Our new cyber neighbors over at losanjealous just posted about how silly it is that we have all these different 3 digit phone codes for different services – the latest of those being 399 for MTA roadside assistance. They ask why not just have one number that would be much easier to remember for any and all non-life threatening emergencies, such as 311, so people wouldn’t have to have a phone book on hand to look up which 3 digit quick dial number applied to their situation. Turns out, we already have one.
“>UPDATE: Brian from the LAFD reports that the City of Los Angeles has had a 311 system since November 2002. It’s time to get the word out. Graffiti removal, bee control, Christmas tree recycling, taking down shoes from utility lines, permits, Japanese Garden rental and more are just three digits away.”
Wow, that’s news to me. Although perhaps it shouldn’t be because it looks like it’s been discussed in the comments here before as well. Additionally, at least back in December of ’04 there were a few issues with some mobile phone carriers, which means depending on where your problem was, if you only had a cell phone you couldn’t use this number. That might be rectified now but I don’t know, however the back up number is 1-866-4LACITY and that works with everything.
More: Looks like 5000! covered this as well as a ton of other service numbers back in October of ’04. Good thing I check the archives so throughly before posting about stuff like this.