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.”