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Good Start for Open Up Long Beach
Good Start on Open Up Long Beach


Dear Readers,
A big thank you to those who came to our first Open Up Long Beach meeting. In addition to residents, the City Clerk, Larry Herrera and our Director of Information Technology, Curtis Tani were in attendance. I am posting below notes from the brain storming we had. We will be meeting next month to review the City's "Legistar" system that gives access to Council agendas and other items.
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske


First Meeting
 Brain Storming
Website is an information tool and needs to be clearer and publicized
Why is it needed?
Loss of millions to cities (because of the end of RDA)
Residents need information to be easily available
Communication is needed between residents
Increase knowledge and involvement around local issues
    Residents need data and background information - how can we focus and use information effectively?
Need financial disclosures re: elections
Need public contract negotiations with an unbiased, independent negotiator
Source of campaign contributions to local officials
Open meetings

Public event info from one source

More openness about where the money goes
Other revenue
Needs to be published and available

Public library computer access - training for city website usage

    Include all city council links to follow what is happening and how it is being handled
    Need a visible flow chart of people and departments on the website homepage
      Work with City College students for help and ideas with software/IT/web development
    Post agenda 2 weeks in advance
    Links to the budget
    Include web address in newspaper, utility bills, fliers, etc. - exposure
    Use a focus group to review web design - the residents!

    Show people how to navigate/what's currently available on the website

Need to encourage participation by residents
People will engage with an issue that is important to them
Use of wikis
Technologies need to be dynamic, organic

Need to provide people with a sense of confidence
Give people easy access to common information
Reduce budget impact
Provide contact info for related department on each page on website
Implement a search engine function
Connect people with local groups
About Us
Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
City of Long Beach
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 
Long Beach, California 90802