Fireworks 2019!

July 4th is just around the corner, which means there will be fireworks again!

Use the app to view cities in LA, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino County that allow the sale and discharge of fireworks.  Included are days and times when fireworks will be sold and when you can light them up, as well as links to city websites and telephone numbers.  Data was collected from municipal codes, websites, and/or contacting each city.  Some cities allow sales to start today AND allow you to discharge them today as well!  Check it out!


Calculating Slope Using Python

The standard slope tool in ArcGIS Desktop only examines a 3×3 cell neighborhood (and does not include the center cell) to determine slope for each cell.  However, using Python you can create a method for calculating slope along a flow direction grid specific to your needs.  Check out this article about using Python to calculate a fire “flow direction” based on a DEM and fire lines.


Cadastral Mapper Position

Interested in getting out of all the commotion? Mono County, CA is hiring a Cadastral Mapper to work out of the Assessor’s office in conjunction with both the County Assessor and GIS Team. The position focuses on managing parcel data and producing maps. Duties include working in Esri’s Parcel Fabric data model, producing parcel maps, and assisting with other related GIS and Assessor tasks.

Mono County is on the Eastern Sierra Nevada and is a gateway to Yosemite National Park, as well as a jump-point to the High Sierra Nevada and is near Lake Tahoe. World class skiing, rock climbing, fishing, and hiking can be found here, among many other outdoor pursuits. This is a wonderful area for both family and individuals.

Details about the position, and how to apply, can be found here:

More information about Mono County can be found here:

For questions about these positions that cannot be answered within the supplied reference materials email

Spatial@UCSB This Thursday

Just a reminder that Spatial@UCSB will be happening this Thursday, June 6.  This year’s theme is Spatial Data for Smarter Cities.

Where: Corwin Pavilion, UCSB – 494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA
When: Thursday June 6th, 11:00 to 2:30 pm


11:00 Plenary Session:

  • Kurt Shellhause (Kasraie Consulting, CIRGIS) – Think Inside the Box, Outside the Box, and about what could Destroy our Box
  • Mahnoosh Alizadeh (Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCSB) –
    Opportunities and Challenges of Transportation Elecrication in Smart Cities
  • Konstadinos Goulias (Dept. of Geography, UCSB) – Activity-Travel GeoSimulation for Smart City Planning, Design, and Operations
  • Werner Kuhn (Dept. of Geography, UCSB) – Moderator

12:30 – 2:30 Lunch and Poster Exhibit

Registration has been extended to the end of Tuesday, June 4th. Please contact Karen to RSVP: or (805) 893-8224.