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Fall Southern California Marine GIS User Group, San Diego, 11/30

Do you do GIS in or around marine environments? Join us at the 3rd meeting of the SoCal Marine GIS Users Group in San Diego.


The Southern California Marine GIS User Group is excited to announce its 2016 Fall Meeting hosted by the Port of San Diego!  The meeting will be at the Port's Admin building* from 1 pm to 4 pm, followed by an informal happy hour at Liberty Station.


Wed, November 30, 2016

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST


Port of San Diego Admin Building

3165 Pacific Highway

San Diego, CA 92101

For more details or to register to attend (Free) please visit:


GIS Day at Shasta College in Redding.

CGIA Board Member

Steven J. Steinberg, Ph.D., GISP will be speaking at Shasta College GIS Day!


A Geospatial Journey

…or how I discovered GIS and made a career of it (and you can too)!

When: Wednesday, November 16 , 6:00pm

Shasta College, Room 804

11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96003

For more info Contact: Dan Scollon, (530) 242-2314

Can’t get enough GIS Day? Celebrate an extra one a day early with the City of Irvine GIS Day event!

GIS Day 2016

Hosted by City of Irvine Community Development GIS Department
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 10 AM - 2 PM
Where: CTC, Irvine Civic Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA

For GIS Day information, call (949) 724-6956
To find out more about City of Irvine GIS Resources,

Joint CGIA/CIRGIS Event on Dec 2nd

Come join us at the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office in Oxnard to meet your fellow CGIA & CIRGIScgia_cirgis_flyer_image members. We'll showcase what each organization is doing, meet some pretty cool NOAA staff (see how they do forecasting and modeling), and take a tour! After the tour, we're going to head to the Yard House nearby. If you want, you can just meet us at the Yard House 🙂

Friday, Dec 2, 2016
1:00-3:00 pm
NOAA NWS | 520 North Elevar St, Oxnard 93030
Yard House | 501 Collection Blvd, #4130, Oxnard 93036

Space is limited. Please RSVP at

CGIA Member Spotlight: Jayme Laber



Senior Service Hydrologist
NOAA National Weather Service
Los Angeles/Oxnard Weather Forecast Office
Oxnard, CA

Bio: I graduated from Colorado State University in 1991 with a BS in Watershed Sciences and am a registered Professional Hydrologist. My entire career has been spent in Southern California working as a Hydrologist. I first worked for a local water district, then for the County of Ventura, and for the past 12 years with the National Weather Service. I was introduced to GIS in the early 1990’s and since that time have had a passion for it and have found a way to incorporate GIS and geospatial thinking into all aspects of my work.

I currently serve as a Board member for CGIA (California Geographic Information Association) and have previously served as a Board member for CIRGIS (Channel Islands Regional GIS Collaborative).

One of my most memorable GIS experiences to date was being selected to receive an ESRI SAG Award in 2015.

Project(s): A couple of my favorite GIS projects that I have completed while working at the National Weather Service are the NWS Weather and Hazards Data Viewer and my most recent GIS passion, Story Maps.

The NWS Weather and Hazards Viewer evolved from a local Southern California based weather viewer, that I developed with the NOAA Coastal Services Center, and a weather forecast shapefile service into what exists today. A user can view weather forecast and observation data via the web based viewer. The NWS Weather and Hazards Viewer can be accessed at:

A couple of years ago I was introduced to ESRI Story Maps and immediately became a fan. Story Maps offer a way to combine GIS spatial information with text, images, and videos. Over the past few years I have created numerous Story Maps that convey some sort of weather/flooding type information. I have used them for post storm analysis, conveying a weather forecast, as well as to highlight research projects I am involved in. To view the Story Maps that I have developed, visit:

What is the best career advice you received? Be honest, trustworthy, reliable, and prepared.

Anything About Yourself: Having grown up in Colorado, I am a huge fan of the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, and Colorado Avalanche.

UAS Mapping 2016 – Palm Springs, Sept 12-14


If you're interested in or exploring the application of UAS (drones) in your mapping efforts, join us at the 3rd Annual UAS Mapping Symposium this Sept.
Keynote by Lawrie Jordan from Esri will highlight the link between UAS and GIS mapping.

