The City of Costa Mesa has launched a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CostaMesaCityHall) and opened a Twitter account (@CityofCostaMesa) to better reach out to residents, media and others interested in news about the city.
According to his release the social media push is one of several initiatives by Costa Mesa to increase transparency and deliver timely information to its stakeholders.
“We’re excited to join the social media revolution and begin engaging in digital dialogues about Costa Mesa,” said Bill Lobdell, the city’s interim director of communications.
From my perspective the City of Costa Mesa is going to need a lot more than a Facebook page and Twitter feed to solve their transparency issues. Putting out a FAQ sheet that distorts facts to support the position of the council majority and conceal those facts that are unsupportive is the problem with city communications, not the solution. A problem which Lobdell seems to be adding to rather than correcting.
Well, one of our intrepid readers pointed out that “the City of Costa Mesa’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CityofCostaMesa) goes directly to William Bill Lobdell’s page. What’s up with that?”
Here is the screen shot of the page.
Maybe a littte Leprechaun snuck in and tinkered with the pages?