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PSA Kicks Off Save Our Water Campaign Asking Californians to Take Extraordinary Measures to ConserveJuly 17th, 2014 by California Department of Technology
**LADY GAGA JOINS SAVE OUR WATER EFFORT WITH PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT**
Sacramento, CA – In partnership with the State of California’s drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to save water during the drought. The PSA is available on SaveOurWater.com, a new site designed to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.
The Lady Gaga PSA also marks the launch of a new public awareness campaign from Save Our Water urging Californians to join the effort to undertake extraordinary conservation efforts. The first creative from the campaign stresses that ‘Brown is the New Green’ and asks Californians to let their lawn go brown by cutting back watering to twice a month. Additional campaign materials will be released by Save Our Water through the end of the month, including digital and social media ads, lawn signs, billboards and radio ads.
“We’re thrilled Lady Gaga has joined the effort to Save Our Water,” said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. “Conservation has always been a Californian value, but in this drought regular conservation isn’t enough — we must take extraordinary measures to save water.”
Save Our Water’s campaign comes as the State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt mandatory water conservation measures for urban water users and suppliers, including prohibitions on outdoor irrigation more than two days per week, washing hardscapes, sidewalks and driveways with water and using hoses without shutoff nozzles to wash cars.
“This is no ordinary drought and Lady Gaga is no ordinary superstar,” said Tim Quinn, Executive Director of Association of California Water Agencies. “With our new campaign and spokespeople like Lady Gaga, we hope to reach every Californian with the important message of conservation.”
• To view the Lady Gaga PSA, visit SaveOurWater.com.
• To download a broadcast quality version, visit https://vimeo.com/100907038
Save Our Water connects Californians with daily drought tips and news via www.SaveOurWater.com. Save Our Water’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram are also great resources for Californians looking to join the effort to save water.
Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste.
Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources – for more ways to save and to learn more about the Save Our Water program, visit SaveOurWater.com.
LAKEPORT, CA – The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Public Safety Communications Office is hosting a FirstNet Town Hall on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Lakeport Superior Courthouse, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 255 Forbes St., Lakeport, California from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
In February 2012, Congress enacted The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (the Act), containing provisions to advance public safety capabilities in the United States. The Act directs the establishment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the creation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet’s vision is to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.
As California’s point of contact for FirstNet and in collaboration with Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CalOES is committed to working with state and local emergency first responders to ensure that the NPSBN meets the needs of first responders and public safety workers across California.
At the Town Hall participants will be able to hear directly from a FirstNet representative regarding FirstNet’s national service vision, service offers and applications; learn about California’s developments and current initiatives; hear how FirstNet will impact public safety communications and other local perspectives.
Space is limited; please register by email CalFRN@caloes.ca.gov or by phone 916-657-9172 if you plan to attend
Future town hall meetings are planned for:
• Santa Ana, California
• Bakersfield, California
• Vacaville, California
We hope that you can attend the Lakeport town hall. The meeting is open to the public, so please feel free to forward this information to other public safety constituents. If you have any questions regarding the town hall event, please contact our team by email CalFRN@caloes.ca.gov or by phone 916-657-9172.
California Department of Technology and Local School District Foundation work to bridge Digital DivideMay 2nd, 2014 by California Department of Technology
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, computers for home use will be awarded to students in the Natomas School District as part of a Digital Divide program run by the Natomas Schools Foundation. The computers are the product of a collaboration at the California Department of Technology with State agencies and departments, as well as non-profits and community-based organizations. Using State of California surplus computers, dedicated technologists have worked together to donate hours and skills in order to put updated computers in the hands of schoolchildren who didn’t have home computers. In addition to State of California volunteers, youth in the greater Sacramento region contributed their time and technical abilities to revamp the computers with updated operating systems and modern software.
In 2013, Deputy Director Veronica Ortiz-Torres began Youth2Youth, a pilot project that examined how the State surplus computer system worked. She looked at whether we could reduce eWaste, and put revitalized computers into the hands of schoolchildren lacking home devices and connectivity. By working together with the Department of Technology, Department of General Services, CalRecycle, and CalPIA, computers that would otherwise go into the eWaste stream were identified and directed to a youth training program for incarcerated young men who are learning technical skills and earning certifications. CalPIA then delivered repaired computers to the California Department of Technology warehouse, and CalTech volunteers donated time to put the units together.
