Fireworks 2014: Where to Buy and Light!

It’s that time again … Fireworks!  This year the fireworks app has been expanded to include cities in Orange County and Ventura County.  Included are days and times when fireworks will be sold and when you can light them up, as well as links to city web sites and telephone numbers.  Data was collected from municipal codes and/or contacting each city.  Enjoy!


SoCal URISA Hosts an Open Source Workshop

SoCal URISA hosts an Open Source Workshop With Jeff Johnson
Palomar College: 1140 W Mission Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
Date: 28 Jun 2014 8:00 AM PDT

You have probably heard about open source geospatial tools. Here is the chance to experience them under the direction of experts. Bring your laptop and dive into some of the most powerful, widely used and innovative tools in this area.

Open-Source developer, Jeff Johnson, will lead us into a high level look at the ecosystem of Open Source geospatial tools from QGIS on the desktop to GeoServer and PostGIS on the server and the web application frameworks used to deliver applications using these services on the web. We will then dive deeper into raster and vector spatial analysis on the desktop with QGIS and look at the various freely available QGIS extensions and plugins that GIS practitioners can use in their own projects and workflows. The course material will be drawn from the following 2 workshops. and and users are encouraged to install the tools ahead of time by downloading from and

We will host a light continental style breakfast along with coffee and a sandwich lunch.

Location: Palomar College, San Marcos in the Natural Science Bldg.  NS-127 (GIS Lab)

Directions and parking pass will be emailed out to registrants closer to the date.

Preliminary Schedule:

7:30 am – Registration opens, grab a light breakfast too.
11:30 am – Lunch
5:00 pm – Conclude Workshop

The workshop is Free for SoCal URISA members, otherwise purchase or renew your membership.

$30  Annual Fee
$10 Student Annual Fee

Please don’t forget to save you receipt from this event and use it towards your GISP credit.

Speaker Bio:

Jeffrey is a geospatial software engineer with 15+ years of experience building and delivering applications for the web. Jeff is a developer with a broad range of skills who can work at any level, from writing code and fixing bugs to managing complex projects and making architectural decisions while coordinating technical policy with corporate strategy. He spent the past 3.5 years working for Boundless (formerly OpenGeo) on GeoNode, GeoGit and various related open source projects and has given presentations and workshops on these technologies around the country and the world. Jeff is also deeply involved with the City of San Diego’s Open Data and Civic Technology initiatives. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University where he studied Geography, Cartography, Geology and Geospatial Technology.

Jeff can be reached at with questions about this workshop or for advice and consulting on projects leveraging open source geospatial tools.

More information and online registration: SoCal URISA hosts an Open Source Workshop With Jeff Johnson

Best regards, Southern California Chapter of URISA

National Weather Service – Impact Based Statistics

“In an ever-growing effort to provide valuable weather information — or just a vulgar display of automated GIS skills — the National Weather Service is tweeting out images that show how many people are impacted by severe weather. The exercise shows just how little of the United States is populated.”

Thanks goes to Peter King of iWater for pointing out this article.

2015 CalGIS Location Survey

Hey CalGIS folks,

We’re starting preparations for the 2015 CalGIS and I’m super excited. As mentioned during 2014 CalGIS, we want to get your opinions on a few things before we move forward with location selections. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this survey, it should take you less than 2 minutes. We’ll be closing the survey on June 18 so if you want a say, respond before then.

Here’s the link: 2015 CalGIS Location Survey


Christina Boggs
2015 CalGIS Conference Chair

EIS Mapper

If you deal with environmental issues or if you work with planners who are developing sites, this website may be useful.

The EIS Mapper displays information for each state with data from EPA’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Database.  Included are EISs filed since 2004 up to the present (previous week), statements with open comment or wait periods, and EPA comment letters.  Using the map application, you gain access to electronic copies of the documents.

The EIS Mapper is a valuable tool for environmental research, planning and municipal developers, property owners, legal research of companies and properties, and for anyone doing historical research on environmental related activities in the United States.  Check it out.



USGS Map Engravings Available for Transfer, Donation, or Sale

Beginning this summer the Federal Government will release excess engravings once used to reproduce U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic and geologic maps and other scientific illustrations.




The process makes these unique engravings, created from the 1880s to the 1950s, available for transfer to Federal agencies; for donation to State and local governments, certain non-profit educational and other organizations, and public agencies; and for sale to the public.

Those interested in obtaining engravings need to understand the phases of the process; know how to request the engravings; plan the logistics to receive, pack, load, and transport them; and be ready to request a donation or to make a purchase offer when the engravings become available.

More information about the engravings and the process for transfer, donation, or sales of the engravings is available through

State and local governments, certain non-profit educational and other organizations, and public agencies interested in receiving a donation should establish their eligibility now with their State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP). The SASPs are listed at  Only the SASP can request a donation on your behalf.

The engravings will be available through a process managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

USGS will post supporting status information weekly through


ArcMap: I Just Want the XY

How many times while working in ArcMap have you had the need to find the XY coordinate for a certain location? Sure you can hover over the map with your mouse and read the coordinates displayed in the lower right hand corner of the ArcMap window:


But depending on your projection, those coordinates might not be in the format you want. For example, you want longitude and latitude but your coordinates are displayed in another projection system.

Here comes the Identify tool to the rescue! Identify tool you ask? Yes, besides displaying what features you clicked on it also displays the coordinates where you clicked. You have been using this tool for a long time but maybe overlooked the coordinate display. Try it now. Here is what I got:


Note “Location:” just above the field and value listing. If you want to change the coordinate format, click on that little down arrow next to the coordinate display:


Now pick something else, like Decimal Degrees and see your new coordinates:


You can even copy what is displayed and paste it in something else, like an email or a report.

So there you go, a quick way of getting point and click XY coordinates from ArcMap. Enjoy! -mike