Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. Photo via lacontroller.org
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. Photo via lacontroller.org

City Controller Ron Galperin and Councilman Bob Blumenfield presented a resolution Friday to the City Council declaring March 4 Open Data Day.

The declaration is part of the 2017 International Open Data Day on Saturday, as Los Angeles will join over 300 hundred cities around the world in celebrating the adoption and use of open data.

“While some in Washington seek to peddle alternative facts, and to backpeddle on transparency, we in L.A. are embracing transparency and open government and opening our doors to technology and innovation,” Galperin said.

Galperin bragged that his open data portals on the city’s website about topics such as city-owned properties, parking tickets, affordable housing, payroll, utilities and procurement have received over 7 million pageviews. He also said the city was named the No. 1 city for open data by the U.S. City Open Data Census in 2015.

“We have created one of the most transparent and accessible local governments in the nation,” Blumenfield said.

Galperin and Blumenfield presented the resolution to Hack for LA, a nonprofit group that uses technology to help solve civic challenges, such as Foodoasis.la, a website that identifies healthy food sources in low-income areas.

Galperin’s open data programs can be found at lacontroller.org and includes ControlPanelLA, which provides information about the city’s expenditures, revenues, payroll, and accounts; CheckbookLA, which documents goods and services purchased by the city; and PropertyPanelLA, a map of 9,000 parcels owned by the city.

— City News Service

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