Today, the Santa Barbara City Council will likely approve participation with the Nextdoor neighborhood website, nextdoor.com, to help the City communicate with residents on neighborhood issues, services and activities. The website, funded by Benchmark Capital and based in San Francisco, allows neighbors to communicate with each other through a private site that is accessible only to the residents of that neighborhood. In addition to providing a venue for neighbors to communicate, the site provides the City with the ability to post information on neighborhood issues, services, and events.
According to the Agenda, “the City’s General Plan recognizes 32 neighborhoods, each with unique qualities and infrastructure needs. The City could use the Nextdoor website to send news or information to the neighborhoods most affected by a particular project or event. For example, the City could post information on construction updates, police alerts, emergency bulletins, emergency response training, and neighborhood planning and outreach.”