Lt. Governor Newsom supports CA Land Commission website showing state profit from underground minerals

opca32814.jpgExactly how is California spending its money?

For people who enjoy pouring over numbers there’s a new website that breaks down budgets and revenue sources.

One example, that was previously difficult to measure, relates to what’s underneath the land across California.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s office reports that the state generates nearly half a billion dollars in revenue from oil and gas contracts, mineral royalties, and leasing programs.

The profit is substantial, and Newsom is Chairman of the California State Lands Commission, which is tasked with managing $500 million in revenue annually.

The California State Lands Commission manages the deals and now its work can be measured online with the launch of a new budget visualization website at

“The OpenGov Platform leverages cloud technology to unlock valuable government data, and present it in a way that is useful for government staff and meaningful to California residents,” said the Lieutenant Governor in a prepared statement.

The website also allows users to explore individual city budgets and in some cases allows people to pull financial data for specific departments within a city.
Even the City of Bell, once the center of a major financial scandal, now uses the software to enhance governance, engage their citizenry and improve transparency, according to Newsom’s office.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

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