Schipske Launches "Open Up Long Beach" Effort

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today announced that she is launching "Open Up Long Beach" -- a project that will include a citizen task force and an all day "CityCampLB" to identify and develop how the City of Long Beach can be more open, transparent and collaborative.

Schipske, who was the first council member to post a monthly official schedule on line and to write a blog which includes posting city documents for public review, has been working on the concept for several months following her attempt to get the City to "sunshine its transactions."

The Councilwoman is sending out an invitation to the public inviting them to participate in the project -- which is tentatively to later in January. "Everywhere this effort has been initiated it has not opened government but provided an opportunity for residents to use their creativity to develop computer and phone apps which are making local government more productive," Schipske points out.
The website: www.openuplongbeach.com posts a number of important documents that are published by the City of Long Beach but are scattered throughout the City website and sometimes difficult to locate. Additionally, resource information on open meetings and records law are also provided.

Anyone wanting to participate in this important good government project, should contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at: district5@longbeach.gov.