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Child Safety Seats: New Law
California Law Beginning January 1, 2012: Children *MUST* be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint (safety seat or booster seat) IN THE BACK SEAT OF A VEHICLE until they are at least 8 YEARS OLD or 4' 9" in height.

SNO-PARK locations, passes, and fees
Seasonal SNO-PARK permits are available for purchase online. This online service allows visitors an easy and convenient way to purchase SNO-PARK permits. Permits may be purchased by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or e-check. Daily permits may be purchased for $5.00; seasonal permits $25.00. An online service fee of $1.95 will be added to the price of each permit...

Government Mobility 2012
FEBRUARY 8, 2012, Sacramento Convention Center Empowering Government Organizations to Understand and Leverage Emerging Communication Technologies • Meet constituent expectations for improved service delivery models. • Make public agency information accessible for tech savvy Californians. • Answer questions and solve problems at the push of a button. Government Mobility Forum Prepares Government Technologists to Meet Demands for Delivery of Mobile Services • Prepare to meet demand by focusing on how new technologies will impact government and delivery of services. • Proven solutions showcased in Solutions Center. • Offers reference points for California Government personnel for follow up and guidance. Targeted Education Sessions Chaired by Subject Matter Experts • Learn how to tailor new technologies for smart phones and tablets. • Keynote speaker and general audience presentations discuss the promise and challenge of new mobile based platforms. • Speakers and instructors from major innovators in the mobile technology market.

Shots for School (7th-12th Graders)
This site provides news and information for schools, parents, and healthcare providers about school immunization requirements in California. 7th through 12th graders need a whooping cough (pertussis) shot before starting the school year. http://www.shotsforschool.org/

Technology Agency Launches New Mobile Template
Technology Agency Secretary Carlos Ramos announced the launch of a new California State Mobile Web Template, Version 3.0 at the Government Mobility Forum. The newly redesigned template allows developers to create mobile applications that can access state resources from any smartphone device...

CA.gov Receives Sunny Award for Transparency
For the second consecutive year, California has been honored with a Sunny Award by the Sunshine Review for having one of the most effective government websites in the nation for promoting government transparency. The non-profit citizen advocacy group gave California an A grade for the CA.gov state portal which has easy-to-navigate information on the state budget, financial audit reports, state contracts, state official contact information, state taxes, state ethics commission information, public records requests, and registered lobbyists listings and reports... http://techblog.ca.gov/?p=1474

Debit Cards Replace Unemployment Checks
The Employment Development Department (EDD) will be issuing debit cards in place of unemployment checks, beginning July 8th. The new EDD Debit Cards will offer a faster, more convenient, and more secure way for individuals to receive their benefits. The EDD has also created an informative YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/user/CaliforniaEDD) explaining features of the card, such as how to use it and avoid fees, as well providing important information customers need to know about their transition to the card. The card will be good for three years and may be used like any other Visa card to withdraw cash at an ATM and make purchases anywhere Visa is accepted. There is also a direct deposit transfer option so customers can choose to have some or all of their benefits transferred from their card account to their own personal bank account. The new EDD debit card is one of the largest prepaid card programs in the nation, covering both the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program as well as the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. As there are 1.2 million unemployed Californians who receive unemployment benefits, the debit cards will be an important cost-saving method of distributing billions of dollars. The EDD will start issuing about 10,000 cards a day so the roll-out is expected to take a few months to complete. Click here for the full press-release: http://edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/nwsrel11-29.pdf

Job Fairs and Events
Check out EDD's Job Fairs and Events page for seminars and workshops throughout California. http://www.edd.ca.gov/Jobs_and_Training/Job_Fairs_and_Events.htm

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 11.1
California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 11.1 Percent In December, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 10,700 during the month for a total gain of 240,300 jobs since 2011 began, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...

Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions
Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions Congress and President Obama have reauthorized the federal extensions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for two months, sparing an estimated 1.1 million unemployed Californians from losing extension benefits after the New Year. The stop-gap measure takes UI claimants through the holidays and into the New Year with no interruptions of extended benefits...

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 10.9%
California’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.9 percent in January, and nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 5,200 during the month, for a total gain of 322,400 nonfarm jobs since the recovery began in September 2009, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...

