Recap of 2015 Code for America Summit

“Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” There, I did it. This may be the first time a Berkeley grad started a blog post by quoting Ronald Reagan. Yet, it encapsulates the general sense I took away from the Code for America Summit last week. Don’t worry, this isn’t a doom and gloom post. […]

Can Jerry Brown Save The World?

    Jerry Brown was livid. The four term governor is not used to losing. Last week he had to swallow the bitter pill of defeat when a central part of his environmental legislation, SB 350, was taken out. The abandoned provision called for a 50% reduction in petroleum use by 2030. That part of […]

Who Picks Up the Tab for Less School Days?

Who Picks Up the Tab for Less School Days?

It doesn’t make financial sense to have your children out of school, ever. In the old days, kids worked on the farm over “summer break.” The old school bell tower was silent while those strapping children got a late summer tan, helping their parents with the harvest. Those days are, clearly, long gone. Instead of farming […]

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 […]

Can Affordable Housing and New Subways Ease San Francisco’s Growing Pains?

Being on the cutting edge of the technology industry, along with being just a gorgeous place to live, has lead to flocks of new residents migrating into the city . According to Plan Bay Area, the city is growing at a pace of approximately 10,000 new residents per year. By 2040, this amounts to an additional […]

Little Brisbane in a Booming Bay

The little town of Brisbane, a city of some 4,000 people just south of San Francisco, is in the midst of a major decision. The tiny city, the majority of which was built on artificial land dumped into the bay after the 1906 earthquake, is considering one of the largest development projects in the history of […]

2nd GOP Presidential Debates: Carly vs Trump

As we approach the 2nd round of GOP debates at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, everyone’s bracing for Trump vs. Carly. Neither candidate has held office, a fact that, in an age of frustration and disillusionment with politics, has largely contributed to their popularity. After the first round of voting on Civinomics ranked […]

On The End Of Protest

“Activism is broken. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. And yet, these mass mobilizations no longer change society.” So speaketh  Micah White, Ph.d, former editor of Adbusters and co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, as he makes the rounds on social media and the big ideas festival circuit promoting his upcoming book, The […]

Our Cities are Slime Mold, Can We Zone for Something Better?

Slime mold is an informal name given to several kinds of unrelated organisms that can live freely as single cells, but aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive structures. When they band together they pass resources around in vein like structures. They were classified with mushrooms for a long time, but they are not mushrooms. However, like […]

A New Model of Local Entrepreneurship

I am standing at the corner of a bustling intersection surrounded by a sea of young professionals and curious tourists of all ages. Buildings of 10 stories and more extend into the sky all around me, boasting small shops on their ground level with apartments layered in the floors above. The line at a nearby […]