State of Technology Industry Forum Set for Dec. 10

Hosted by TechWire, the first annual State of Technology Industry Forum will be held on December 10 in Sacramento. Produced in association with the California Department of Technology, IT Alliance for Public Sector and TechAmerica, the half-day event will provide a wide perspective on California’s government IT landscape for the upcoming year.

#Innovate, Local Government

Los Angeles First in U.S. to Post Fire Response Times Online

Saying the current numbers “stunk” for response times by the Los Angeles Fire Department to fires and medical emergencies, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday released the initial reports gathered under the long-awaited FireStat program.

State IT

Project Academy Series Aims to Boost Management Skills

Project Academy Series seminars can be an opportunity to get candid insight from California’s top IT officials.

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Bids & Contracts

Can Automated Detection Systems Police Carpool Lanes?

Patrol officers usually need some luck to catch law-evading drivers, but maybe technology is the answer for policing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.

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Market News, News

New Cloud Infrastructure Services Available to California Researchers, Educators

The services, from CenturyLink, FireHost, and Verizon, were procured through an RFP and are available to all members of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

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Local Government

California Cities Join Coalition Advocating for Broadband Choice

Through Next Century Cities, leaders will gain opportunities to work with partner cities, share knowledge and assist in development of next-generation broadband networks.

News

Google Execs Discuss Regulation, Innovation

“How Google Works,” a book by executives Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, is a guide to managing the technically proficient, innovation-savvy workers whom companies in every industry are trying to recruit and retain.

#Innovate, Bids & Contracts

East Bay Company Wants to Disrupt 911

Despite the rapid onset of mobile devices, GPS and high-speed Internet, the nation’s emergency response system is largely a relic frozen in time. But perhaps Location Labs can finally drag 911 into the 21st century.

Bids & Contracts

Cal State Awarded $60 Million to Help Diversify Biomedical Research

The National Institutes of Health grants are for five years and include $22.7 million to Cal State Long Beach, $21.8 million to Cal State Northridge and $17 million to San Francisco State University to develop mentorship programs, engage students’ families, improve instruction and develop community-based research projects.

News, State IT

First Stage of IT Project Plans Due by Oct. 31

As part of the Department of Technology’s State Technology Approval Reform (STAR) project introduced last year to improve California’s project approval process, state agencies have until October ……

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News

NIST Finalizes Cloud Computing Roadmap for U.S. Government

The documents identify strategic and tactical objectives that would support accelerated adoption of cloud computing in the federal government, and could be valuable for other organizations.

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Bids & Contracts

What’s Next for Southern California Intelligent Transit Projects?

The Los Angeles County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (LA SAFE) has shed some light on what IT projects could be in the pipeline for L.A.’s congested freeways.

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Commentary

Two Big Trends for Managing the Water-Energy Nexus

Extreme water management and cow indigestion have more in common that you would ever imagine.

#Innovate, Market News

Tech Commuter Buses Not Just For Bay Area Anymore

Local search giant YP reached out to S.F. start-up RidePal to bring the perk south as competition for technologists in Los Angeles heats up.

Bids & Contracts, Market News

Oregon Gives Up on Oracle Technology, Will Use Another State’s System

Officials cite problems with the company’s products as well as what they characterize as lack of cooperation from the software giant — which state officials have blamed for the debacle and subsequently sued.

Bids & Contracts

Chinese May Go After California High-Speed Rail Project

Wednesday is the deadline for companies or groups to submit an expression of interest for a contract to supply up to 95 trains, and China CNR Corp, its unit Tangshan Railway and US-based SunGroup USA, will be among those submitting.

State IT

Department of Insurance Menu Modernization Project Gets Under Way

The $21 million initiative will replace, centralize and modernize database applications running on an old version of Oracle Forms that won’t be supported after 2017.

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News

Gillihan Appointed Department of Human Resources Director

Gillihan has been filling the role in an interim capacity since February, when Director Julie Chapman and her chief deputy suddenly departed after an unflattering Little Hoover Commission report criticized the department’s management.

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#Innovate

Geothermal Power Industry Lost Steam But May Be Poised for Comeback

Industry leaders say the energy harnessed from the Earth is poised for a renaissance, powered by new technology that will boost production, pare costs and expand its reach.

#Innovate

Apple Pay Q&A: What You Need to Know

Despite a few dozen retail chains pledging support for Apple Pay, so-called contactless payments are still new. Here’s a guide to how Apple Pay works and what to expect.

#Innovate

Irrigation District Wins Global Award for Farm Water Conservation

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, meeting last month in Gwangju, South Korea, presented its annual WatSave Technology Award to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District.

Bids & Contracts, Market News

IBM Sells Computer Chip Manufacturing Operations

GlobalFoundries will take over IBM’s computer chip manufacturing operations, making it the exclusive provider of high-end microprocessors powering IBM’s leading-edge servers and such supercomputers as Watson.

News

Higashidani Exits from California Correctional Health Care Services

In the role, Higashidani served as an adviser to California Prisons Receiver J. Clark Kelso on fiscal, procurement, contract and business services matters, according to CCHCS.

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Market News, State IT

Geraghty Joins Esri After California Health Data Portal Project

Geraghty, who was the project leader for the Health and Human Services Agency’s open data portal launched in August, has joined Esri to lead the company’s health and human services team.

Legislation

Will Leland Yee’s Last Voter Registration Bill Make a Difference?

A little-noticed bill enacted a year ago requires “each Internet website maintained by the state” to include a hyperlink on its homepage to the Secretary of State’s voter registration page.

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#Innovate, Legislation, Local Government

L.A. Wants to Ban Parking Space Sales Via Apps

In an 11-0 vote without comment, a council requested that the City Attorney’s office draft a measure similar to what other cities have done to ensure that parking spaces are not hoarded by companies and are fully available to the general public.

News

L.A. Unified Says it Believes Deasy Acted Ethically on iPads

As part of its settlement this week with former schools Supt. John Deasy, the Los Angeles Board of Education declared that it did not believe Deasy had done anything wrong in connection with the project to provide students with iPads, even though the district has an ongoing investigation into the propriety of the bidding process.

Local Government

Supervisor Wants S.F. to Seize Openings to Lay Wi-Fi Cable

Supervisor David Chiu’s “Dig Once” proposal would require private and public agencies digging up streets for other work to allow the placement of city-owned conduits that can be used for fiber-optic cables.

State IT

Covered California Prepares IT for 2015 Open Enrollment Process

California’s health insurance exchange is adding more online capacity and fine-tuning website functionality in preparation for a one-moth enrollment rush of new customers and those who need to renew their coverage.

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State IT

7 Operating Principles for IT Services at CalRecycle

CalRecycle CIO Gary Arstein-Kerslake shares seven principles related to IT services that the department developed many years ago and still serve as operating principles today:

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Market News

Dreamforce 2014: What Salesforce Analytics Means for Government

A new offering could be government’s “easy button” for data analytics and data-driven decision-making.

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