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 […]

The Promise and Reality of Digital Water Meters

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is the first water department in the State of California to roll out digital water meters for every residential and commercial connection, all 180,000 of them. Digital water meters can update customers with their cumulative water usage in near realtime (every 24hrs). This information could radically increase conservation thanks to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Could Innovation Change Pompous SoCal Water Wasters into Water Producers?

Could Innovation Change Pompous SoCal Water Wasters into Water Producers?

It doesn’t take more than three minutes of being in Los Angeles to realize that Southern California is about luxury. There’s the cars, the billboards, the premium shopping experiences, and of course, the water. It’s green and lush all over the place, and it feels niiiiice. The warm breeze blowing through the urban oasis, picking up […]

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 […]

A 500 Million Gallon Pipeline for Water in Santa Cruz

A 500 Million Gallon Pipeline for Water in Santa Cruz

  Last week the loose consortium of local water advocates known as Water for Santa Cruz held a series of workshops detailing a new proposal for addressing the community’s water supply shortfall. Led by Scott McGilvray, the workshop provided information on the monthly flow of the San Lorenzo River, the infrastructure for drawing water, and the legal and […]