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L.A. City Hall Finds New Way To Ignore You -- With MyLA311 App

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Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 7:08 AM

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Technology is just amazing.

Besides providing new ways for you be embarrassed by your mom (Facebook), called out by your peers (Twitter) and dumped by your lesser half (texting), smartphones can now give you a whole new way to be ignored by your taxpayer-funded representatives at City Hall:

Yes indeed there's an app for that. It's called MyLA311 -- you know, it's yours, like MySpace, which is so, like, now.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week announced that the city for the first time has a smartphone app, developed by downtown's 3Di Systems and available for both Android and iOS phones, that connects you to the 311 system online.

You can now get the city to ignore your request for couch removal, graffiti abatement, or pothole repair -- from the convenience of your smartphone.

What's really cool about it, though, is that it does so while using photos you upload and GPS coordinates provided by your phone to pinpoint the problems that will not be addressed any time soon. This is high-tech neglect, people.

You can also let the DWP ream you virtually with online bill-pay. Less butthurt, instant broke!

Villaraigosa:

MyLA311 is a major leap forward in making City Hall a tech friendly place. Angelenos now have a direct mobile portal to vital services and key city information. This will spur a more open and transparent government. MyLA311 puts the power of City Hall in the palm of your hand.

Yes, if you've ever called 311 or 911, this app eliminates the busy signals without compromising the trademark lack of service you've grown accustomed to.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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