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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.

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...

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

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...

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

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

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.

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...

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...

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 pot activists prepare for 2016 initiative
1. Those wanting to place an initiative on the November 2016 ballot have until Oct. 2, 2015, to submit their proposal to the state. 2. Once the proposal has been cleared by the attorney general's office, petition signature gathering begins. That task will ...

California woman's lawyer says it was accident when she plowed into pedestrians, killing 4
TORRANCE, Calif. – The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone ...

California Confused Over Safety Of Driverless Cars
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt rules governing the self-driving cars of the future. The reason: Regulators first must figure out how they'll know whether the cars are safe. Safety is a ...

California Officer Kills Teen After Machete Attack
A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said. The officer had responded to a report of a car hitting a telephone pole Thursday in the ...

Talk of ‘El D.M.V.’ as Licensing Expands to Cover Undocumented Immigrants in California
MADERA, Calif. — Sabina Santiago, a mother of three, says a small prayer for protection each morning as she climbs into the driver’s seat of her Chevy pickup to take her two daughters to school. For eight years or so, Mrs. Santiago has been driving ...

Lance Bass, Michael Turchin Marry In California
Former 'NSyncer Lance Bass and Michael Turchin tied the knot Saturday in California. According to The New York Times, the men exchanged vows at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles surrounded by 300 guests. Actresses Jamie-Lynn Sigler and JoAnna ...

California adds 90,100 jobs in November
Capping off three years of strong job growth, California employers added another 90,100 positions in November — one of the largest monthly hiring spurts in two decades. The Golden State exited the Great Recession among the most wounded, as a wave of job ...

California driver suspected in fatal Christmas concert crash pleads not guilty, ‘does not live her life recklessly’: lawyer
The California woman accused of killing four when she plowed into a group leaving a church Christmas concert is a careful person who “does not live her life recklessly,” her lawyer said. Margo Bronstein pleaded not guilty to four counts of vehicular ...

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of ...

Drought: December rainfall breaks records but California needs more
Record December rainfall has shaken the dust off California’s four-year drought by piling up snowpack in the Sierras and returning flows to near-empty reservoirs. But a forecast of dry, sunny weather for the next 10 days has left drought-watchers ...

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






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