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Friday, Jul 11 2014 04:17 PM

City's new pothole, graffiti-fixing web app debuts

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    City of Bakersfield assistant to the city manager Chris Huot, left, talks with Californian reporter Theo Douglas about the city's plans to unveil a Facebook and Twitter presence on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer tdouglas@bakersfield.com

If you've ever wanted to make a shopping cart disappear, fix a darkened streetlight, fill a pothole or cover graffiti, there's a new, free app for that.

The city of Bakersfield's CitySourced services app debuted this week as a way to let tablet or smartphone-carrying residents report problems on the go.

It's called Bakersfield Mobile, and is available for download wherever apps for your device are found.

New city Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are still expected to debut by the end of the month, according to Assistant to the City Manager Chris Huot, who is tasked with helping create Bakersfield's web presence.

Bakersfield Mobile is also designed to be used to report problems with park equipment and park sprinklers that waste water, Huot said.

Users who download it can use the app to photograph problems, file reports, then check their status.

"It'll go directly to the applicable department and from there it'll be put in the department's work order list," Huot said.

Less than a week in, some already have -- although some reports filed have been tests by city employees to make sure the app is working.

Click on "Nearby Requests" to figure out which is which.

In Report No. 109791, a user photographed and reported graffiti on what appears to be a roll-up door in the 1500 block of L Street, writing, "This graffiti is unsightly."

The app's "Map View" page reveals the statuses of reports.

Shown by location, reports in process get yellow dots on a street map of Bakersfield. Submitted reports get a blue dot, and closed reports get a gray dot.

The app, produced on a three-year contract, will cost Bakersfield $24,000 for the first year, and $22,000 during each of the contract's final two years.

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