August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

For those of you that have read this blog for a while, you might remember me mentioning the Great American Solar Eclipse for 2017 in a post back in October 2015!  Well, it looks like the media woke up about it, because it is all over the news now.  It is finally here, just one week away on August 21st!  More info here.

Are you going to travel up north or to the east to see it?  Below is a handy map showing how may hours it will take you to drive to the closest area to view the total solar eclipse:


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Data and Technology Services Supervisor

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California has posted a job opportunity for a Data and Technology Services Supervisor who will oversee information systems, networks, GIS, SCADA, CMMS, Asset Management, and data quality to ensure the data integrity of information needed for reporting and decision making.  For more information and to apply, visit .

New Maps

For you map collectors, here is a list of new maps and books that might interest you:

Kaufmann, Obi.  The California field atlas.  1 atlas (608 pages), scales differ.  Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, pub. 2017.  ISBN: 9781597144025

Mad Maps.  Scenic road trips of Northern California: Avenue of the Giants, the Lost Coast, Napa & Sonoma, Mount Hamilton, Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey & Carmel.  1 map, scale ca. 1:600,000.  San Francisco, Calif.: Mad Maps, pub. 2016.  ISBN: 9781933911397

National Geographic Maps.  Mojave National Preserve, California.  1 map, scale 1:125,000.  Evergreen, Colo.: National Geographic Maps, Trails Illustrated topographic map 256, pub. 2016.  ISBN: 9781566953832

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Civil Engineering Drafting Technician

The city of Los Angeles is hiring Civil Engineering Drafting Technicians. This position will be open for applications until Thursday, August 17th, 2017.

Although the official job bulletin does not define GIS duties or experience, some candidates may be hired into positions wherein they are assigned the duties of updating features in a GIS system. Other hires may be assigned drafting duties utilizing 3D BIM or other advanced CADD software. Some city departments pay a starting salary as high as $66,607 a year, which is documented in the job bulletin.

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