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2 Upcoming Events for CGIA Members!

If you're in the Los Angeles area and want to go on a private NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) group tour, this event will be held on Friday, March 9th (9 AM-2 PM). More info here: Sign up here:

If you're in the Sacramento area and curious to "explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways since Sacramento raised its streets," then sign up for the Sacramento Underground Tour held on Saturday, April 21st at 12:30 PM. More info here: Sign up here:

We have available spaces on these tours! Remember, you have to be a current CGIA member who have paid membership dues in the last year.

NG-911 Workshops in Orange County and Los Angeles

The SoCal URISA Chapter is hosting two free NG-911 events in February.

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1)?
  • Keystakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9-1-1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real-World Examples and Lessons Learned

Orange County Workshop:

Tue, February 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

City of Newport Beach
Community Room
100 Civic Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

For more information and to register:

Los Angeles Workshop:

Wed, February 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

Los Angeles Fire Department
Metropolitan Fire Communications Center
500 E. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information and to register:

Private NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tour for March 9th

Hello CGIA Members,

Our Board members have secured a private tour for 18 of our CGIA members! The event does take up most of the day (9 AM - 2 PM) so please make sure you can attend the entire event in La Cañada Flintridge, CA.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9:00 AM - Arrive at visitor center & move to meeting room. You cannot be late! We can't come back and get you.
  • 9:40 AM - Introductions
  • 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM - CGIA & JPL presentations on GIS (e.g. mapping on other planets)
  • 11:20 AM - Box lunch (not complimentary, $12-16) and network
  • 12:00 PM - Tour of awesome facilities (e.g. Space Flight Operations Facility, Spacecraft Assembly Facility) begins so bring comfortable shoes.
  • 2:00 PM - Depart

Last day to sign up is Feb 5th or until full. You are not allowed to bring an additional guest. Signing up does not guarantee a spot. You will receive an email confirmation. Sign up here:

Directions & Map to JPL:

This tour has a couple of restrictions:

* You must be a current CGIA member (paid membership dues in the past calendar year) to sign up for this event. We will check.

** You must either be a U.S. citizen or have U.S. legal permanent residency status. Please bring your driver's license or passport.

Sign up for the Sacramento Underground Tour on April 21st

CGIA has booked a private group tour with the Sacramento History Museum to see how Sacramento lifted itself up out of the flood waters during the 1860s and 1870s. This Sacramento Underground tour will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 12:30PM and lasts approximately one hour. Bring your comfy shoes for this half-mile walking tour. The maximum number of attendees for this tour is 20.

Full info of the tour:

This tour is free to CGIA members and is open to non-CGIA members for $10. Non-members can pay by check or cash at the event.

Family members are welcome to attend. If you are a CGIA member, your family can attend for free. If you are a non-CGIA member, each additional member regardless of age is $10.

Please sign up on this form by March 1, 2018. ** Filling this form out does not guarantee a spot. You will receive an email confirmation.

Giveaway: Two Passes to 2018 Los Angeles Geospatial Summit on Feb 23rd

The 8th Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit is an annual one-day professional development and networking event presented by the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. It will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown by USC.

CGIA has two complimentary passes and we would like to give it away to our members! All you have to do is fill out this brief form by 1/31/18 and we will notify the winner within a few days.

Full program can be viewed here:

Call for participation for combined GIS superevent of the year! CalGIS 2018 / GIS-Pro in Palm Springs

The call for proposals is now open for CalGIS 2018 / GIS-Pro in Palm Springs! Please visit the website below for more information and to submit your great work!

Palm Springs, California - Convention Center

October 9 - 12, 2018.

Press release:

Call for proposals:

GIS-Pro has not been in California since 2009, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet, share and learn with your colleagues from around the state AND internationally.

CalGIS 2018 & GIS-Pro are cosponsored by CGIA, the California Chapters of URISA and URISA International.

Public forum on NAIP Imagery – January 25th, 2018 2:00pm-4:30pm

NAIP Public Forum

Reduced funding from federal partners are causing the USDA Farm Service Agency to explore funding and licensing options for NAIP. Recently NorCal URISA was asked to see if we could help have a conversation across the community about NAIP and perhaps bring more use cases and needs forward that might otherwise go unaided. A representative from USDA is planning on attending this meeting and giving a short overview, after that we would like to have an open discussion about use cases for how you have been using NAIP. We are going to be documenting these use cases discussed and assembling them for our friends at the USDA and Save the NAIP so that they can have more examples about the far-reaching benefits of this valuable dataset.

West Sacramento Galleria - 1110 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

In addition to an in-person meeting, we are offering an online webinar. Please REGISTER HERE in advance.

