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WATCH: Shoddy roads star in California transportation coalition video

Vehicles drive through potholes and cracks in the street along Auburn Blvd. between Watt Ave. and Orange Grove St. in Sacramento May 26, 2005.
Vehicles drive through potholes and cracks in the street along Auburn Blvd. between Watt Ave. and Orange Grove St. in Sacramento May 26, 2005. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

A group agitating for more transportation funding is letting the roads speak for themselves.

Images of cracked asphalt and gaping potholes roll through a video being circulated by the California Alliance for Jobs, lending visual evidence to their argument that California needs to better fund road repairs. The coalition of labor unions and construction firms was one of the interests lobbying lawmakers this year for a funding deal.

Gov. Jerry Brown convened a special session to find more money, but legislators could not strike a deal. Republicans rejected Brown’s proposal to increase gas taxes and levy a road user fee. While a special transportation committee continues to meet, an agreement seems no closer now than in September.

But when the debate was under way earlier this year, “people were paying attention to it and called asking if we had any pictures,” California Alliance for Jobs spokesman John Frith said. “We just thought it was time to get out there and actually document the road conditions.”

In other words, it was time for a road trip.

Here is a truncated version, edited with permission:

Group pushes for road funding with images of deteriorating streets. Video courtesy of California Alliance for Jobs.

“We put a lot miles on the car,” Frith said of the nearly week-long journey that sent him and a fellow employee to 16 cities around the state. He said a followup jaunt could cover parts of the Inland Empire and more of Northern California.

The coalition is not using the footage for a traditional paid television ad campaign, Frith said, for now sharing it as something “purely informational.”

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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