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Letter: City Council meetings and online technology
September 13, 2013, 05:00 AM Letter

Editor,

I am glad the upcoming Burlingame City Council candidates forum Sept. 19 will be streamed and archived on the city’s website via Granicus, a technology platform Burlingame began using several years ago to make City Council meetings, and now Planning Commission meetings, accessible online and easy to search by agenda topic.

To that, I’d be very interested to hear the nine candidates’ thoughts on how Burlingame can continue to harness technology to bolster efficiencies, transparency and citizen engagement, particularly since Burlingame is literally located at the doorstep of Silicon Valley. For example, two intriguing platforms which I recently came across in the national press are www.opengov.com, which makes budget and financial data even more accessible and user friendly, and www.seeclickfix.com, a website and app that lets citizens report broken infrastructure. I’m not sure I can make the candidate’s forum due to back-to-school night, but at least I can watch it online afterwards, thanks to the city’s ongoing collaboration with Granicus.

Lorne Abramson

Burlingame

 

 

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