Lastly, we would like to thank to Fehr and Peers for their gracious donation of their meeting services for this webinar and the City of West Sacramento for use of their meeting space.

Questions? Contact:

CGIA Member Spotlight: Steve Kincaid

 Steve Kincaid

Job: GIS Analyst II, City of Redding, CA

Bio: Steve has been a GIS Analyst for the City of Redding for the past 6 ½ years.  He has comprehensive knowledge of GIS in local government, specifically in the areas of ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Desktop.  Steve also assists in the administration of the City’s utility asset management system, called Cartegraph, which integrates with GIS.

Steve has worked as a GIS Coordinator/Fisheries Biologist Technician, Senior GIS Specialist, and Programmer/Analyst (USGS, 2004-2005; ENPLAN 2005-2008; Jackson County, OR 2008-2010).  Steve enjoys creating high quality cartographic and meaningful maps and assisting his customers on a daily basis with their mapping needs. As Steve learns more about map apps, he hopes to incorporate tools such as Survey 123, Operations Dashboard, and Insights for ArcGIS.  His career goal is to continue to make the City and all of its customers more efficient through the use of GIS.

Project(s): When Steve worked for the USGS he used GIS/GPS to map the locations of endangered radio tagged short nose and Lost River suckers (fish).  Then using GIS, he compared their spatial distribution with the drop in water quality in Upper Klamath Lake.

Working for ENPLAN Steve helped develop and implement GIS systems for small municipalities in Northern California.  Some of the municipalities include City of Anderson, City of Mt. Shasta, City of Shasta Lake, and City of Corning.

Some of his current projects include analyzing public/private parking capacity and percent occupied in downtown Redding.  Analyzing the density of ADA compliant curb ramp locations across the City and locate deficient areas using heat maps.  Deployment of iPads using ArcGIS Collector for water valve and hydrant inspections.  Utilizing Network Analyst for building a road network and routing services for the Police department’s upcoming implementation of their new public safety software and CAD system.  Creating the City’s Open Data webpage and administration of the City’s organizational ArcGIS Online account.

Anything about yourself? Steve spends most of his free time with his wife and two children riding bikes, boating, swimming, and traveling.  Steve also enjoys outdoor activities including wakeboarding, wakesurfing, golf, and basketball.  You can find Steve on LinkedIn ( or at the City of Redding (, City of Redding Open Data Site (



Zip Code Survey


The CGIA Board would like to schedule an event near you but we have no idea where you are in California. Please take this less than 30-second survey to enter your zip code so we can map it! If we do schedule an event near you or need your help, we can then email you based on the geographic area.

Happy holidays everyone and thanks for taking the survey!

GIS Analyst I Position Open at City of Redding



GIS Analyst I

City of Redding, California

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description:

The City of Redding is establishing an eligibility list to fill a full-time vacancy as well as future vacancies that occur during the life of the list. Under direction, incumbents are expected to: operate Geographic Information System (GIS) workstations and software; perform spatial and attribute data creation and maintenance; and difficult analytical work related to GIS. GIS Analyst II is distinguished from GIS Analyst I by journey-level work, typically of greater complexity, and the expectation of working with greater independence on a broader range of GIS-related tasks.

Example of Duties:

Utilizes in-house GIS data in ESRI ArcGIS and/or Autodesk Map format to create routine map exhibits; utilizes GIS data from in-house and outside sources to process special mapping requests for small and large format presentations; researches, verifies, creates, edits and maintains spatial and attribute databases; performs complex queries using database field calculations, derived values and/or summary data for the purpose of creating subsets and/or select sets of spatial and attribute data; creates, modifies, imports, and/or utilizes existing cell or grid based GIS datasets to perform complex spatial analysis using ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, or 3D Analyst software; performs complex point, polygon and address geocoding and/or linking of external data files to existing georeferenced datasets; performs complex database manipulations in SQL Server, Access, Dbase-files, and/or text files; develops map and attribute data for online publishing and mapping applications; and performs other related duties as assigned.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife – Job Announcement

California Department of Fish and Wildlife - JOB ANNOUNCEMENT POSTING


Sacramento County

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Who We Are:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) manages California’s diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources and the habitats upon which they depend. Throughout the organization, CDFW staff are committed to sustaining California’s abundant natural resources. CDFW combines several diverse lines of businesses dedicated to science, conservation and research including: Marine, Ecosystem Conservation, Wildlife, Fisheries, Spill Prevention and Response, Law Enforcement, Fiscal and Information Technology. Located in downtown Sacramento, we are a premier state employer offering competitive salary, excellent benefit packages with opportunity for advancement. We are looking for people who share our interests and dedication to the state’s natural resources and desire to work in a stimulating environment with truly dedicated staff.

