Governor Brown, Legislators announce sweeping reforms to California Public Utilities Commission

In case you missed it, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released the following:

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and Senators Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) today announced a sweeping package of reforms to bolster governance, accountability, transparency and oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

“These reforms will change how this commission does business,” said Governor Brown. “Public access to meetings and records will be expanded, new safety and oversight positions will be created and ex parte communication rules will be strengthened.”

“These reforms mark a new beginning for the CPUC. The commission will become transparent and accountable to Californians and focused on the safety of our communities,” said Assemblymember Gatto, chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. “I want to thank my colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Brown for their support of these key reforms.”

“It’s been a long road, and we still have much work to do if we are to build the CPUC that the state deserves,” said Senator Hill, whose district includes the City of San Bruno. “Today we take a strong step forward with principles that underscore our shared commitment to an organization that will better serve Californians, ensure their safety and merit their trust.”

“The principles are a blueprint for a CPUC that is focused, efficient, working in the public interest, and most notably, transparent and accountable,” said Senator Leno. “The changes agreed to by the Commission and the Governor in SB 215 apply enhanced ex parte communication rules targeting the abuses of the past and ensure independent prosecution and stiff penalties for those who would violate the public trust. I offer my thanks to Governor Brown, the Commission, my joint author Senator Hueso, all my legislative colleagues and The Utility Reform Network for their commitment to reforming our Public Utilities Commission.”

The Governor’s Office will work closely with the Legislature and impacted entities in the administration to move forward with these reforms in the months ahead. Complete details of the reform package are below.

Principles for Reform: Governance, Accountability, Transparency and Oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission

Governance
Increasing the CPUC’s focus and expertise by relocating responsibilities and making logistical changes that improve the commission’s ability to function.

–Transfer the implementation and enforcement of the following CPUC transportation responsibilities to departments within the California State Transportation Agency (e.g., California Department of Motor Vehicles primarily for licensing, registration, evidence of insurance and select investigations and the California Highway Patrol primarily for enforcement and select investigations) through the Governor’s Reorganization Plan process:
>Passenger Stage Corporations
>Charter-Party Carriers (including Transportation Network Companies)
>Household Goods Carriers
>Other carriers subject to CPUC registration requirements (for-hire vessel carriers, commercial air operators, private carriers of passengers and interstate carriers)

–Assess State Telecommunications governance by January 1, 2018.

–Establish cross-agency secondments (for example, with the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, California Air Resources Board, etc.) to foster coordinated actions and exchange of information and facilitate cultural change.

–Work with state colleges and universities to develop and offer curricula specific to the regulation and oversight of utilities.

–Authorize the CPUC to hire and locate employees in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

–Require CPUC voting meetings to be held in various regions of the state.

–Provide statutory authority to consider outside reports from state, federal and academic sources.

–Allow a commissioner to issue an Alternate Proposed Decision (APD) at any time before the Commission votes (current law requires issuance of the APD simultaneous to the issuance of the Presiding Administrative Law Judges issuance of their Proposed Decision.).

Accountability
Enacting reforms to make it easier for the public and watchdog groups to participate in CPUC proceedings.

–Prohibit former regulated utility executives from serving on the Commission for 2 years.

–Allow any California agency to participate in CPUC proceedings without official party status.

–Authorize the California Attorney General to bring an enforcement action in superior court against a decisionmaker or employee of the commission who violates the ex parte communication requirements.

Transparency
Reforming the ex parte rules to establish a more ethical environment that is fair to all parties, while providing flexibility for entities to contact their appointed officials.

–Ex Parte:
>Adjudicatory proceedings: maintain the current prohibition on ex parte communications.
>Quasi-legislative proceedings: allow commissioners to meet freely, particularly with members of the public, to gain perspective and become more educated on the subject area.
>Ratesetting proceedings: require commissioners and interested persons to disclose and promptly log and post the content of ex parte communications online. Failure to timely report shall result in penalties enforced by either the CPUC or the California Attorney General.
>The CPUC may apply additional limits on ex parte communication in ratesetting or quasi-legislative proceedings as circumstances may warrant.

