Council will hear Garcia’s proposal for a city-sponsored mobile app tonight

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Pittsburgh already has an iPhone app. Robert Garcia proposes Long Beach do the same.

Pittsburgh already has an app. Robert Garcia proposes Long Beach do the same.

As part of his effort to make Long Beach a leader in the use of technology to support city services, First District Councilmember Robert Garcia has proposed the creation of “Long Beach City App,” a smart-phone application that would enable residents to photograph and instantly report problems like graffiti, potholes, and other neighborhood blights to city staff.

The app would determine and record the location of the reported issue using a GPS, and would be able to determine the appropriate department to receive the report.

“This is a simple and inexpensive way to help beautify the neighborhoods, increase efficiency in the city, and to involve more residents, especially young people, in the community,” said Councilmember Garcia. “I’m hopeful we can get this running in the first half of 2010.”

The measure is cosponsored by Councilmembers Gary DeLong (CD3) and Patrick O’Donnell (CD4).

Pittsburgh edged out Boston earlier this year to become the first city to offer this service. Both cities have now had the application up and running successfully for several months.

“I think this will go a long way not only to beautifying the neighborhoods, but also helping residents feel more empowered and more connected to city government,” said Councilmember Garcia. “It’s really a win-win.”

Councilmember Garcia’s request that the City manager facilitate development of Long Beach City App comes before City Council tonight, January 19.

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