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 […]

Crowdsourcing California’s 2016 Ballot Initiatives: Transportation and Marijuana

Crowdsourcing California’s 2016 Ballot Initiatives: Transportation and Marijuana

The last few years have seen a fabulous rise in the collective understanding of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing, using the ideas, knowledge and funds of the public to solve problems, has been used to discover the structure of the aids virus and respond to catastrophic natural disasters like the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Now crowdsourcing California Ballot Initiatives […]

Oakland and the First Amendment

  Oakland is a city with a long history of militant activism. There was of course the Occupy Movement, which put the city in the national eye when demonstrators shut down the Port of Oakland. More recently there have been the many Black Lives Matter protests with mass marches through city streets, highway closures, and […]

civinomics 2.0

civinomics 2.0

Today we’re very excited to unveil an entirely redesigned civinomics. We first launched civinomics.com (also civ.io) on April 14th, 2013 and spent the next year and a half building out: more features for more users. Along the way, something incredible happened, a community formed. Like the radioactive tracer compounds in a PET scan, the community […]

Ed Lee’s I-280 Take Down

  San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has big plans for the part of highway 280 that ends in San Francisco. Namely to tear it down. Mayor Lee will soon reveal plans that would take down the northern most section of I-280 and make way for an underground rail tunnel through the area, as well as a station that […]

Santa Cruz County Reverses Progressive Commercial Medical Marijuana Legislation

Santa Cruz County Reverses Progressive Commercial Medical Marijuana Legislation

Last week Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors considered new legislation on commercial marijuana grow operations in unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County, due to a 42% increase in illegal grow operations in the last two years. On March 24th, the Board of Supervisors Chambers overflowed with financial stakeholders in the extremely profitable marijuana industry, […]

A Bag Too Far – Can California Reform its Initiative Process?

A Bag Too Far – Can California Reform its Initiative Process?

The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), the plastic bag industry lobbying group, has just qualified a referendum on the historic California state wide ban on plastic bags that was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown just last year. As a result, implementation of the ban has been delayed from July 2015 […]

California Considers New Transportation Funding

Last month the California Road Charge Pilot Program Technical Advisory Committee (CRCPPTAC) released a 12 page white paper detailing a series of new options for funding California’s chronically underperforming transportation system. The committee, which was originally set into motion by a law signed by Governor Brown, is charged with exploring all possible transportation funding sources, […]

Vote the News: Why the Future of Voting Must Be Habit Forming

Vote the News: Why the Future of Voting Must Be Habit Forming

A video of Civinomics CEO Manu Koenig at the recent Voting and Elections Summit in Washington DC explaining how we can make democracy a part of everyday life by voting while reading,watching or listening to the news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FfwJczeyc4&list=PLtRB8fQ0zBR8B3UyEp-JupsZVsXJC2BW1&index=10

Presentation from Voting and Elections Summit 2015

Presentation from Voting and Elections Summit 2015

Here is a link to full presentation given February 5th, 2015 at the 9th annual Voting and Elections Summit in Washington DC: http://www.slideshare.net/ManuKoenig/vote-the-news-why-the-future-of-voting-will-be-habit-forming Here are two examples of voting units embedded directly into this blog: Make Voting Compulsory in the United States In this year’s midterm elections, just 36.3 percent of the electorate turned out to […]