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.


Chief Information Officer – Burbank

Not a GIS job, but it does affect me!  😉  Please forward if you know of anyone GREAT that wants to be a CIO for Burbank.  -mike

The City of Burbank is seeking a forward-thinking, high energy IT leader who is known for producing outstanding results. The ideal candidate will offer an exceptional project management and delivery track record that reflects a history of consistently completing projects on-time and within budget. He/she will exhibit a high level of competency in managing multiple priorities simultaneously that is strengthened by an impressive history of working as a partner with diverse customer groups.

Burbank’s Chief Information Officer must be dedicated to remarkable customer service and possess the proven ability to instill excellent service standards within his/her team. Understanding that the work of the IT team directly impacts the ability of all City departments to succeed, the individual selected will be committed to continuous improvement and proactively seek feedback from department managers and system users on a routine basis. With a keen eye for efficiency and modernization opportunities, he/she will be expected to provide valuable suggestions that enhance automation and self-service functionality that help advance the goals of the City Council.  Continue reading