LA County GIS exams opening next week

gis examsThe County of Los Angeles is opening GIS exams for the recruitment of talented staff to fill a number of vacant GIS positions within the County and to support its GIS recruitment and retention efforts.  There are limitations on the number of applications that we will process, so be ready to apply when the exams open July 18th at 8 AM.

Download the flyer here, which links to salary and to the positions: GIS announcement 7-12-16.pdf

Important information

Some of the exams will close after the first 100 applications are received - I anticipate them filling very very fast!

These exams do not come around often - so if you are interested in working in the GIS profession with LA County, this is your best opportunity for the next year or so.  Don't miss this chance!

More information here


Member Survey

Dear CGIA members,

The Board has developed a survey and I hope you take this time and opportunity to communicate your thoughts about CGIA as well as help develop GIS events for the upcoming 2016-17 year.

Survey link:

2016 CGIA Awards Annouced at CalGIS 2016

CGIA announced the winners of the 2016 Awards last month at the CalGIS Conference in Anaheim.

The winners were:

  • Advancement of Collaboration: Christina Boggs, California Department of Water Resources
  • Chair's Award: Eric Kauffman, California Department of Technology
  • Excellence in Education: Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University
  • Exemplary Systems: City of Rancho Cucamonga Executive Dashboard Mobile App
  • Outstanding Internet Application: Lewis Rowley, County of Napa

Click here for full award details

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2016 CGIA Award Winners

CGIA announced the winners of the 2016 Awards last month at the CalGIS Conference in Anaheim.

Advancement of Collaboration Award


Christina Boggs, winner of Advancement of Collaboration Award

Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.

Winner: Christina Boggs, California Department of Water Resources

Nomination description: Christina Boggs has been instrumental in facilitating, organizing, assisting and insuring the success of the California GIS Council and California State GIS User Group. Besides her own significant work load, she goes out of her way to ensure those outside the Sacramento GIS community can establish partnerships, networks and access important data. She has taken time out of her busy schedule on multiple occasions to answer my questions about who might have data I'm seeking or who would be an important contact in terms of establishing a partnership. She is an exemplary example of someone who advances collaboration in the realm of GIS.

Chair's Award

Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology. The recipient should show continued, exemplary contributions over the course of a prolonged period of time.

Winner: Eric Kauffman, California Department of Technology 

Nomination description: Eric Kauffman is a leader in GIS application development for the state of California, where he has worked for over 15 years.  Eric currently leads GIS development for California Department of Technology and has written and maintains several geocoding services using public domain TIGER data, ESRI data and Bing data for public use and government use. This service can geocode millions of addresses in batch in a short period of time. He wrote several applications for the California Board of Equalization including the Find a Sales and Use Tax Rate application -, and a soon to be released a tax rate API (Application Programming Interface) to provide sales and use tax rates for retailers.

Above all else Eric is great to work with and provides excellent support, all with a sense of humor. Eric currently works as a GIS Programmer for the Office of Digital Innovation and Technology Engagement at the California Department of Technology. In the past Eric has worked for the California Resources Agency, the California Department of Fish and Game, and has taught GIS classes at American River College.

Excellence in Education Award

Ming-Hsiang Tsou (right) accepted award for Excellence in Education with Mary Hurley (Chair, left)

Ming-Hsiang Tsou (right) accepts award for Excellence in Education with Mary Hurley (Chair, left)

Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

Winner: Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University

Nomination description: Ming has an impressive array of funded research and projects happening at SDSU, and he is a global leader in mobile GIS applications and social media data mining. But the reason for this nomination is his commitment to supporting K-12 education. He is Geospatial Technology Coordinator for the California Geographic Alliance, has contributed to the development of GIS courses in San Diego City Schools,  and has volunteered to serve on the committee for the new AAP course in GIS.

Exemplary Systems Award

Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques. The technology may be transparent to the end user and is not required to display map output.

