Andrew Westrope

Andrew Westrope is a staff writer for Government Technology. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at community newspapers for seven years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.

Posted By Andrew Westrope

Jul 24

San Jose’s New Innovation Chief Talks Inclusion, Recovery

Jordan Sun brings varied experience in the private and public sectors, from health care and finance to diplomacy and the military, to help the city of San Jose use technology to recover economically and grow in a way that’s equitable.
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Apr 6

Virus Shutdown: Time for Digital Government to Prove Itself

Overseeing the digital transformation of one of the most advanced cities on Earth, Los Angeles CIO Ted Ross weighs in on how digital services are meeting the moment, with office buildings closed, Web traffic spiking and applications for relief programs becoming increasingly urgent.
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Mar 4

Startup Works With 8 Cities on Housing Crisis Tool

The San Francisco tech company has created an interactive mapping tool to show where and how accessory dwelling units can be built.
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Jan 17

San Francisco Debuts User-Centered Cannabis Application Portal

Using CityBase software, the consolidated city-county redesigned its whole application process around the user experience. It could be a template for future digital services.
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Jan 10

No Services Disrupted in L.A. County Phishing Attack

More than two dozen employees received an email in December containing malware, but Los Angeles County IT staff detected and contained it before the exposure of any residents' data.
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Oct 10

Axon Fights Deepfakes with New Body Cams, Debuts RMS

New tools from one of the nation’s top police-tech companies, a new body camera and a cloud-based RMS, debuted last month at several police departments in California trying to address a few 21st-century concerns.
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Sep 27

Calif. Firm's Data-as-a-Service Tool Aims to Plug Holes in Taxes

One county in the state is already using the service and a second is running a pilot program. The idea is to capture tax revenue lost through illicit vacation rentals and unpermitted property improvements.
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Sep 26

SF Firm Building Free ‘Innovation Wiki’ for Government

Govlaunch has crowdsourced information from over 150 governments in 37 states. Among its California users are the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Rafael and Corona.
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Sep 17

Blockchain Pitches Could Spur Reward

Jun 28

4 California Cities Join Data-Based Transportation Consortium

The Open Mobility Foundation will collaborate on new digital tools to manage mobility options and data, as well as help cities plan infrastructure, policy and other changes as needs arise.
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Jun 26

Building on California Cannabis Application, Accela Offers Hemp Licensing Tool

As a standalone product or part of Accela’s Civic Solution for Cannabis Regulation launched in 2017, the Hemp Licensing tool proposes to help states simplify applications, renewals, payments, mapping and other facets of the process, while adhering to either the federal government's regulations or the state's.
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Jun 13

Software Lets Santa Barbara Move Worker Timesheets Off Paper Insider

Apr 23

Motorola to Cut Socrata Out of Crime Mapping Tool

More than 1,000 law enforcement agencies contribute data to CrimeReports, according to its website. Tyler Technologies spokesman Saf Rabah confirmed that the split will occur in June and that customers and products of Tyler Technologies will be unaffected.
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Apr 4

Coord Turns Street Photos Into Curb Data for 6 Cities

Free maps of physical curb assets such as signs, paint lines and fire hydrants are available for neighborhoods in six cities, with more to come. Coord wants this to be a resource for urban planners and others.
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Apr 2

STiR Startups Partner With Mentors Including Google, Accela, Esri

Startup in Residence's (STiR) current cohort of tech startups has reached a milestone in its 16-week program, as private-sector mentors like Google, Esri and Accela have begun to offer guidance and advice on their projects.
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Mar 5

San Jose Names New Assistant CIO

San Jose's Chief Information Officer Rob Lloyd says his new No. 2 will be Jerry Driessen, formerly a county CIO from Minnesota. Lloyd said Driessen impressed him with the depth of his leadership experience and team-building work; his familiarity with project management and deploying city services; and an eye for people, processes and tech that help governments sustain initiatives over time.
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Mar 1

Palo Alto's Ex-CIO Changed Course Away From Oracle

Jonathan Reichental confirmed accepting a job offer from Oracle in November, but he decided instead to start his own business. The tech company, meanwhile, is still seeking to fill the public sector-focused position.
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Feb 25

Blockchain Voting Company Votem's Future Cloudy After Layoffs

Votem acquired Everyone Counts, a California-based online voting company, in October 2018. Votem, which also offers other tools for elections officials such as voter registration software, was also involved in a contract to update Los Angeles County's voting equipment.
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Nov 27

Reichental Leaving Palo Alto for Oracle

After nearly seven years of upgrading technology in Palo Alto, the city’s chief information officer has been tapped to become the global industries solution leader for Oracle’s public-sector division.
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Nov 26

IT Firm Filling Web Needs After Paradise Wildfire

A firm that provides digital platforms for government stepped in and created a recovery website for the fire-ravaged town of Paradise. ProudCity says it'll iron out the billing details when the town is back on its feet.
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