New Workshops: Save Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Civinomics in the field and more… September 3rd

1. New Workshops: Save Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

It was announced earlier last week that the UCSC Arts Department has decided to cut the Shakespeare Santa Cruz program, citing cost overruns and debt problems. The program, which has been a summer tradition for over 30 years, is loved by many in the community and provides one of the best avenues for theatre students looking to get hands on job experience. With such an outpouring of support, surely this program can survive, but in what context? Join us in helping to Save Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Many people think Plug-in Electric (PEV) Vehicles represent the future of driving, and with companies like Tesla gaining momentum, they may have a point. But these new vehicles still need the infrastructure to thrive, which is why we need your input on the The Monterey Bay Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan.

2. Civinomics in the Field: San Francisco, Scotts Valley and Watsonville

September is one busy month for Civinomics as we are set to conduct 3 separate iPad campaigns! Our first is in conjunction with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, reaching out to city residents about green infrastructure projects. Education alert: Did you know that the city of San Francisco has a combined sewer system that treats both stormwater and wastewater together? However, that means that when it rains a lot more water needs to be treated, which can overwhelm it. To address this issue, Civinomics is helping to work with community members to identify where the best places to build green infrastructure are, which should help reduce the impact of stormwater on the system.
On a more local note, we are going to be working with Save Our Shores in Scotts Valley to poll people about a proposed plastic ban and paper bag fee. All of the incorporated cities, and the county as a whole, have already banned plastic bags and imposed a fee on paper bags.
In Watsonville, we will be working with the city’s Economic Development Coordinator, Kurt Overmeyer, and the Executive Director for the Santa Cruz Business Council, Joe Foster, to survey people about how we can Improve Downtown Watsonville. We will be surveying people downtown midday on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then at the Farmers Market on Friday. Did we mention we also have a workshop? Check it out here.

3. New Features and Bug Fixes

The new photo upload feature is in test and will be released next week, along with an improved search interface.
Coming up next, the “Oops!” control, a way for members to remove their posts.
Remember to give your input on ways Civinomics can be better in the “Improve Civinomics” workshop!

4. Happy Labor Day!

We hope you had a great Labor Day! But don’t forget the history behind why this holiday is so important: Labor Day is recognized on the first Monday of September. It is a reminder of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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