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Pothole Pete: Civic Pride Or Political Stunt?

You tell us, in our latest Patch poll.


Brookhaven's Pete Cabrelli took matters into his own hands Friday afternoon. Using asphalt and other materials he bought at a home improvement store, the Stratfield Drive resident - replete in a white shirt and red tie - made a much-publicized repair to a pothole in his neighborhood.

11Alive reported that a DeKalb County spokesman dismissed the event, calling it "a political stunt." A team of six county workers removed the material that Cabrelli had put in place, and also filled other problem spots in the Stratfield Drive subdivision, according to the AJC.

But Carbrelli, who said he favors incorporation, said he was simply trying to keep his neighborhood safe and was tired of making complaints to the county and receiving no repsonse. County spokesman Burke Brennan said no such complaints have been found on file.

So Patch wants to know, what do you think about Pothole Pete's repair job? Was this a matter of civic pride, or a political stunt?

Enuff Govt Already July 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Pot holes need to be added to the certainties of life like death and taxes. The AJC should double check the assertion that they contacted the county. If this stunt violated a county/state/federal law or regulation then those that orchestrated this stunt should reimburse the tax payers of this county. If this did indeed break the law then I think it’s safe to say this incident was a conspiracy. And please do tell how a 2 by 2 by 1 inch deep pothole makes neighbors unsafe?
Pothole Pete July 14, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It wasn't 1 inch deep. It was right in front of the speed bump and was so deep that when your tire fell into it the underside of your engine block would hit the speed bump. It is quite funny to see the no city folks squirmingly defending the county they are not collaborating with.
Pothole Pete July 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
The pothole story is on today's front page of the ajc. http://www.wsbtv.com/s/news/dekalb/ Guy filling his neighborhoods potholes today. Channel 11 did a story too as did the AJC. The county sent out 5 trucks and 7 workers after they heard the media was there. The guys wife had called the county previously to no avail. Of course the county had no record of any call. I guess if you aren't tight with DeKalb county government like the no city campaign leaders this is what you have to do get things done. It is so silly that the no city folks actually think the citizens don't know they are collaborating with the county on the no city campaign. Jim Eyre was seen just the other day at the Costco gas station hearing commiserating with the county lobbyist. They are so afraid of losing their special connections with bad government- Jodi Hamburger especially.
Bill Richards July 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
A rather deep subject....
Steve Walker July 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Typical of Dekalb County Roads and Drainage to send out 5 trucks and 7 workers to do what one neighbor was able to do on hi own......... Perfect example of County bloat and waste of Tax payer dollars...........and to pull up Pot Hole Pete's repair and replace it with was no doubt the exact same material.............
Booyah July 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
This gentleman's wife made the mistake of calling the county. She should have called Ms Cobb. She has the connections and could have greased the squeak. Ms Cobb would probably blame his wife for not complaining loud enough.
Brookhaven Betsy July 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
To address the first commenter, there were several pot holes, not just one. And do you really think the county would be HONEST regarding whether or not previous complaints had been filed? Hell no!
Jack of Kings July 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
DeKalb man takes filling potholes into his own hands AJC Pete Cabrelli said he was frustrated that DeKalb County had not patched a nasty pothole that has been made for rough driving in his Brookhaven neighborhood for a year. The county never responded to a complaint from his wife about the problem, Cabrelli said. So Friday afternoon, he backed up his 1987 El Camino to the offending pockmark on Stratfield Drive and grabbed a shovel and two bags of asphalt mix he bought at a home improvement store. It took him about 10 minutes, in front of the media and neighbors, to fill the hole. "It's really simple: I've had it," Cabrelli said, his red tie tucked into his dress shirt as he started work. "I am just tired of DeKalb giving us the short shrift." More at http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-man-takes-filling-1477779.html
Ima Homeowner July 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I've known Pothole Pete for 45 years. He owns his own business, has educated 3 daughters and busts his hump to pay his ever-increasing taxes like the rest of us. He's simply just peeved about paying taxes and consistently not getting basic services taken care of in his own community. People calling it a stunt and denying calls were ever made is another fine example of passing the buck and your tax dollars being wasted.
City Yes July 14, 2012 at 11:15 PM
We will point to this day as the day the election was cemented for Brookhaven Yes!
Bill Richards July 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
It actually was comical....
MChicago July 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Of course it's a stunt. He's in his shirt & tie trying to look good for the cameras!! Transparent if you just take a look. LOL
