We need investigative reporting at all levels of government especially local and state. In comparison to Federal neither of these get the coverage. We do have City Council and some other city produced informational tidbits carried on Comcast but not on any of the satellite providers (which needs to be shared by Comcast and required to be carried as local channels by satellite providers, etc) and although you can watch it on the web I don't believe you can watch it till two weeks later. So there is no interaction via online. We have the same problem at the state level; carried on Comcast but not on the satellite providers and again although you can watch some things online it's not all available.
I also think we should spend less time on watching legislators vote and more time in committee meetings which we rarely see if ever at the local or state level. Zoning, Planning, Economic Development, etc
There also needs to be education on the requirements of law for example what steps need to be taken to erect a deck on your property or what is required of the local legislators when implementing a redevelopment project. Education designed to bring the law down to a level where people can understand the legal-ease and not have to contact an attorney to know when they are being taken advantage of.
Official notices should also be put online instead of requiring that they are put in the newspapers in the obscure classifieds columns when they could all be kept in one big database and search by location or by issue, etc. How many times are people not aware of what's going on because unless they read through the classifieds these meetings of committees and council etc are rarely listed as news items and worse yet is that the paper rarely spends any time following develop projects at a local level other than to repeat what someone that has financial influence on the project has to say. People are restricted even to 300 words in letters written to the editor. It's pretty tough to spell out a complicated issue in 300 words.