Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Connect to "Costa Mesa Connect"(Amended)

The City of Costa Mesa just announced the availability of a new app for smartphones that is, in their words, "a civic engagement tool that allows residents to conveniently access city services".  Read all about it HERE.

I've downloaded it and have played around with it just a little.  It looks like a good tool.  Check it out!  I may play around with it some more while sitting in City Council Chambers this afternoon during the Mid-Year Budget Review.  Starts at 4:30... see you there.

OK, I'm back at 7:00 p.m. - the Study Session was a record - 45 minutes flat!  More on that later.

Back to this new app.  Among the features are:
  • City News
  • City Council Agenda
  • City Hall
  • Officials
  • Online Services
  • Calendar 
  • Nearby Requests
  • New Request
That last one is the ability for anyone using it to easily report "issues" around town, including being able to send photos of, for example, graffiti.  There are pre-programmed "request types" from which we can choose.  Here's the list of 26 choices as the app was launched:
  1. Abandoned Shopping Carts
  2. Building-Code Violations
  3. Bus Stop Maintenance
  4. Excessive Car/Foot Traffic
  5. Excessive Cigarette Smoke
  6. General Feedback
  7. Graffiti Abatement
  8. Illegal Garage Conversion
  9. Illegal Mobile or Street Vending
  10. Illegal Occupancy
  11. Inoperative Vehicles (on private property)
  12. Large congregations/gatherings of people
  13. Overgrown Vegetation on City Property
  14. Park Maintenance
  15. Pothole Reporting
  16. Property Maintenance
  17. Sign or Banner Violation
  18. Storm Drain Issues
  19. Street Repairs
  20. Street Signs and Markings
  21. Street Sweeping
  22. Sub-standard Housing
  23. Traffic Signal Issues
  24. Trash/Debris in Public Right-of-Way
  25. Tree Issues
  26. Vehicle on Lawn
As I scrolled down through that list I found myself feeling just a little like a vigilante...  And, I wonder just who's going to gather all this information and act on it?  It seems like this has the potential to dramatically increase the workload on Code Enforcement, Public Services, Police and Fire.  So, our scheme is to reduce staff, then slam those who are left with an unmanageable amount of new work.  Strange...

Then I realized that there are a few more "issues" that folks may wish to report that are not yet included on the original list of choices:
  1. Rude Behavior By Elected Officials Toward Residents
  2. Rude Behavior By Elected Officials Toward Other Officials
  3. Texting and Emailing By Elected Officials During Public Meetings
  4. Potential (probable) Brown Act Violations at a Certain Pub in Town
  5. Violating City Policies By Improperly Directing Staff Members
  6. Stalking City Employees
  7. Using Political Influence In Favor Of Friends/Business Associates
  8. Ignoring The Will Of The Residents And Trying To Impose Personal Political Philosophy On Them
  9. Placing Potholes Ahead Of Public Safety
  10. Interrupting a DUI Checkpoint
  11. Creating Unnecessary Bogus Committees and Stacking Them With Sycophants
  12. Denigrating the Good Name of the City by Referring to it as "Costa Mayberry"
  13. Gaining Employment While Claiming Complete Emotional Impairment And Inability To Work in a Bogus Lawsuit
  14. Exhibiting Megalomanical Behavior
  15. Claiming Someone Trespassed on Your Property to Place a Tracking Device on your Truck, Then Later Admitting That You Can't Park the Truck on Your Property Because the Driveway is Too Short.
That's just for starters... I expect some of you will think of others.

All in all, I like this new app.  I think it will be easy to quickly locate important information.  It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out.



Blogger Mike H. said...

It only cost us a no-bid contract with Cognify, Our Mayor's campaign donor!

2/11/2014 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy Lou Who said...

OMG Geoff! I love you additions! I will give it some thought and add a few more. Almost didn't get past the first line my aides hurt so bad from laughing. Another good tool from City Hall!

2/11/2014 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Volo Pro. Veritas said...

"Another good tool from City Hall", Which is to say a lot Cindy Lou Who; because city hall is full of tools. I often refer to it as the " tool shed."

2/11/2014 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthr Nern said...


1)Automatically chest-bump a teacher or other professional who has more college than you do;

2)Denigrate an airline baggage clerk because your bags are late. The phone flashes a phony badge;

3) Have a close relative steal campaign signs, cover this up, then complain against someone else;

4) Get your buddies to make you mayor,watch 4-5 hours of Richard Simmons DVDs every day. Talk like Richard Simmons in a loud rant-voice at every opportunity.

2/12/2014 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Plenty of money for Das Rigmarshal's friends at Cognify while CMPD gets the minimum. Running the city like a failing business is nothing new for some people.

2/12/2014 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

16. Remaining silent regarding illegally built pathways through protected habitat for you pet Pop Warner football teams.

2/12/2014 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

17. Granting favors to famous USC alums for field use for for-profit flag football leagues on baseball and softball fields, booting long-standing leagues and leading to resignations of city staff.

2/12/2014 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

Belatedly, what about misspeakings? Of which we have a documented dozen...

2/15/2014 08:40:00 AM  

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