On Thursday, October 16, Santa Cruz Water Department customers had the opportunity to evaluate over 50 citizen-submitted proposals that addressed water supply needs at an event at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. This day represented a fundamental shift in approach to public policy because it attempted to engage citizens outside of a traditional meeting, and it allowed the community to vote. Each proposal was rated based upon four criteria: Effectiveness, Practicability, Environmental Benefits, and Local Economic Benefits, only a scale from 1 to 5.
If you missed the convention, you can still engage in this process through the Civonomics website here by November 11. You can vote for or against all of the proposals, learn more, ask questions, make pro/con statements on specific ideas, and leave feedback. The civic process and the possibilities of the internet merge in this project; perhaps this is the new frontier for citizen involvement in government!
If you would like to know more and cast your vote online, please visit the Civinomics website and vote by November 11.