California Department of Technology’s Javier Carrillo was instrumental in partnering with both CalPIA and CSU, Sacramento, to bring computers to the Natomas students. Carrillo connected with college students enrolled at CSU, Sacramento’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program with the support of Jaime White, Director, MESA Engineering Program (MEP) to install and upgrade the computer software.
Useable desktops and laptops will be distributed to students who have applied through the Natomas Schools’ Foundation Digital Divide program. The first installment of computers will be made at the Natomas Schools Duck Pluck Festival on Saturday, May 3rd between 11 am and 4 pm. The Duck Pluck is a community-wide event to support Natomas Schools. Over 70 booths, including food vendors, carnival-like games, arts, sports and education activities, will be featured at the event, which is held at the sports field at Inderkum High School, 2500 New Market Dr, Sacramento, CA 95835. The culminating event of the day will be the Duck Pluck itself, which gives participants a chance to win $10,000.
For more information on the Duck Pluck and Natomas Schools Foundation, please visit: http://www.natomasschoolsfoundation.org/ For information on how you can help volunteer to help Natomas Schools bridge the digital divide, please contact Javier Carrillo at (916) 717-6293. For information on programs involving the Digital Divide, please contact Deputy Director Veronica Ortiz-Torres at Veronica.Ortiz-Torres@state.ca.gov.
SACRAMENTO, CA – the California State Fair has announced a new award – the Champion of Technology. This award was created to recognize a superior effort by a technology leader or organization for the benefit of all Californians. Since 1854, the California State Fair has showcased the advancements of the State’s leading industries: agriculture, food science, viticulture and ranching, not to mention all those who receive recognition through competition.
Since California is the birthplace of many of the technological achievements the world knows today, it’s a natural progression to acknowledge exceptional innovations and technological developments with this inaugural award. In celebration of the technology industry in California, the California State Fair presents the 2014 Technology Champion Award.
TECHNOLOGY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
The Technology Champion of the Year will be awarded to a technology industry leader or organization for remarkable contributions to California’s technology industry. The Technology Champion must have demonstrated outstanding leadership and clearly benefited the residents of California through a pursuit of commendable technological achievement.
ELIGIBILITY: open to individuals that reside in California or businesses headquartered in California.
NOMINATIONS: Forms and information for the 2014 Technology Champion Award must be emailed, postmarked, or hand delivered by Friday, May 2, 2014 to the following point of contact:
Deputy Director of Digital Education California Department of Technology 10860 Gold Center Drive, Mailstop Y-20 Rancho Cordova, CA
NOTE: 2014 Awardee will be honored at the Annual State Fair Gala to be hosted at Cal Expo on Friday, June 27, 2014. For more information, please contact Jake Rowe at: email@example.com
To obtain a copy of the nomination form, please go to: http://www.cio.ca.gov/pdf/CA-State-Fair-Technology-Champion-Award-2014-05-02.pdf
Get in Gear for Bike Month!
It’s time to dust off your bikes and join your neighbors and co-workers in bicycling for work, school, shopping or recreation this May during the Sacramento region’s annual May is Bike Month campaign. This is the tenth year that volunteers, public agencies, businesses, and bicycling enthusiasts will partner to promote bicycling for all types of trips.
In addition to the health benefits of bicycling, you can also pedal to avoid traffic congestion from construction (Fix 50 Project) , beat rising gas prices, help reduce air pollution and enjoy the beautiful May weather.
Join the Department of Technology team by registering and pledging miles at Mayisbikemonth.com. When registering, please be sure to select the Nerd Herd as your team. There will be several events announced soon to kick off our participation in May is Bike Month.
Ride your bike to work, school, shopping, dining or for recreation and log those miles on the May is Bike Month website. Challenge your friends to a mileage contest on the website, Facebook or by email. Or challenge yourself to ditch your car and ride your bicycle to all of your destinations. “Like” May is Bike Month on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mayisbikemonth or follow on Twitter (@mayisbikemonth) to find out about events, post photos and receive bike-related updates.
