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Andrew Westrope

Andrew Westrope is a staff writer for Government Technology. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at community newspapers for seven years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and lives in Northern California.

A recent case study asserts that the Golden State’s approach involving data governance, political advocates, legislation and investment is one that other states’ leaders should emulate.
Jordan Sun brings varied experience in the private and public sectors, from health care and finance to diplomacy and the military, to help the city of San Jose use technology to recover economically and grow in a way that’s equitable.
Overseeing the digital transformation of one of the most advanced cities on Earth, Los Angeles CIO Ted Ross weighs in on how digital services are meeting the moment, with office buildings closed, Web traffic spiking and applications for relief programs becoming increasingly urgent.
The San Francisco tech company has created an interactive mapping tool to show where and how accessory dwelling units can be built.
Using CityBase software, the consolidated city-county redesigned its whole application process around the user experience. It could be a template for future digital services.
More than two dozen employees received an email in December containing malware, but Los Angeles County IT staff detected and contained it before the exposure of any residents' data.
New tools from one of the nation’s top police-tech companies, a new body camera and a cloud-based RMS, debuted last month at several police departments in California trying to address a few 21st-century concerns.
One county in the state is already using the service and a second is running a pilot program. The idea is to capture tax revenue lost through illicit vacation rentals and unpermitted property improvements.
Govlaunch has crowdsourced information from over 150 governments in 37 states. Among its California users are the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Rafael and Corona.
At a conference in October, officials will choose four finalists, then award the winner $25,000 in investment and a $25,000 project with the city.
The Open Mobility Foundation will collaborate on new digital tools to manage mobility options and data, as well as help cities plan infrastructure, policy and other changes as needs arise.
As a standalone product or part of Accela’s Civic Solution for Cannabis Regulation launched in 2017, the Hemp Licensing tool proposes to help states simplify applications, renewals, payments, mapping and other facets of the process, while adhering to either the federal government's regulations or the state's.
With an investment the city’s IT manager regarded as overdue, Santa Barbara will automate several regular paper processes by using Kronos' Workforce Dimensions and Workforce TeleStaff.
More than 1,000 law enforcement agencies contribute data to CrimeReports, according to its website. Tyler Technologies spokesman Saf Rabah confirmed that the split will occur in June and that customers and products of Tyler Technologies will be unaffected.
Free maps of physical curb assets such as signs, paint lines and fire hydrants are available for neighborhoods in six cities, with more to come. Coord wants this to be a resource for urban planners and others.
Startup in Residence's (STiR) current cohort of tech startups has reached a milestone in its 16-week program, as private-sector mentors like Google, Esri and Accela have begun to offer guidance and advice on their projects.
San Jose's Chief Information Officer Rob Lloyd says his new No. 2 will be Jerry Driessen, formerly a county CIO from Minnesota. Lloyd said Driessen impressed him with the depth of his leadership experience and team-building work; his familiarity with project management and deploying city services; and an eye for people, processes and tech that help governments sustain initiatives over time.
Jonathan Reichental confirmed accepting a job offer from Oracle in November, but he decided instead to start his own business. The tech company, meanwhile, is still seeking to fill the public sector-focused position.
Votem acquired Everyone Counts, a California-based online voting company, in October 2018. Votem, which also offers other tools for elections officials such as voter registration software, was also involved in a contract to update Los Angeles County's voting equipment.
After nearly seven years of upgrading technology in Palo Alto, the city’s chief information officer has been tapped to become the global industries solution leader for Oracle’s public-sector division.
A firm that provides digital platforms for government stepped in and created a recovery website for the fire-ravaged town of Paradise. ProudCity says it'll iron out the billing details when the town is back on its feet.