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On December 9, 1968, at a San Francisco Civic Center exhibition hall that no longer exists, engineer and inventor Douglas Engelbart unveiled personal computing.
Engelbart, who died in July at 88, never used the phrase “personal computing” in describing the hardware and software he and his team created but his presentation to 1,000 computer professionals at Brooks Hall demonstrated the core elements of personal computing including the mouse, networking, hypertext, video conferencing, word processing and multiple windows.
At a time when computers were hulking, punchcard-driven number crunchers, Engelbart offered a revolutionary conception of what a computer — and its user — could become.
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Angered that he wasn’t to be reappointed to the Board of Supervisors slot he resigned from on November 10, Dan White enters San Francisco City Hall at 10:30 a.m. through a basement window.
Mayor George Moscone agrees to meet with White after a meeting with Assemblyman Willie Brown concludes. Brown leaves. White enters. Moscone lights a cigarette and pours he and White a drink. As he does so, White shoots the mayor four times at point blank range with a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver.
Leaving the 49-year-old father of four dead, White reloads and walks to where the supervisors’ offices Read more »
In its assessment of California’s budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1, the Legislative Analyst says this about state highway spending:
“Proposition 1B, a ballot measure approved by voters in November 2006, authorized the issuance of $20 billion in general obligations bonds for state and local transportation improvements…. The budget appropriates $258 million of Proposition 1B funds for various transportation programs. This appropriation level is significantly lower than the appropriations made in recent years because the majority of funds have already been appropriated.” (Emphasis added.)
Caltrans reports that as of August 31, the Legislature has appropriated $14.2 billion of the $15.6 billion in Read more »
CALIFORNIA ECONOMY BY THE NUMBERS
As of October 2013, California is the Number Two job-creating state with 223,900 new jobs added during the last year and 826,500 new jobs created since the recovery began in February 2010.
2. LONGEST STREAK OF PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH
California employers have added jobs for 26 straight months, the longest streak in the nation.
3. RISING EMPLOYMENT
The number of employed Californians grew by 3.3 percent in the last 12 months — the largest year-over-year employment gain since 1990.
4. TOP 5 GDP GROWTH
In terms of GDP, California’s growth rate was 3.5 percent in 2012 – fifth best in the nation.
5. MULTIPLE NATION-LEADING SECTORS
California is Read more »
So far, five California entities — three of them institutions of higher learning — have asked permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones when federal law allows it almost two years from now.
The FAA predicts there could be as many as 30,000 drones in American skies by 2020.
A list of 81 entities who seek authorization to use what are known as “unmanned aerial systems” beginning in late 2015 was released by the FAA in 2012 as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
On the list from the Golden State is California State University Read more »
The Democratic govenor is heading to Washington D.C. to give a speech at a conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress. Elvis likely would be heading to Memphis, a garage full of Cadillacs and other diversions.
On October 22, 1948, newlyweds Harry and Esther Snyder opened the first In-N-Out burger stand. Demolished during construction of the Interstate 10 freeway, the stand was California’s first drive-thru restaurant.
The Baldwin Park site at Garvey and Francisquito — across the street from Harry Snyder’s childhood home — was barely 10 feet square.
McDonalds and Carl’s Jr., founded in 1948 and 1946 respectively, are contemporaries of the Snyders. But they were drive-ins.
The Snyders pioneered the use of a two-way intercom system allowing drivers to place orders without leaving their car. Like McDonald’s and Carl’s, they kept the menu simple — burgers, fries, drinks, Read more »
On Saturday October 19, Gov. Jerry Brown attended a memorial in Fresno for former state senator and appellate justice George Zenovich.
The event, not listed on the Democratic governor’s public schedule, was supposed to begin at 11 a.m., shortly after Brown arrived. It didn’t conclude until nearly 2:30 p.m.
Brown was the last of nine speakers reminiscing about the easy-going but effective Zenovich, a Fresno Democrat who carried the 1975 legislation creating the Arts Council and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
The governor made no effort to be moved higher in the program to accommodate his schedule. Of Zenovich he Read more »
Ninety years ago on October 16, 1923, brothers Walter Elias Disney and Roy Oliver Disney founded Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
The studio was located in the rear of a small office occupied by Holly-Vermont Realty at 4651 Kingswell Ave. near Vermont Ave. in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. Rent was $10.
Walt Disney had come to Hollywood from Kansas City after his first company, Laugh-O-Gram Films, went bankrupt. One of Disney’s final Laugh-O-Gram features was Alice’s Wonderland, a mix of animation and live action.
In the short, a young girl visits a cartoonist’s studio where the cartoons come to Read more »
Of the 896 bills lawmakers approved in 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed 96 of them – just under 11 percent – the lowest percentage of his current term, according to How Often Do Governors Say No?, an annual tabulation by the Senate Committee on Governance & Finance.
Of the 870 bills sent to him in 2011, he vetoed 125 — a 14.4 percent veto rate.
During his first two terms as governor, from 1975 through 1982, Brown’s veto rate was 4.4 percent compared to 12.4 percent for the last three years.
Over those eight years, Brown vetoed 528 bills – less than one-third the Read more »
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