The Los Angeles County Enterprise GIS Steering Committee has completed an updated Strategic Plan that will guide the implementation and direction of GIS across the County for the next three years. I would like to thank all of the efforts of the strategic planning committee in helping create this framework document.
We have kept this document focused on the strategies, goals and objectives, so it is not verbose, instead it is focused on supporting ongoing work in as minimal an amount of words as possible – therefore it is only about 15 pages.
Click the link below to view the .pdf file.
LA County Enterprise GIS Strategic Plan 2012 – 2015 – Adopted (January 2013)
LA County Enterprise GIS Map
The attached poster is a critical document for understanding my (and LA County’s strategy) for managing and deploying GIS across our enterprise. As a visual representation it is easier to understand than reams of paper and a strategic plan.
Click here to download the .pdf
Continue reading LA County Enterprise GIS – a visual representation
It has been a long time, but the work that was done for the LA County solar map provided the quantitative underpinning and justification for LADWP’s feed-in-tariff. UCLA used our solar database to analyze the impacts and benefits of a feed-in-tariff property by property, which helped provide support for the LA Business Roundtable to support it.
Making our data available for use outside of the County has provided this massive benefit and shows how data freedom can support major policy changes that impact life in LA.
To see the site, go to http://solarmap.lacounty.gov
To learn about getting access to the data directly, see: http://solarmap.lacounty.gov/v2/ForInstallers.htm
Press release below:
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Weekend Events Announce Details of LADWP’s New Solar Feed-in Tariff Program
LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2013 — Los Angeles-based Open Neighborhoods has announced two public events this Sunday, January 20th, to present information about an ambitious new Los Angeles DWP solar purchase program for commercial rooftops and parking lots. The events will include opportunities for the public to learn about utility rebates, neighborhood programs, financing options and other incentives for rooftop solar installations.
|Green Tent at the Mar Vista Farmers Market
||Sunday, Jan 20th from 9am-11am
Learn who qualifies and how you can receive maximum benefit during the first six months of LADWP’s new rooftop solar purchase program. View an instant satellite evaluation of solar energy potential on your property. Discover how you can benefit even if you don’t own a rooftop! Read more.
|Solar Open House & Backyard Celebration
||Sunday, Jan 20th from 1pm-4pm
Join local property owners and clean energy advocates for a backyard celebration and demonstration of a new solar energy system on a historic home in Country Club Park! Learn about sustainable homes in historic preservation overlay zones, California Energy Upgrade savings, utility solar rebates and neighborhood incentives. Complimentary refreshments. RSVP.
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to RSVP to either event please contact Open Neighborhoods at 310-439-9746 or via email to email@example.com.
About Open Neighborhoods
A portfolio company of the LA Cleantech Incubator, Open Neighborhoods is a Certified B Corporation recognized for high standards of social and environmental performance. The company serves as program administrator for GoSolar.LA, a regional initiative to streamline and accelerate solar deployment in greater Los Angeles. Open Neighborhoods was founded in 2008 to provide neighborhood-scale clean energy solutions. More information at openneighborhoods.net.
Did you know that after World War Two, close to 100,00 buildings were being built per year? Makes our recent “real estate boom” a bit smaller (although most of the recent building didn’t happen in LA County).
Take a look at the two graphs.
I was going through my hard drive and came across a couple of charts that I made a couple of years ago as soon as we received the Building outlines for the County of Los Angeles. By geographically tying each building to the parcel and then looking at the earliest Year-Built code in the parcel file (since that actually refers to a building it makes sense) I was able to assign a year built to each building in the County. At that point I was able to summarize the counts for each year and come up with a chart.
Next steps. What I would really love to do is to make a video (like the ones I made about foreclosures) and show the growth of LA County building by building – but I haven’t been able to find a computer big enough to process the datasets
I haven’t had the time to post about this before today, but I am very happy to report that the LA County Board of Supervisors adopted a GIS classification series for the County!
For the first time the County has a career path for staff doing GIS, and will recognize GIS related degrees when hiring for GIS positions! A recent survey indicated that the County has close to 200 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions doing GIS, and invests over $20 million per year in this technology. These positions will help us recruit and retain the best mapping and geographic personnel, and keep the County as a leader in geospatial technologies.
