Bratton suggested he would use the blog to respond to news stories, and he said a model might be a site his son helped create for the Boston Police Department. The Boston page resembles blogs run by the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, which primarily post news releases. City Council President Eric Garcetti, one of the earliest city bloggers, offers more commentary on his site, including links to other blogs that discuss activities and news in his Silver Lake-area district. New Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks has also started a blog with a distinct voice, creating a stir this week with a 2,600-word post responding to criticisms by some animal activists. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The site, which can also be accessed through the revamped main page, www.lapdonline.org, also includes ways for users to contact their local community liaison cops, known as senior lead officers. There will also be new electronic mailing lists to keep residents apprised of local crimes. “It’s going to give the senior lead officers a quicker response to questions,” said Officer Tony Valadez. As a senior lead officer in the west San Fernando Valley, Valadez said he hears almost daily from residents and business owners asking about crime in their neighborhood. Bratton also became the latest Los Angeles official to take a step into the burgeoning blogosphere, saying he has been talking with his staff about starting an online journal in the next several months. Los Angeles residents can search crime maps for their neighborhoods on a Web site launched Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department that also might include an official blog. Chief William Bratton called the new site and the future Web log efficient ways to communicate with residents of a 467-square-mile city. “We are trying to be truly interactive,” he said. “This is an evolutionary process. There’s more to come.” Funded by a $382,000 donation from the nonprofit Los Angeles Police Foundation, www.lapdcrimemaps.org allows people to enter an address to view the locations of all serious crimes that happened nearby within the previous week.