SALINAS, Calif. - Over 30-percent of the city's population is under the age of 18, over 70-percent Hispanic, and 20-percent living in poverty and so because of the educational and economic levels, residents have experienced a "Digital Divide." The City is changing that, by taking all their data and reformatting it, so it's available through multiple platforms. Another push in the open data policy is making sure all the information is found in one spot. Public Works Director Gary Petersen said people want information about Salinas, it's just a matter of getting it to them.
“We want to make sure that anyone who has a phone can get on our website and get useful information. If they want to make a decision on where to live in our city or they want to bring a business to town, that they can easily get data that help them make decisions," said Public Works Director Gary Petersen.
Petersen says this new policy will create more transparency moving forward as they begin to share data in ways they have never had before.