How much does it cost to design a website for one city council district in Los Angeles? According to the Larchmont Chronicle: $25,000.
Tom LaBonge stands for a lot of great things when it comes to L.A., and it appears his office wanted to have a site that was more user-friendly with flashy interactive maps. Maps that show people in District 4 where they already live. Surely, these poor citizens would be lost without their handy map of Griffith Park from TomLaBonge.com.
Created with $25,000 from city street funds, the site was launched Nov. 30. It provides easy access to LaBonge’s staff, city departments and provides up-to-date news and information about community projects. News is updated regularly, sometimes hourly…
Maps. News. Info. $25,000.
It’s a strange expense, when you consider that District 4 is part of Los Angeles, which has a website of its own. Each district has its own page at lacity.org. But, clicking on LaBonge is more expensive than clicking on Greuel or Garcetti.
$25,000 more expensive.
Don’t get me wrong… the site looks great. It’s easy to navigate, and there’s a lot of information about Tom’s district. But shouldn’t this be part of a re-design of the city’s entire website, with standardization of ALL of its districts? Should it really cost $25,000 just for District 4? It seems a little egotistic for the official website of a Los Angeles city council district to have a personalized domain name of an official who was ELECTED to that position. It is District 4, not District Tom.
At the very least, LAist should now have an easier time sending them an email.