San Bruno, Calif., Launches Web Site

Bearing the dubious distinction as the last city government in the San Francisco Bay area to go online, San Bruno, Calif., this week launched its World Wide Web site at (www.ci.sanbruno.ca.us). What the city lacks in timing it hopes to make up for in collaboration because all city departments will feed content to the site.

Before establishing its own Web presence, San Bruno relied on the Association of Bay Area Governments (www.abag.ca.gov) to serve as its online nexus.

A movement among the city's technical employees, who banded together as the Technical Users Group, led to creation of the new site, which will require online participation from disparate departments, including the police and fire departments and the planning division. When the city completes development of a citywide network in July, more interactive functionality will be added to the site, said Raffi Boloyan, assistant planner for the city's Department of Planning and Building.

"What I think is great about our city's site is the fact that we have created it much differently than other cities have. Most of the time, a city will hire a consultant, who will create a site and say, 'Here you go. Here's your site,' and then it sits there stagnant," Boloyan said. "With all departments participating, there is more of a pride of ownership."

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