Be a Spatial Analytics Pro

Every month the ESRI State & Local Connect webinar series brings you 45 minutes of content you need to know, from the people who are dedicated to helping you succeed with GIS. This month the team is introducing The GIS Professional’s Guide to Spatial Analytics webinar.

You’ve heard of spatial analytics, but are you taking full advantage of the capabilities that are already at your fingertips? This capability that helps us uncover hidden patterns, make predictions, and understand changes over time also allows you to improve government services and take meaningful action. This webinar will show you the ready-to-use ArcGIS capabilities for spatial analytics.

Join the ESRI state and local government team to

  • See how spatial analytics will allow you to respond to challenges faster and with more confidence and understanding.
  • Explore examples of organizations already taking advantage of these capabilities, including predictive analysis, pattern detection, and object detection.
  • Learn what resources are available to help you get started quickly and stand out within your organization.​

Click here to register for the webinar. It is on January 20, 10-10:45am PST.

First Public Publication of the 2020 Census Geography

The US Census Bureau just released the first public publication of the 2020 Census Geography through TIGERweb. This includes the 2020 Census Blocks, Census Block Groups, and Census Tracts. Download the new Census Geography Files today!

For those of you that participated in the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), the new files can be found here.

Rio Hondo College GIS Spring 2021 Courses

Rio Hondo College GIS courses start January 30th. Classes are entirely online and our high tech GIS lab is accessible to you via remote desktop. All sessions are recorded in the event you are unable to attend class at scheduled times. More information can be found at

Spring classes include the latest class GIS 150 which prepares you for Remote Pilot (Drone) Commercial Exam and includes survey mapping workflow to generate survey grade inputs for GIS.

  • Introduction to GIS (GIS 120) 4 units  (2 offerings) CRN 30873 / 30883
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) (GIS 150) CRN 77010
  • Cartography Design and GIS (GIS 221) CRN 35497
  • GIS Applications (GIS 220) CRN 30890
  • GIS for Environmental Applications (GIS 230) CRN 36055
  • Geospatial Programming (Python) & Web Services  (GIS 280)  CRN 37120

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are classes online? 

Yes, part of what makes online courses so convenient is that you don’t have to commute to Rio Hondo Campus but can instead complete your coursework from home. For many of us today, we find ourselves at home with families and unexpected happenings and would much prefer the convenience of online with the ability to work on your own schedule.

Do I need a Computer?  

Yes, however, software install is optional given that you  will have access to the fast high tech labs with the latest GIS and related softwares via remote desktop. No software configuration required on your computer (Windows or Mac).  Computer mouse is required. 

Are the Classes Asynchronous or Synchronous (live)? 

Classes can be completed asynchronous.  However you are encouraged to join us for the first 60 minute sessions for each class.  The sessions are always recorded and made available later that evening for students with a conflicting schedule.

How to Register? 

Apply for admission and register this week and entirely online.  To register for classes, you must first apply for admission (entirely free online). Applying for admission and registering cannot be any easier and steps found here.

Are Rio Hondo courses transferable to 4 year?

Yes. Select Rio Hondo GIS courses are transferable courses to CSU and other universities.

Where can I obtain more information?

Simple, contact Prof. Warren Roberts

Top 5 of 2020

Happy New Year! Looking back at 2020 on SoCalGIS, we did not get as many viewers as 2019, but we all know why. However, here are the top 5 viewed posts of 2020, and Jobs was not one of them! And all were posts made before 2020!

  1. Add Google Maps to QGIS 3
  2. Feature Attributes to CSV
  3. California Friday: Gravity Hill
  4. Field Calculator: I Just Want The Third Word
  5. ArcMap: Dealing With NULLs

Hoping 2021 is all our best year yet!