–Allow intervenor compensation for substantial contribution including when a party does not participate in a settlement.

–Subject the CPUC to the judicial review provisions of the California Public Records Act and revisions to improve the CPUC public records and confidentiality statute (§ 583) to retain confidentiality with a more timely release of public information.

–Require documents distributed to service lists be docketed.

–Require transcripts to be made publicly available promptly.

–Require representatives of organizations that lobby the CPUC to register, much like the rules followed in the Legislature.

–Allow commissioners to deliberate on ratesetting proceedings if no hearing has been held. Current law allows commissioners to meet and deliberate only when a hearing is required for resolution of the proceeding.

–Make administrative record more open in quasi-legislative proceeding by not applying the formal rules of evidence.

–Allow commissioners to discuss administrative and managerial issues in closed meetings.

–Enter public comments into the record and develop an e-comment system to make commenting more accessible.

–Establish thresholds for the reasonable and timely resolution of proceedings with enhanced CPUC authority to conclude proceedings in cases exceeding those thresholds.

–Ensure the CPUC appoints all senior executive staff who report directly to the CPUC, including the Executive Director, the General Counsel, the Internal Auditor and the Chief Administrative Law Judge.

Oversight and Safety
Enacting sweeping ethics reforms, which have been elusive or are completely unprecedented.

–Create an Ethics Ombudsperson who any CPUC employee or member of the public can contact at any time with any concern and who is responsible for enhanced ethics training for all CPUC staff and commissioners, on everything from gift and travel ethics to ex parte compliance.

–Codify the creation of the Deputy Director for Safety with plenipotentiary power to “red tag” any unsafe facility, process or activity.

–Require the CPUC to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to expedite relocation of spent fuel currently stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station to an independent spent fuel storage installation.

–Increase oversight of excavation and improve enforcement of dig-in safety laws.

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Statement from Secretary Brian Kelly on Proposed $4 Billion for Automated Vehicles and Initiatives to Accelerate Vehicle Safety Innovations

SACRAMENTO—Today, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced President Obama’s proposal of nearly $4 billion for automated aehicles and DOT initiatives to accelerate vehicle safety innovations.

“This is great news,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary, Brian Kelly. “We welcome this bold step by the Obama Administration. California looks forward to partnering with NHTSA to encourage innovation that will make our streets and roads safer.”

The announcement from the United States Department of Transportation is included in whole below:

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Contact: DOT Press Office
Tel.: (202) 366-4570
pressoffice@dot.gov

Secretary Foxx Unveils President Obama’s FY17 Budget Proposal of Nearly $4 Billion for Automated Vehicles and Announces DOT Initiatives to Accelerate Vehicle Safety Innovations

DOT actions revise existing guidance and clear administrative hurdles for new automotive technology

DETROIT – In his last State of the Union address, President Obama signaled his intent to invest in a 21st century transportation system. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today revealed part of the president’s proposal: a 10-year, nearly $4 billion investment to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects.

Secretary Foxx also announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is removing potential roadblocks to the integration of innovative, transformational automotive technology that can significantly improve safety, mobility, and sustainability. Secretary Foxx made the announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where he was joined by leaders in technology, executives of traditional auto manufacturers, and newcomers to the industry.

“We are on the cusp of a new era in automotive technology with enormous potential to save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transform mobility for the American people,” said Secretary Foxx. “Today’s actions and those we will pursue in the coming months will provide the foundation and the path forward for manufacturers, state officials, and consumers to use new technologies and achieve their full safety potential.”

The President’s FY17 budget proposal would provide nearly $4 billion over 10 years for pilot programs to test connected vehicle systems in designated corridors throughout the country, and work with industry leaders to ensure a common multistate framework for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Secretary Foxx also unveiled policy guidance that updates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2013 preliminary policy statement on autonomous vehicles. The new guidance, released today, reflects the reality that the widespread deployment of fully autonomous vehicles is now feasible.

