January 12, 2001
Sacramento Governor Gray Davis announced the launch of a one-stop California Web Portal that will offer access to an expanded array of online information and state services, such as the ability to make DMV appointments, obtain fishing licenses, or buy state park passes online. Governor Davis made the announcement as he delivered his State of the State address at the California State Capitol last night. The new "My California" web portal is located at my.ca.gov or www.ca.gov.
"With the launch of our new My California homepage, we are using web technology to personalize government in a way no other state has ever done," Governor Davis said. "With advice from the best minds in the Silicon Valley, we have developed an Internet site that makes it simple to register cars, check up on schools' academic performance, get live pictures of our state parks, and much more. Our seamless, state-of-the-art web portal, my.ca.gov is your online link to California."
My California homepage also allows Californians to personalize the portal for quickest access to those items they use most while ensuring their privacy. The new portal, which is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, also provides powerful search functions to speed and simplify access to state services and information, ensuring that most information is just "two clicks away." The staff of the California Research Bureau of the State Library contributed their substantial information skills to the organization of content on the main portal page.
In addition to the features mentioned above, other new applications on the My California homepage include Registered Nurses license renewal. Film First rebate program, the California Care Network, household employer tax filing, state Park online store, realtime views of California freeways and a state road "virtual tour" of the state.