California News Portal Celebrates First Anniversary
It's been a year since we launched news.ca.gov, and it has proven to be valuable tool. Already, more than 5,000 people use it each month to catch up on California news. The news site, which was launched in July 2010 as a part of the award-winning CA.gov State portal, aggregates real-time news and social media from across state government into a central page. More than 200 news feeds, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels continuously populate the site with up-to-the-minute news. Clicking on topical areas such as business, education, government, health and safety, family, and visit provides users a view into new items organized by category. Users can also search for topics using the search feature. The site provides a way for people to find out what is happening in California at a glance. The unique part of the site is that it is constantly updated with real-time information, but it costs virtually nothing to operate or manage. As state agencies publish their news feeds, make Twitter updates, and post YouTube videos, the site is automatically updated with new content. The only time the system needs to be touched by staff is when a new feed is added or deleted. Before the creation of this news site, there was nothing like it available in state government. Anyone looking for up-to-date news and information would have to go directly to each agency website and search for it. Now, those looking for the news can go to the news.ca.gov site and find all of the information in one place. Since we first launched the site, there have been improvements. In January, we added the ability to search the news site and began archiving all of the Twitter, YouTube, and news feeds. Also, we added the ability to subscribe to the feeds. For example, if someone wanted to subscribe to the business news, they could subscribe and get all of the news delivered to their preferred news reader (e.g., Google Reader, FeedDemon). Once they subscribe to the feed in their own reader, they don't even have to visit the news.ca.gov page since their own news reader will check for updates for them. We also created a mini-news channel widget http://www.ca.gov/Multimedia/multimedia_rss.html. The dynamic widget takes all the feeds and puts them into a compact package, making it available for anyone to embed on their websites. The widget has received more than 6,300 impressions and has already been embedded on a number of different websites (including .com and .org sites). This brings more traffic to the news site and to state agency social media channels. All state agencies are encouraged to participate in the news channel. If your agency wants to add their feeds to the site, please contact info@eservices.ca.gov.

Time-Saving Tools to Improve Your DMV Experience!
The DMV recognizes that your time is valuable, and is therefore committed to making your experience with us better than ever. In recent months, the department has launched several new services designed to make your visit with the DMV more seamless than ever... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/newsrel/newsrel11/timesavingtools.htm

Changes to DMV Registration Renewals
For vehicle registration renewal fees due July 1, 2011 and later: State law requires DMV to implement changes in the billing and renewal process for registration fees due on or after July 1, 2011. Registration renewal notices will be mailed out close to or on the expiration date. (Previously notices were mailed 60-days ahead of the expiration date). NOTE: Fees are still due for registration notices due prior to July 1, 2011. No money will be collected until renewal notices are issued. (Previously renewal fees could be collected up to 75 days ahead of the expiration date and were required to be collected within 30 days of expiration when part of another transaction such as a transfer of vehicle ownership) All customers will be given a 30-day grace period after they receive their registration notice. Penalties for delinquent payment will not be imposed until 30 days after the registration expiration date. (Previously penalties were due the day after the registration expiration date) Law enforcement is aware and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.

Be Careful When Selecting a Tax Preparer
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) remind the 65 percent of California taxpayers who use a paid tax preparer to be cautious when choosing a professional. CTEC and FTB partner to educate taxpayers about tax preparers’ legal responsibilities...



SEE IT: California man creates the world’s largest Nerf gun that shoots 40 mph darts
This isn’t your father’s Nerf gun. Mark Rober, a 36-year-old man from Sunnyvale, California, made it to the Guinness World Records 2017 Blockbusters for his six-foot Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets at 40 mph. Mark Rober created the world’s largest ...

University of California's Napolitano in hospital for cancer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months, the school system said Tuesday, a revelation that came to light only after she was ...

California News Portal Celebrates First Anniversary
It's been a year since we launched news.ca.gov, and it has proven to be valuable tool. Already, more than 5,000 people use it each month to catch up on California news. The news site, which was launched in July 2010 as a part of the award-winning CA.gov State portal, aggregates real-time news and social media from across state government into a central page. More than 200 news feeds, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels continuously populate the site with up-to-the-minute news. Clicking on topical areas such as business, education, government, health and safety, family, and visit provides users a view into new items organized by category. Users can also search for topics using the search feature. The site provides a way for people to find out what is happening in California at a glance. The unique part of the site is that it is constantly updated with real-time information, but it costs virtually nothing to operate or manage. As state agencies publish their news feeds, make Twitter updates, and post YouTube videos, the site is automatically updated with new content. The only time the system needs to be touched by staff is when a new feed is added or deleted. Before the creation of this news site, there was nothing like it available in state government. Anyone looking for up-to-date news and information would have to go directly to each agency website and search for it. Now, those looking for the news can go to the news.ca.gov site and find all of the information in one place. Since we first launched the site, there have been improvements. In January, we added the ability to search the news site and began archiving all of the Twitter, YouTube, and news feeds. Also, we added the ability to subscribe to the feeds. For example, if someone wanted to subscribe to the business news, they could subscribe and get all of the news delivered to their preferred news reader (e.g., Google Reader, FeedDemon). Once they subscribe to the feed in their own reader, they don't even have to visit the news.ca.gov page since their own news reader will check for updates for them. We also created a mini-news channel widget http://www.ca.gov/Multimedia/multimedia_rss.html. The dynamic widget takes all the feeds and puts them into a compact package, making it available for anyone to embed on their websites. The widget has received more than 6,300 impressions and has already been embedded on a number of different websites (including .com and .org sites). This brings more traffic to the news site and to state agency social media channels. All state agencies are encouraged to participate in the news channel. If your agency wants to add their feeds to the site, please contact info@eservices.ca.gov.