“NHTSA is using all of its available tools to accelerate the deployment of technologies that can eliminate 94 percent of fatal crashes involving human error,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “We will work with state partners toward creating a consistent national policy on these innovations, provide options now and into the future for manufacturers seeking to deploy autonomous vehicles, and keep our safety mission paramount at every stage.”

DOT is committing to the following milestones in 2016:

  • Within six months, NHTSA will work with industry and other stakeholders to develop guidance on the safe deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles, providing a common understanding of the performance characteristics necessary for fully autonomous vehicles and the testing and analysis methods needed to assess them.
  • Within six months, NHTSA will work with state partners, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and other stakeholders to develop a model state policy on automated vehicles that offers a path to consistent national policy.
  • Secretary Foxx encouraged manufacturers to submit rule interpretation requests where appropriate to help enable technology innovation. For example, NHTSA responded to an interpretation request from BMW confirming that the company’s remote self-parking system meets federal safety standards. Click here to read this interpretation.
  • When interpretation authority is not sufficient, Secretary Foxx further encouraged manufacturers to submit requests for use of the agency’s exemption authority to allow the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles. Exemption authority allows NHTSA to enable the deployment of up to 2,500 vehicles for up to two years if the agency determines that an exemption would ease development of new safety features.
  • DOT and NHTSA will develop the new tools necessary for this new era of vehicle safety and mobility, and will consider seeking new authorities when they are necessary to ensure that fully autonomous vehicles, including those designed without a human driver in mind, are deployable in large numbers when they are demonstrated to provide an equivalent or higher level of safety than is now available.

Under Secretary Foxx’s leadership, the Department has been working to transform government for the 21st century, harnessing innovation and technology that will improve people’s lives. In 2015, Secretary Foxx refocused the national dialogue about the future needs of our transportation infrastructure by releasing Beyond Traffic, a report examining the challenges facing America’s infrastructure over the next three decades. This draft framework has already influenced decisions by elected officials, planners, and stakeholders nationwide.

Secretary Foxx has also energized DOT’s embrace of innovation to help solve these challenges. In December 2015, the Secretary launched the Smart City Challenge, a national competition to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable in that city. He also worked to accelerate the Department’s efforts to incorporate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology into new vehicles.

More information on the President’s budget proposal will be forthcoming.

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DMV Releases Draft Requirements for Public Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles

State Seeks Public Comment on Draft Document

Contact: DMV Office of Public Affairs
2415 First Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 657–6437 | dmvpublicaffairs@dmv.ca.gov

Sacramento—The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations for public comment. This is the next step toward allowing the public to operate self-driving cars on California roadways in the future.

“The primary focus of the deployment regulations is the safety of autonomous vehicles and the safety of the public who will share the road with these vehicles,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “We want to get public input on these draft regulations before we initiate the formal regulatory rule making process.”

The draft regulations are intended to promote the continued development of autonomous vehicle technology in California, while transitioning manufacturers from testing to deployment of self-driving cars. Upcoming public workshops are intended to gather input from industry, consumer and public interest groups, academics, as well as the public, to help improve the quality of the regulations that will eventually be adopted for the operation of self-driving vehicles.

Senate Bill 1298 (Chapter 570; Statutes of 2012) required the DMV to adopt regulations governing both the testing and the use of autonomous vehicles on public roadways. In September 2014, DMV announced the regulations for manufacturers to test the vehicles. Today’s draft regulations address the future use of autonomous vehicles by the public.

