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Oct 26

Why ‘Robot Cars’ Are Picking Up Speed in SF

“Machine learning did not advance as rapidly as (proponents) thought it would,” said Jesse Halfon, an automotive attorney.
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Oct 23

San Diego Going Off Grid to Add EV Charging Stations

The public-private partnership between Beam Global and the city of San Diego could be a blueprint for climate-conscious governments as they grapple with constrained budgets amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Oct 22

Marin County Admin Solution to Fully Deploy

Rollout of the county’s Administrative Technologies of Marin (ATOM) project, which encompasses aspects of finance, payroll and human resources, has taken longer than expected but may realize a savings. Full implementation of its final phase is set for Jan. 8.
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Oct 21

Merced County Smartphone App Guides Waste Management

The 'Merced Recycles' app from the county’s Regional Waste Management Authority, educates residents on trash pickup schedules and how to handle garbage and recyclables.
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Oct 16

EDD Staffers Discuss Backlog, Tech Issues With State Senate

Outdated technology and a lack of flexibility are among the factors that contributed to the Employment Development Department’s historic claims backlog — which is expected to be cleared by the end of January, EDD staffers told a California state Senate committee recently.
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Oct 15

Complex Data Privacy Measure Unites Opposition on Both Sides

A quick read of the 52-page Proposition 24 proves impossible. In broad strokes, the 2019 consumer privacy law gave Californians the right to know what data companies collect on them, the right to get the data deleted, and the right to tell companies not to package and sell the data to other companies.
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Oct 15

$15M Comcast Project to Expand High-Speed Internet in Modesto

The work, which is expected to be done by March, will give an estimated 2,000 local businesses access to Ethernet speeds of up to 10Gb/sec.
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Oct 14

Lawmakers Question Batjer on PG&E's Rolling Blackouts

Acting on an order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Independent System Operator, the California Energy Commission and the Public Utilities Commission last week released a preliminary root-cause analysis into the first rolling blackouts in California since 2001.
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Oct 8

EDD Cites Gains on Backlog, Awaits Metrics on ID Tool

The Employment Development Department has paid more than $93.8 billion in unemployment benefits since March and processed more than 13.6 million claims. But the volume has overwhelmed the agency, and a report last month showed that 1.6 million people were still waiting for claims to be resolved.
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Oct 7

4-State Coalition Eyes Apps, Sensors, Data for Truck Parking System

The system will use technology that detects, monitors and provides real-time truck parking availability using “roadside dynamic message signs, smartphone and in-cab applications and online via websites and traveler information sites.” The system will track available truck parking at 37 public rest areas and 550 parking spaces throughout the four states that make up the I-10 Corridor Coalition.
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Oct 6

EDD Begins Using New Tool to Clear Claims Backlog

The new tool, from Virginia cybersecurity firm ID.me, is expected to reduce the percentage of new claims being flagged for manual processing verification to 10 percent and increase the speed at which new claims are paid.
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Oct 5

Big Tech Is Quiet in Data Privacy Initiative Fight

Proposition 24 on the November ballot is pitched as an expansion of California's already robust consumer data privacy law, but the technology giants seemingly square in its sights — the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Google — haven't shown up to the battlefield.
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Sep 29

Transit Agencies Get OK to Bypass Some Regulations

Pedestrian pathways, bike-sharing facilities, bus-only lanes, charging stations for electric buses and light rail systems would all be easier for transit agencies to construct under the law.
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Sep 28

Tech Is Helping State, Utilities Predict Wildfires' Spread

CAL FIRE spent $8.8 million with a California-based company for technology that more precisely anticipates where a fire is heading, which can result in fewer unnecessary evacuations and a better response in firefighting.
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Sep 25

Wireless Carriers to Settle Billing Suit; Agencies to Share $116M

Sacramento County will receive $3.1 million, and the city will get a reported $950,000. The University of California Regents will receive $13.1 million and California State University will receive $2.9 million from the settlement, in which the carriers denied wrongdoing.
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Sep 23

Report on EDD: 'They Stopped Anwering the Phones'

No more than one in 1,000 callers per day have reached someone at the number the Employment Development Department has told people to call for help with their claims, leaving callers “without a statistically significant chance of being served,” according to a new report.
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Sep 22

Digital Upskills Sacramento Program Will Offer Residents a Laptop, Training, Pay

The program, capitalized with $787,650 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, is aimed at providing new job skills to 40 people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg emphasized the impact it could have on a larger scale in the city, if expanded.
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Sep 11

L.A. Leaders Urge Residents to Use Contact-Tracing App

With the county’s army of manual contact tracers working in the background, L.A. leaders are betting that any additional contact tracing helps — even if that help comes from a tech company whose approach to public safety has come under fire.
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Sep 10

City Pulls Plug on Streetlight Cameras Pending Surveillance Ordinance

San Diego’s $30 million Smart Streetlights project was initially introduced to the public in 2016 as a plan to upgrade LED lights to save money and energy. They included streetlight-mounted cameras and technologically advanced sensors with the ability to turn video images of cars and people into valuable data the city could use.
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Sep 4

More Lawmakers Call for Audit of EDD as Woes Continue

“Can we get serious about the absolute disaster that is the EDD?” said state Sen. Melissa Melendez. “Millions of Californians are waiting for their state assistance and have not received anything or even spoken to real people. These kinds of actions are unacceptable.”
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Sep 3

Experts Say State COVID Models Are Inaccurate in Rural Areas

“Garbage in, garbage out,” said Dr. Bela Matyas, health officer for Solano County. “I have come to cynically believe that the only people who value models are modelers and politicians. People who work with disease on the streets just know how impossible it is to model what we see.”
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Sep 3

L.A. County Libraries Offer Wireless Internet, Free Printing

The move, by one of the nation’s top public library systems by population served, comes as the county is still largely under COVID-19 lockdown and is aimed at addressing residents’ technology needs.
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Aug 31

How State, Local Entities Bring Tech to Bear on Wildfires

Organizations around the state are wielding a variety of newer technologies against wildland fires — valuable updates in a time of conflagrations driven in part by climate change.
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Aug 26

Auditor Cites State IT Woes, Vows to Monitor Spending of $71B in COVID Funds

The report raises concerns about how well departments will be able to break out coronavirus spending using its troubled software program, the Financial Information System for California (Fi$Cal). The program has reportedly delayed the processing of annual financial reports for departments.
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Aug 25

Wildfires Reveal Gaps in Emergency Alert Technology

For three Northern California counties, the recent spate of wildfires have forced emergency managers to experiment with alternative alert systems when their more localized systems fail to perform properly.
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