FINDING ACCESSIBILITY & MODERNIZATION THROUGH UPDATED ONLINE PRESENCE AND UTILIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY
“THE ROLE OF GENIUS IS NOT TO COMPLICATE THE SIMPLE, BUT TO SIMPLIFY THE COMPLICATED.”– CRISS JAMI
Although I am lucky my work allows me to visit many different cities in Southern California and beyond, there is nothing more frustrating to me than traveling to other cities and to experience how much more information, services, and benefits are accessible at the click of a button. Their websites, city apps for phones, live streaming city council/mayor addresses, social media presences, and even something as basic as reliable cell phone reception. Coming home to La Verne each time and being reminded of the technological void is a large part of what drove me to run for mayor, and as mayor, I will move to increase our accessibility to city services to all our residents while also modernizing this city’s – and our residents – overall communication infrastructure and transparency.
Along with candidates for both the Mayoral office as well as council, many residents have expressed the need for “transparency”, but with no plan as to bring action to that ideal, it will be next to impossible to achieve. Communication and City Government’s availability to serve more diligently and efficiently through the capabilities of technology and the means of which we are able to access our city staff, services, updates, and beyond can create a frontline for transparency through accessible government. Through the proposed actions below, I hope to to modernize La Verne’s ability to serve its citizens:
- Improved cell phone reception across the city, especially downtown, where our college and emergency services are located.
- Modernization of our city’s website. Expanded streaming of city council and other pertinent meetings, addresses, and announcements to city social media accounts.
- Creation of a City of La Verne mobile app to increase accessibility to our city services, information, and service requests (ranging from large item trash pick up, concrete and street repair, parking permits, information requests, fee payments, and more).
- Improvisation of the city’s ability to promote and advertise its’ goings on via social media presence, and grow the accessibility of those events & issues to a less limited, inner circle population.
- Utilization of LVTV to directly be updated by the Mayor bimonthly broadcasts that will be streamed and archived (and available on the app!) so as to improve honesty transparency between the city government and its residents – including chats with specific departments regarding issues as they come up, so citizens do not need to wait lengthy periods of time to receive updates from the council as to the progressions and solutions city government experiences day to day – going from delayed time to real time.