Winner: City of Rancho Cucamonga Executive Dashboard Mobile App

City of Rancho Cucamonga accepts award for Exemplary Systems Award for the Executive Dashboard Mobile App

City of Rancho Cucamonga accepts award for Exemplary Systems Award for the Executive Dashboard Mobile App

Nomination description: The executive dashboard mobile app built on the Esri technology by the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) team provides situational awareness of all incidents for both fire, police departments and other departments to the city executive staff. The app provides the sends notification of critical incidents with pictures to city executives aimed at providing supporting effective communication with elected officials should they call about a particular incident. The app provides the ability to pull up various information from different city departments. The app also put key information into the hands of decision makers as they are able to answer concerns from residents effectively. The app works on both iOS and android platforms and provides some analytics on call for services.

Outstanding Internet Application Award

Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.

Filed Map Search Tool

Winner: Lewis Rowley, County of Napa

Lewis Rowley accepts Outstanding Internet Application Award

Lewis Rowley (right) accepts Outstanding Internet Application Award

Nomination description: The Filed Map Search Tool is a web-based application that combines the functionality of 11 separate internal and public-facing applications into one easy-to-use interface. It allows County staff to index new Filed Maps (Records of Survey, Parcel Maps, Assessor Map Pages, Corner Records, etc) and associated Certificates of Correction. Once the data has been entered, County staff and citizens have a variety of tools to search for maps. This includes attribute searches by title, book & page or surveyor name, as well as, spatial searches by address and parcel number.

All the search results return a thumbnail view of the map. This allows external customers to preview the map before committing to viewing it. Only external customers who have a subscription account can view the full-size maps and they are charged for each page they view. The preview allows them to skip over index pages and cover sheets they may not need. The search also lists out all related documents and corrections.

The County’s first feedback and customer rating app is integrated with the Filed Map Search Tool so users can provide direct input to the developers. There is also a mobile-friendly version of the application for users with tablets or smartphones.

The Filed Map Search Tool was built using C# and MVC 5 and leverages the spatial SQL functionality of SQL Server 2008. The internal version was released in February, 2016 and the external version goes live on March 28, 2016.

2016-17 Chair’s Message

I am honored and looking forward to serving you as Chair of the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA). I have been a board member for the past two years and am a Senior GIS Analyst at the County of Los Angeles Enterprise GIS (eGIS) Group in the Internal Services Department.christine1_resized

The Board of Directors have worked diligently the past few years to make the CGIA website a valuable resource for the geospatial community (e.g. collection and dissemination of GIS documents, map of California GIS contacts) and to build a close partnership with the California GIS Council. I would like to put the focus back on our members and my goals for the 2016-2017 year are to:

  • Expand our outreach to our members
  • Engage our members in additional activities and events organized by CGIA
  • Continue to promote the effective use of GIS across the state of California as outlined in our mission statement (

You, as a CGIA member, are valuable in helping us continue our efforts to provide more opportunities in serving the geospatial community in California. We have developed a survey and I hope you take this time and opportunity to communicate your thoughts about CGIA as well as help develop GIS events for the upcoming 2016-17 year.

Survey link:

You have a dedicated group of elected Board of Directors that are ready to serve you ( Please feel free to share any ideas you have by emailing me at


Christine Lam
2016-17 CGIA Chair

CGIA Pizza Night at 2016 Esri User Conference

Hello Everyone,

In conjunction with Geospatial LA and Geospatial San Diego, CGIA is hosting another “pizza night” for CGIA members and those interested in joining. It should be fun and lively! CGIA will be providing the pizza, you need to provide your own drinks.2016EsriPizzaImage

Feel free to bring a friend and introduce them to the CGIA family, we hope they will all want to join us.

Here is the flyer for the event and location (click here to download flyer).

Event details:

Monday, June 27th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Basic Urban Kitchen
410 10th Ave
San Diego, CA

Please RSVP just so we can get a count: .

Hope to see you there.


Women in GIS at the ESRI User Conference


Are you going to ESRI's User Conference in San Diego?

We are!

