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The 2017 Annual Google Developer’s Conference Held at the GooglePlex in CA

Mountain View, California is the location for the 2017 Annual Developer’s Conference hosted by Google, the world’s largest multi-tech and search engine oriented organization. The Googleplex, which was built in 1996, is the home of innovators and free-thinkers who focus on enterprises such as cloud computing, advertising technologies, Internet analytics, and the development of Web operating systems.

 

This May, the agenda is centered around discussing and inviting new concepts on the new Android O, artificial intelligence, the new version of the iOS Assistant and more. Google has billions of loyal followers, but in 2017, they set their focus on the next billion users coming online and discovering Google; the tech-giant is super-focused on these next users.

 

Google is eagerly looking forward to unveiling a new series of software features and updates that offer new users easier accessibility. They also included renovations to several subcategories of Google including Google Home, Google Photos, YouTube, Gmail, Android OS, and ways to optimize a present device’s performance without purchasing a new product.

 

The Android Go, a simpler version of Android O, has only one gigabyte of memory and will be introduced for entry-level devices. The experts also introduced Lens, a new photographic feature for the phone.

 

Google Assistant was not forgotten, and it also is experiencing improvements as it appears in iOS. Now, the user will be able to type in addition to speaking, and this will be assimilated into several Google products.

 

One of the most significant new features is for the job hunter on Google search. When pertinent job information is entered for a job hunt, the search engine will now pull from Career Builder, Monster, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, so users will find jobs directed to their specific location and experience.

 

This incredible, innovative, group continues to create state-of-the-art products for the Internet world, and GooglePlex is the spectacular location to encourage that. On the property are fitness and wellness centers, cooking classes, cafes and bike riding across the campus. This is the environment where free-thinking lives.

CA. Governor Liftes Five Years of Water Restrictions as the State Drought Emergency Comes to an End

After five years of what seemed like unending drought, California finally had a wet winter that has allowed Gov. Jerry Brown to lift the emergency orders. Brown placed a series of emergency measures across the state in 2014 and 2015 in an effort to conserve water. These were desperate measures that were applied when the end of the drought could not be seen to save the water supply for 39 million people.

 

On Friday, June 9, Brown declared that “the drought emergency is over, and the water restrictions have been lifted.” During this time, only four percent of the state had not experienced the abnormally dry conditions.

 

The melting snowpack from the mountains typically supplies the majority of the water supply and that plunged in 2014. This left the two largest water reservoirs, Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville, at only half capacity.

 

The rural areas tried to save water by extending the wells that were already dug, but this led to serious ground sinking issues. Thousands of people had no tap water, and acres upon acres of trees in the National Forests dried up and died. Scientists are now investigating the impact that the drought effect had on the ecosystem at the higher elevations.

 

Those in the urban areas experienced serious restraints also and were required to cut water usage 25 percent. Thousands of people were fined for washing cars and watering lawns during the past five years.

 

Even though the lawns turned brown and local restaurants stopped automatically serving water by the end of 2015, the urban areas accomplished the task of reducing their water usage.

 

Maybe the drought lasted just long enough to wake up the west coast residents to the excess that they had been using. The 2016-2017 season has been recorded as the second wettest season on record. The Oroville Dam is filled to capacity and overflowing, and the snowpack is 161 percent over normal, reports Bill Patzert, NASA climatologist.

California and Germany Sign Environmental Pact

Over the past few weeks, many organizations and governments across the world have reacted to the decision by the United States to back out of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015, essentially is an international effort to control global warming by reducing the use of fossil fuels. While the US was applauded by signing up two years ago, it was been heavily criticized for backing out. Today, the US is only one of three nations to not be a member.

 

While the federal government has backed out, many different local and state governments across the country have stated that they will continue to abide by the Paris Agreement. One of these states is California, which has officially teamed up with Germany to find ways to continue to stay compliant with the pact.

 

California, which has the largest economy in the United States, and Germany will form the Under 2 Coalition, which will look for ways to help improve the environment even after the US has pulled out of the Paris Agreement. Some of the ways that they will go about doing this is by continuing to education other state and local governments on what they could do to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and reduce their overall carbon footprint. With California at the lead, the US could still have a major impact on the global environment.

 

This effort by the State of California is just the latest evidence that the state is a leading progressive and liberal state. While the 2016 Presidential Election, California was still an overwhelming supporter of the Democratic Party as it had several million more votes for Hillary Clinton than it did for Donald Trump. The state has also taken a variety of other liberal stances in the recent year, including legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and finding ways to continue to support Obamacare, even when it appears that it will be modified or rescinded.

 

California Resident Wins Powerball

It’s all over for those who have waited to see if they are the lucky winner of the Powerball jackpot. The jackpot reached an estimated $448 million before Saturday night’s drawing. There was one ticket sold in California with all of the numbers matching those in the drawing as well as the Powerball. Numbers were called out shortly after 11 p.m.

 

Officials soon concluded that the ticket was sold in the small town of Sun City, California. If the winner takes the lump payout, then it would mean a payday of $279 million. It took 19 drawings before a ticket matched the winning numbers. It’s one of the highest payouts in lottery history in the United States. April 1 was the last time that a Powerball jackpot was claimed. There are only 44 states that participate in the jackpot drawing, California being one of them. The latest amount is the seventh highest since the lottery started with the amount beating a $435 million winning ticket on February 22.

 

The winner of the Powerball jackpot in February is a plant worker with a degree from Perdue University. He took the lump payment at the time. The winner of the latest mega million jackpot has not come forward yet. When people think about winning that much money, they sometimes don’t know exactly what they would do with it except to spend it on things that they need, donate it to charities or help family members. With an amount this large, the first thing on the list should be investing in a financial planner to help in setting up a bank account so as not to spend all of the money at one time.

