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Geoffrey Neill

What Does Open Mean?

Hey, have you seen BART’s new official app? Nope, you haven’t. Know why? They don’t need to spend money making their own apps. They just put all their data online in an open format and everybody else goes ahead and makes apps for themselves. What’s more, these other people do it the way they want, [...]

The Money Pit

I ran across this article on Sunday, and found it fascinating. It’s about the federal government’s retirement filing facility, which is housed in an old limestone mine in a small town in Pennsylvania. Yes, federal employees’ retirements are actually processed and stored in a big limestone cave. By hand! Pretty cool, right? I mean, pretty [...]

Tax Performance Continues to Amaze…Mostly

I remember a time, not too long ago, when the State Controller’s monthly report of cash receipts consistently induced shudders, giving us a collective chance to cringe at just how bad the fiscal situation was. No longer. Today’s report (narrative version, nerd version) states that California’s three major taxes beat recent estimates by almost a [...]

Where’s the Party?

 The Secretary of State just released the official list of parties that are qualified for this June’s statewide primary. No surprises here, although we might be forgiven for sometimes forgetting that 1 in 16 California voters is registered with a party whose name doesn’t start with a D or an R (specifically, an L, a [...]

California’s Changing Demographics

Yesterday was the most exciting day of the year for demographers who moonlight as futurists. For the rest of us was just a Thursday. But it just so happens to be the Thursday that the Department of Finance’s Demographics Research Unit released the population projections through 2060. The projections cover detailed information about age, race, [...]