Three Reasons Why It’s Old People’s Fault Millennials Don’t #VoteLocal

Three Reasons Why It’s Old People’s Fault Millennials Don’t #VoteLocal

Last week the Knight Foundation released a scathing report on the record low participation of millennials in local government. Why don’t millennials participate in local elections or care all that much about local issues? They don’t know anything about them. And, as a millennial who works four separate jobs that are all related to local […]

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 […]

Confessions of an AirBnB Kingpin

Confessions of an AirBnB Kingpin

Since February of this year (2015) we’ve rented first one then two of the available rooms in our house on AirBnB. In four months we’ve had over 120 bookings, earning us some kind of AirBnB rookie of the year award. However, this has not led to fabulous riches, just a more mobile lifestyle. The way […]

Jerry Brown’s Budget: What You Need to Know

Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal last week, presenting a $115.3 billion spending plan, up from the original $113 billion plan he presented in January. The budget reflects an unexpected increase in state revenue since the start of the year – $3 billion, to be exact. The state budget is, of course, an […]

Three Proposals to Fix San Francisco’s Housing Problem

  “A lot of other places wish they had the problems San Francisco has.” By now I’ve heard this statement in one form or another from a number of people. And it’s easy to see what they mean: San Francisco has one of the strongest metropolitan economies in the country. Located a stone’s throw from […]

Homelessness in Santa Cruz: Where Reality and Perception Meet

Homelessness in Santa Cruz: Where Reality and Perception Meet

The following is a summary of the second phase of a study on Homelessness in Santa Cruz conducted in partnership with faculty from the UCSC Community Studies, Sociology, and Psychology Departments, as well as the Center for Statistical Research. The lead academic researcher for the study was Mary Beth Pudup, of Community Studies. The study […]

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 […]

The Bay Area’s Dog Debate

  Bay Area dog enthusiasts are up in arms (paws?) over a plan that would greatly reduce the number of sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where their pets could roam leash free. The National Park Service is set to issue draft rules in the Spring that would allow dogs to be off […]

The Future of Housing in California

The Future of Housing in California

On March 17 the Legislative Analyst’s Office of California, the non-partisan state research agency, released a comprehensive report on the high cost of housing in the State. The report documents a 40-year trend in which the costs of housing within California rose at near four times the national average, and highlights the impact that local “no growth” […]

Voting Roundup: Pot Growing In Santa Cruz, UC Funding, Ted Cruz, and Mandatory Voting

  Never a dull week goes by it seems with several critical local, state, and national issues coming to the fore. Looking locally, the Santa Cruz County Supervisors are set to vote this week on whether to ban the growing of commercial cannabis within unincorporated parts of the county. Over the last several months Supervisors have […]