New App Allows BART Riders to Discreetly Report Crime

The app will encourage riders to report suspicious activity, with the slogan “If you see something, say something.”

Market News

Can Government Act Like a Disruptive Company?

Technology will help government move closer to delivering game-changing value like Uber or Spotify, industry analysts say.

State IT

California Judicial Council Approves New IT Governance and Strategic Plan

Development of a new technology plan was ordered in August 2012, five months after the Judicial Council terminated the statewide Court Case Management System, which was plagued by long delays and cost overruns.


State Legislature Approves Regulations for Drones

The legislation would ban the weaponization of drones in California and force law enforcement to obtain a warrant before flying a drone, except in emergency situations.


Southern California Universities Partner in Federally Funded Innovation Hub

USC, USC and CalTech have received a three-year $3.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote technology innovation in the Southern California region and foster collaboration between the public and private sectors.


Oakland App Sheds Light on Campaign Finance

An app called Open Disclosure will automate campaign finance for an upcoming mayoral election.
On the heels of a mayoral election on November 4, Oakland, …

Local News

Time Warner Cable Internet Outage Fuels Opposition to Merger

Overnight maintenance on the backbone of Time Warner Cable’s Internet network prompted the outage, which hit customers in California, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

Bids & Contracts

Consortium Pushes for Faster Internet Access on Pacific Coast

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast formed in early July to change that by finding ways to motivate broadband providers to lay more fiber optics across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.


Computer Science Education Getting Big Boost at State Capitol

Computer science education is getting plenty of attention in the California Legislature, with four out of eight bills circulating on the topic passing both the Assembly and Senate.

Bids & Contracts

Superintendent: L.A. Schools Tablet Contract Will Be Rebid

Amid mounting criticism over the transparency of a $1 billion program to provide all L.A. Unified School District students with an iPad, Superintendent John Deasy issued a statement Tuesday saying the contract originally awarded to Apple will be rebid.

Market News

Natoma Technologies Announces Expansion of Sacramento, Washington, D.C.-Area Offices

The company’s headquarters remains at 455 Capitol Mall in Sacramento but has relocated to larger space on the building’s seventh floor.


Technology Headlines Across the U.S.

Recent technology-related headlines from across the U.S. courtesy of Government Technology:

Colorado Names New Chief Technology Officer

The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology announced on Aug. …

Legislation, State IT

Expect Napa Quake to Rattle D.C. Efforts on Seismic Alerts

The most recent quake could spur support for a long-debated early warning system. It also could reveal some partisan fault lines.

State IT

Brief: Grants Available for California Schools with Limited Internet Connectivity

The state has set aside the money in a one-time Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program funded by Proposition 98.

TechWire Launches Daily Insider Newsletter

To provide readers with continuous, expanded coverage of Calfornia’s IT community, TechWire is launching a daily email newsletter as part of its new Insider program.

TechWire Insider is …


Will California’s Kill-Switch Rule Rock the Mobile Market?

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring all smartphones sold in the state to be equipped with kill-switch functionality.


California Cybersecurity Commission Proposal Stalls After Bill Amended

A bill by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) that would have formed a 15-member statewide cyber commission has been modified to instead build upon the existing California Cyber Security Task Force.

Local Government

Santa Monica ‘People’s Academy’ Nets Web Award

Santa Monica’s “People’s Academy” was honored as part of PTI’s Web 2.0 State & Local Government Awards & Recognition Program.

Market News

HP, VMware Expand Cloud Partnership

The companies said they would be demoing their collaborative technology solutions at the VMworld San Francisco conference, on Aug. 24-28.

Bids & Contracts, Local Government

City of Irvine Awards Contract for Website Redesign

Net Tango said it will focus on making the site user friendly and implement a responsive design that adapts to the user’s device and viewing screen.

Market News, News

Oregon Files Countersuit as Tension Rises on Botched Insurance Exchange

The Oregon attorney general sued Oracle America Inc. on Friday, charging that the technology giant committed what “amounts to a pattern of racketeering activity” that cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars during the faulty rollout of its troubled health insurance exchange.


Free Briefing in Sacramento on Service Delivery Models and Digital Business Readiness

Gartner is hosting a free half-day briefing on “Service Delivery Models and Digital Business Readiness” on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 …

Market News

Amazon Will Buy Twitch for $970 Million

YouTube once was thought to be the frontrunner for the popular online platform for video gamers.

Bids & Contracts

L.A. Schools Cancel iPad Program

This collaboration between top Los Angeles Unified School District officials and those from tech giant Apple Inc. and Pearson, detailed in public records, underscores findings from an internal school district report, which warned that officials’ actions could have created an impression of unfairness in the bidding.

Bids & Contracts

Two Firms Drop Out of Bidding for Valley’s High-Speed Rail Work

The withdrawal of the two contracting teams potentially reduces the competitive pressure on the remaining firms bidding for the 65-mile job from Fresno to the Tulare-Kern county line. The state estimates the project’s value at between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.


Project Methodology Bill Moves to Governor’s Desk

The State Senate approved a bill late last week that would require the state CIO to review the California Project Management Methodology Reference Manual and draft a report recommending how a team of IT experts could be developed to support state agencies.


California Lottery Taps CalPERS for New CIO

Chris Riesen, the chief enterprise architect for California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), has been named the CIO of the California Lottery.


Report: Federal CTO Todd Park to Step Down

Federal CTO Todd Park will leave his position by the end of this year, Fortune reported Aug. 22. Citing “sources familiar with the situation,” …

#Innovate, Local Government

Palo Alto Considers Parking Guidance Systems for City Garages

Parking guidance systems would provide real-time information about the number of spaces in a structure via digital signs, while revenue and access controls would allow visitors to pay to park beyond the current three-hour limit. It would also enable the transfer of permits.

Local Government

California Tech Startups Expand Political Lobbying Efforts

Legislative politics is kept at arm’s length at many emerging companies, even ones the size of app-based ride services Uber and Lyft. Yet as those companies find themselves subject to new regulations, they’re going into campaign mode – and nowhere more so than in California.