Palo Alto project makes public a trove of data
Original post made on May 1, 2013
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on May 1, 2013 at 9:25 am
Nice data base, but data alone doesn't result in transparency. Giving the public access to an overdose of data won't change who wields the power or how they make their decisions.
How can staff honestly claim transparency when our City Council wants to negotiate the disposition of Cubberley Community Center in private meetings? Significant policy decisions are made in Council Sub-committe meetings comprised of only three Council Members, that are poorly noticed and not attended by the public. Staff lacks a work plan that prioritizes and schedules their deliverables. The City lacks a Comprehensive Plan Update to guide land use decisions. The list goes on and on with the real issues that allow significant decisions to be made privately by a handful of power brokers.
on May 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm
Really? How much will all of this cost? Last time I remember, we have a huge infrastructure expense looming in the not too distant future. Keeping roads and public property in good shape is more important than giving people access to this kind of info. Let's get a surplus in the city coffers before we start down this path...
on May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm
This is really amazing to see. Kudos to Palo Alto for taking the initiative here. There is a ton of fascinating information available and making it accessible via an API is really smart.