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About CityWatch

CityWatch is LA’s opinion, news and information website and newsletter.  CityWatch reports and provides perspective on the issues that face us in Los Angeles at the neighborhood level.  Our mission is to promote and facilitate civic engagement and neighborhood empowerment, and to hold area government and its politicians accountable.  We have a staff of expert journalists who report on what’s important to our community each week.

CityWatch is a multi-media website (text, audio/video) updated 24/7 on CityWatchLA.com and via e-blast twice weekly direct to over 90,000+ opt-in subscribers.  Our subscribers are among the most influential people in the city (politicos, developers, unions, business leaders, and everyday stakeholders).  They are interested in a growing LA and are actively involved at the rate of 610,457 hits per day and 65,000 page views per day (1,961,000 page views per month) on CityWatchLA.com.


CityWatch was founded in September, 2003 by Mark Siegel and Ken Draper.

Ken Draper has a lengthy professional background in media and communications. Having worked as managing consultant for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company’s chain of all news properties and Executive Editor of KFWB All News Radio, written for the Chicago Sun Times (among many) and created the Newsletter Network.

Writers, columnists and contributors are selected for CityWatch based on three principles: professional background, expertise on the subject matter or value and clarity of the article submitted is such that it allows exemption from the first two.

All accepted journalistic standards apply at CityWatch.


CityWatch was the inspiration of founder Mark Siegel, a long-time activist and political consultant. These were the pre-Charter years and Siegel was monitoring the work of the Charter Commissions. He called his reports Charter Watch. Neighborhood Councils were born when the Charter was approved in 1999 and Siegel's reports became City Watch. He also helped found the Citywide Alliance of Neighborhood Councils at the time.

Siegel took a sabbatical from publishing in 2000 and with a new partner and editor, Ken Draper, rehabilitated his highly respected CityWatch in September of 2003. The rest, as they say, is somewhat recent history.

At its rebirth, CityWatch was published bi-weekly to an email list of a few hundred. Today, it is published online 24/7 with twice weekly e-news blasts to more than 90,000 electronic subscribers.  The purpose of CityWatch remains unchanged: To hold City Hall accountable and to encourage grass roots civic engagement.