Cruz Cares and Social Entreprenuership

Cruz Cares and Social Entreprenuership

Social Good, Technology, and Community Civinomics is about taking action and collaborating with others to solve our society’s social or environmental issues. Topics such as affordable housing, managing our water systems, reducing homelessness, and regional transportation are the most common conversations on the Civinomics blog. If these topics interested you, I encourage you to attend […]

Civinomics Cofounder Robert Singleton’s TED Talk

Civinomics Cofounder Robert Singleton’s TED Talk

If you weren’t able to see it in person, here is Civinomics Cofounder Robert Singleton giving a TED talk about how millennials are using technology to improve our democracy. If you like what you see share it with your friends! Watch the Full Talk Here.

Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz

Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz

Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring most of the existing affordable housing sites within the City of Santa Cruz, and beyond the heavy rainfall, I actually learned a tremendous amount about what are affordable housing stock looks like, and how much effort it takes to develop. The tour was organized by members of the […]

No More Development in the Mission?

The Bay Area is still in the midst of a Housing Crisis. This is a topic that we have covered extensively on this blog, with many articles being written about potential new development policies, on new state policies, on homelessness, and other potential reforms. However, there is one measure that recently qualified for the San […]

Solving the Santa Cruz Water Crisis

It took 18 months of meetings. 18 months of studying, touring facilities, evaluating citizen submitted proposals, hearing from organizations, engineers, scientists, and pollsters, yet last Friday the Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee voted unanimously, as per their consensus based charter, to pass on a portfolio recommendation to the Santa Cruz City Council for addressing […]

Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz

Vacation rentals have been a hot topic in Santa Cruz as of late. Earlier this year the County adopted a cap on the number of homes that could be rented out as vacation rentals in specific locations. One of these locations was Seacliff in Aptos, and the issue became bitterly divisive amongst property owners in […]

Little Brisbane in a Booming Bay

The little town of Brisbane, a city of some 4,000 people just south of San Francisco, is in the midst of a major decision. The tiny city, the majority of which was built on artificial land dumped into the bay after the 1906 earthquake, is considering one of the largest development projects in the history of […]

A New Model of Local Entrepreneurship

I am standing at the corner of a bustling intersection surrounded by a sea of young professionals and curious tourists of all ages. Buildings of 10 stories and more extend into the sky all around me, boasting small shops on their ground level with apartments layered in the floors above. The line at a nearby […]

What to Expect Next from Civinomics

As many of you may have been noticing, Civinomics has been going through some changes recently. Specifically, we have taken to rewriting a huge portion of our internal code, while also fixing some user interface problems. This hasn’t been for nothing, and has actually been in preparation for a whole new product that we are […]

Funding Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz

Funding Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz

Last week the Santa Cruz City Council weighed in on the draft Housing Element for the City, a section of the General Plan that outlines how the City hopes to meet the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) over the next seven years. The RHNA numbers are the projected total number of units that will need […]