Murrieta seeks to be transparent with new open data portal

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“Transparency in action” is Murrieta’s new open data portal.

The open data portal, which was announced at the Murrieta City Council meeting March 3, will provide honest and open information to the public regarding the city’s financial data such as expenditures and revenue.

“This online portal accomplishes that goal,” Louie Lacasella, assistant to the city manager, said in his report. “As you know, transparency is a city council goal and the foundation for the work we do here in the city.”

They also included department program data and other city metrics.

To go to the open data portal, people can visit the city of Murrieta’s website and look for the blue circle tab near the center of the page labeled “Open Data: Transparency in Action.” After clicking that tab, they can select different departments to view such as police, fire, financials, etc.

City Manager Kim Summers said the portal took quite a bit of work to create.

“This looks deceptively simple, this actually took representatives from every area of the city, who’ve worked very hard to collect this information,” Summers said. “It’s not something we’ve tracked in the past routinely, and so they’ve had to change how they look at things, how they track things, how they collect that data and store those metrics.”

Summers thanked Lacasella and the employees who had put a lot of work into the project.

The data metrics will be updated on a quarterly basis.

For more information on the open data portal, or the agenda, visit https://vimeo.com/cityofmurrieta/.

Lexington Howe can be reached by email at valleystaff@reedermedia.com.