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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 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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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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