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πŸŒ€ Chris Neklason

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California Local Director of Product Development
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Chris has over four decades of experience as a full stack developer. As co-founder of Cruzio in 1989, one of the first local independent Internet Service Providers on the planet, he's accumulated three decades of experience as a manager and corporate executive. As a home owner and business owner in a small town, he's developed a keen appreciation of the local civic fabric and a passion to promote local journalism as a means of getting citizens more active in their communities.

Transparency: Chris is co-owner of Cruzio Internet in Santa Cruz which provides Internet service on the California Central Coast. His wife Peggy Dolgenos serves on the City of Santa Cruz Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and on the board of the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce.

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From Do You Support Electric Passenger Commuter & Excursion Rail on the Rail Trail?
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I do.

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My Articles

  • See You at the Barn Raising (Published June 11, 2022)
      The headlines have been screaming lately. Meanwhile, the quiet work of building a better world goes on.
  • How Community Journalism Works Online (Published May 24, 2022 • Updated November 7, 2021)
      In which we explore how we do community journalism at California Local.
  • Citizen Science (Published May 17, 2022)
      Sometimes making the community better manifests as a better understanding of how nature works. Local birders lead the way.
  • Building a Better Bike Map in Santa Cruz County (Published May 13, 2022)
      Recent discussions in social media revealed a lack of maps of safe local bike routes. So we connected with local bike experts to start a crowdsourced project to create some.
  • Lloyd Tabb: Yes on Measure D (Published May 4, 2022)
      The founder of local tech company Looker explains why he supports Measure D, the Greenway Initiative.
  • Bud Colligan and Mark Mesiti-Miller Debate Measure D, the Greenway Initiative (Published April 29, 2022)
      The two most prominent voices on either side of this heated issue face off on KSCO-AM radio 1080, hosted by station owner Michael Zwerling.
  • Home Birthing in Santa Cruz County (Published April 25, 2022)
      In the 1970s, a group of women started a movement to bring birthing back home.
  • Legendary Bike-Builder on Santa Cruz Rail Trail (Published March 17, 2022)
      MTB-design pioneer Keith Bontrager compares the commute on a segment of the Santa Cruz Rail Trail with a ride on a parallel street.
  • 3-6-22: Welcome to California Local (Published March 6, 2022)
      We look back at the week that was in Santa Cruz County and forward to the week to come, and unveil our new Santa Cruz Rail Trail project tracker.
  • Schiffrin: Freight Abandonment Could Kill Rail for Good (Published February 9, 2022)
      Santa Cruz Regional Transit Commission Alternate Andy Schiffrin argues against a proposal that would banish freight rail service, and kill rail on the rail trail.
  • RTC Director on Abandonment of Santa Cruz Branch Line Freight Easements (Published February 9, 2022)
      A transcript of a presentation by SCCRTC Executive Director Guy Preston explaining why he recommends railbanking the Santa Cruz Branch Line.
  • The Vexation of Taxation (Published February 8, 2022)
      America is weird. Nobody likes taxes, but everyone enjoys the benefits of the services funded by the taxes.
  • Find the Others (Published January 10, 2022)
      An exploration into the mechanisms and uses of the attention traps purposefully designed into digital platforms, and the importance of our real life relationships in countering manipulation.
  • Why and How We Provide Accurate Traffic Information (Published January 10, 2022 • Updated January 5, 2022)
      We take a look under the hood of California Local’s Traffic and Transportation portal, which provides comprehensive information on local road and traffic conditions, current CHP incidents and traffic congestion hot spots.
  • Getting to Yes (Published December 8, 2021)
      In which we ponder how to make things better in a climate of no.
  • Building a Collaboration Machine: the California Local Media Alliance (Published November 5, 2021)
      We wanted to build a better local newspaper; it turned into something much larger.
  • Ridden Out of Town on the Rail Trail (Published November 1, 2021 • Updated November 7, 2021)
      UPDATED In which we ponder the things around which humans self organize.
  • The Genius of Democracy (Published October 5, 2021 • Updated November 7, 2021)
      In which we ponder human self organization.

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This latest photo contributed March 10, 2022