Bytes, Events

March 25: TechWire Industry Briefing to Feature Franchise Tax Board’s Cathy Cleek

Franchise Tax Board CIO Cathy Cleek will present at the next TechWire Industry Briefing scheduled for Wednesday, March 25.

Cleek oversees one of California’s largest …

Market News

CPUC Holds Comcast Hearing

The commission is scheduled to vote March 26 on a proposed transfer of licenses currently held by Time Warner Cable. Comcast also would pick up customers served by Charter Communications in the Los Angeles region.

Market News

Google Pushes into the Workplace with Android for Work

Google is offering a collection of work-related apps that have separate security configurations and can be controlled by company IT managers and tailored for use by employees.

Local Government

Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit Installing High-Tech Anti-Collision System

Officials are exploring using video monitoring at highly trafficked crossings to alert engineers of possible hazards ahead.

Legislation

Assembly Privacy Committee Takes Questions on Reddit

During its first-ever hearing, the committee fielded questions from both an online audience and from those appearing in person in Sacramento. Discussion centered on data protection, encryption and drones.

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State IT

CalTrans Forming Innovation Board for Service Portfolio Development

Acting CalTrans CIO Sumi Smith said she’s excited by the initiative, and that the board will include members from the IT organization and the business.

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State IT

8 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Millennials

Keeping in touch with millennials is key, whether it’s during the recruiting process, while they’re employed with your organization, and even after they’ve left for another job.

News

Sacramento Pro Sports Teams Inspired by Kings’ Technology Push

Sacramento’s River Cats minor league baseball team and the FC Republic soccer club have plans of their own as the Kings and the team’s new downtown arena aspire to become the technology showcase of the NBA.

Local Government, Video

Stockton IT Director Nabil Fares Sees Opportunity in City (Video)

As part of the leadership team that’s helping the city of Stockton emerge from bankruptcy, Fares says technology will be a key driver to improve efficiency and reduce the budget.

Market News

Hillary Clinton, in Silicon Valley, Notes Downsides of High-Tech Industry

While automation has made lives better, created new industries and increased productivity, it has also dislocated workers and contributed mightily to the economic anxiety that grips many Americans, she said.

Market News

Companies Increasingly Turn to Tech to Keep Drones Out of No-Fly Zones

Many companies have created software to automate the process of checking for Transportation Security Administration no-fly updates and are using GPS to keep drones flying legally.

Events, Sponsor Updates

Feb. 25: CIO Academy Panel Discussion: Mobile Work Force – Our Imperative

Sponsored by AT&T, NWN Solutions and Unisys

If you are registered to attend this year’s Public CIO Academy, the below-listed panel discussion will be held …

People

Taborda Solutions Hires Executive Team Members

Taborda Solutions has recently hired executive team members including Daniel Kapic (VP of Sales), Dawn Lewis (Director of Marketing and Proposal Management), and Brendon …

State IT

FI$Cal Reports to Legislature on Project Progress

The $672.6 million Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is modernizing and combining accounting, budgeting, cash management, and procurement into one system.

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Legislation

Bill Would Require Local Agencies to Inventory Data

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who introduced the legislation (SB 272) along with Asm. Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, said in the many cases California’s 58 counties and 482 cities don’t know what data they collect and who maintains it.

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Local Government

‘Living Lab’ for Transit Innovation Opens in Santa Clara

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority showcases new tech and partnerships at its innovation center grand opening.

Market News

Mobile Apps Slow to Fix SSL Vulnerabilities

McAfee Labs researchers found many providers on CERT’s list of the 25 most popular vulnerable mobile apps still haven’t addressed improper digital certificate chain validation and other problems.

Local Government

City of Bakersfield Mobile App Expands, Wins Award

Kern Council of Governments created a new “innovation” category for its 2014 Regional Award of Merit Recipients, and will use it for the first time to recognize the app with a certificate.

Local Government

Santa Clara County Mulls Cellphone Tracking System

Privacy advocates have called for greater public disclosure when law enforcement agencies seek to acquire the devices and strict limits on how they are used in the field.

Legislation

FCC Chief Cites Wireless Industry as Precedent in Net Neutrality Proposal

Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan would impose federal oversight of online traffic to ensure that Internet providers don’t give preference to video and other content from some websites over others.

Events, Sponsor Updates

Feb. 24: CIO Academy Panel Discussion: Grabbing and Passing the Baton, Without Dropping It!

Sponsored by Accenture, Cisco and Deloitte

The following panel discussion will be held at the California Public Sector CIO Academy on Tues., Feb. 24 at …

Events, Sponsor Updates

Feb. 24 at 11:30 am: CIO Academy Panel Discussion – Bridging the Divide and Lighting the Way

Sponsored by Deloitte Consulting.  

The Divide between the Business and its Technology organization can be wide.

How often do you independently engage with your business …

State IT

California Works to Grow Private Cloud Customer Base

With rates tied to customer volume, adding users is key to success for the state’s CalCloud service.

People

Governor Appoints New CDPH Director

Karen Smith has been appointed director of the California Department of Public Health, the governor’s office announced on Feb. 20.

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UC Davis Awards Enterprisewide Video Production Contract

The award includes all 192 graduate and undergraduate programs, including the university’s medical schools.

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State IT

California Combating Illegal Poaching with Text-to-Tip Line, App

The department has launched a pilot program that allows tipsters to text information and photographs to the Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP) program.

#Innovate

Santa Cruz Tech MeetUp Strives for Social Change

When UC Santa Cruz alum Janneke Lang moved back to Santa Cruz after working two years in Southern California, she brought with her a dream: To create an accelerator for startups to make a difference.

Local News

Website to Offer Neighborhood-Level Air Data in San Joaquin Valley

The air district is developing a website called the Web-Based Archived Air Quality System, which initially will allow residents to examine historical air quality information for their neighborhood, and compare different years and different parts of a city, county or region.

Local News

California to Spend $20 Million on Building Part of Hydrogen Highway

Starting in October with a new fuel station in the city of Coalinga, near Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley, hydrogen cars will be able to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Market News

Report: Migration and Integration Is Top Challenge in Cloud Deployments

Of 1,200 IT professionals polled across numerous industries, 59 percent said they would make more use of cloud services, but the complexity of integration holds them back.

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