Want More Government Transparency? Propose a Policy!

City Council Member David Ryu, who ran for office two and a half years ago on a platform of increased transparency in local government, is keeping that issue alive with a new effort to collect stakeholder ideas for city policies to increase governmental transparency.  Ryu is using a new “civic participation tool” called LawMaker to launch a city-wide competition in which stakeholders across the city can propose potential new policies or ordinances that would increase public access to various kinds of civic information or processes. The competition began last week, and is being publicized through local Neighborhood Councils (which is fitting, since LawMaker’s founder, Amit Thakkar, is a longtime neighborhood council member.)

In the campaign, Ryu challenges all LA residents to “propose and crowdsource new ideas for how we can make City operations more transparent and accessible.”  The constituent-submitted policy that wins the most support by the December 11 deadline will be selected by Ryu’s office to inspire a new piece of legislation or a new program.

As of this morning, five proposals have been submitted so far, suggesting that the city:

If you would like to vote for one of these proposed policies – or submit one of your own – see the Challenge page at https://lawmaker.io/challenges/7 Note that any policy suggestions “should be cost neutral (i.e. if the proposal has significant costs, it should include a funding mechanism to cover those costs, whether that is through cost recovery fees or other revenue generation methods). Policies should not violate any state or federal laws, be constitutionally dubious, or fall on shaky legal ground.”

The deadline for both submissions and votes is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 11.


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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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