Welcome to the Blogroll: Rita Robinson’s Twitter Page

9_1_09_robinson.jpgPhoto: LA Chamber of Commerce/Flickr

Normally, I wouldn’t add a Flickr page to our blogroll on the right; but given that the LADOT press office is operating on a shoestring budget a flickr page from the LADOT General Manager could be a useful tool to get information out to the public.

While Robinson hasn’t been as much of a target for criticism as some of the people that work at LADOT; she is the top boss at the department that has as great an impact on L.A.’s streets as any in L.A.

So far, the tweets have been less than exciting; a critic might note that her tweets from yesterday sound awfully similar to Streetsblog’s.  Hopefully the feed gets more interesting as time goes on, and if it does maybe we’ll start seeing similar accounts for Gail Goldberg, Art Leahy and other transportation decision makers.

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LADOT General Manager Rita Robinson explains the public outreach for the Pico-Olympic plan in 2008. Way back on April 14, LADOT General Manager Rita Robinson spoke in front of the City Council Transportation Committee on how the department is going to deal with the city’s budget crunch. Robinson delivered her usual passionate defense of the […]

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Trick or Treat from LADOT

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