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Map City Construction Projects for Transparency

This will provide real transparency to the public on how the city of San Diego spends money on our behalf.

 

This was submitted as an idea to the Politifest 2012 Idea Tournament. VOSD members will vote on the best ideas and on Sept. 19 we’ll announce six contenders (Not a member? Join now to vote). At Politifest on Sept. 29, each of the six finalists will have five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel. The panel rates the ideas and two finalists advance. The crowd at Politifest will vote on a winner. The winner will receive an “idea-inspired” trophy custom-designed by former City Councilwoman Donna Frye. VOSD CEO Scott Lewis will also write about the winner’s idea.

One interactive map should be used to provide transparency on the status of city projects in real-time. The city of San Diego funds many construction efforts managed by a variety of different departments. Through one interactive map, construction managers from firms completing the work should update the “status” of each job as they hit predefined milestones. Changing the status would change the color of the feature on the map. Red symbols indicate the job is not done, yellow = in progress, blue = completed.

This will help the public easily answer questions like: Has the third floor of the downtown library been built? Has the road segment on 35th Street between El Cajon Boulevard and Meade Avenue been paved? Has the streetlight in front of my house been converted? Why is the road being dug up down the street? Are any roads around my home scheduled to be paved?

Currently trying to figure out answers to these questions is cumbersome because there is no central repository and/or intuitive map-based way to get to this information. Construction managers from the hired firms should be required in the RFP to update this information as the project proceeds.

Interested parties should receive official automatically emailed status reports of projects which are being undertaken within a buffer of their property. The reports should clearly outline what work has been completed in the past 12 months, is occurring this month and will occur in the next 12 months.

This will provide real transparency to the public on how the city of San Diego spends money on our behalf.

Ari Isaak submitted this idea to the Politifest 2012 Idea Tournament. Join us on Sept. 29!

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