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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dealing with Gotcha Evictions in SF

As the housing crisis in San Francisco continues largely unabated so do many of the horror stories of tenants being evicted. We have covered this issue before when discussing the spike in Ellis Act evictions last year, which is a California law that allows property owners to forcibly evict tenets, even in a rent controlled property, […]

Airbnbs in SF: The Saga Moves to the Ballot

Airbnbs in SF: The Saga Moves to the Ballot

Things have been heating up in San Francisco with regards to short term rentals. Part of the new “sharing economy,” sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) have been in use for years now and have allowed residents to rent out either a room or an entire unit to short term renters (usually […]

San Francisco Takes Aim at Airbnb

Throughout the San Francisco housing debate, home sharing services like Airbnb have become a lightning rod for controversy. These companies allow homeowners to easily rent out individual rooms, or their entire house, to short term guests (oftentimes vacationers). By providing online platforms that are quite easy to use, firms like Airbnb have facilitated an explosion of home sharing in the city. Critics argue that this […]

Regulating Granny Units in Santa Cruz: Housing or Vacation?

Last Tuesday the Santa Cruz City Council continued to consider changes to the city’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance, which regulates smaller on-site units, sometimes referred to as “granny units,” within the city limits. City leaders and staff began this process in earnest last year, when they amended ADU design and setback requirements, making it […]