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Long Beach Again Named Top 10 Digital City

The city earns the honor once more after creating new Web sites and improving law enforcement technology.

For the second time, Long Beach has been named a top 10 digital city in a national survey.

The Center for Digital Government's survey concentrates on areas that best show how information and communication technology enhance public service, according to a city press release.

“I’m very proud of the innovative information and communication technologies that we utilize to help reduce costs, enhance efficiencies, better engage the community, and increase the City’s productivity,” said Mayor Bob Foster.

Long Beach has put in place many technological innovations in order to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs, according to the city.

Among the innovations are the Long Beach Common Operating Picture, which combines law enforcement data with real-time camera feeds for improved public safety and the creation of new online services allowing residents to submit code enforcement service requests and obtain various permits online.

The city also launched multiple custom Web sites such as State of the City, Homeless Fund Contribution and Let’s Move Long Beach in an effort to improve community communications, according to the release.

This was the 12th year that the survey was conducted by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies for state and local government.

Luis November 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
How about free wi-fi coverage all over the city?
Mike Ruehle November 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
What this press release fails to tell you: 1. Long Beach is ACTUALLY listed as 11th city in their population classification. There are 13 cities that placed in the top 10???? Long Beach was 11th in 2011 also. http://www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/cities/ 2. The press release fails to mention there were 4 population classifications and 46 different cities that received top 10 awards. 3. California cities that qualified ahead of Long Beach included: Riverside, Sacramento, Chula Vista and Modesto. 4. Though qualifying for a national award, Long Beach did not qualify in the top 13 survey by the same company for "Best of California" awards. Nor did any Long Beach individual qualify. http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/survey/2581 5. e.Republic, Inc is a private marketing company that oversees this survey. e.Republic, Inc describes itself as a company that "provides publishing, research, event management, and media marketing services." http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=23685970
Mike Ruehle November 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Does it make you wonder how much business the city of Long Beach does with e.Republic to garner this recognition? Does it make you wonder how a city that claims it is INCAPABLE of retaining city and elected officials EMAILS when requested per the Public Records Act can be named a top 10 digital city? Does it make you wonder when Long Beach City Council will proclaim Long Beach the most "Digital Friendly" city in America, not unlike their proclimation of Long Beach being the "Most Bicycle Friendly" and "Aquatic Capital of the World?" Does it make you wonder how much taxpayers money was spent and how much benefit was derived for elected officials to add a top 10 digital city achievement to their future election resume? It makes me wonder.
tiny November 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The "Aquatic Capital of the World". You should do a comedy routine at the Laugh Factory.
Mike Ruehle November 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM
That's already part of the Tidy-Bowl Man's routine.
tiny November 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Was "Aquatic Capital of the World" really being pushed? I know earlier with the 3 t's that technology was pure marketing as O'Neil revealed.
Mike Ruehle November 19, 2012 at 04:09 AM
City Council voted in 2007 to market Long Beach as the Aquatic Capital of America, and six months later the "Most Bicycle Friendly City." http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-05-31/news/long-beach-most-bike-friendly-city-in-america-charlie-gandy/2/ The City of Long Beach spent taxpayers money trademarking the AQUATIC CAPITAL name. http://trademarks.justia.com/857/17/aquatic-capital-85717976.html Apparently you haven't you seen the signs around Long Beach. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsd28A_ybG8 The summer sea festival showcases Long Beach as the Aquatic Capital of America. http://www.lbpost.com/life/11826-summerlong-sea-fest-showcases-aquatic-capital-of-america-
Shore Resident November 19, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Post your e-mails about the BELMONT SHORE SEWAGE SPILLS, Mike. If you decide not to do so, then please shut up!!!!!
Mike Ruehle November 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM
As I've previously explained to Shore Resident (below link), the last I heard we live in a free country that grants me the right to say what I wish. http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/lbpd-lieutenant-to-speak-at-next-bsra-meeting If Shore Resident was not so insulting, I might be inclined to provide the information he wants.
Mike Ruehle November 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Is it Shore Resident or Don Thomas?
Shore Resident November 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Mike, it is Shore Resident. And I've always said you had the right to whatever opinion you might have. However, when you make Joseph McCarthy like accusations about having lists, documents, and e-mails and then fail to provide them when pressed to do so you open yourself up for criticism. How many times have you been critical of the City when they failed to you provide documents you requested and felt you deserved? If you want to jump into the frying pan, Mr. Ruehle, expect to get burned every once in a while. So, could you please post the documents that have been requested. I'm honsestly interested.
Mike Ruehle November 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Mr. Don Thomas (aka SHORE RESIDENT), You were a Belmont Shore Residents Association (BSRA) member who provided your email address to receive my monthly BSRA newsletter which described the many anti-resident actions of Parking Commission leaders Lorbeer and Schneiter. Its all detailed in those newsletters you should have received. Do your own homework. Like I said, if you were less insulting......... Is your tone soooooo insulting because you like to hide behind an anonomous name like "SHORE RESIDENT?" Or is that how you always are? I've read several of your comments here on Patch and on other media blogs where you claim to have "lived" (past tense) on Laverne Avenue and Nieto Avenue, but I've found none which indicate you currently live in Belmont Shore. I've also re-read the emails you sent me while I was BSRA president. Makes me wonder what your angle is other than to talk smack from behind the curtain. Come out into the light SHORE RESIDENT, or should I say Mr. Donald M Thomas.
Shore Resident November 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Mike, if perhaps you did your homework you would have found this, the obituary for Mr. Thomas. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lbpresstelegram/obituary.aspx?n=donald-max-thomas&pid=143593979#fbLoggedOut I think you owe Mr. Thomas' family and apology. Sooooo, may I please have the documents I requested?
John B. Greet November 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Doh!

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