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California County GIS Contacts, Collaboratives, and Networking Groups

Ever wondered who the GIS Manager for Tehama County is?  Well, wonder no more!

I created this map for the California Geographic Information Association and wanted to pass it along.  It is fully editable, so if you know some of the information that I don’t have, we can edit it directly online!  This map was built in ArcGIS Online, as part of my very thorough testing of it.  It also shows the areas of California’s Regional Collaboratives (click here to find out what that is).

Note – I would like to see a legend somewhere :)

Next step – I plan to create a similar map for all GIS Manager contacts in LA County – from the cities on up!

If you know some of the contact information that I don’t have, you can update the map ..

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Visit LA County at the GIS Day Booth, ESRI UC San Diego

Stop by and say hello at the GIS Day Booth on Thurday, July 11th, at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego. Carrie Wiley from Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will be sharing info on what goes into planning LA County’s GIS Day which is held each November – including this year’s 6th annual event.

The GIS Day Booth will be located against the lobby wall in Hall D, adjacent to the International Lounge and Registration. There will be talks given by GIS Day event hosts, National Geographic, and GIS Day staff.

Hope to see you all there!

More info:

Location of GIS Day Booth in Hall D, next to the Spatial Outlet

Location of GIS Day Booth in Hall D, next to the Spatial Outlet

US Wildfires Map

I thought this is a pretty good map of wildfires across the country put together by ESRI.

Link to the map

Link to the description

Here is the description:

The Esri Public Information Map shows the real-time effects of extreme weather events and others natural disasters. You can use it to explore live data as well as geo-tagged social content from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. You can customize the map by panning or zooming, and localize social content by changing the keywords or date ranges.

These layers are combined on top of a detailed basemap which can help us understand not only where the events are occurring, but also understand how it may impact human life. You can explore other disaster response related public information maps from the Esri Disaster Response Program website.

GIS Position with Pasadena Water and Power

The City of Pasadena is nestled at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains approximately 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Pasadena is home to the world renowned Tournament of Roses and the Norton-Simon Museum. Pasadena residents enjoy moderate climate year round, ideal weather for enjoying Pasadena’s fine shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

Department Information System Analyst II (GIS)
$68,817.22 – $86,021.31 Annually

As part of the Pasadena Water & Power (PWP) Information Technology team, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst is responsible for assisting the design, development, analysis, support, deployment, administration and maintenance of new and existing enterprise systems and applications. The GIS Analyst also helps to procure, develop, and deploy utility-specialized computer applications. The GIS Analyst provides direct support to PWP staff, monitors application performance and accessibility, creates training materials, trains users on geospatial concepts and software, and provides analysis services.  The GIS Analyst is also involved in system upgrades developing test cases and performing validation of applications prior to full deployement.  The Analyst’s primary role is GIS Helpdesk for the W&P utility department supporting users and interfacing between other utilities, PWP staff, vendors, and City of Pasadena resources.  Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.

A bachelor’s degree in Geography, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Engineering or a related field and one year (three years desired) managing GIS data systems. Electric and Water Utility experience is a plus.

Initial Review of application is scheduled for July 1, 2013. Interested applicants should visit the City of Pasadena’s website at for complete job information and online application. EOE

Updated meeting agenda for today’s eGIS Meeting

We will have a demonstration of a Logistics Package (formerly ArcLogistics) – now Compass Logistics.

See the revised agenda below.

June 2013_0618.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

eGIS Steering Committee Meeting – June 18th, 2013

Please find tomorrow’s agenda attached here: June 2013_0618.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda

GIS Data

eGIS Environment Update

ISD will provide an update on some of the map service publication tools for ArcGIS 10.1, as well as providing an update on the migration to 10.1

Open Source GIS 101, Part 6: Quantum GIS

Part 6: QGIS  (Quantum GIS)

Eleven years ago, Gary Sherman began developing a GIS viewer for the Linux desktop. Though the early progress was slow, the project gradually accumulated more contributors over the years. Today, QGIS is a true grassroots open source software application with thousands of users around the world.

There are many reasons to like QGIS. Of all the open source GIS software applications I’ve tested, I feel it has the greatest combination of power and ease of use. It runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and its small file size allows it to run smoothly on older computers that would otherwise crash if they tried to run ESRI’s ArcGIS. Numerous user-contributed “plugins” are also available for solving a variety of tasks that are typically written in Python.

Another factor that adds to its user-friendliness is that so much help is available online. Aside from the homepage, there are so many helpful bloggers, one can easily ‘Google’ a QGIS question to find a solution. The Quantum GIS Planet only lists a portion of what’s out there.

For those who are completely new to open source GIS in general, Gary Sherman has written a helpful book, The Geospatial Desktop.

Though QGIS is a favorite open source GIS application for many (in a very few ways, it is even superior to ArcGIS), don’t rush out to replace your proprietary software yet. Open source GIS is still limited to open data formats and simple geometric features, and I know at least one person who found the lack of pre-installed symbology disappointing.

Nevertheless, QGIS is a popular and fast growing open source GIS for the desktop, with a large number of fans, users, and regular contributors. See this year’s Google Summer of Code for QGIS and OSGeo.

In two weeks, Part 7, GDAL/OGR…

CAMS False Match Update Progress

False Match Progress - June 12 2013I wanted to provide an update regarding the Countywide Address Management System (click here for more information on CAMS).

The Registrar/Recorder County Clerk (RRCC) is working to transition the County’s main street centerline dataset from the licensed Thomas Brothers files to the Census Bureau’s TIGER file.  “Owning” the data will support collaboration and distribution.

The last phase of this, and a complex one, is reviewing a set of potential false matches (where we find an address but it is in the wrong place).  To get more background, see this post on using GIS to improve addresses.  Once complete, we will be loading the street centerlines into the editing environment.

The current version is available at the GIS Data Portal


LAR-IAC Program saves governments $10 million

I wanted to pass the LARIAC 3 Project completion letter along.  Especially with the recent passing of Milan Svitek, who helped initiate this program, the timing is right to showcase the value of collaboration across the County.

LARIAC 3 project completion (pdf file)

For more information about LARIAC, please see:


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Passing of Milan Svitek

I wanted to do this post in memory of Milan Svitek, who passed away about two weeks ago.  He was our leader and a true pioneer in the field of GIS.

He worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning for just over 20 years before he retired in 2006.  He was well known all over the County, and even around the Country, for his work in GIS.  Most recently he conceived of and created (with support from the Chief Information Office) the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LAR-IAC) Program.  He also built the GIS Section up from the ground up and was an innovator in the use of GIS in the field of urban and regional planning.

After retiring from the County he did some traveling and also did consulting work for The Sanborn Map Company.

Milan truly lived the American Dream!  He is survived by his wife Eva, four sons and seven grandsons.  Rest in peace Milan.