Halloween Candy Map 2018

Americans are expected to spend about $9 billion on Halloween this year as they buy costumes, decorations, greeting cards and candy for the annual Oct. 31 event.

The National Retail Federation estimates that more than 175 million Americans are planning to participate in Halloween activities this year, spending about $3.2 billion on costumes, $2.7 billion on decorations, and $2.6 billion on candy.

Bulk candy dealer CandyStore.com looked through 11 years of data to come up with the favorite Halloween candy in each U.S. state.  Continue reading

The Measure W Map – Using GIS for Taxes

Ah taxes, don’t you just love em?  Every year there seems to be a new tax we have to pay.  And now there is Measure W for a new proposed property tax, and it uses GIS!  Et tu, GIS? 🙂

Do you own property in LA County?  Read on.  You rent in LA County?  Your landlord can raise your rent to cover the tax.  You should read on too.  Continue reading

High Fire-Threat District Map

With the recent high winds and SCE turning off power so their high power lines don’t spark a fire, you wonder how we got here?  Well, it started back in October 2007 when wildfires driven by strong Santa Ana winds burned hundreds of square miles in Southern California.  Some of the worst wildfires were reportedly ignited by overhead utility power lines.  Continue reading

The Kingdom of California

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will exhibit “The Kingdom of California: Mapping the Pacific Coast in the Age of Exploration” through January 2nd.  The exhibition displays 17th to 19th century maps and books, including maps showing California as an island as well as 19th century coastal charts.  Entry to the exhibit is free with paid museum admission.  Check it out!