Legislation, Local Government

Driverless Car Rides? Garcetti Hopes L.A. Will Be First

Projects to test such new technology and infrastructure are needed, the mayor said, because “autonomous vehicles are going to be here.”

News

Ellen Ishimoto Named Assistant Chief at OTech

Ellen Ishimoto has been named assistant chief of the California Office of Technology Services (OTech), officials told staff on Friday. Ishimoto is currently working as ……

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Legislation

Brown Vetoes Bill Limiting Drone Surveillance

AB1327 would have let law enforcement agencies use drones without a warrant in limited circumstances, but in his veto Brown said those exceptions were too narrow.

State IT

NASCIO Conference Preview: State CIOs Convening in Nashville

State CIO Carlos Ramos will be joined by Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CIO Joe Panora, Department of Food and Agriculture Robert Schmidt and others from California at the four-day meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

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Market News

HP Introduces App Store for Software-Defined Networking

Supporters of software-designed networking say its benefits include being directly programmable, centrally managed and vendor neutral, and based on open standards.

News

Tech Industry Raises $115K for Local Children’s Charities

Executives from technology companies and state government golfed for charity on Friday, raising $115,000 for five Sacramento-area children’s charities. Deloitte Consulting hosted the annual …

Market News

Toyota Bets Big on Fuel Cell Vehicles

Toyota is now firmly focused on fuel cells, investing $7.2 million in FirstElement Fuel, a startup that plans to create a hydrogen fueling network.

Market News

Former HP CEO Gets Second Chance at Oracle

Four years after leaving Hewlett-Packard in disgrace over a sex scandal, Mark Hurd remarkably and improbably finds himself CEO of another major technology giant.

Legislation

Law Enforcement Grapples with iPhone’s Enhanced Encryption

The software change is a deft way for Apple to underscore its commitment to privacy and distance itself from the shadow cast over the valley after revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

State IT

Will State of California Bolt from Onsite Email?

State CIO Carlos Ramos said on-premise email is costly and the state and private sector both have a better handle now on security requirements for cloud email systems.

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Commentary

A New Industry Emerges in the Shadow of Twitter

A small but vibrant industry is changing the way governments, elected officials and citizens communicate

#Innovate, Local Government

Los Angeles Launches Civic Innovation Lab

The city hopes to leverage public knowledge and enthusiasm to identify and solve key local problems using data available from its open data portal.

Market News

Apple Issues Fix for Faulty Update, Responds to Bent iPhone Complaints

The company said it was preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the problems and urged customers to contact them if they experience the bending issue on the iPhone 6.

News

UCLA Launches Tech Transfer Effort to Bolster Inventions and Revenues

The not-for-profit Westwood Technology Transfer dovetails with the creation last week of a UC system venture capital fund that seeks to invest $250 million in new companies and possibly gain equity profits.

#Innovate

Precision Agriculture Using Drones Could Be a Long Way Off

Cost, regulatory hurdles, complicated technology and weight limitations likely mean the market for on-farm drones will take time to develop.

Events, Market News

CHP Commissioner to Keynote Veterans’ Day Charity Golf Tournament in Lincoln

CHP Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow will give a keynote speech at the Veterans’ Day “Giving Back to Veterans” Golf Tournament on Nov. 11 at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Lincoln, Calif.

Legislation

Legislation Continues State Universal Service Funds

The governor has signed legislation that extends the sunset date to 2019 for funding programs that help keep telecom costs down in rural areas.

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State IT

Franchise Tax Board Eyes Future Technology Projects

The California Franchise Tax Board is more than half done with its big Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) project, and CIO Cathy Cleek is looking at other major projects that could be coming down the road.

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#Innovate, Local Government

Two California Cities Named to 2015 ‘Code for America’ Program

West Sacramento and Vallejo are among seven new jurisdictions selected to participate in Code for America’s (CfA) 2015 Fellowship — a program for jumpstarting …

#Innovate, Local Government

Vallejo, West Sacramento Plan for Year of Coding

Vallejo’s application to Code for America focused on developing technology tools to promote better engagement between the community and the Vallejo Police Department. West Sacramento’s will involve governments across its region.

News

Yahoo the Latest Tech Firm to Cut Ties with Conservative Group

Following the lead of Google, Facebook and Yelp, this week, Yahoo is bolting ALEC.

News

Cal State Dominguez Hills Approves First Large-Scale Test of Google Glass

The campus has already purchased 20 pairs of the device, which will be used in the College of Business Administration and Public Policy come spring 2015.

#Innovate

What Is State Government’s Role in the Innovation Economy?

Louis Stewart, deputy director for innovation and entrepreneurship at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), has been crisscrossing the length of California to find an answer to that question.

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Legislation

Brown Signs Legislation Boosting Computer Science in College Admissions

Fourteen states have implemented policies allowing computer science to count as core requirements toward high school graduation, but just one high school in California offers such a course that’s approved by the University of California and the California State University.

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Bytes, Events

Sept. 25: Director Carlos Ramos to Appear on Techleader.TV

Ramos is now in his fourth year as California’s chief information officer and has been present as the California Technology Agency became the California Department of Technology (CalTech).

#Innovate

10 Tech Startups, Ideas Coming from UCLA, USC Students

The aspirations come from a UCLA program that gives start-ups led at least in part by students or recent alumni a summer stipend to polish their products, and a USC event designed to motivate students to dream ideas for a randomly selected industry in one afternoon.

State IT

Brown Calls for ‘More Ambitious’ Climate Change Action at U.N.

In remarks at a United Nations summit in New York, Brown held out California as a “hopeful example” of bipartisanship in the effort to reduce carbon emissions, even as Republicans and some moderate Democrats criticize Brown in California for regulations they say will increase the price of fuel.

Bids & Contracts

Lyft Acquires Hitch to Expand Carpool Service

Lyft, along with rivals Uber and Sidecar, are testing on-demand carpool options that will let passengers share rides — and costs — with other people going the same way.

News

TechAmerica Axes Top Government Representative

TechAmerica has jettisoned Mike Hettinger, senior vice president for public sector, and is handing its government lobbying work to consultants, according to Federal News Radio.

The …

News

FCC Commissioners Expected at Sept. 24 Net Neutrality Forum in Sacramento

FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, CPUC Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, former Facebook executive Chris Kelly and other experts from the private sector are scheduled to participate at the 10 a.m. session at the State Capitol.

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