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 […]

More Regulation for Uber?

It appears that the ride sharing taxi application, Uber, is once again facing regulatory hurdles, this time from the biggest regulatory agency in the State – the California Public Utilities Commission. Normally this agency is better known for rules governing our water rates and power supply, but in the case of Uber it comes down something a […]

Uber Versus The World: Should Drivers Be Official Employees?

Uber recently celebrated its 5th anniversary. The start-up that connects drivers with passengers like a taxi service has certainly disrupted the existing order, and has reaped enviable profits in the process. The company recently took on a $1.4 billion growth investment, and has been valued at $50,000,000,000.00. (That’s $50 billion in case you didn’t want […]

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 […]

Overview: What’s Happening in Santa Cruz

Overview: What’s Happening in Santa Cruz

The weather may have been a little overcast last week, but there was plenty going on in Surf City and the surrounding areas. We had the first citizen’s repeal of a County ordinance in 13 years relating to the restrictions on commercial cannabis cultivation. The Regional Transportation Commission received the results of a County wide […]

Should BART Fares Go Up?

Last week I wrote a blog about what needs to be done to improve public transportation in the Bay Area. I focused on the fact that there are many, fragmented systems, and that much of the solution lies in finding ways to better integrate the systems together. But of course there is the 500-pound gorilla […]

Last Chance to Weigh In on SC METRO Fee Increase and ParaCruz Cuts

Local public transit operator Santa Cruz METRO is nearing the end of its public input process on proposed measures to close its looming budget shortfall. The proposals include increasing the fare for the Highway 17 bus from $5 to $7 and reducing ParaCruz service to the minimum required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The proposed changes would bring METRO’s […]

Let’s Fix Public Transportation in the Bay Area

The TomTom Traffic Index – which measures trends in highway traffic globally – was released last week, and the report confirms what many a Bay Area driver could probably have guessed: San Francisco has some of the worst traffic in the country. Specifically, the city ranked #2 in the nation for bad traffic. And nearby […]