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