not one of 60 July 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
AMEN...and they probably will call in for paid sick leave due to heat exhaustion...
bill July 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM
So now a pothole is why we should vote for another layer of government? One misdirected complaint won't get any government moving. And anyone who has ever dealt with any bureaucracy knows one photo of the hole in the Patch would have done it. That and a call to the right department. When you spend more time calling media than the county, then it's a stunt.
not one of 60 July 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Much of the proposed city of Brookhaven, and potentially all of it will be surrounded by recently formed or recently annexed cities. Atlanta/Sandy Springs to the West, Dunwoody to the North and Chamblee to the East with the southern border formed by 85. The new cities, the newly annexed areas and the existing cities all have proven to be fiscally viable, have proven the Carl Vinson studies to be conservative and have resulted in improved cities with the vast majority of citizens happy they incorporated. As to input with elected officials, smaller districts mean its easier to campaign, you can knock on every door, you don't need huge amounts of funding, your neighbors or voters are better able to know the candidate and what they are responsible for. How else to you explain that in over 20 years we've never voted out an incumbent DeKalb Commissioner or CEO yet Dunwoody has already voted out an incumbent commissioner? But the smaller size isn't just for elected officials its with the staff. The head of the Police Department, the person with the final authority, knows the area better, same with planning and zoning, same with roads and sidewalks. It's far easier for them to be responsive and its much easier to get their attention. I've spent much of my time in DeKalb being a squeaky wheel, many of the folks I've dealt with are good people but the fact is they've got a lot on their plate or they have a boss somewhere in Decatur who doesn't fully understand the situation.
Tom Reilly July 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Nothing like a vivid mental picture to plant in people's minds. Beats writing a thousand words on the same subject!!--Tom Reilly
Professor July 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Ha just like last week the political stunt that brookhaven garbage patch did last week complaining of DeKalb not cleaning up some cups etc corner of Briarwood boysclub garbage on grass when it is boys club responsibilty. and to think of the pitiful patch attack at the boys club with about an hours worth of journalism work they put into article, when it took me, on my way home, 5 minutes to clean up the garbage. I life right there and some buddy's on the baseball team are writing emails to AOL time/warner to have these biased city yes patch pseudo journalists fired and the brookhaven patch franchise pulled. They were asking where they might find you yesjournalists to talk to you in person. Please do the same everybody email your examples of unethical bias today!. Patch never made a call to county to fix problem either.
City Yes July 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Tim Darnell - Professor has consistently violated the terms of the Patch's posting rules like calling Yes folks thugs and needs to be removed.
Steve Walker July 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Professor and Hamburger Helper both !
Tim Darnell (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Any comments that violate Patch's terms of service will be removed.
HamBurger July 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Well . . . Looks like the latest Brookhaven Yes e-blast proves this was indeed a political stunt! http://secure.campaigner.com/Campaigner/Public/t.show?TMyo--ESNG-1Dh7iO4 Please pass the thin sliced onions!
not one of 60 July 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Thanks for the link: That was great info, BTW! I could not agree more with the YES Flyer! I think most people would. Finally something about Hamburger I can really use! Extra Alioi!
Carl Childers July 16, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Wow. That's ok though. Since the merger of the Brookhaven Ballot Committee and BrookhavenYes, their campaign has really taken a turn for the worse - both in quality of the content and the integrity of the people. This is pretty much all they have - political stunts and hyperbole. Glianny Fagundo and J Max Davis says there is no connection between campaigns, but, you see I am a scientist and a genius. Notice my enormous cranium.
Dr. Jeff July 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This article definitely demonstrates the limited intellectual prowess of the Patch. It passed on an opportunity to explore the real issue of the current disrepair of our streets. Instead it presented the issue as a potential political ploy. The focus of the poll was trivial at best. A more substantive poll and article might have lent itself to street repairs and whether the county was demonstrating accountability to its responsibilities for safe, well functioning roads.
John Denver July 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
does anyone know how to reach pete, perhaps via email?
City Yes July 21, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I unfortunately believe Mr. Darnell is in the pocket of the No/County folks. And that is disappointing.
Ann Baker July 23, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I wonder if it occurred to Pete that if somebody stepped on his handiwork and fell, he'd be the one to get sued.

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