San Francisco Decoded — the free-access-to-law and eparticipation service created by the OpenGov Foundation, led by Seamus Kraft, using The State Decoded free-access-to-law and eparticipation software developed by Waldo Jaquith — has directly influenced a proposed recent change to a San Francisco law, according to recent articles at SFGate and ABC13.
One provision of the ordinance prohibits anything except automobiles from being stored in certain garages. Residents used San Francisco Decoded‘s comment function to complain about the provision.
The residents’ comments about the ordinance led a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mark Farrell, last week to propose a change in the ordinance, to permit bicycles and other things to be stored in garages. A video shows him expressly identifying San Francisco Decoded and the comments posted there as the basis for his proposal.
These events seem to exemplify an increased citizen engagement with the law and an increased responsiveness of government that San Francisco Decoded and The State Decoded were intended to encourage, according to San Francisco Decoded’s “About” page and Waldo Jaquith’s statements about his vision for The State Decoded.