• Amy Tong Appointed OSI Chief Deputy Director

Amy Tong Appointed OSI Chief Deputy Director

The state Office of Systems Integration (OSI) has found a replacement for former chief deputy director Shell Culp, who retired in May. Tong starts Monday, July 28, in the new position, TechWire has learned.

Bytes, Legislation

Report: Industry Groups Drop Concerns Over Outsourcing Bill Package in Assembly

As originally written, together Assembly bills 1574, 1575 and 1578 would have added terms helping the state to terminate underperforming contracts; added performance criteria; and built a searchable database.

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Stanford Researchers Plan for Powering California Entirely with Wind, Water and Sun

Under the plan, 55.5 percent of the state’s energy would come from solar, 35 percent from wind and the remainder from a combination of hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave energy.

Legislation, State IT

Net Neutrality Needs ‘Strongest Possible Rules,’ S.F. Mayor Tells FCC

The mayors of San Francisco, Portland and New York teamed up, asking the FCC to reverse prior decisions and classify high-speed Internet access as a telecommunications service, subject to a higher regulatory standard.

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Tri-Valley Could Become Hub for Medical Technology, Forum Panelists Say

The Sixth Annual Innovation Tri-Valley Forum took place on Wednesday, gathering Lawrence Livermore and Sandia/California lab officials, medical professionals, investors and entrepreneurs who discussed ways that startups could benefit from the area’s available resources.

People

Amy Tong Appointed OSI Chief Deputy Director

The state Office of Systems Integration (OSI) has found a replacement for former chief deputy director Shell Culp, who retired in May. Tong starts Monday, July 28, in the new position, TechWire has learned.

Uncategorized

Poll: Most Californians Support Increasing Investment in Clean Tech

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finding was part of broader polling on Californians’ attitudes about environmental issues such as global warming, the Keystone pipeline and energy policy.

State IT

State and IBM Introduce CalCloud at Kickoff Event

The system is California’s answer to increasing demand for cloud computing infrastructure among government users. Officials said the delivery model — hosted in a secure state facility and operated by a vendor — is unique in the state government market.

Commentary, State IT

Hughes: Why California’s Department of Technology is Transforming Service Delivery

CalCloud is a private cloud located at the state data centers in Rancho Cordova and Vacaville. It is vendor provided, vendor managed and provided at no start-up cost to the state.

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PlaceUs App Tracks and Records Daily Activities

Palo Alto-based Alohar Mobile’s new PlaceUs app uses “ambient sensing technology” that learns about a person’s daily activities, allowing it to anticipate things like the need to send a text message when you are running late, or a reminder to buy milk when you are at a grocery store.

Legislation, Local Government

To Snag Hit-and-Run Drivers, Calif. Officials Want to Tap Technology

As part of the push, Los Angeles is upgrading its ATSAC system — automated traffic surveillance and control — to use digital cameras that can be moved remotely to follow the action of a crash scene and get enhanced images.

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California’s Department of Public Health Begins Soft Launch of Open Data Portal

HHS expects to integrate data from multiple departments as the open data portal develops.

Bytes, Events

July 24: Michele Robinson to Appear on TechLeader.TV

Robinson, who was appointed to her current position last year, leads the California Information Security Office (CISO).

State IT

CIO Adrian Farley Details California DOJ’s Cloud Evolution and Lessons Learned

DOJ is moving an increasing number of its business applications into the cloud, becoming both a service provider and a major cloud customer.

Uncategorized

Innovation Lab Will Open Aug. 5 in Sonora

Organizers say it’s the first “hacker lab” and maker space of its kind in a rural California community.

Uncategorized

SARTA CEO Meg Arnold Plans September Exit

ARTA was established in 2001 to champion and attract investment in Sacramento region’s technology sector. Arnold came aboard in 2009.

Market News

Will Laid-Off Microsoft Workers End Up at California Startups?

Forced out the door, Microsoft employees are poised to see plenty of demand from quickly growing startups, according to Chandra Shekaran, a former general manager in Microsoft’s Bing search unit.

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Startup Brigade Will Use Tech to Boost Civic Involvement

Lead by San Francisco entrepreneur, Matt Mahan, the Startup Brigade’s goal is to create a nonpartisan platform where people could discuss the issues of the day, share news and organize.

RFPs

IFB: Franchise Tax Board Seeks Real-Time Data Monitoring and Auditing System

Source:  Department of General Services Franchise Tax Board is seeking to procure and install a Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) system that will provide real-time security monitoring and auditing capabilities ……

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Real-Time Monitoring Available Through Safety Apps

Companies like Palo Alto-based bSafe are offering apps and services that enable people to create a circle of friends and family who can be alerted to a person’s location in an emergency.

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Roughani: We’re Coding for California

Over the past several months, we’ve been working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on the launch of their open data …

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Coding Classes: Students, Teachers Overcome Obstacles to Add Computer Science Classes

Next month, Northgate High in Walnut Creek and Leland High in San Jose will begin offering AP Computer Science — but only after students petitioned and delivered sign-ups.

Bids & Contracts

Time Warner Cable Promises One-Gigabit Internet for L.A. in 2016

In April, Los Angeles released a document seeking information on how to create a citywide broadband offering that can compete with what’s available in those areas. Time Warner’s promise to up its service comes in response to that request.

Legislation

Brown Signs SB 972: Bill Adds Technology Expertise to Criteria for HBEX Board

Board members, who serve four-year terms, are appointed by the Governor, the Senate Rules Committee or the Assembly Speaker.

Commentary

Gore: Drones and Sensors Are Revolutionizing Ag Tech from Space to Seed

Drones that spray pesticide and fertilizer. Drones that connect with networks of plant and soil sensors to determine which sections of a field need water and chemicals.

#Innovate, Local Government

Sacramento County’s Data Portal Promotes Transparency, Innovation

The portal was officially announced on July 8 and complements the region’s sister portal in the city of Sacramento. The site features information on utilities, transportation, public works, finance, permits, resident demographics, GIS data and other information utilized to inspire transparency through public use and the county’s developer community.

RFPs

RFP: CalPERS Seeks Contractor for Optimization Project

Source:  Department of General Services

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is soliciting bids from qualified firms to assist the Information Technology Services Branch …

Local Government

Ride Services Up Against Big Lobbying Push in Sacramento

Uber and fellow San Francisco ride service startups Lyft and Sidecar are exploding in popularity nationwide, but in Sacramento, they’re being vastly outspent by their opponents when it comes to lobbying.

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Rohnert Park Joins the ‘Hydrogen Highway’

A Eureka company recently received a $5.3 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build three hydrogen fueling stations in the state, including the only one on the North Coast at a Rohnert Park 76 gas station.

State IT

Valley Patients Caught in Medi-Cal Enrollment Backlog

The new system had glitches from the first applications last October. But the volume of applications — both Medi-Cal and Covered California — repeatedly overloaded its capacity.

RFPs

RFI: DMV Seeks Input on Autonomous Vehicles

Source: Department of General Services

The Department of Motor Vehicles is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) to receive vendor input regarding the capabilities …

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