Schipske Launches Open Up Long Beach; Hosts First Community Meeting Today

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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske will hold the first Open Up Long Beach Community Meeting today, Monday, February 6, 2012 at 6:30pm.

Councilwoman Schipske has concurrently launched OpenUpLongBeach.com – a website and a project to make the City of Long Beach more open, transparent and collaborative with its residents.

From the White House with the ‘Open Government Initiative’ to States and cities across the US, more and more levels of government understand the need to create an unprecedented level of openness, transparency and public participation to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government. Now Long Beach has an opportunity to engage its residents on what can be done to truly make the City the most open, transparent and collaborative local government in the US.

This process will not only encourage and ensure more citizen participation in local government but will spur creative, entrepreneurial businesses as it has done in several other cities where open government was launched. Readily accessible government data allows businesses to assess whether or not to locate here and/or to expand.

Schipske publicly posts her schedule and provides city documents on her blog. She is also pushing for the City to open the collective bargaining process and to provide more data on the City website.

The first meeting of Open Up Long Beach will be held on Monday, February 6, at 6:30pm in the El Dorado Community Center (2800 Studebaker Road). Participants will review what some other cities are doing to open their local governments and to brain- storm about what needs to be done in Long Beach. Plans for a City Camp Long Beach (Transparency Camp) will also be discussed.

The meeting and project is open to any resident of Long Beach. For more information, please contact the council office at: 562 570-6932 or log onto: openuplongbeach.com.

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