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July 4th, 2008
California CIO Announces Members of Geospatial Information Systems Task Force

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PR – California Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today announced the
members of the Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Task Force. Governor
Schwarzenegger recently called for the creation of a task force to
develop a statewide strategy to enhance the technology for environmental
protection, natural resource management, traffic flow, emergency
preparedness and response, land use planning and health and human
services.

During last years
firestorms, GIS helped firefighters to see through the smoke, giving
them a powerful tool to fight the blaze. This is just one example of a
technology that we must tap further into and coordinate throughout the
federal, state and local governments, said
Governor Schwarzenegger. California has a
proud tradition of being an innovator and leading the development of
technologies. We must keep pushing forward to build new applications
that will better serve the people of California.

GIS allows users to navigate mapping resources, layered with data in an
environment where they can visualize scenarios in unlimited new ways.

The Governor recognizes the value of GIS to
better serve our people and give policy makers and the public enhanced
decision-making tools, said Teri Takai, State
Chief Information Officer. I look forward to
working with the task force and my colleagues throughout the state to
streamline the deployment of GIS applications to maximize the use of
this technology.

Led by State Chief Information Officer Teri Takai and Chief Deputy
Christy Quinlan, the task force will present the Governor with a
strategic plan for statewide coordination within 90 days.

The GIS Task Force includes:
 
Co-Chairs:
 
Cynthia Bryant, Director
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
 
Christy Quinlan, Chief Deputy Director

Office of the Chief Information Officer

 
Members:
 
Coco Briseno, Chief, Division of Transportation System Information
California Department of Transportation
 
Michael Byrne, GIS Architect
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
 
Frank Calvillo, Chief of Staff
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
 
Kris Caceres, Senior Information Systems Analyst
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
 
Debbie Endsley, Chief Deputy Director
Department of Personnel Administration
 
John Ellison, Agency Technology Officer
California Resources Agency
 
Johanna Fenton
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
 
Cynthia Garcia, Air Pollution Specialist
Air Resources Board
 
Mark Greninger, Geographic Information Officer
County of Los Angeles
 
Kris Higgs, GIS Specialist
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
 
Mary Cook Hurley, Chair 2008-2009
California Geographic Information Association
 
Randell H. Iwasaki, Chief Deputy Director
California Department of Transportation
 
Julia Lave Johnston, Senior Planner
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
 
Michael Liang, Deputy Secretary for Information Technology
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
 
Bill Naddy
California Department of Transportation
 
Terrence Newsome, Research Specialist
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
 
Warren Roberts
California Community Colleges
 
Donald R Turos, Jr, Colonel
United States Army
 
Mark Weatherford, Director
Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection
 
Gary Winuk, Chief Deputy Director
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
 
Kevin Yarris, Chief Information Officer
County of Yolo
 
Robert Yoha, GIS Coordinator
California Department of Food and Agriculture

In June, more than 250 state officials participated in a forum focused
on leveraging GIS to improve government services and better protect
Californians. Held in Sacramento, the forum included more than 20
exhibits of GIS applications, including systems that:

  • Enhance preparedness, response and recovery from all forms of
    disasters and improve public safety and homeland security services by
    helping government agencies safeguard citizens, borders, and critical
    infrastructure.
  • Enable effective policy decisions that help local government and
    citizens understand how to plan land use, the construction of critical
    infrastructure to accommodate growing populations while balancing
    quality of life, economic opportunities, preserving natural resources,
    avoiding disproportionate impacts to disadvantaged communities (e.g.,
    environmental justice) and minimizing our carbon foot print.
  • Promote Californians health by helping to
    quickly locate and deliver health care services, identifying gaps in
    service, facilitating response to disease outbreaks and food borne
    contamination, and fostering the understanding of the link between the
    sources of pollution and threats to public health.
  • Inform the traveling public on road and traffic conditions across the
    state and assist in the planning of transportation, utilities,
    broadband and other communication infrastructure that will physically
    or electronically connect citizens in the future.

For more information on specific GIS applications, visit www.cio.ca.gov/gis.html

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