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.


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.


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.


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

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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.


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …

Local Government

Republicans Look to Improve Brand, Tech Skills in Silicon Valley

Liberal dominance in the valley has boosted Democratic campaigns with cutting-edge technology, allowing them to reach voters and raise money in innovative ways, while the GOP has suffered from a culture that led it to clash with its own technologists.


Eshoo, Issa, Matsui Sponsor Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act

U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) are co-sponsoring a Wi-Fi innovation bill …

Market News

Microsoft to Wind Down Hollywood Operations

New Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who succeeded Steve Ballmer, has indicated that the company is shifting much of its focus to mobile and cloud-based technologies.


Josh Nisbet Leaves CGI, Joins Deloitte in Sacramento

Nisbet’s role will include market eminence, and building and expanding relationships with clients in the California state and local government marketplace, Deloitte said.


Study: No Evidence California Cellphone Ban Decreased Traffic Accidents

The study, published in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, examined the number of daily car accidents in Calif. in the six months preceding and the six months after the state adopted the ban.

State IT

Statewide Technology Procurement Division Chief Gets Boost

The deputy director is responsible for overseeing and setting statewide policy for all telecommunications and large, high-dollar IT project procurements.

Local Government, News

San Diego Sets Stage for Transparency Push

Officials have legitimized plans for an open data policy and the hiring of the city’s first chief data officer by the end of 2014.

#Innovate, Local Government

San Jose’s New High-Tech Water Purification Plant to Expand Recycled Water Use

Valley water officials on Friday will cut the ribbon at a $72 million high-tech plant in Alviso, which will produce billions of gallons of highly purified water for Santa Clara County over the next decade.


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Coming to S.F. for ‘Conservatarian’ Tech Event

The Lincoln Labs Reboot 2014 event is “the first conference of its kind,” trying to bring tech to campaigns that meld conservative and libertarian principles – hence the “conservatarian” label.

State IT

California Releases Six-Week Plan For Clearing Medicaid Backlog

Changing computer systems to comply with new standardization of Medicaid eligibility has proved more difficult and time-consuming for some states than others.

State IT

California Attorney General to Convene Summit on Technology and Transnational Crime

Discussion topics will include how technology can be used to combat human trafficking, intellectual property violations and money laundering.

People, State IT

Ron Hughes, CalTech’s No. 2 Executive, Will Retire July 30

Hughes said the timing is right to leave now that CalCloud is up and running and the state is set to release an IT policy letter on contracting for SaaS and public services.


San Bernardino Signs on for New Court Case Management System

San Bernardino has become the latest of California’s 58 superior courts to utilize a master services agreement to select a software solution for a …