The draft regulations are designed to address complex questions related to vehicle safety, certification, operator responsibilities, licensing and registration, privacy, and cyber-security. Key aspects of the draft regulations include:

  1. Manufacturer Certification/Third Party Testing:
    Manufacturers will certify to their compliance with specific autonomous vehicle safety and performance requirements. In addition, a third-party testing organization will be required to conduct a vehicle demonstration test to provide an independent performance verification of the vehicle.
  2. Licensed Driver Required in Vehicle:
    A licensed operator will be required to be present inside the vehicle and be capable of taking control in the event of a technology failure or other emergency. Driverless vehicles are initially excluded from deployment. The department will address the unique safety, performance, and equipment requirements associated with fully autonomous vehicles in subsequent regulatory packages.
  3. Three-Year Deployment Permit:
    Manufacturers will be approved for a three-year deployment permit, which will require them to regularly report on the performance, safety, and usage of autonomous vehicles. This provisional permit is a critical first step towards the full deployment of autonomous vehicles in California. Data collected throughout the permit term will provide an opportunity to evaluate the safety and real-world performance of autonomous vehicles and inform subsequent regulatory actions by the department.
  4. Privacy and Cyber-Security Requirements:
    Manufacturers must disclose to the operator if information is collected, other than the information needed to safely operate the vehicle. Manufacturers will be required to obtain approval to collect this additional information. Autonomous vehicles will be equipped with self-diagnostic capabilities that detect and respond to cyber-attacks or other unauthorized intrusions, alert the operator, and allow for an operator override.

The DMV invites the public to participate in two upcoming workshops to discuss the draft regulations.

Northern California Southern California
10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Harper Alumni Center
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Junipero Serra Building
320 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

In conjunction with the public workshops, the DMV has asked California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), a research program of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct a peer review of the behavioral competencies necessary to safely operate autonomous vehicles. The goal of the peer review is to engage industry experts, researchers, and other stakeholder organizations in more in-depth technical discussions of behavioral competencies in the context of the regulations. This peer review will also supplement feedback gathered in the public workshops.

The DMV previously held three public workshops in April 2013, March 2014, and January 2015. A Request for Information released in July 2014, collected information regarding the capabilities of entities interested in conducting third-party functional safety reviews and certifications of autonomous vehicles or autonomous technology.

The full text of the draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations and the workshop notice is available on the DMV Autonomous Vehicles page.

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Winter is Coming

Quick Facts about Caltrans’ Seasonal Preparations 2015

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SACRAMENTO—Winter weather is on the horizon, and Caltrans is going above and beyond their usual preparations to ready our infrastructure for what could be a wild season. The motoring public needs look no further than the Tex Wash Bridge washout on Interstate 10 in July, or the massive mudslides on Interstate 5 earlier this month to know these preparations could prove crucial in the face of a potential El Niño. Below, please see some of the work that is underway as California girds itself for what may come:

Standard Preparation:

  • Caltrans Headquarters Maintenance requires each of the 12 districts to provide a Winter Operations Plan addressing issues such as, snow and ice removal, rock slide mitigation, and resources available to respond to emergency situations on the state highway system.
  • Maintenance crews patrol for potential rock slide areas and install rock fencing where necessary.
  • Clear any loose debris from slopes in recent fire/burned areas.
  • Clean/clear drains and culverts to ensure proper drainage.
  • Order winter weather gear and personal protective equipment for workers.
  • Ensure salt, sand, cinder, chemicals and brine are fully stocked in housing facilities and containers.
  • Maintenance is in process of hiring approximately 800 temporary employees to assist with winter operations statewide.
  • Ensure that our communication equipment, highway cameras, and the satellite video system (CT SAT COM mobile communication) system are operational and ready for deployment.
  • Calibrate equipment used to apply deicing and anti-icing chemicals and abrasives to ensure proper application rates.
  • Ensure adequate stock of flags and signs for traffic control operations.
  • Review and repair bridge scour.
  • Tree and brush grubbing.
  • Increase pump house inspections.
  • Ditch cleaning.
  • Crack sealing.
  • Monitoring reservoirs for potential overflow that would affect roadways (working with state and local water agencies).
  • Contract in place to install storm water counter measures.
  • Bridge scouring has been identified and reports updated.
  • Identify, inspect, repair pumping stations. Pumping stations are ready with backup generators in each region in case of emergency power outages. All pump houses are inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Many of the pump houses are located in low-lying areas.
  • Readying snowplows, making sure sanders are up and running, and inspecting trailers.
  • Various equipment checks and repairs.

