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San Diego Unveils Website On City Performance

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One week after unveiling an open data website, the city of San Diego on Wednesday unveiled a website that displays various performance metrics.

The website — performance.sandiego.gov — shows information in graphical forms, such as total weekly library hours since 2003, emergency response times since 2011, beach closures because of poor water quality, crime rates and road repair.

"This is an important tool for the public to see and track the city's performance data, and is the latest example of the city of San Diego's efforts to use technology to expand transparency and invite community engagement," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

According to the city, users of the PerformSD site can gauge the government's performance on a variety of issues, better understand how the city is serving the public, identify areas for improvement and promote decision making based on data.

"It's difficult and cumbersome to find good data on the performance of government, and PerformSD is a great step in making the information available to the public in a user-friendly and consumable way," said Haney Hong, president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

The city's Performance and Analytics Department operates the site and plans to make future enhancements based on user feedback.

The open data website announced last week gives users access to 44 sets of information that can be used by app developers, software engineers and the public. Among the data sets included are average daily vehicle counts on roadways over the past dozen years, the city treasurer's list of businesses in San Diego, bicycle routes, land use and zoning data, and city right-of-way boundaries.

More data sets are scheduled for release in the future.

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