Is Your City Participating In LUCA?

Do you know if your City is participating in the 2020 Census LUCA Operation to update address data?  Here are a few things to know:

  • The registration deadline is December 15, 2016.  Even if your jurisdiction is unsure about their participation, you should register with the Census Bureau to give yourself the option later.  Registration for the jurisdiction can only come from the highest elected official – the city mayor or county board of supervisors.  The registration forms have already been sent by the Census Bureau to each jurisdiction.  If you cannot find your registration forms, e-mail the U.S. Census Bureau at immediately to request another set or go to the 2020 Census page to find PDF versions of the forms.
  • If you want to see if your jurisdiction has already registered, view the map of LUCA participants here.
  • In recognition of the importance of LUCA, the State has established an incentive fund to encourage cities and counties to participate in the program and to help mitigate some of the cost of that participation.  A minimum of $7,500 will be available for each jurisdiction that applies for the incentive and participates in the program.  A complete list of the awards for each city and county in California and the requirements to receive an award are available on the California LUCA web page .
  • A schedule of LUCA Technical Workshops is now online.  This list will be updated weekly so check back often.  These workshops will provide detailed information on what materials will be provided, how the participants will review the Census Bureau address listings, and how to report changes, such as missing or duplicated addresses, to the Census Bureau.  In addition to in-person workshops, several webinars have been scheduled.  To register for a webinar, click on the link in the file.  To register for an in-person workshop, e-mail or call the main line at 818-267-1724.  Specify the training location and date in the subject line and provide your jurisdiction and who will be attending.
  • The Census Bureau updated the Address Block Count files on October 27, 2017.  If you downloaded the previous files, you may want to download the new versions.

Also know that if your jurisdiction cannot participate or needs help, Los Angeles County would like to help you out.  Contact Durga Niraula at for more information.

Programming ArcGIS Pro with Python

Eric Pimpler of Geospatial Training Services is giving away copies of his new book Programming ArcGIS Pro with Python.  Enter to win a copy, just click below!


Chapters include:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Python Programming Language
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to using Arcpy in ArcGIS Pro
  • Chapter 3: Executing Geoprocessing Tools from Scripts
  • Chapter 4: Using the Arcpy Mapping Module to Manage Projects, Maps, Layers, and Tables
  • Chapter 5: Managing Layouts
  • Chapter 6: Automating Map Production
  • Chapter 7: Updating and Fixing Data Sources
  • Chapter 8: Querying and Selecting Data
  • Chapter 9: Using the Arcpy Data Access Module
  • Chapter 10: Creating Custom Geoprocessing Tools

That’s Amazing! Huell Howser’s Travel Shows

Huell Howser was an American television personality best known for hosting, producing, and writing California’s Gold, a human interest show that aired on California PBS stations.  He would explore natural wonders, historic landmarks, and quirky destinations in California.

Before he passed away in 2013, he donated his videotaped collection of California’s Gold episodes and others to Chapman University.  The school established the Huell Howser Archives which offers the public free access to the entire digitized collection of his life’s work!

And yes, there is a story map!  Just click on a location to get episode info and a link to the video to watch.  As Huell would say … That’s Amazing!



Your friends at SoCal URISA would like to encourage you to participate in GIS Day 2017 by visiting a local K-12 school to introduce/ promote GIS! There are plenty of ideas and resources on the GIS Day website. Posters, videos, and games are available for download. Scroll to the bottom to see the Children, Teen, and Adult hands-on activities.

If you do participate, please share your fun with us at: @URISAsocal or on our Facebook page.

SoCal URISA will have a booth set up at the LA County GIS Day event. Stop by to meet us and sign up for membership!


CSULB GIS Day Networking Social

Dear Friends of CSULB Geography:

Just a reminder to let you know about CSULB’s GIS Day Networking Social. We hope you will join us.

Please join CSULB Geography for our Annual GIS Day Mixer!  Reunite with classmates, meet our current CSULB GIS students and build your professional geospatial network!

Wednesday November 15th
CSULB Geography GIS Day Mixer
6:00 – 9:30 PM  @ On the Rocks
5755 E. Pacific Coast Highway Long Beach CA

Please RSVP to by November 10th.

 …What a way to top off your day of celebrations! I hope to see you there.