Note: At this point only the position and salary ranges are available – we will be publishing a complete list of both the salaries as well as the necessary qualifications when they are finalized in the next few weeks.
This has been a long process, and would not have been possible without the contributions of a group of extremely dedicated experts that have made this day possible. Many many people have helped get this through, but I wanted to acknowledge some key individuals.
- Susan Curran (CEO) - who is the County expert on all classifications, and whose tireless efforts and great humor (and patience with my exuberance) made this process smooth.
- Steve Masterson (CEO) - who has supported this effort from the beginning and been a great advocate.
- Sandra Comrie (Reward Strategy) – the consultant who did the heavy lifting to review the reams of information that we provided to her and converted them into real classifications.
- Richard Sanchez (CIO) – sent the initial letter to the CEO requesting this effort, which will pay dividends for many years.
- Our eGIS Positions Subcommittee – all of these folks came together and provided real leadership and advocacy to complete this – and are being rewarded for 3 years of patience!
- Nick Franchino (DRP) - Nick got this ball rolling 3 years ago when he approached our CEO, Bill Fujioka, at GIS Day and convinced him of the importance of new GIS classifications.
- Vandana Joshi (DMH) - provided perspective of the use of GIS from a public policy and social science angle.
- Marianne Jeffers/Jeff Wingate (DPW) - supported this effort tirelessly and gave great advice on the use of GIS and the desperate need for these classifications within DPW.
- Kenneth Bennett (RRCC) - provided expert advice and was a great advocate
- Alfie Blanch/Ed Lamas/Tim Smith (Fire) - helped push this along and provided great advice.
- Emilio Solano (Assessor) - provided excellent input.
Glendale Annexations (sample)
Our Public Works department has been doing some neat maps showing annexations for all cities in LA County – this is both interesting (to see how cities have grown) and valuable, since these are high-quality and give the legal changes over time.
Here’s a sample from my city (Glendale): Glendale Annexation Map
Here’s the link to the full FTP site: ftp://dpwftp.co.la.ca.us/pub/mpm/SDU-GIS/City Annexations
LA County’s Board of Supervisors approved a motion this past Tuesday to declare November 16th, 2011 as GIS Day! I’m looking forward to the 15th, where the GIS Day committee, who has been working very hard on the upcoming event, while attend the Board meeting and get a beautiful scroll, which we plan to have on hand at the free LA County GIS Day event, open to the public, on November 16th at the Department of Public Works Headquarters.
For more information on GIS Day, see to the GIS Day website.
Click to see the motion: Approved Motion for GIS Day (.pdf file)
Here is the text of the proclamation:
After a bit of work, ESRI has loaded a lot of the County’s data into the Community Basemap (AKA the World Topographic Map). This includes many layers from the County’s GIS data repository, and will be the most accurate online map available free to the public for areas that include the entire County. We will be working with ESRI to determine the best way(s) to keep the information up to date.
It’s a rich source of information, and it can be used and embedded in many applications and locations.
You will need to zoom in a bit to see the County data, which appears at more detail. You will know it when the buildings turn on.
Go to map source
As part of our LAR-IAC outreach, and for GIS in general, we’ve worked with ESRI to move some of our LAR-IAC data (buildings) into their community basemap. This will be a free service available from ESRI, so it is good to provide feedback.
Clarification: My first post might have suggested that we only provided the building outlines. We have provided many other layers, including land types, points of interest, lakes, trees, parcels, county and municipal boundaries, airport boundaries, contours, vegetation, hillshades, bridges, state and national parks – so LA County data makes up a lot of the map.
Continue reading Please Help: Review the ESRI Community Map for Los Angeles County
We’ve launched the second version of the LA County Solar map here: http://solarmap.lacounty.gov
There are some really cool new features to this new site, including:
- The actual measurements from our solar model are represented on the map – you can actually see which parts of your roof are good for solar. What color are your dots?
- Addition of thermal water heating information.
- An official report with the map and information in .pdf that can be downloaded and printed.
- A translation to Spanish
- The addition of 3D buildings with solar models for county owned buildings!
Take a look, and if you have comments, there is a feedback link on the top right!