Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian is joining the iPhone app craze by rolling out a program for the device that will allow users to report potholes, graffiti and other problems, according to ABC News (spotted at LAObserved).
The app will apparently allow iPhone-having residents in the councilman's Valley district (2) take a photo of an issue, complete with location-aware geo-tagging, and send it into his office for action. The program will be free. "We're looking at mid-April for a launch," a spokesman for Krekorian told the Weekly.
"It will speed up the delivery of constituent services and create a new vehicle of communication to make government more transparent and open to our constituents," Krekorian told ABC News.
It all sounds great until you realize that it's just a new channel for residents to be ignored by City Hall. What makes adding an additional medium to an already understaffed, under-budgeted city a more effective way to communicate if phone calls don't solve problems as it is?
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has already said there isn't money to expedite pothole repairs. The city is facing a nearly $700 million deficit come July. Problems around this town aren't going to get fixed because one councilman has a digital photo and some coordinates.