Troubled by a pothole on your street, or a tree branch that seems to be on the verge of falling down on your parked car? You can now notify the world — and Berkeleyside.

Yesterday’s New York Times reported on a start-up that lets local governments and local media encourage their community to report on problems. So today we’ve installed a SeeClickFix widget on Berkeleyside.  Have a look at the right-hand column on Berkeleyside and you’ll find a list of already reported problems in Berkeley. You can either add your voice to the existing reports, or log a new problem.

The next step for us is to find ways to get your problems to the relevant authorities in Berkeley. Let us know if you have any ideas. And starting now, send in the problems you see.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...