|Facing west on Van Fleet Ave., Richmond, CA|
|Facing 5201 Van Fleet Ave., Richmond, CA|
I had no delusions that the scene would be any different. It's something I witnessed over thirty times in the nine years I lived there and pleaded and fought Richmond to address.
But Richmond, it's management, and council, refuse to address the storm drain infrastructure in this neighborhood.
Rather than take action, they choose to express their "sympathy".
In a 2010 interview, Richmond City Manager, Bill Lindsay said,
"I can't stress enough that I'm really sympathetic to the problem. Nobody wants to live in a situation where their property is flooding. It's really a shame."Richmond exacerbated the issue when it privatized its storm water infrastructure to Veolia Water, the largest water company in the world, in 2004. Thus, creating a double bureaucracy.
As the Romans would have said it:
If you're going to buy or rent a home in Richmond, CA = "Caveat Emptor".