LA should go Open Source

In a totally bad ass move Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and Jack Weiss introduced a motion today to divert millions of dollars spent on potentially unnecessary software expenditures into a fund dedicated to the long-sought-after expansion of Los Angeles’ police force. Anyone with half a brain knows this is a good idea, unfortunatly it’s been a long time since anyone with half a brain was making those decisions. From the press release that just showed up in my inbox:

“For taxpayers, this is a no-brainer,” said Councilmember Eric Garcetti, member of the Information Technology and General Services committee. “By engaging this online community, we can make our own communities safer. Free open source software can be as capable and more secure than products that cost the city millions.”

“By rethinking the way we do business and taking advantage of new technologies, City Hall can save money * money that should be going to pay for ambulance service and police officers,” said Wendy Greuel, Chair of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency committee.

“Open source software offers an interesting opportunity to save public money,” said Councilmember Jack Weiss, chair of the Information Technology and General Services committee. “The City should explore open source software and all other potential savings that could provide funds for additional police officers.”

I’m too psyched to type anymore at the moment, here’s the official docs: Motion (9K PDF) | Press Release (28K PDF)

7 Replies to “LA should go Open Source”

  1. as a los angeles resident who has been using open-source software since before it was called open-source software, and currently makes his living by making open-source software, i think this is a fantastic idea.

    if we’re in one of the districts not represented by the three already-enlightened councilmembers, will it do any good for use to contact our councilmembers and encourage them to support this motion? (how long is the process from when a motion like this is introduced to when it is voted on?)

  2. It is our belief that the city wastes a lot of money on proprietary software that is often less effective than the free alternatives. More cops, less Adobe is our motto.

    By the way, we are still unable to locate Mr. Weiss’ campaign Web site.

    West L.A. Online

  3. Better security in the computers will enable better security in the streets. Sounds like a winner all the way around.

    I’m interested in seeing the weasel words Ballmer uses to try to kill this one.

  4. w00t w00t! What excellent news!
    I’m sure Ballmer is hopping the next plane to L.A… is there anything we citizens can do to counteract the inevitable MS-spin?

  5. This is indeed great news. I wrote a message of support to Mr Garcetti and encourage others to do the same. I think NICOLE TWN is correct, all we need are the facts and Free Software will win.

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