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OpenUpLongBeach First Meeting February 6th



If you are reading this post, then you know I have launched OpenUpLongBeach.com – a website and a project to make the City of Long Beach more open, transparent and collaborative with its residents.

From the White House with the “Open Government Initiative” to States and cities across the US, more and more levels of government understand the need to create an unprecedented level of openness, transparency and public participation to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government.

Now Long Beach has an opportunity to engage its residents on what can be done to truly make the City the most open, transparent and collaborative local government in the US.
This process will not only encourage and ensure more citizen participation in local government but will spur creative, entrepreneurial businesses as it has done in several other cities where open government was launched.

The first meeting will be held on Monday, February 6, at 6pm in the El Dorado Community Center. Participants will review what some other cities are doing to open their local governments and to brain storm about what needs to be done in Long Beach. Plans for a CityCampLongBeach (Transparency Camp) will also be discussed.

The meeting and project is open to any resident of Long Beach. For more information, please contact my council office at: 562 570-6932 or log onto: openuplongbeach.com.

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