Never has so much fuss been made about the reopening of a section of I-10 in Southern California that was temporarily closed as a result of the damage caused by a fire started in a large homeless encampment under an overpass.
Vice President Kamala Harris showed up alongside fellow Democrats Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, and Sen. Alex Padilla. Not only did Harris try to take credit for the highway opening “weeks ahead of schedule,” she went so far as to suggest that the project was a part of Biden’s efforts to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
“[POTUS] and I are rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure — including right here in California. The I-10 will reopen tomorrow morning, weeks ahead of schedule. This is what we can accomplish when we invest in America,” VP Harris tweeted, along with photos from the day.
.@POTUS and I are rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure — including right here in California.
The I-10 will reopen tomorrow morning, weeks ahead of schedule. This is what we can accomplish when we invest in America. pic.twitter.com/9wDHg39vxa
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) November 19, 2023
“It was a week or so ago that we were here, not knowing if we would be here at this moment announcing the reopening for six more months,” Gov. Newsom said. “We were talking about replacing this structure, we were talking about this historic fire that took out about roughly 100 columns — four or five particularly severely — we were talking about replacing a large portion of this freeway.”
“This is a great day in our city, and I think it is a wonderful example of how and why we got this job done,” Bass said. “First and foremost, the workforce that worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The numbers of workers on the site here, who doubled and tripled as everyone came together, showing the unity from the White House to the governor, to our senator, all of us standing together to make sure that this got done.”
The grandstanding was akin to an arsonist celebrating the new structure built to replace what they burned to the ground — except this was a repair.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:
You didn’t “rebuild” that freeway – you repaired it. Newsom’s irresponsible policies allowed that fire to happen. It won’t be the first and it won’t be the last. Come drive under freeways in CA cities like SF, Berkeley and Oakland – we see dangerous situations like this daily.
— Sherri (@SociallySherri) November 20, 2023
Massive Fire caused by Homeless encampment … As example of~ *Rebuilding our Nation’s Infrastructure
How can anyone in their right mind allow that much junk to build up under a freeway? Oh – Last year in August they tried to clean it up It took one day for Xi in SF pic.twitter.com/Zf16ByQ2LE
— Joni Job (@jj_talking) November 20, 2023
You broke it so you’d better fix it
— Joe (@JoeMaristela) November 19, 2023
That’s a repair, not an improvement or an enlargement. If rodents in your crawl space chew the wiring and start a fire, yes, you repaired your house, but if you had addressed the rodent problem, you would’ve not had the fire.
— Paul Lindsey (@plindseyusa) November 20, 2023
You consider that building infrastructure??
— Patrick Lac (@PatrickLac007) November 20, 2023
Great gig, stash homeless under freeways that hard working Angelinos need for work transit…then u n e x p e c t e d l y…fire closure…then celebrate reopening so the homeless can get back to setting fires..kinda like Cali forest fire…loop
— #alexgdad (@alexgdad1) November 20, 2023
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