On Libraries

On Libraries

From the windows of my office in downtown Santa Cruz, California, I enjoy an excellent view of the main branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library. Every morning, in the minutes before opening at 10AM, people start congregating outside. It’s been instructive, over the years, to watch the patrons going in and out. There are […]

On The End Of Protest

“Activism is broken. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. And yet, these mass mobilizations no longer change society.” So speaketh  Micah White, Ph.d, former editor of Adbusters and co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, as he makes the rounds on social media and the big ideas festival circuit promoting his upcoming book, The […]

On Governance

On Governance

The Knight Foundation just released a report titled “Why Millennials Don’t Vote For Mayor”, examining why younger voters don’t vote in local elections. “Millennials” is the label foisted by the labelers upon people born between the early 80’s and the early 2000’s. You should download and read the report if you haven’t already, it can […]

What Good Is My Vote?

What Good Is My Vote?

Santa Cruz, California is, in many ways, an ideal laboratory in which to test and refine and evolve the Civinomics online platform and newsletter. Residents here are familiar with the often times polarized local political environment, especially around issues of public safety, water, homelessness, growth, transportation and a myriad of other topics. As in many […]

On Strategy & Tactics

On Strategy & Tactics

Stipulated: The social contract has been abrogated by a corrupt system of unequal justice. The banksters who brought the economy of the planet to the brink of total and absolute collapse and who ruined countless lives were not prosecuted and continue their destructive schemes to this day. A black man was tackled by multiple police […]

On Recent Developments

On Recent Developments

The development team worked for the last several weeks on some features specific to the Santa Cruz Water Supply Convention workshop and rolled a lot of new code at the last minute. This, of course, introduced quite a few new bugs which the team has been working on since. One of the bugs caused login […]

On Recent Developments

On Recent Developments

The Civinomics development team has been busy over the summer and have been rolling out a number of new features in the last couple weeks. Organizations Organizations can now sign up for Civinomics membership. Organization members have different privileges than individual members in that they cannot vote on ideas and initiatives (sorry Citizen’s United, corporation […]

On Infrastructure

On Infrastructure

I come from a family of makers and builders. My father builds furniture and houses, like his father before him,  and I build infrastructure, specifically, telecommunications networks. My current project is a fiber to the premise network in the City of Santa Cruz, California, and then, out to the rest of Santa Cruz County. While […]

On Home

On Home

Santa Cruz County is a tough place to buy a home or rent a place to live. Due to a variety of factors such as very high land prices, slow growth policies, density restrictions, an ever growing UCSC and the proximity to Silicon Valley, “housing stock” has not kept up with demand. For people of […]

On Self Expression

On Self Expression

Our family is enjoying an extended visit to Europe. Our first stop was Berlin, a city with a complicated history under the Nazis and then, for half the city, under the communists. My initial impression was also complicated, as we careened in a taxi from the airport through town to our hotel. I saw a […]