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Covering a small city

Sunday, June 21, 2009 by Dave Winer.

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I was walking on Solano Ave approaching Alameda when I saw a few people looking at an accident scene down the block.  Permalink to this paragraph

Several fire trucks, a police car blocking traffic. I could see a bicycle and an ambulance. The other people didn't know what had happened beyond that there had been an accident.  Permalink to this paragraph

I took a picture of course. Permalink to this paragraph

So now it's an hour later, I'm at the computer, and poking around the City of Berkeley website, the fire department, police, Alta Bates Hospital, and come up with nothing. There's no record of what happened, or is there? Permalink to this paragraph

if there is a log -- where is it? Permalink to this paragraph

If not, who do I talk with about getting one going? Permalink to this paragraph

It seems this is the most basic beginning to having an effective local website. Permalink to this paragraph

Update: There is a public information officer in Berkeley. Permalink to this paragraph

Update: Berkeley Crimelog. (!) Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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