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Jan 17

California’s Data Privacy Law Rippling Through Other States

The California Consumer Privacy Act is widely considered to be the first in a tide of similar state laws. That means companies will need to figure out how to comply with multiple laws and still do business effectively.
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Jan 9

Cyberthreats Leave Ex-Utility Official Unfazed

The state's electrical grid may be a potential target for bad actors, but the former leader of a California utility said officials have spent years and a great deal of money hardening the system.
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Jan 9

CalOES Leader Discusses Comm Network's Vulnerability

In testimony to state lawmakers, Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, critiqued telecommunications networks after a lone downed cable snarled holiday air traffic.
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Jan 8

BART Looks to Fix Wi-Fi, Improve Cell Service

The board is set to vote Thursday on a project that would add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth infrastructure, improving the cellular network and providing a wireless Internet connection at all stations and on board its new Fleet of the Future trains. Construction would start immediately; it may take five years to finish.
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Jan 8

Local Agencies Weigh Emergency Siren Upgrades

Realizing traditional emergency sirens are now outmoded, several Northern California public safety agencies are looking at how to replace them with technology that offers more services and resiliency in disaster.
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Jan 6

DMV Work Among Consultant McKinsey's State Contracts

From education and the future of work to high-speed rail, Gov. Gavin Newsom has turned at least four times to global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in the past year. That includes bringing the company on-board to assist in the reinvention and modernization of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
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Jan 2

Pasadena, Caltech Team Up on Earthquake Data Study

The five-year partnership will use an innovative new research field to collect mountains of data on earthquake activity for public safety applications.
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Dec 19

California Looks East for Wildfire Tech Solutions

The technology detects variations in electrical currents caused by deteriorating conditions or equipment and notifies utilities so they can send a repair crew.
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Dec 18

Watchdog Group Sues San Diego over Smart Streetlights

San Diegans for Open Government alleges the city “illegally failed to disclose” public records it sought.
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Dec 18

State's MyShake Quake App Sends First Alert

More than 40 people received the warning, said a project manager for the MyShake app, which was created by UC Berkeley and released publicly in October. There were no reports of damage.
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Dec 17

AG Vows Vigilance on New Data Privacy Law

Some companies have already said they do not plan to follow proposed rules, such as one that would require them to add "Do Not Sell My Info" links to their homepages and mobile apps.
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Dec 13

Orange County Cities Eye Own Energy Consortium

Forming a "community choice aggregation" group enables local officials to choose what kinds of energy to buy for their communities. Participating governments get a say in setting rates and designing incentives for clean energy technologies.
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Dec 12

Voter Complaints Continue; Some Counties Fault DMV

Elections officials across the state are linking many of the reported complaints to the state’s new Motor Voter program. The 2015 law was designed to boost voter turnout, but a rushed launch prompted 105,000 registration errors to occur after its rollout.
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Dec 11

Satellite with California Roots Is Now in Orbit

A 3-pound satellite whose assembly was overseen by an electrical engineering student at Sonoma State University was launched into orbit aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
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Dec 10

City Touts $3M in New Public-Safety Tech

The new CAD and records management system cost $3 million, according to city officials. An additional $2.8 million will be billed to the city each year for the next 10 years for maintenance and support provided by Motorola.
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Dec 2

AT&T Will Deploy 5G in San Diego In Coming Weeks

It's still not entirely clear how much faster the telecommunications company's new 5G consumer network will be than its existing 4G network — and precisely when the rollout will happen.
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Nov 27

Oakland Debuts Program to Flag Problem Police

The Vision software will replace a predecessor known as Prime, a system widely regarded as a failure for being too slow, too cumbersome and too costly. Oakland will pay about $2.1 million for Vision, plus about $200,000 a year, compared to Prime, which would have cost between $700,000 and $1 million per year.
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Nov 27

Commentary: Maintaining Emergency Cell Service Vital for State

Californians' reliance on cellphones in emergencies has skyrocketed. Public safety power shutoffs, wildfires and a lack of regulatory standards all threaten that, but two state Senate bills could bring oversight.
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Nov 26

New Tech Could Help Utilities Predict Equipment Failure, Avoid Wildfires

Distribution Fault Anticipation, as the technology is called, uses a predictive algorithm to assess electric systems and identify potential equipment failures, not unlike how a modern vehicle’s onboard computer works.
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Nov 25

PG&E Microgrids a Bright Spot Amid Blackouts

PG&E says it hopes to set up 40 microgrids over the coming years in areas subject to frequent planned outages.
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Nov 21

PUC Wants More Resilience, Transparency from Telecoms During Outages

The phone companies noted that PG&E outages have been unprecedented and there was little advance warning to know which communities would be affected. And because the situation was fluid — with cell towers losing and gaining service — it was impractical to provide a list of downed services, they added.
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Nov 20

Telecoms, Internet Firms Explain Why PG&E Shutoffs Knocked Out Service

Companies said most sites have batteries or generators, and some even have both, but they could last anywhere from two hours to a week. And many said it was logistically impossible or unsafe to deploy or refuel gas generators.
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Nov 14

Utilities Commission Looks into Cellphone Failures During Power Outages

Responding to public outcry, the California Public Utilities Commission wants to know why vital cellphone service failed residents during wildfires and public safety power shut-offs in October.
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Nov 13

Activists Critique San Diego 'Smart Streetlights' Program

At a public forum, critics questioned how data collected might be used; and who would have oversight of the information, and access to it.
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Nov 12

Uber Appeals L.A. Operating Permit Suspension Insider

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