighted streets across the city.
As of December 30, 2022, Los Angeles has received 19,692 service requests for repairs, and as of April 6, crews have filled at least 17,549 potholes. The Department of Public Works did not respond to an email asking if the hole Schwarzenegger filled was scheduled for repair.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's DIY approach to fixing the troubled street in Brentwood highlights the frustration of residents with the slow pace of repairs and the importance of taking action.