And we hope you get a chance to join us. There are two opportunities to hobnob with all the ladies:

Lunch Meeting

The first is during the conference. Join us for a lunch meeting that will be sure to fire up your spirit. Ruthanne Harbison (GISP with the City of Merced), Danielle Bram (Director for the Center of Geographical Studies at Cal State - Northridge), and Christina Boggs (with the California Department of Water Resources) will lead a discussion about WiGIS. Please bring your lunch to Room 26 B at San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday the 28th at 12pm.

Evening Social

Or join us for cocktails and dinner at the Union and Kitchen and Tap on Wednesday the 29th at 5pm. The restaurant is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center and offers happy hour until 6pm. There's plenty of space for us all with patio seating, so don't be shy! Join us!
If you are not going to the conference, please feel free to respond to this newsletter with any concerns or suggestions.

GIS Coordinator – City of Merced

Under general direction, performs responsible professional, technical, and administrative work to plan, organize, manage, and promote the citywide Geographic Information System (GIS). Plans, coordinates, and manages data used by GIS, including GIS data structure, system design, and user training.  Provides leadership role in development and implementation of GIS technology to support the analytical, statistical, and mapping needs of the City. Works closely with department administrators and users to plan and coordinate citywide GIS program development, system maintenance, training, and support.

City of Merced GIS Coordinator


CGIA Member Spotlight: Han Chu


Job: Vice President / Director of Spatial Technology Solutions, Psomas

Bio: I have been serving the geospatial industry for over 25 years, and currently focusing on program oversight, project management, and consulting services in technology planning, development, implementation, and sustained operations. My passion and strength is in exploring opportunities for GIS and technology-driven improvements that will enhance operational efficiency, implement technology, and promote positive cultural changes within an organization.

I am a registered civil engineer, licensed surveyor, and real estate broker, which really helps me to understand the issues and needs of the technology user community. And because I started out my career as an engineer and a surveyor for the City of LA, Water and Power, I have gained a unique perspective that bridges between public agencies and private sector.

I have BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, and MBA from UCI, and currently serving on the Board of CGIA.

Project(s): Because of my background, experience, and expertise, my favorite GIS projects are enterprise GIS strategic planning. As boring as they may sound, I truly enjoy the experience of interacting with the entire organization, learn about their business, and discovering true GIS drivers that will improve how they do business on a daily basis. And ultimately being able to witness implementations of these plans, and seeing how GIS does make our lives better, for both the GIS practitioners and the citizens we serve.

What is the best career advice you received? This one is not as specific to GIS career advice but has kept me and my career on track:

“Do the right thing the right way, and everything else will take care of themselves”

Anything About Yourself: Living in California, I grew up enjoying water sports (surfing, scuba diving, and although not on water, snowboarding.) But with my body not as athletic as my mind anymore, I am now a perpetually struggling golfer, but thoroughly enjoying every painful minute I get to be out on the course.

Deadline Extended for 2016 CGIA Award Nominations


Six awards are available to bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program for outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS:

- Best Student Project or Paper (NEW): Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology
- Chair's Award: Honor a person for his/her contributions in GIS technology
- Exemplary Systems Award: For outstanding application of GIS technology
- Advancement of Collaboration Award: For outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts
- Outstanding Internet Application Award: For outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies
- Excellence in Education Award: For an educational institution's commitment to GIS education

For full details and to submit your nomination, go to


CGIA Member Spotlight: Nick Franchino


Job: GIS Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Bio: I’ve worked in GIS for nearly 20 years – all with this same agency. I started as a GIS technician, doing everything from digitizing plans to editing data, including plenty of annotation placement! I have worked on many planning projects through the years, including creating land use and zoning maps for all of the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (68 maps at various sizes and scales) to support the decision-making process. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done on the web as well. My team has created very complex GIS web mapping applications over the years to provide self help services for County staff, other agencies, and the public. I’ve also worked on five aerial imagery projects since 1998, serving as the Project Manager for the Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC) from 2006 to 2010. I’m a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a certified planner with the American Institute of Planners (AICP).

