Santa Barbara County Raises Bar For Online Open Government Standards

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The County of Santa Barbara has launched a revamped online legislative research center, making it even easier for citizens, press and elected officials to see the county's agendas, minutes and agenda item details. The new site, powered by Legistar InSite, also provides the indexing of meeting video with specific agenda items for instant access to video on an item of interest.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors now connects with constituents through Legistar InSite.

It's really exciting to see the county take such a strong leadership position in California open government.

The County of Santa Barbara has launched a revamped online legislative research center, making it even easier for citizens, press and elected officials to see the county's agendas, minutes and agenda item details. The new site, powered by Legistar InSite, also provides the indexing of meeting video with specific agenda items for instant access to video on an item of interest.

The improved video accessibility is a major move forward for the county. Not only can a user see the full meeting video or jump to the discussion of a particular item by clicking on a video link next to an agenda item from the meeting details page, but also can go to the item detail page and view all video pertaining to that item from all meetings.

"Santa Barbara County is now connecting with its constituents better than ever before," said Ron Cichon, CEO of Daystar Computer Systems, the makers of Legistar. "It's really exciting to see the county take such a strong leadership position in California open government."

The information accessibility also provides the county with labor savings as fewer requests for information need to be processed. Open government, workflow efficiency, and financial and fiscal savings have been primary goals for the Legistar system which helps run the entire clerical process for the county.

Daystar Computer Systems, Inc. has provided legislative and open government solutions to towns, cities, counties and other governmental bodies since 1983. As the most experienced software company in legislative workflow and records management, Daystar helps bring the newest and smartest practices available to municipalities across the country.

Santa Barbara County Web site: http://www.countyofsb.org
Online research center direct link: http://santabarbara.legistar.com
Legistar Web site: http://www.legistar.com

Contact:
Tobias Cichon
Daystar Computer Systems, Inc.
312-559-0900

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