September 2014
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MapTimeLA Meetup this Thursday

Hi everyone – looks like there is another map-related meeting group that is starting up – I am passing this along:


I am starting a new meetup in downtown LA and invite any and all GIS professionals and/or novices in the county to attend.

Please distribute widely, the first meeting is this Thursday.

Here is the meetup link:

And the twitter:

More info about our national network:



Meeting information:

Fehr & Peers DTLA

600 Wilshire Blvd. (10th floor) Suite 1050

Thursday 9/4 @6:30pm 

Interview with Mark Greninger in Geospatial World

Hi there – I was recently interviewed by Geospatial World – here is a link to the interview.

I pass this along so that if you want to have an idea of what is driving my strategies you can see it there (not to just toot my own horn).

Thanks, and ignore if you want!!!

Economic Impact of Napa Earthquake

Napa_Quake_0826A map showing the location and impact of the earthquake on businesses.

Link to PDF file

GIS information about the Napa Earthquake

Passing along some information from the state levels about the Napa fault as well as the current information in an ESRI map.

Napa Earthquake kmz files

Embedded map below (here the link to the map)

View larger map

State Tax Allocations to Counties in Error

Counties to Receive More than $100 Million in Under-Allocated Revenue

The State of California has mistakenly under-allocated sales tax revenues to three local government programs, meaning the state will be paying counties more than $100 million to compensate for the error. The money could be flowing as soon as next month, although the exact timing is not yet clear.

Looks like a better map could have resolved this.

LA Region Public Safety Open Summit

NAPSG SummittRegistration is now open for the NAPGSG Los Angeles Region Public Safety Summit.  This is a free event!

Date: September 15, 2014
Time: 8:30 – 4:30
Location: The California Endowment, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

Click here to see the full flyer and to register

NAPSG Foundation is holding a one-day Los Angeles Region Summit on September 15, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.  Just one block from the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. This event will convene current and new NAPSG partners from the Los Angeles Region and across Southern California, from all public safety disciplines and levels of government.

The Summit will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the status of Public Safety GIS in the Los Angeles Region and to interact with other public safety officials and GIS professionals.

Click here to add to your calendar

Who Should Attend? Operations and technical public safety officials, across all disciplines, who are interested in learning more about the requirements and application of GIS in day-to-day public safety operations.  Including:

  • Public Safety – Emergency Managers, Fire Service, EMS, Law Enforcement, Fusion Centers
  • Search & Rescue Coordinators
  • GIS Coordinators
  • Transportation Agencies
  • Public Safety & Homeland Security Officials
  • GIS Analysts, Specialists, Managers
  • IT Support Personnel
  • Industrial Emergency Responders

…And all other Public Safety & GIS Personnel

LA County GIS Day 2014 – Save the Date

gisday_2014_savethedateLA County is happy to announce that we will once again be hosting GIS Day for 2014.  This FREE EVENT will showcase Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how it is used by many groups within the County, and feature a map gallery, presentations (both technical and non-technical), training opportunities, and a chance to meet professionals in the field.

Location: Grand Park - 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (click here for a map)
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014,  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM



If you want to have a map in our map gallery, do a presentation, or have a booth, you can sign up for free here:

You do not need to register if you just plan to attend.

Promo video from 2010 – click on the video to start it.

Pictures from last year

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How much is $100 worth in your state?

worht_of_a_dollarMap graphic showing the value of $100 in each state – time to move to another state (but who wants to leave the climate here :))


eGIS Committee Meeting Agenda for August 2014

The agenda for tomorrow’s eGIS Committee meeting is attached here (August 2014.eGIS meeting notice and Agenda) – please review.

I will be providing an update on the GIS reclassifications, LARIAC, CAMS, and GIS Day.

We will recap the ESRI conference, and I will be providing some background and training on a trio of high-resolution maps.

Over the past few months I have been pointing the source map documents that create our map caches over to the eGIS Repository, and updating that repository, in order to provide high resolution map documents to County staff to improve and standardize cartography, while providing a resource for staff to learn advanced cartographic techniques.

I have created a zip file with the .mxd files, layer files, and styles that make up those maps - Click here to download LA County Cache Map – all files - note that these only work inside the County Network.

These are final draft versions, so please review and provide feedback.

Two new online GIS courses from Penn State

psuPassing along a couple of upcoming courses from Penn State:

  • Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution
  • Geodesign: Change Your World