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Game Changer? Councilman's Staff Begin to Live Blog

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L.A. needs more engagement like this and from all sides of the gameboard. The newly elected Councilman Paul Krekorian is now publishing a policy blog, which is meant "to enhance what should be the free flow of policy discussions as it concerns the city’s second City Council district and the rest of Los Angeles." To that end, Krekorian's Education and Neighborhoods Committee meeting today is being liveblogged. Committee meetings often fly under the radar, yet this is where a lot of the real city decisions are hashed out. Having the council office communicate these ongoings in real time is exciting news--and quite possibly a first for city hall--but that shouldn't be the end of it. Hearing from Krekorian's staff is just one piece of the puzzle, but much more is needed from the media and activists alike to balance the news. One will often find bicycle and neighborhood council activist Stephen Box live tweeting meetings, yet sometimes it feels like he is a lone voice out there.

L.A. needs more people willing to watch policy through and through. Does anyone constantly update the ongoings of environmental policy in Los Angeles? Chicago has a parking ticket geek, but where is ours? And, albeit a bit dry sounding, we could only wish for a blog that follows the billions of dollars flowing through the Port of Los Angeles.