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California Looks to Increase Funding for Earthquake Mapping

January 10, 2014 - in Modeling

Gov. Jerry Brown called for a sharp increase in funding for a program to map dangerous earthquake faults in California, reviving an effort hobbled by budget cuts over the last two decades. Brown's proposal caps months of debate on whether city and state governments…

34 Percent of Underground LA Traffic Sensors Broken

November 25, 2013 - in Sensors, Transportation

Many of the underground traffic sensors meant to troubleshoot Los Angeles' commute headaches are broken. There are 27,000 traffic sensors buried under…

Los Angeles Sets Up Command Center to Combat Cyber Attacks

November 3, 2013 - in Security

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti set up a new command center Wednesday to minimize the threat that hackers, terrorists or foreign enemies will disrupt…

Los Angeles Plans a Performance Metrics Website

October 9, 2013 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Modeled on systems set up by Minneapolis, Boston and other cities, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garsetti will soon unveil a website that is supposed to answer the public’s most commonly asked questions. How many violent crimes have occurred in my neighborhood?…

Sensors Help LA Create Demand-based Parking Pricing

June 13, 2013 - in Sensors, Transportation

Los Angeles drivers competing over limited parking spaces are no longer paying the same rate for every space. With the help of a $15 million federal grant, the city rolled out LA Express Park in May 2012 – a program that utilizes sensor technology in parking…

Los Angeles Maps Electricity Use at the Block Level

March 31, 2013 - in Electric Grid, Energy

The University of California at Los Angeles today published a map that brings some clarity to how the city uses electricity, block by block. For consumers, the interactive map shows how each block compares to others and consumption patterns by season. But…

Los Angeles Police Improve Performance through Computer-Generated Maps

July 2, 2012 - in Analysis

A recent study suggests that computers could be better than seasoned police analysts at predicting when and where crime will strike next in a busy city. Software tested in Los Angeles was twice as good as human analysts at predicting where burglaries and car…

More Than 12,000 Acres Atop LA City Rooftops Provide Huge Opportunity For Solar Development

May 9, 2012 - in Analysis, Energy, Projects

The City of Los Angeles has more than 12,000 acres of prime space for solar development on the rooftops of local homes, businesses and multi-family buildings, with capacity to create as much as five gigawatts of clean, locally generated power, according to…