Clear the way when community shows cracks

Drive around these days and you can rest assured you’ll see lots of action on the streets. It might be the homeless pushing carts in the shadows or medics rushing to yet another call.

Sometimes it’s people trying to maneuver along or across streets and sidewalks that need repairs. Other times, it’s cars speeding past schools like Del Mar Pines or through intersections, like the one at La Noria and El Camino Real.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we watched as one of our own left the office to go to the emergency room after she fell on a deteriorating street. She’s OK, but it was a scary moment and one that likely is repeated fairly often around our neighborhoods.

The condition of our streets isn’t getting any better and likely won’t any time soon.

We’ve got potholes growing by the day that cause motorists to swerve at the height of rush hour. How many claims have been filed for flat tires or damaged shock absorbers? When will there be a crash that causes serious injury?

Our cities are contemplating cuts of all kinds. On the coast of San Diego, there are no more trashcans. The Del Mar lifeguard headquarters needs to be replaced and the community’s fundraising efforts are the only hope for a new tower.

We all want clean, safe communities and we’re willing to make a bet that there are more people out there who want to help. Community leaders are looking for ways to fill the gaps.

It’s time for our city councils and legal staffs to find ways to let these people pitch in. Rather than being an impediment to offers of help, they should be reaching out and working with them because we can rest assured there’s no fairy godmother out there to rescue our city budgets.