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Government Watch
February 06, 2013, 05:00 AM
State government

• On Tuesday, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 to declare Feb. 23 as Open Data Day in California. Open Data refers to information that is electronically available from public entities and that is searchable and user-friendly.

Often when government agencies post electronic records online or provide electronic copies of documents in response to a public records request, the data provided is simply a scanned graphic image file that is not searchable or able to be sorted, even though the agency has the file in a searchable format, according to Yee's office.

Yee and many open government advocates would like to see electronic documents be produced in an open source file, word processing document, spreadsheet, database or other format in which keywords or other data fields could be easily searched using commonly used software, which is often the format internally used by the public agency, according to Yee's office.

• Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, has drafted legislation that will exempt California's remaining manufacturers from sales tax on equipment used for manufacturing. The intent of the bill is to put California businesses on equal footing with other states.

City government

• Burlingame is seeking to fill two vacant seats on the Planning Commission. Commissioners offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and staff. Applications are available on the city website, The deadline to apply is March 15. For more information call Ana Silva in the city manager's office at 558-7204.

• The city of San Carlos is holding a forum on school safety with the San Carlos School District, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and the San Carlos Youth Center. The forum will focus on current prevention, training, activation strategies, traffic safety and Internet/media education with school administrators, counselors, recreation leaders and police Capt. Greg Rothaus.

The forum is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at the San Carlos Library conference room, 610 Elm St., San Carlos.

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