Extraordinary Preparation This Year:
Fires:

  • Districts affected by wildfire have been attending winter prep county coordination meetings set up by Department of Water Resources as well as preparing for debris flow in our burned areas.
  • The Department also been clearing and checking dams – some of which have been impacted by high levels of sediment due to hillside erosion from fires – applying hydro-seeding and straw to slopes to eliminate or reduce erosion.
  • Inspections of recently burned areas due to forest fires have been looking at erosion control and notes of possible remedies taken.

Storms and Floods:

  • Drain, drop inlet and culvert inspections, tree health assessments, identifying potential for slides, felled trees, flooding, pump house inspection, repair and maintenance.
  • Making sure maintenance yards have adequate fuel supplies on hand.
  • Emergency expense card holders have been identified within each District and are versed in the process of requesting additional spending authority and increased limits from an emergency force account if required due to an emergency.
  • Preparing Emergency Response Plan to heighten awareness and improve readiness.
  • Updating Geospatial Information System databases and viewers to improve and enhance real-time information sharing.
  • Appropriate professional staff and engineers are identified and tasked with emergency response.
  • Caltrans district meetings emphasize the need for timely information to reach the public and the media. These meetings include the distribution of updated Maintenance supervisors, after-hours call out lists as well as key phone numbers for senior management, construction engineers, traffic management, maintenance field crews and public affairs so they may be easily reached in the event of a major incident.
  • Collaborated with the National Weather Service (NWS) and San Jose State University’s Mineta Institute to discuss El Niño effect and emergency preparedness procedure and best practices.
  • Partnered with NWS to provide predictive weather forecasts (5-7 day forecasts) daily so Caltrans can better prepare for storm events and major weather changes throughout the state.
  • Caltrans District 5 conducts a meeting in the northern and southern portions of the district each year before the rainy season to discuss winter preparedness for any highway closures due to heavy rain or flooding. These meetings include senior maintenance region managers, engineers who specialize in landslide repair and staff from the storm water unit. Also in attendance at these meetings are all of the area maintenance supervisors and their respective highway workers.

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Highway Safety Coalition Launches Second Phase to Reduce Roadway Fatalities

Traffic fatalities down by 30%, but more work to be done toward zero deaths

SACRAMENTO – Today, California launched the next phase in its plan to further reduce fatalities and severe injuries from collisions on public roadways. Brian P. Kelly, Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency, signed California’s updated Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) joined by many of the stakeholders from the 170 public agencies and private organizations who collaborated to help create the new transportation safety blueprint.

“The update of the SHSP offers the promise of saving more California lives each year,” said Secretary Kelly. “It also includes a greater scope than before, recognizing that our state’s transportation system must be safe for users of all forms of transportation – vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and transit.”

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The SHSP is a national blueprint created for states by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration to develop strategies that save lives and reduce severe injuries. It helps states identify their specific safety challenges, and guides investment decisions toward strategies with the most potential to save lives and prevent severe injuries.

“It is a major achievement for a state as geographically and culturally diverse as California to agree on an approach that meets the needs of such different areas when it comes to traffic safety,” said Tony Furst, Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Highways Administration.

“California’s SHSP is a national model for how federal, state, and local governments can work best in partnership with transportation and safety experts and stakeholders,” Furst continued. “And due to the level of effort and collaboration between government agencies and advocacy groups, California’s updated SHSP promises to be even more robust.”

Under the original SHSP, developed in 2005, California experienced a 30.4 percent reduction in roadway fatalities from 2005 to 2012, and a 17.5 percent reduction in severe injuries. The new plan, just like the original, is largely data-driven, where safety and other significant data is used to help define problems, develop solutions and measure progress.

