We’ve heard that this city wants to be more cutting edge, more responsive to the needs of specific communities, and more efficient and effective in service delivery. That all stems from our use – that is, our poor use - of data and technology in this city. There’s so much more we could be doing to make Los Angeles better, just by using the resources and information we already have. We should be using data to see how we can better target our services; map transportation and commerce to see what patterns and opportunities we find; provide educational content online at LACity.org; and spur the creativity and ingenuity of our people.
When I’m Mayor, I’ll build a team of data scientists who report directly to the Mayor and will work tirelessly to improve our use of data and technology across the city. This means helping businesses and government better use the data they’re collecting; using technology to deliver more educational opportunities to people in their homes; and making more data available to everyday people so they can use it to invent the latest transit, energy, and safety solutions. There’s no limit to what we Angelenos can do. Let’s be sure we give each other the tools to get those things done.