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Arnold Schwarzenegger took to social media earlier this week to claim that he was so fed-up by city officials in Los Angeles for not talking action in dealing with a pothole in his neighborhood that he decided to fill it himself.

Now, city officials are firing back at Schwarzenegger by saying that this wasn’t a pothole at all, and was actually a “service trench.”

Schwarzenegger Fills ‘Pothole’

It all started on Tuesday, when Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to post a video of himself filling what he described as a “pothole” in his neighborhood.

“Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it,” he wrote alongside the video. “I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go.”

In the video, a neighbor could be seen thanking Schwarzenegger as she drove by.

“You’re welcome,” he told her. “You have to do it yourself. This is crazy. For three weeks I’ve been waiting for this hole to be closed.”

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City Officials Fire Back

A representative for the City of Los Angeles, however, has since responded by telling NBC Los Angeles, “This is not a pothole. It’s a service trench that relates to active, permitted work being performed at the location by SoCalGas, who expects the work to be completed by the end of May.”

“As is the case with similar projects impacting City streets, SoCalGas will be required to repair the area once their work is completed,” the representative added.

The utility company added to ABC7 that because the road is concrete instead of asphalt, Schwarzenegger’s efforts may just be a temporary fix.

Schwarzenegger Responds

Daniel Ketchell, Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff, told Daily Mail that residents of the Brentwood area of Lose Angeles have repeatedly asked for repairs since winter storms opened up potholes and cracks on local roads.

“You shouldn’t just take the active service trench thing as gospel, since the city later changed their story to say the work was done in January,” Ketchell added to Newsweek, going on to say that Schwarzenegger “doesn’t regret” what he did because of how long his community has been waiting for the city to act.

“So if the work was finished in January, they’d already left the trench as a threat to cars and bicycles for four months and apparently planned on leaving it for another two,” he continued.

When asked if Schwarzenegger would pay to redo the paving he put down if the city asks him to do so, Ketchell said that “we don’t like to solve problems that haven’t happened yet.”

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Chaos In California

So far this year, eleven atmospheric rivers have hit California, and while this has mitigated the drought that the state has been dealing with for years, it’s also opened up potholes and cracks in roads all over the state. The situation has gotten so dire that road crews have struggled to keep up with the demand for repairs.

Schwarzenegger was governor of California from 2003 until 2011, so he knows firsthand how much the state’s government tends to drop the ball when it comes to actually helping residents. In the end, this all just makes us more grateful not to live anywhere near the liberal state of California.

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