The city of Los Angeles now has a newly redesigned website and, coming next month, a mobile app.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the new tech tools during his first Google+ Hangout news conference Wednesday afternoon. (Check out a replay here.)
Speaking from Google's offices in Venice, Villaraigosa conceded that the moves were overdue. He said that the tech scene in L.A. has grown rapidly in recent years and the city wanted a website and app to match that momentum.
"Silicon Beach has raised the game, and the city of L.A. needed to raise ours," he said.
Visitors to the new city website, which you can check out here, can access a 311 directory of city services and request services such as filling potholes, graffiti removal, permit inspections, property violations and streetlight outages. There are also maps, payment options and resources for residents, businesses, vistors and job seekers.