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Tools to help Communities help Themselves

Oct 20, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Yesterday, I received an email from Mark Abraham of Design New Haven, an open civic forum, blog, and resource about design and urban affairs in Downtown New Haven, Connecticut. He introduced me to a new site I thought was a perfect match for Travelin’ Local.

SeeClickFix was created to allow communities everywhere to report, track, and ultimately address, find, and fix hazards for the public right of way, “which is defined as any sidewalk, planting strip, alley, street, or pathway, improved or unimproved, that is dedicated to public use.  The term includes any strip of land over which public facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built.” Source: USDA

Through our collective will and desires, it’s imperative that we take our power back into our control, to report on issues that we see and want to change. In doing so, SeeClickFix will help us to better know and to understand which issues to track, and to catalog our needs in order to get the issues solved and resolved. All you have to do is report an issue.

This is how it works:

SeeClickFix is fairly new to the LA area, however several local governments and organizations are already receiving an email each time an issue is reported. Better yet, as a community we can let them know about the issues and problems that affect our everyday lives. It’s empowering!!

If you know about an issue you think needs a fixing, just click the link at the top of this widget and report it.


Although everyone is invited to report what’s on their civic to-do list, this program is especially viable for bicyclists. As we ride, we’re in a better position—literally and figuratively–to see the road hazards, graffiti, and other non-emergency issues which impact each and every one of us. Seize the day and let your voice be heard now.

After you report an issue, and depending on the report’s geographic area, these government officials at the various municipalities will be notified:

  • City Of Santa Monica
  • Los Angeles Regional Nonemergency Issue Watch
  • Los Angeles Department of Public Works
  • City of Santa Monica City Council
  • Santa Monica City government
  • California State Assembly District 47
  • City of Inglewood Mayor
  • City of Hawthorne Mayor
  • Redondo Beach Mayor
  • City of Torrance Public Works
  • Gardena Mayor
  • City of Burbank Public Works
  • Glendale Public Works
  • City of Carson Mayor
  • Huntington Park Mayor
  • City of South Gate City Treasurer
  • Lynwood Mayor
  • City of Simi Valley Public Works
  • Highland Park Residential watch area
  • City of Long Beach


It’s working in other cities.

This program and idea is a perfect example of acting locally while thinking nationally. Being part of the SeeClickFix network, numbers are empowering and for a community, it means empowering the people to effectuate change from our government officials. It’s called “Accountability.”

Do you have any issues to report? I know Will has already reported a couple. Join the "Watch Area Followers" at Travelin’ Local’s Citizen Watch Area, in order to receive instant updates on traffic safety issues in Los Angeles.

Now, that we have the tools to effectuate change, it’s up to us to do the rest.

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5 Responses to “Tools to help Communities help Themselves”

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  3. dc says:

    Fun — I tried my area and had nothing (no surprise). So I tried the site’s suggestion of “Philadelphia” instead and… “We’re sorry, we couldn’t find Philadelphia.” Has anyone checked the east coast recently? Are they still out there?
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @dc, I’m pretty sure the East Coast is still very much alive. :)

    When I searched Philadelphia PA, I did manage to find it:

    I hope you find a few problems you can back up or better yet, submit your own.


    LisaNewton Reply:

    @LisaNewton, An update: I also found this site you might be interested in, which is also from the Philly area:


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