 

California Economy

There are many great things happening in the economy in California. Not only is job growth high, but a lot of people are moving to the state in search of a better life. With this growth in the population, the state is bringing in more income than ever before. This is leading to more jobs and companies in the state. Here are several factors that are influencing the positive economic trends in California.

 

 

Taxes

 

For many years, California had the highest tax rates of any state in the country. However, the state has made a lot of changes recently in their business model to be able to lower taxes. This is encouraging companies to move into the area to set up business. In addition, this is bringing in new jobs for the people who are living there. In the coming years, the state is excited to continue to make these changes in order to drive growth and innovation in this field. This is an exciting development for a lot of people who live there.

 

 

Jobs

 

There are a lot of great jobs in the state of California right now. The technology industry is growing rapidly, and now is a great time to work in that industry. The great thing about that industry is the fact that the jobs have a lot of benefits. The big technology companies are doing well financially, and this allows them to extend benefits to workers. The people who live in California are able to make a lot of money and spend it in the state on goods and services.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, the economy in California is doing well right now. With the coming growth in population, many experts expect this trend to continue in the coming years. Now is the time to invest in this state to start a company.

 

Drought Lifted While Impacts Remain

California residents can now say that the drought that has lasted for about four years is over. That doesn’t mean that the damage done by the drought will go away anytime soon. Whenever there is a significant lack of water in a state, there are always issues with the infrastructure of the ground and amount of water that is available for drinking in the future. Lawns are now seeking the water that they once had, damaged to a point where they don’t have the beautiful green color that they once had. There are forests struggling with trees that have simply died out from the lack of adequate water over the course of a few years. In some places, the land started to sink in, appearing as though it would cave in on itself.

 

Although it’s started to rain once again, the ground and the plants and the trees aren’t going to just bounce back to the way that they were overnight. Governor Jerry Brown removed emergency orders from 2014 and 2015 over the first week of June 2017. There are a few water restrictions in some of the counties in California, but for the most part, people can begin using water like before. When the drought started, there was only about four percent of the state that didn’t see any kind of dry conditions. Fortunately, the winter season of 2016 was abnormally wet, providing plenty of moisture for the state to come out of drought conditions. There isn’t a promise that there won’t be another drought in the future, and if there is, then there is a chance that it could leave conditions worse than what they are now.

Private High School in Mountain View Profits from Selling Snap Stocks

Last Thursday, initial investors in Snap received a windfall in earnings. After one day of trading, the stock closed at $24.48, which was an increase of 44% over the initial valuation. The co-founders of the company, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, both increased their net worth by hundreds of millions of dollars overnight. The company is estimated to have a value of $33 billion. Snap is the parent company of the popular social media app Snapchat.

 

It turns out that wealthy investors and the company’s employees are not the only ones who will end up benefiting from the stock trading. St. Francis High School, a private Catholic school in Mountain View, CA, earned about $24 million from the public offering.

 

This is thanks largely to Barry Eggers, a former parent at the school. Eggers is the head of the school’s investment fund as well as a venture capitalist. His daughter first showed him Snapchat, and he was intrigued by the unique opportunity to help grow Snap.

 

In 2012, he recommended to the Board of St. Francis that they invest $15,000 in Snap. Luckily, they agreed. This past week, the school sold 1.4 million shares to generate their millions of dollars of profit. They still own 600,000 shares that are estimated to be worth $17 million. The school is expected to use some of their new funds to pay for professional development, financial aid, curricular and extracurricular programs.

 

Before other schools try to follow suit, everyone should remember that the Silicon Valley is quite a unique place. Average-sized homes regularly sell for millions of dollars, young entrepreneurs can see their worth grow exponentially in a year, and college graduates can sometimes expect to see six-figure salaries soon after finishing school. This story is just another example of the extreme success that has spread throughout the area.

 

Redding Caught in the Eye of the Storm

Redding, CA is utopia of tranquility, harmony, and acceptance. It is a monolith of society, a treasure of California that must be showcased and emulated by all of its surrounding cities. From sweeping grasslands to the the urban sprawl of the Hilltop, there’s no better city in California to settle into than this proud metropolis. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions have jeopardized the serene scene that usually befits Redding. Storms of all shapes, severity and volume have deluged all of Shasta County, with Redding taking a huge brunt of the damage and wear. While most of northern California is accustomed to precipitation, the sheer amount of strife inflicted upon this bustling city has the citizens and government scrambling for cover.

 

Mother nature was definitely not merciful to the city of Redding on Monday, as she unleashed a veritable downpour upon the entire populace. Eight inches of rain was the nature of the order, and the ensuing chaos caused backups and traffic jams on streets and highways alike. The historic I-5 was no exception, suffering from a torrential flood that had drivers scrambling for purchase on the suddenly more liquid than solid freeway. Flooding was so extensive that the San Joaquin River reported a levy breach that warranted partial evacuation of the area. Though conditions in the area eventually stabilized and the flash flood warning put out throughout the area was rescinded, the impact of such a forceful happening could be felt for days on end. Meanwhile in the Sierra, meteorologists predicted an onslaught of snow, a frozen counterpart to the troublesome precipitation that has plagued the county in recent times. Residents of the area are advised to exercise extreme caution when going about all daily activities and errands, for the sake of safety and public security.

 

While Redding doesn’t always make the news, its sporadic appearances in the national spotlight are always a force to be reckoned with. Residents of the city and sleep secure knowing that though this unpredictable weather system has wreaked much havoc, it has also brought fame.