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Long Beach releases smartphone application for reporting problems

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Long Beach has launched its own smartphone application. It allows people to report problems around the city that need fixing.

Potholes, graffiti, a damaged sidewalk. The public works director in Long Beach says the city already responds quickly to these problems once people point them out – but people on the go don’t always have time to search for a phone number to call.

So the new “Go Long Beach" app lets them take a photo of the problem, describe it and submit it to the city with a precise GPS location. App users may also report broken water fountains in parks, illegally dumped items, missing street signs and overgrown weeds on private property.

“The 'Go Long Beach' app helps keep our community safe, clean and beautiful,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said in a statement. “This tool literally puts local government in the hands of the community at any time of the day or night, 24/7, and it will help enhance our residents’ connection and interaction with their city.”