New Look, New Domain

After almost two years of the same look since creating the Local Assistance Blog, I’ve made several changes to the site.

The first thing you’ll notice is the new design. While the content of the site is my primary concern, feedback regarding how the blog has been handy and referenced during meetings motivated me to make some design changes. The Local Assistance Blog now includes a more responsive design to better accomodate phone and tablet viewing.

The next update I made was to the Archives page. Some subscribers have mentioned how the blog has helped become a historical reference for announcements and other postings. The Archives page can now be used to find posts by date or topic[1].

One of the major changes to the site is the new domain. The original URL of https://localassistance.wordpress.com will still direct you to the site[2], but to make things easier for users to spread the word about the site, the primary address for the Local Assistance Blog is now simply http://localassistance.info.

Lastly, with one of the biggest supporters and contributors to the site, John Hoole, at HQ now, I’ll be writing many of the posts and updates again. I’m always looking for guest bloggers to share advice from the local agency perspective. If you’re interested in putting something together to share on the blog, please send me an email (david_giongco@dot.ca.gov).

In less than two years, the blog that started as an experiment with three followers (that included me) has grown to a resource for several Caltrans Districts and over 150 subscribers. Thanks for all the support and please continue to share your feedback.


  1. The Search button is also a great way to find past posts.  ↩
  2. Both web addresses will direct you to the site, but http://localassistance.info is the primary domain for the site now.  ↩

About David Giongco

David is a registered civil engineer with the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter and at LinkedIn.

2 thoughts on “New Look, New Domain

  1. Just the fact that you in the Great North Region have taken the time to put something together to assist the local agencies and their contractors in the delivery of their projects speaks volumes! I have enjoyed sharing your articles with my clients and have passed the web site on to many who did not know it was there. I have even shared the substance with clients in Districts 4, 6 and 10 who have all benefited from the pre notice and heads-up you have given them. Your site has always been user friendly and this new design may even make it just a cut above, but it remains a valuable tool for us has-beens (Retirees) to keep in touch with the Department…

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