FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2014 Contact: Brian Purchia, 202-253-4330,



San Francisco – Yesterday, California voters passed Proposition 42, a statewide ballot initiative, which will help create a more open and transparent government and provides the impetus for statewide open data policies.

Today Yo Yoshida, CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco based civic startup Appallicious released the following statement.

“By passing Prop 42, the Golden State is providing the foundation for a dramatically more open and transparent government.

“It is now up to lawmakers both in Sacramento and in our local towns and cities to develop comprehensive open data legislation. By making the public’s information on the state and local level the default option, we will save government millions of dollars, increase efficiency and restore trust in our democracy. Prop 42 also provides the fuel for emerging civic tech pioneers that are building products and services that empower citizens.”

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San Francisco Business Times: Accela raises $40 million to put government in the cloud

About Appallicious: Appallicious is a Civic Startup that utilizes data to help government better serve its citizens. Appallicious is a leader in creating licensable data visualization products that are easily replicated for government and citizens, often in collaboration with the White House, FEMA, states, counties and city agencies. Our core government products include a mCommerce platform for government (City & County of SF, Rec Park App- Mashable Top 7 Apps Every City Needs) and Neighborhood Score a mobile app that allows the user access to a block-by-block analysis of health and sustainability data, creating metrics for cities and non-profits to measure performance, and insurance companies to integrate into pricing algorithms.