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PODCAST: “American Futures” and the power of maps (includes interview with J. Dangermond)

This is a 26 minute audio podcast from NPR that features Jack Dangermond of ESRI. Dangermond starts in about 5 1/2 minutes into the podcast.

LARIAC4 Kick-off meeting

Established in 2005, the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LAR-IAC) has delivered highly accurate digital aerial imagery and elevation datasets to participants at substantial cost savings. To ensure the currency of the aerial imagery, we are working with consortia members to plan and initiate the next round of LAR-IAC – LAR-IAC4.

This attached letter is a template for letters that were mailed to cities and agencies.  It describes LAR-IAC, highlights its benefits, provides a status update, and discusses the proposed scope, schedule, and cost, as well as provides a sample Letter of Intent and the more binding “Participant Agreement”

LAR-IAC4 Letter to Cities 2013 – Template

Letters and emails have gone out to past participants, but I wanted to reach through the data portal to catch anyone that I may have missed.



We invite you to attend the LAR-IAC4 Kick-Off Meeting, which will include detailed project discussions, presentations by existing participants, and the opportunity to ask questions. This Meeting will allow you to gather more information about LAR-IAC4 and discuss project benefits with other participants.

The Kick-Off Meeting will be held on:

Thursday, September 12, 2013 
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room 150 Hall of Records
320 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Lunch will be provided after the presentation.


To help us plan for lunch, please RSVP at:   (closed)

We hope to see you there!

Looking for LARIAC4 Project information – click here or put in your browser window.

Regional GIS Forum Meeting – September 26th, 2013

Hello everyone,

Javier Aguilar from SCAG will be hosting our next Regional GIS Forum.  I look forward to learning more about SCAG’s free training programs and the GIS work that they do.

Bike Paths

One of the areas that we have decided to begin work on is a collaborative method for maintaining bike path information – taking up what ESRI provided, I will be showing a shared updating application that will enable us to visualize the various data sources for bike paths across the County, moving toward a single integrated dataset.

We are looking for the staff at the various city bike path management to join us, to learn more about the capabilities and to provide feedback on the idea.

After the Regional GIS Forum, GeoSpatialLA, a networking group for Los Angeles Area GIS Professionals, will be meeting in the area for a social event.  You can find information about the group on LinkedIn and join there.

Meeting Information

September 26th, 2013

2 PM – 5 PM
Southern California Association of Governments (map)
818 W 7th Street, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Conference Room: Policy A

RSVP: please fill out this web form


What is the Regional GIS Forum?

The Los Angeles Regional GIS will serve as a forum for local and regional government agencies to collaborate and share information, ideas, strategies, best practices, and solutions and form partnerships with educational institutions, and State and Federal agencies regarding the implementation and management of GIS in Los Angeles County.

If you are part of a government agency at any level, educational institution, or other group supporting the public mission, you are encouraged to attend to make connections and help move our region’s GIS forward.

LA County Parcel Viewer

The Property Search and Reporting System (PSRS) will be taken down on 8/27/13. However, a new site – LA County Parcel Viewer – has been developed to serve as a replacement and it includes upgraded functionality and new tools.

The site enables you to:

  • Find an address
  • Search for parcels by AIN
  • Search for parcels by owner
  • Generate mailing labels of owners and/or residents of the parcel(s)
  • Create parcel summary reports with or without maps


The site is available only to County departments and not to the general public. County employees who wish to receive access to the site should email

The Parcel Viewer runs on Geocortex Essentials version 3.14, Silverlight 1.9.x and requires Microsoft’s Silverlight tool.

eGIS Committee Meeting Agenda – August 20th, 2013

Please find tomorrow’s agenda attached here: August 2013_0820.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

We will be discussing:

  1. Mobile GIS
  2. CAMS
  4. Software Maintenance
  5. GIS Day 2013

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ESRI 2013 UC pictures from the SoCalGIS meeting

ESRI UCThanks to Douglas Morales for passing along a number of pictures from the 2013 ESRI User Conference.  Pictures came from:

  1. The SoCal GIS open meeting:
  2. The Latitude Geographics picnic

Click here to see the pictures

Thanks Doug!

40 maps that explain the world

population-mapThanks to James van Dyk from Latitude geographics for passing along:

He also passed along a video from 1987, which is an overview of GRASS. . . . narrated by the great William Shatner!

Map of internet usage of the world based on time of day

Thanks to Joel Myhre for passing this really cool image along.  This is one of those maps, where the map is the star!


GIS Classes at Santa Monica College

smc_2013Santa Monica College has two GIS classes:

GIS 20 – Introduction to GIS – ONLINE

GIS 23 – Intermediate GIS – Tuesday 6:45pm-9:50pm

Link to the college schedule

GIS Aide at the City of Thousand Oaks

HourlyGISAide-8-2013Passing this new position at the City of Thousand Oaks ($15/hour)

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