“One of the key reasons for California’s success in saving lives is that SHSP actions are based on data about collision factors and results are tracked to measure results,” according to David Ragland, PhD, MPH, Emeritus Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Director, Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), University of California, Berkeley.

This SHSP update also comes as a result of requirements under the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The Act not only asked all states to update their SHSPs but to expand the scope beyond highways to include all public roads and to put a greater focus on safety for users of all forms of transportation, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

“It is important that we continue to engage more local agencies and other transportation and safety stakeholders, tribal representatives and other nontraditional partners to increase our state’s success,” stated Secretary Kelly. “The other critical partner is the public. With everyone’s engagement, we can not only create safer roadway conditions, we can also change the traffic safety culture in California so that safety is everyone’s first priority.”

California’s lead SHSP agencies are: Caltrans, California Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Public Health, California Department of Motor Vehicles, California Emergency Medical Services Authority, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, California State Association of Counties, and County Engineers Association of California.

Anyone interested in helping improve roadway safety is encouraged to get involved by visiting the SHSP website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/shsp/. Individuals and organizations can get regular SHSP updates or sign up to participate in one of 15 Challenge Area teams that meet regularly to implement the SHSP and measure its progress. Regional engagement summits will also be held in the coming year. For more information contact SHSP@dot.ca.gov.

State Government Departments Offer Cash Awards for Innovation

Legislature-Created Contests Offer Innovators up to $25,000

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SACRAMENTO – A trio of state department heads on Tuesday announced a set of contests in which Californians can win up to $25,000 for ideas to improve transportation and sustainable government practices, and help prevent underage drinking. They were joined at the State Capitol by the Los Angeles lawmaker who wrote the bill creating the innovation contests.

The directors of Caltrans, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Department of General Services (DGS) announced the “$25K Find a New Way” contests, which stem from legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (AB 2138), which was signed into law last September by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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 Caltrans will award up to $25,000 to the Californian with the best unique idea with the highest likelihood of being successfully put into action that will improve the state’s transportation system. All California residents are eligible to apply except for current and retired state employees and their immediate families. Applications for the Caltrans contest will be accepted beginning August 25. Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.  DGS and the Government Operations Agency will award up to $25,000 to Californians who participate in its “GreenGov Challenge,” an open data code-a-thon to be held October 24 – 25, which will engage the civic coding community to better show the work the state is doing to combat climate change. Participants will focus on creating apps, visualizations, and other tools that can help improve government sustainability practices. The contest is open to California residents and individuals who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. State employees are not eligible to enter.  ABC will award up to $25,000 to the Californian(s) with the best unique idea(s) about how the department can more effectively and efficiently prevent or reduce underage drinking. All California residents are eligible to apply except for current and retired state employees and their immediate families. Applications for the ABC contest will be accepted beginning August 25. Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, whose contest seeks the best idea for improving the state’s transportation system, said, “Californians have contributed some of the best transportation solutions in the country and we look forward to putting a great idea into action.”

“As the state deals with the on-going impacts of environmental change and the drought, we in state government are seeking out innovative ways to better promote sustainability,” said Daniel C. Kim, Director of DGS. “This code-a-thon allows us to leverage the creativity of the civic coding community to better show the work the state is doing to combat climate change.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for Californians to possibly win an award for submitting new ideas to reduce or prevent underage drinking or develop new ways to limit youth access to alcohol. We are looking for out of the box solutions and creative strategies to improve these efforts,” said ABC Director Timothy Gorsuch.

“The people of California are resourceful and inventive,” said Gatto. “Incentives like this can showcase Californians’ creative solutions to some of the state’s most pressing issues.”

Visit http://www.findanewway.ca.gov (or the departments’ individual websites) to enter. More information is available on social media via hashtag #25KFindANewWay.

You can view a video of the announcement press conference below:

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