comprehensive voting record of each council member
HTML5 includes a powerful client side SQL DB capability that hardly any sites use yet. This would be a perfect place to store user prefs and other user-specific data instead of in session variables, if the browser allows it. Could fall back to session variables and cookies for older browsers, but any WebKit based browser should be able to manage its own user data.
Ability to give feedback on services or agencies: ratings, kudos, complaints, requests for different hours or locations, etc. Of course, this would need some kind of "deputized" moderation that keeps it from being a flame-war, and doesn't scare the pants off the bureaucrats, yet allows real problems to "bubble up" and be seen.
Imagine what might happen with certain law-enforcement matters...
CoA is already doing a lot with GIS (Geographic Information Systems, IE digital mapping and layering w/ location-specific data); they could do more and make much more available to the public, especially regarding environmental and planning data.
For endless ideas, see http://www.gis.com/index.html & http://www.esri.com/technology_trends/index.html.
The mayor should inform his constituents what
Access to traffic information, updates.
A list of all the service providers for new residents - cable providers, utilities, etc.
Iteresting concept, but the City will have to get a bid from a Primary Vendor that meets the requirements of the RFP.
I have a campaign going on http://meterthis.net/coawebsite to track progress.
Good luck on your process here.
property statistics compilations. ie- given an address: returns home values/comps,historical crime data, ethnic diversity, rental rates, school data, avg util rates with historical trend comparisons
A chart or map of where free wireless access is available. List coffee shops, libraries, etc. Maybe even list places that also have computers that people can freely access, or include ones that charge also.
I would like to see a Yelp - style input/feedback section. The community should be able to rate services and make comments. I realize this can get ugly, but if Yelp and the neighborhood listservs are any example the sum total is quite informative.
A better live-music search. Use Turn2Live (turn2live.com) as an event feeder and event manager. They will have the fully fleshed out version of the site within 2 months. Not to mention, COA doesn't need to spend $45-$60K on maintenance for their live-music portal.