Faulconer Launches City Partnership with Nextdoor.com, an Innovative Online Tool that Connect

San Diego - Embracing an innovative online technology that is already being used by more than 45,000 San Diego households, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer joined Councilmember Chris Cate and a local Mira Mesa neighborhood resident to announce a city partnership with Nextdoor.com Wednesday.

Nextdoor.com is a private social network that allows neighbors to build stronger and safer communities online. The online tool helps neighbors easily get out the word to organize community watch groups, track down trustworthy babysitters, keep an eye out for lost dogs and much more.

Under Mayor Faulconer's direction, the city launched a new Nextdoor site to provide San Diego residents with important city safety updates, emergency notifications, news, services and programs in specific San Diego neighborhoods. For example, Nextdoor users could receive updates about road closures or summer movie showings at parks near their homes.

"I'm always looking for opportunities to improve customer service for our residents. San Diego needs to be as innovative as the people we serve," Mayor Faulconer said. "Now, the City of San Diego is on Nextdoor to answer neighbors' questions and provide valuable information that's specific to your neighborhood."

Last month, Councilmember Chris Cate began using Nextdoor to communicate with District 6 residents in neighborhoods such as Clairemont, Kearny Mesa and Mira Mesa.

"Enhancing the quality of life for our neighborhoods by improving public safety and increasing civic engagement are top priorities for my office. The Nextdoor web platform creates a virtual neighborhood watch program and encourages neighborhood interaction. Bolstering conversations between residents, whether face-to-face or online, deters criminal activity in a community. I am proud that the sixth district is the first council office to have a Nextdoor page," Councilmember Cate said.

The San Diego Police Department has successfully used Nextdoor for nearly two years and reported that participation in neighborhood watch groups increased more than 500 percent over that time period.

Nextdoor is free for residents and comes at no cost to taxpayers. Each San Diego neighborhood has its own Nextdoor website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the City will not be able to access residents' websites, contact information or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com/sandiego and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

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CONTACT: Jen Lebron Kuhney at (619) 384-5289 or [email protected]