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Feb 15

Autopilot Vehicle Safety Improving, but Hiccups Remain

Waymo and Cruise, the leaders in the race to make robot cars a widespread reality, saw their vehicles improve at handling themselves on the road in 2018, according to reports that they submitted to California regulators. But auto industry leaders — even ones at self-driving companies — have started walking back their rosy forecasts.
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Feb 14

Legislator Introduces Bill to Regulate How Silicon Valley Uses Your Data

As Silicon Valley companies collect an ever-growing amount of data about their users, a Bay Area-based state legislator wants to create a California regulatory agency to protect personal information.
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Feb 16

CA Bill Targets Social Media: Get Parents' OK

Assemblyman Ed Chau wants Facebook and other social media sites to obtain clear permission from parents before allowing children and teens to use their services, and he's proposing legislation to that end.
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Feb 14

Newsom to Mayors: High-Speed Rail Will Ultimately Reach Silicon Valley

Governor, mayors of Fresno, Merced and Bakersfield meet to talk about controversial project's future.
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Feb 13

Tech Firms, Privacy Advocates Hungry for Details of Newsom's 'Data Dividend'

Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to let Californians share the wealth generated by their data hasn't been publicly fleshed out yet.
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Feb 11

Will California Data Privacy Law be Template for Nation?

This session of Congress may be the best chance in years to pass meaningful data privacy legislation — one motivated by California lawmakers' passage last year of a data privacy law, paired with a similar measure enacted by the European Union.
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Feb 6

Coming Soon to the Capital: Electric Scooters

As Jump prepares to expand on the Sacramento success of its rental bikes, city officials will contemplate an ordinance this spring in hopes of avoiding controversies San Francisco and other cities experienced when e-scooters caught them by surprise.
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Feb 6

State Will Bring New Scrutiny to California Motor Voter Program

In settling a federal lawsuit, the Secretary of State's office agreed to examine whether some votes from residents registered through California's Motor Voter program may have been wrongly rejected, and whether that could have affected the outcomes of state or local races.
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Feb 6

San Jose's Mayor Has Discussed Building an Airport Tunnel with Elon Musk's Boring Company

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has had discussions with Elon Musk's Boring Company about creating a tunnel connecting Diridon Station, the city's transit hub, with Mineta San Jose International Airport, in an effort to stimulate timely conversation about a critical link to the nation's fastest-growing airport.
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Feb 5

Santa Clara County Tech Squad Leading in 'SIM Swapping' Crackdown

The Santa Clara County-based Regional Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) has been a leader in cracking down on so-called "SIM swapping." A Boston-area man entered a no-contest plea last month, following his arrest in July by REACT, and his conviction is believed to be one of the first in this area of crime.
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Jan 31

Registrars: We Warned Padilla Against Motor Voter Rollout

As California prepared to launch its new Motor Voter program last year, top elections officials say they asked Secretary of State Alex Padilla to hold off on the rollout.
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Jan 30

Ride-Share Scooters Spawn Repo Startup

Two San Diego businessmen have launched a business called Scooter Removal LLC, responding to the constant complaints of their neighbors that electric scooters and e-bikes were crowding into privately owned spaces.
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Jan 29

DMV Request for $40M Rebuffed by Finance Department

The California Department of Finance is delaying a request for $40.4 million to reduce wait times and process Real IDs at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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Jan 28

Here's How Local Governments Are Replacing State's Biggest Utilities

Three new wind turbines 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, where the Mojave Desert gives way to the San Joaquin Valley, are at the heart of a revolution in California's energy industry, which for millions of people, homes and businesses could mean an end to buying power from monopoly utilities such as Southern California Edison.
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Jan 24

In Fremont, a Tesla Is Set to Join the Patrol Fleet

The Fremont Police Department has added a Tesla electric vehicle to its patrol fleet, part of a city program that aims to reduce vehicle emissions.
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Jan 17

Newsom Hopes Tech Firms Chip In $500M for Middle-Class Housing

Gov. Gavin Newsom said his administration is asking corporations to provide developers with low-interest loans to build housing for teachers, nurses and other middle-class Californians. He indicated the companies' total fundraising for the program would match the $500 million in public money he's proposed in the state budget for the development of middle-income housing.
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Jan 15

San Diego Using Tech to Count Homeless

When volunteers comb the region to count San Diego's homeless population next week, they'll use infrared technology on drones and helicopters to help them locate people living in canyons and other areas where they might be harder to find.
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Jan 14

Newsom's Tech Moves to Ripple Across State Agencies

With a couple of high-profile moves relating to tech, Gov. Gavin Newsom has hit the ground running with an ambitious agenda — and a lot to overcome.
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Jan 7

San Diego Testing Drones for Fire-Rescue Department

The next time the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's bomb squad responds to a call, it could have new gadgets at its disposal: drones.
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Jan 7

Reminder: Tomorrow's Webinar to Offer Gov Tech Insights

Four experts in the tech sector will present a webinar Tuesday that will offer deep insights into what’s driving the dramatic growth and opportunity in gov tech as an industry. The free webinar is sponsored by e.Republic, parent company of Techwire, Government Technology and a host of other industry publications.
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Jan 4

Secretary of State Confirms Probe Into Whether Non-Citizens Voted

For months, California officials have been examining whether non-citizens voted last year. On Thursday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla confirmed for the first time that his office has an active internal investigation into the matter.
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Jan 3

L.A. Rolls Out Early Warning App for Earthquakes

The state budget that passed in 2018 authorized an additional $15 million to build out the remaining sensors needed for California to have a complete warning system.
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Dec 28

Bay Area Startup Gets First PUC License for Driverless Taxis

A Foster City startup today received the first approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to offer rides to the public in self-driving cars. It plans to roll out the robot taxi service in San Francisco in 2020.
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Dec 28

State Probing Ex-CIO over Gift Law; Reichental Denies Wrongdoing

The state's political ethics agency has announced it is investigating a complaint alleging that Palo Alto's former chief information officer, Jonathan Reichental, violated state gift laws by taking numerous trips — including international ones — financed by groups that work with telecommunications companies doing business with the city. He told Techwire the accusation is unfounded and unfair.
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Dec 18

DMV Chief Shiomoto Retiring from Tech-Troubled Agency

The Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed Monday that its director, Jean Shiomoto, will retire after three decades with the department and a tumultuous final year.
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