Most of my current work includes managing a great team of GIS analysts and specialists as well as providing support for the County’s Enterprise GIS Steering Committee. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service as it relates to geospatial applications and products

Project(s): The LARIAC is my favorite project. The County is concluding its fourth iteration of the program, having acquired aerial imagery and related products in 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2014. I have been the LARIAC Outreach Manager since 2011 and strive to get as many cities and agencies to join (there are 88 cities in Los Angeles County – all with various capacities as it relates to GIS) as possible, which brings down costs and enables us to expand the types of products we acquire. My former mentor and boss, Milan Svitek, was the driving force behind the LARIAC (he conceived it and brought it to fruition) and he believed that we could acquire imagery countywide and work with all public agencies within Los Angeles County to share in the costs and spread GIS knowledge. While the program used to be primarily about acquiring aerial imagery and digital terrain datasets (and delivering it to participants on hard drives), the program has transitioned into a service delivery program for online access to these great information products. In addition to aerial imagery, LARIAC now includes building footprints, landcover analyses, viewers/analytical tools, and other specialty items.

Anything About Yourself: I like to golf and spend time with my kids – it’s pretty cool when my son wants to make a 3D map of his school in SketchUp and use some of our GIS tools in his work. I’m on LinkedIn. My department’s website has a Map Catalog, link to our Interactive Mapping Applications and to our GIS Data Portal at  Information about the LARIAC Program can be found on the project website at



GeoSummit at UC Merced

"Discover the Power of GIS" Map Your Future.  The 5th annual GeoSummit at UC Merced, on Friday, April 8th  will feature amazing speakers:  Jessica Touchard of GeoSearch, Inc., Dr. Jared Rutledge, Epidemiologist for Fresno County, Liz van Wagtendonk of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Jinger Zeng of Dronesmith Technologies3DR Robotics.  In the afternoon there will be interesting presentations from various research centers on campus sharing their important work.   Each year this event brings together speakers from the GIS Community, student presentations, and map displays.  The event is free to attend, registration is required, and on campus parking for non-UC Merced students is $6.00.  Plan on attending this day all about GIS on the beautiful UC Merced Campus.  The event flyer is attached with information on the speakers and presentations, as well as the link to registration.

GeoSummit 2016 Flyer

GeoSummit at UC Merced

2016 CGIA Awards – Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2016 CGIA Awards are open:

Awards are open to any person in the State of California, and will be announced at the California GIS Conference (CalGIS), May 10-12, in Anaheim, CA:

Bring recognition to a colleague, project, or program. The visibility that goes with winning an award can be an important component to building credibility, gaining exposure, promoting a program, or garnering funding. Each year the California Geographic Information Association recognizes outstanding achievements in various aspects of GIS within California through its awards program. CGIA seeks nominations for outstanding individuals and organizations in the following categories:

  • Best Student Project or Paper (NEW!): Granted to the outstanding quality of work using GIS technology. A travel award (up to $500) to the 2016 CalGIS conference will be given to the recipient of this award. The travel award can be used toward the registration fee (a must), hotel, and/or flight/gas. Receipts are required. The recipient must provide a written summary of his/her overall experience of the CalGIS conference along with a brief review of the sessions attended (due no later than May 31, 2016).
  • Chairman's Award: Granted to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions in the promotion, innovation, and/or use of GIS technology.
  • Exemplary Systems Award: Granted for outstanding application of GIS technology representing innovative, elegant, or creative techniques.
  • Advancement of Collaboration Award: Granted for outstanding inter-organization collaborative efforts in GIS.
  • Outstanding Internet Application Award: Granted to the outstanding integration of GIS and web technologies demonstrating excellence in aesthetic presentation, functionality, ease of use, and overall user experience.
  • Excellence in Education Award: Granted to the educational institution that displays extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California.

An award is a pat on the back for the project team. It’s always an amazing thing when a project is completed, and an award is a good way of acknowledging everyone’s efforts from top to bottom. Nominate a colleague, project, or program for a CGIA award by going to the CGIA Nomination Page.

Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, March 25, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Lam, CGIA Vice-Chair, at