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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Santa Cruz County Housing Element

Last week marked the first public hearings on the County’s draft Housing Element, an important planning document that outlines how the County expects to accommodate future population growth in terms of additional housing. Under state law, every city and county must prepare a housing element, which is technically a specific part of each local government’s […]

An Update on Santa Cruz Water

An Update on Santa Cruz Water

Last October the City of Santa Cruz Water Supply Advisory Committee (WSAC) held an open call for citizen ideas about how to address our water shortfall. This culminated in a day long ideas convention during which over 50 proposals were presented, from recycled water, to quarry storage, to even pulling water out of the ambient […]

Citizen Tech in Santa Cruz County

Citizen Tech in Santa Cruz County

Today marks the official launch of the Citizen Connect application for the County of Santa Cruz. That’s right, the County has created a mobile application for iOS and Android (iPhone and Google operating systems for the uninitiated) that will allow for citizen reporting of things like potholes, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, and even illegal dumping. County […]

The San Lorenzo: To Paddle or Not to Paddle?

The San Lorenzo: To Paddle or Not to Paddle?

The San Lorenzo River is about to become the subject of a lot more human activity. The river, which runs through the center of Santa Cruz proper and serves as the City’s main water supply, may be open for more human recreational activities. Specifically, the City Council is set to weigh in on the potential […]

Planning for Passenger Rail in Santa Cruz

Planning for Passenger Rail in Santa Cruz

Last Thursday the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission presented the results of a feasibility study evaluating the potential for passenger rail service along the now publicly owned rail line. The study looked at a range of metrics for evaluating seven separate service scenarios, including up front capital costs, annual upkeep and maintenance costs, expected ridership, the […]