California’s Wild Spaces

Love maps and want to save California’s wild spaces? This site is for you!

California is making plans to protect 30% of its lands and coastal waters by 2030 (called 30×30). And with it is a new mapping tool to support their “30×30″ goal.

The CA Nature website allows you to explore the landscape and consider which areas you might want to see protected in the future. The site’s “conserved areas explorer” shows the 24.1 million acres that are already conserved, many of them as parks, forests, and preserves. Other interactive maps show which lands and waters offer the greatest biodiversity, and how rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are expected to alter the state’s landscapes. Check it out!

Taxes Due Today?

Usually April 15th is when our taxes are due, but not this year. Due to a holiday in Washington DC today, Emancipation Day, our taxes will be due on Monday the 18th.

Which brings up a question, which states pay the highest tax rates? Check out the map below:

Unfortunately California is the highest … probably not a good idea to retire in California! Note that Tennessee has joined seven other states that do not levy any individual income tax. Also note there are 10 states that have flat income tax. Click here for more info.

And one more thing. If you are in the CalPERS system for retirement, and you retire in another state, you can elect to have no California tax taken out of your retirement check!

If you are planning on retiring, check out this tool that you can use to compare states that have taxes on retirees.

POWER Data Access Viewer

Provided by NASA, the POWER Data Access Viewer contains geospatially enabled meteorology and solar related parameters formulated for assessing and designing renewable energy systems. Access daily averaged data for specific date ranges and parameters for a single site. View interactive charts, data tables, and download various tabular and geospatial file formats. You can also access climatology ½ x ½ degree datasets for the entire globe and generate custom climatological reports and data by single point. Check it out!

Click here for more information on the NASA POWER project.

GIS Under the Dome 2022 Q1

From the California GIS Council:

The latest edition of GIS Under the Dome (2022 Q1) is now available at this link:

Don’t forget to sign up for our quarterly GIS Policy Briefing on Friday, April 8 @ 12pm PST here:–srzwsHNAQUwEQO24tV9DcSsf2jUl_

Any questions? Reach out to Jacob Mark at

California Friday: Time Travel Mart

If you are a time traveler, then you probably know about the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park … and you already read this post!

When you walk in, you might be greeted by a man behind the counter who will say “hello again, I saw your future self in the store today, they told me you would be coming in.” Ha!

Go visit the store. They are the purveyor of quality goods from the past, present, and future. The aisles are broken down into different time periods. You can check out dinosaur stuff, robot milk, ray guns, etc. You can even buy a shade tree … instructions state “take the seed, travel back in time, plant it, return to the present and relax under your tree.” Or maybe a “What happens in La Brea tar pits stays in La Brea tar pits” T-shirt? There is something for every time traveler!

And here is the best part. The store itself is part of 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826LA specializes in after-school tutoring, workshops, and programs. The kids are encouraged to be creative, and once a month, one of their stories gets published and put into the store for people to purchase.

Time Travel Mart is located at 1714 W Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, open from 12-6pm, PDT, year 2022. Check it out!

PS – I know it’s April 1st, but trust me it’s for real … at least during some time period!