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Mar 31

'Distance Learning' in Sacramento Means 20,000 Chromebooks

School districts in the Sacramento area are ramping up the distribution of essential technology to households as formal "distance learning" programs are close to launching for tens of thousands of students.
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Mar 30

San Diego Modernizing Code Compliance Via App, Computerization

The state’s second most populous city isn’t reprioritizing code enforcement cases — but rather, preparing to change how residents can report them.
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Mar 30

Courts Get OK to Use Technology for Hearings

The technology directives are sweeping: Superior courts can use available video, audio and telephone for remote appearances, court reporting and interpreting in proceedings.
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Mar 27

City Buys Cell Site Simulator for Police

Vallejo has approved an agreement with KeyE Corp. for its police department to use a cellular site simulator, a device that masquerades as a cell tower.
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Mar 26

Connected by Dial-In, LA City Council Books Emergency Meeting

The Los Angeles City Council canceled its last two meetings in March last week, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic gathered strength. Now, having tested remote dial-in, the council will hold an emergency meeting Friday.
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Mar 26

Analyst: EDD's IT Limits May Delay Jobless Benefits

A spokesperson for the Employment Development Department said the agency has been working to update its current systems for some time.
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Mar 23

L.A. Council Draws Heat for Canceling Meetings

One council member said the decision was "incredibly frustrating," and said he'd go to a meeting "with a mask or gown or whatever we need, or I’m perfectly willing to do it remotely.”
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Mar 17

Under Coronavirus Threat, San Rafael Will Pilot Online Meeting Participation

The Marin County seat is in the early stages of work aimed at connecting residents to city council meetings, while gatherings are limited due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Mar 17

Citing Coronavirus, Lime Suspends E-scooter Service in California

The shareable bike and e-scooter company, which has its heaviest local presence in the Bay Area, said it would be “pausing” in California, Washington state and three European countries. It’s unclear when service will resume.
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Mar 10

Cybersecurity Firm Alleges Coverup of L.A. Utility's Vulnerabilities

Ardent Cyber Solutions alleges that Mayor Eric Garcetti personally ordered its contract canceled as a "retaliatory measure" after Ardent alerted officials to the physical and cybersecurity problems within the Department of Water and Power.
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Mar 6

After L.A. County Vote Debacle, Some Look to Tech for Answers

"The technology has gone from fourth-grade technology to graduate school-level technology," said election law professor Richard L. Hasen of UC Irvine.
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Mar 3

UC Berkeley Gets $252M Donation Toward Campus 'Data Hub'

The Data Hub will house classrooms and offices and also may include robotics and artificial intelligence laboratories, research centers, public gathering areas and a large auditorium.
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Feb 27

Newsom’s Homeless Database Could Be Easier to Promise than Deliver

In his second State of the State address, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s one nod to tech and innovation was mention of a “unified homelessness data system.” But advocates and experts say making it work will require a monumental degree of clean data as well as state and local collaboration.
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Feb 24

Antenna Site Update Draws Ire of North Bay Residents

Some see plans to rebuild a cellphone antenna site in San Anselmo, Calif., as a gateway to 5G and adding more antennas, which the provider has said will not happen. Others have health concerns.
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Feb 21

Despite RSA Pullouts over Coronavirus, Public-Sector Speakers Will Participate

Six of nine companies from China scheduled to participate in the conference had canceled due to travel restrictions from China, and the remaining three will have booths staffed with U.S. workers.
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Feb 18

Smart Streetlights Draw Pushback in San Diego

UC San Diego's student government has joined those pushing back against the city's use of camera-equipped streetlights, and has submitted a list of demands its members hope will increase transparency about the technology's impact on privacy and public safety.
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Feb 18

Bay Area Ring Partnerships Concern Privacy Advocates

Ring, the Amazon-owned home security company known for its so-called "video doorbells," has watchdogs worried those cameras are intruding on residents' privacy without their knowledge or consent.
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Feb 18

Auditor Faults 4 Police Agencies Over License Plate Readers

Auditor Elaine Howle has found that the police departments in Los Angeles and Fresno and sheriff's offices in Marin and Sacramento counties have not fully implemented a 2016 state law designed to protect privacy.
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Feb 12

LA Wins Appeal over Uber's Bike, Scooter Data

City officials were right to suspend the company's permit to rent out scooters and electric bicycles in the city because the company refused to share real-time data on its riders’ trips, a hearing officer has found.
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Feb 7

Real ID Deadline Is a Real Problem for DMV, Officials Say

"We are very concerned. We are doing everything in our power to drive awareness. We have pivoted from awareness to give a nudge, trying to get people to take action," says the department's director, Steve Gordon.
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Feb 6

With Cybercriminals on the Attack, States Help Cities Punch Back

When the computers of the city of Lodi got hit by a ransomware attack last April, the strike disabled phone lines, forced police officers to write reports by hand and prevented workers from sending out utility bills.
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Feb 3

DMV Investigating as Firm Drops 'Express' Service

DMV lines grew unbearably long — and appointments tougher to get — as wait times soared past six hours. Lawmakers demanded reform at the DMV, which increased staffing, opened earlier and added Saturday hours. Despite those efforts, the earliest appointment is typically three months away.
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Jan 31

Ad Groups Seek Delay of Consumer Privacy Act

In a letter to the state attorney general, five ad-sector trade groups said businesses need more time to get in compliance.
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Jan 30

San Diego Committee Seeks Law Instead of Smart Street Lights Surveillance Policy

Members of the city committee also called for input from the public during the process.
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Jan 27

Bay Area Edged Out in Ranking of Best Cities for STEM Workers

Adjusted for the Bay Area’s high cost of living, STEM workers in the San Francisco metro area make $58,100 a year, better only than pricey Honolulu among the 100 biggest metros in the country. In San Jose, they make a cost-adjusted wage of about $65,200, the 88th-worst.
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