A Guide for the Politically (and Geographically) Perplexed in LA County

We’ve long viewed the fragmented nature of local government and municipal services as a barrier to becoming adequately informed of important information as we travel from place to place, and city to city.

In a blog post at KCET.org, LA journalist and author DJ Waldie notes that even journalists are confused and unaware of the distinctions made between the different layers and authorities of local governments in the Los Angeles region.  Los Angeles County consists of 88 distinct cities, but some cities share services while certain cities have jurisdiction to provide services inside other cities.  Confused yet?

These dynamics are certainly not unique to the Los Angeles area, but they are particularly pronounced in LA which creates significant confusion for citizens and communities.  Indeed, the fragmented nature of municipal boundaries across the U.S. creates fundamental challenges for public agencies to adequately inform citizens and communities of public information that’s relevant to them.

At MassKnowtify, we view these problems in two related ways:

  • How do you find important localized information if you don’t know where to look?
  • How can you be connected to the most relevant information to your specific location?

The MassKnowtify platform solves these problems by enabling local government agencies to provide location-based alerts that are timely and relevant to a citizen’s location.  The resulting benefits are clear: public agencies achieving more effective public messaging and communication, and citizens and communities becoming better informed and more empowered.

Police Chase Keeps LA Residents in Limbo

LA Police ChaseToday a police chase crossed a wide section of Los Angeles, which ended with the suspect in custody after a tense standoff with police in a densely populated area surrounding several schools. This was a fortunate outcome, especially considering that many notification channels went unused by law enforcement.

With MassKnowtify, you can be immediately informed of these types of unexpected events wherever you’re located.  We’re working hard to make MassKnowtify available to local governments so that citizens everywhere can be better informed and empowered.

Mild Earthquake Leads to Major Awareness

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the Los Angeles area this morning at 6:20 a.m. While it’s the first quake in LA for quite some time, it’s still a minor earthquake on the scale of what’s possible…

After every earthquake, the United States Geological Survey instantly provides the location and magnitude through its alerting platform. But after a MAJOR quake, this USGS alert would be only the beginning. Damaged roads, buildings, fires, and power outages will occur over a wide area, with no integrated alerting platform to adequately inform you of what’s happening.

At MassKnowtify, we’re building our platform to connect you to the most relevant alerts and info… wherever you may be!

Colby Fire Provides Lesson in Community Awareness

The Colby Fire burning in northeast LA county started in the city of Glendora early this morning, and Glendora’s website crashed due to the influx of concerned citizens. Fortunately, those familiar with social media were able to be informed, but what about the rest?

Information is Knowledge is Power

As you travel this holiday season, do you know how to find the information that will keep you informed at your new destination?

Travel advisories, traffic delays, public safety alerts… how can you stay informed about your surroundings?

At MassKnowtify we’re building a platform connecting citizens to information that is localized, timely, and accurate. Our platform provides a revolutionary approach to government communications — making communities more informed and empowered.