What You Will Do:
CDFW has an exciting opportunity for a Research Program Specialist I (GIS) to provide support for the Department’s Fisheries Branch. This position will be part of the Department’s GIS Unit within the Biogeographic Data Branch, but will be housed a few blocks away at the shared Fisheries Branch / Water Branch building, where there is currently 1 additional GIS staff position. Among the programs that this position will play a key role in include the Coastal Monitoring Program, Fishing Regulations data management, and the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) program.

More info

Upcoming NG-911 Workshops (Nov/Dec) sponsored by SoCal URISA


4 GISP CEUs are granted to attendees!

Click to Register - Limit of 35 attendees per workshop

Topics Covered:

  • Why Next Gen 9‐1‐1 (NG9‐1‐1)?
  • Keystakeholders: PSAP, Address, GIS
  • 9‐1‐1 Technology, Terminology & Standards
  • GIS and Next Generation 9‐1‐1
  • Getting Your GIS Ready
  • Real‐World Examples and Lessons Learned


DATE: Tue, November 28, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

San Diego Environmental Services
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego, CA 92123


DATE: Thu, December 7, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM PST

City Of Rancho Cucamonga
10500 Civic Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Jeff Ledbetter, GISP, PMP

  • URISA NG9-1-1 Task Force Member
  • NG9-1-1 Subject Matter Expert and former Program Manager for the San Diego Regional Public Safety Geodatabase (SD-RPSG)
  • Now with Michael Baker International


GIS Day at Ventura College 11/17

Extend your GIS Day through the end of Geography week!
More info at:

Save the Date – GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 – Oct 8-11, 2018

CalGIS 2018 will be presented in partnership with URISA's GIS-Pro annual conference. CGIA and the four California URISA Chapters are excited to support this event.

Date & Location: October 8-11, 2018 in Palm Springs!

Check back for more information here:

GIS Day at LA County

LA County is celebrating its 10th GIS Day.  If you are in the area it is one of the larger events out there - with over 50 booths from vendors, county departments, schools, and many presentations.

LA County’s GIS Day is free to attend both for the public and presenters, supported by County departments and funded by the County’s enterprise GIS Program.  We invite you to join us to learn more about how the County, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in  emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

GIS Day 2017 Promotional Flyer – click here


When and where is the event?gisdaybanner

GIS Day will be at Olive Court at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
9:00am to 3:00pm
Los Angeles County Grand Park, Olive Court
200 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Senate Bill S.1253 Introduced – Geospatial Data Act of 2017

This bill was introduced in the Senate on 5/25/2017 to "improve the coordination and use of geospatial data". The lead sponsor of the Geospatial Data Act (S.1253) is Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the co-sponsors are Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) has a good set of links that summarizes the issues and positions of a number of geospatial organizations.

One major impact of this bill, if passed, is that it would require that GIS and mapping services fall under the 1972 Brooks Act requiring those service be limited to licensed architects, engineers, and surveyors.

GIS Day in Irvine – Tuesday Nov, 14 (10am-2pm)

If you're looking for something to do as you gear up for GIS Day 2017, the City of Irvine is holding its annual event a day early on Tuesday Nov. 14.

Info at:

The event includes both exhibits and workshop opportunities.

CAL FIRE RPS1 (GIS) Position in Sacramento

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Geographic Information System Specialist



GIS Technician II/I Position Open at Placer County Water Agency

Placer County Water Agency is looking for a temporary GIS Technician II/I. Duties may include:

  • Create maps based upon verbal or written instructions, rough sketches and data collected by field personnel.
  • Use Geographic Information System (GIS) software programs, commands and compilation methods to generate and utilize spatial overlays.
  • Update and maintain the Agency’s GIS database according to established policies and procedures.
  • More...
Minimum Monthly Salary $24.950/Hour (Technician II) / $22.077/Hour (Technician I)
Maximum Monthly Salary $31.842/Hour (Technician II) / $28.175/Hour (Technician I)

Click here to see full details

Senior GIS Specialist position open at Foothill Associates

Foothill Associates, an environmental consulting corporation, is seeking a full-time Senior GIS Specialist in their Rocklin, CA office.

Responsibilities: The Senior GIS Specialist will lead the GIS Division in preparation of presentation-quality maps and other graphics. Additional responsibilities include providing direction and mentoring for GIS staff; development/refinement of map production and analysis procedures; management of workload; quality control; and the collection, processing and analysis of GIS data. New business development including
responding to RFP requests and expanding the customer base for advanced geospatial services is also a significant aspect of this position.

Click here for more details