On Monday, April 28th, O-Tech Chief Davood Ghods will host an O-Tech kick-off event at noon in the Gold Camp Isbell Conference Room for anyone interested in participating in May is Bike Month. You will be able to register online or submit a registration form to get started. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone that is already registered, or registers at the event will be given this year’s coveted May is Bike Month tee shirt.
On Thursday, May 1, the Sacramento region will kick off the month with organized Rides-to-Work that will start in various parts of the region and end at Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento. Check http://www.mayisbikemonth.com/events.asp for details.
On Thursday, May 8, the region celebrates Bike Month with a BikeFest at the State Capitol. In addition to prizes and music, the Sacramento BikeFest will feature booths by bike shops and bike groups, as well commute information.
Throughout the month, there will be prize drawings; individual, group and employer challenges; rallies; awards; safety clinics and organized rides.
Visit Mayisbikemonth.com for information about events, a bicycle trip planner, and safety information for kids and adults.
Planned event information and general information will soon follow. If you have any questions, please contact your Transportation and Green Programs Coordinator at Alex.Gomez@state.ca.gov
May is Bike Month is coordinated by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the region’s transportation management organizations. For more information, visit http://www.mayisbikemonth.com/or call (916) 321-9000.
California Department of Technology at University of California, Davis Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership ConferenceMarch 17th, 2014 by California Department of Technology
California Department of Technology staff spoke and presented information on technology state careers at the 13th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Youth Leadership Conference held Saturday, March 15, 2014. The event featured college and career workshops as well as an art, education, health and job fair.
The goal of the conference was to help youths learn how to get involved in the community and become community leaders, learn about social and political issues, and how to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. Deputy Director of Broadband and Digital Literacy Adelina Zendejas, Deputy Director Christie Borchin, Office of Professional Development, Caroline Lopez, Chief of Operations, Office of Professional Development, and Gabe Okamoto, Youth Aide at the Director’s Office, Deputy of Toxic Substances (Gabe is a high school senior who spoke about his experience getting his position as a youth aide and his interest in promoting public service) spoke and presented at Saturday’s event.
Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Technology (CalTech) Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy introduces a comprehensive, statewide Geographical Information System (GIS) map to support the expansion of broadband collocation in California. The map is developed by the CalTech’s GIS Office, in collaboration with the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Using data from the DGS State Property Inventory (SPI) database, and maps from the CPUC showing underserved and unserved broadband areas in California, the GIS map allows viewers to analyze and interpret state data in a user-friendly and efficient format. This project results from the Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy’s lead of the California Broadband Council workgroup on improving broadband collocation opportunities with the State of California.
“Broadband access is vital. Access to the Internet provides Californians with economic opportunities, educational resources, telemedicine, emergency response, mobile government access, and brings a means to connect with others throughout the world,” said Deputy Director of Broadband and Digital Literacy Adelina Zendejas.
In addition to the launch of the GIS map, the Broadband and Digital Literacy Office announced educational videos on the state collocation application process for public safety properties. The videos were produced in collaboration with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The videos were produced with cooperation from Agencies and Departments. Additional videos on the collocation process with other non-public safety sites are in progress.
To view the GIS map and Collocation videos: http://www.cio.ca.gov/broadband/
The California Department of Technology released Technology Letter (TL) 13-02 today announcing the Project Approval Lifecycle, Stage 1 Business Analysis. The Project Approval Lifecycle introduces a Stage/Gate Model specifically tailored for Information Technology (IT) projects undertaken by the State of California. TL 13-02 introduces Stage 1 Business Analysis, which focuses on building a strong business case to ensure IT projects are undertaken with clear business objectives. A copy of TL 13-02 is attached to this email and is also available on the California Department of Technology’s website located at: http://www.cio.ca.gov/Government/IT_Policy/TL.html.
Questions regarding this TL should be directed to your California Department of Technology, Information Technology Project Oversight and Consulting (ITPOC) Manager; assignments can be found at http://www.cio.ca.gov/contact_us/staff_Assignments.html