Be Careful When Selecting a Tax Preparer
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) remind the 65 percent of California taxpayers who use a paid tax preparer to be cautious when choosing a professional. CTEC and FTB partner to educate taxpayers about tax preparers’ legal responsibilities...

Father of man shot to death by police sues California department
SAN DIEGO – The father of a mentally distressed black man shot and killed by police who thought he was armed sued the San Diego-area department on Tuesday. Richard Olango Abuka, father of Alfred Olango, filed the lawsuit in San Diego federal court ...

Can California Climate Activism Make Sacramento The New DC?
When it comes to the politics of climate change Sacramento must become the new DC. After much hand wringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth climate hawks will watch the equivalent of a funeral for federal climate action January 20th. There is no hope, no ...

California shows low expectations for Trump, but support for some immigration plans
PALO ALTO — California's expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency are in the cellar, with little more than a third of voters believing it will be a success, a new Hoover Institution Golden State Poll shows. But a plurality of voters holds more ...

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 10.9%
California’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.9 percent in January, and nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 5,200 during the month, for a total gain of 322,400 nonfarm jobs since the recovery began in September 2009, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...

California has gone from drought to deluge, but our woes aren't over yet
To the editor: California’s current bountiful rainfall is a welcome but uncertain reprieve. Weather is becoming less predictable and more disruptive all around the world, validating the warnings of climate scientists. It’s basic physics, they explain ...

Second death in California likely linked to meningitis
Officials say a second person in the San Francisco Bay Area may have died from bacterial meningitis within a week, CBS affiliate KPIX reports. Laura Delmond, 53, was spotted last Tuesday sitting upright in the back of a San Francisco Muni bus, according to ...

Fight for Democratic Party Starts in Xavier Becerra’s California District
How Democrats will move forward after the surprising victory of Donald Trump already is playing out in California's Congressional District 34 special election, providing an early look at a strong anti-establishment sentiment and its potential to drag the ...

California’s Big Dig
Elaine Chao is rolling to confirmation as Transportation Secretary with little trouble. The same can’t be said of California’s beleaguered bullet train, and one of Ms. Chao’s first orders of business should be to cut the choo choo off federal life ...

Time-Saving Tools to Improve Your DMV Experience!
The DMV recognizes that your time is valuable, and is therefore committed to making your experience with us better than ever. In recent months, the department has launched several new services designed to make your visit with the DMV more seamless than ever... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/newsrel/newsrel11/timesavingtools.htm

Changes to DMV Registration Renewals
For vehicle registration renewal fees due July 1, 2011 and later: State law requires DMV to implement changes in the billing and renewal process for registration fees due on or after July 1, 2011. Registration renewal notices will be mailed out close to or on the expiration date. (Previously notices were mailed 60-days ahead of the expiration date). NOTE: Fees are still due for registration notices due prior to July 1, 2011. No money will be collected until renewal notices are issued. (Previously renewal fees could be collected up to 75 days ahead of the expiration date and were required to be collected within 30 days of expiration when part of another transaction such as a transfer of vehicle ownership) All customers will be given a 30-day grace period after they receive their registration notice. Penalties for delinquent payment will not be imposed until 30 days after the registration expiration date. (Previously penalties were due the day after the registration expiration date) Law enforcement is aware and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.

California Today: A Chronicler of the State, in His Own Words
(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Kevin Starr, the celebrated California historian, died over the weekend at 76. Writing in The Times, William Grimes said Mr. Starr chronicled the state “with a novelist’s sense of narrative ...






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