Alisha Green

Freelance journalist covering tech, politics, and how they influence each other.
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Jul 11, 2019
The FCC’s Confusing Attempt to Change a San Francisco Law

The city found a novel way to give residents access to more broadband internet providers. Federal regulators just partly blocked it, but it’s not clear how. In 2016, San Francisco passed a first-of-its-kind law giving tenants the right to choose…

The city found a novel way to give residents access to more broadband internet providers. Federal regulators just partly blocked it, but it’s not clear how. In 2016, San Francisco passed a first-of-its-kind law giving tenants the right to choose…

The city found a novel way to give residents access to more broadband internet providers. Federal regulators just partly blocked it, but it’s not clear how. In 2016, San Francisco passed a first-of-its-kind law giving tenants the right to choose…

Jun 13, 2019
The Campaign Finance Power Behind Trump Impeachment Efforts

House Democrats remain split on whether to impeach President Donald Trump. But those who support impeachment highlight a wide cross section of House Democrats. They also have a diverse pool of campaign backers who may help protect them from any donor…

House Democrats remain split on whether to impeach President Donald Trump. But those who support impeachment highlight a wide cross section of House Democrats. They also have a diverse pool of campaign backers who may help protect them from any donor…

House Democrats remain split on whether to impeach President Donald Trump. But those who support impeachment highlight a wide cross section of House Democrats. They also have a diverse pool of campaign backers who may help protect them from any donor…

Housing Split Stalls Scotts Valley Development

Sometimes when residents talk vaguely about ideas for a Town Center near the intersection of Mt. Hermon Road and Skypark Drive, you might think they’re describing Camelot, some utopian summit that everyone will be able to enjoy. But once you get to…

Sometimes when residents talk vaguely about ideas for a Town Center near the intersection of Mt. Hermon Road and Skypark Drive, you might think they’re describing Camelot, some utopian summit that everyone will be able to enjoy. But once you get to…

Sometimes when residents talk vaguely about ideas for a Town Center near the intersection of Mt. Hermon Road and Skypark Drive, you might think they’re describing Camelot, some utopian summit that everyone will be able to enjoy. But once you get to…

May 10, 2019
How Would a Recession Shape the 2020 Presidential Race?

One way or another, the state of the economy will shape messaging in the 2020 presidential campaign. Research has shown a strong, growing economy historically favors the incumbent party’s candidate for retaining office, while a stagnant or shrinking economy is typically a boon to the challenger. There’s been plenty of talk about recession, with 42% of economists expecting one to hit in 2020. Given the stronger-than-expected economic numbers so far this year, though, some economists are improving their outlooks. If those forecasts hold true, what’s a presidential challenger to do about messaging?

One way or another, the state of the economy will shape messaging in the 2020 presidential campaign. Research has shown a strong, growing economy historically favors the incumbent party’s candidate for retaining office, while a stagnant or shrinking economy is typically a boon to the challenger. There’s been plenty of talk about recession, with 42% of economists expecting one to hit in 2020. Given the stronger-than-expected economic numbers so far this year, though, some economists are improving their outlooks. If those forecasts hold true, what’s a presidential challenger to do about messaging?

One way or another, the state of the economy will shape messaging in the 2020 presidential campaign. Research has shown a strong, growing economy historically favors the incumbent party’s candidate for retaining office, while a stagnant or shrinking economy is typically a boon to the challenger. There’s been plenty of talk about recession, with 42% of economists expecting one to hit in 2020. Given the stronger-than-expected economic numbers so far this year, though, some economists are improving their outlooks. If those forecasts hold true, what’s a presidential challenger to do about messaging?

Can Santa Cruz Hold Onto Nonprofit Workers?

Matthew Van Nuys feels he owes a debt to Santa Cruz. He was a meth addict who “ran amok in the streets of Santa Cruz” for 12 years, as he describes it. One of the stops on his road to recovery was Janus of Santa Cruz, a nonprofit that provides…

Matthew Van Nuys feels he owes a debt to Santa Cruz. He was a meth addict who “ran amok in the streets of Santa Cruz” for 12 years, as he describes it. One of the stops on his road to recovery was Janus of Santa Cruz, a nonprofit that provides…

Matthew Van Nuys feels he owes a debt to Santa Cruz. He was a meth addict who “ran amok in the streets of Santa Cruz” for 12 years, as he describes it. One of the stops on his road to recovery was Janus of Santa Cruz, a nonprofit that provides…

UCSC Debuts ‘Serious Games’ Master’s Degree

As a butterfly floats around the screen of a virtual reality headset, the woman wearing the device moves her arms to control a protective crystal ball, keeping the butterfly’s wings dry from the coming rain. If it sounds like a futuristic game,…

As a butterfly floats around the screen of a virtual reality headset, the woman wearing the device moves her arms to control a protective crystal ball, keeping the butterfly’s wings dry from the coming rain. If it sounds like a futuristic game,…

As a butterfly floats around the screen of a virtual reality headset, the woman wearing the device moves her arms to control a protective crystal ball, keeping the butterfly’s wings dry from the coming rain. If it sounds like a futuristic game,…

Who Owns Your DNA?

UCSC already has a claim to fame in the history of genomic data; it was a team from the university that published the first draft of the human genome online in 2000. Now, with a new $600,000 National Science Foundation grant, another UCSC-led team…

UCSC already has a claim to fame in the history of genomic data; it was a team from the university that published the first draft of the human genome online in 2000. Now, with a new $600,000 National Science Foundation grant, another UCSC-led team…

UCSC already has a claim to fame in the history of genomic data; it was a team from the university that published the first draft of the human genome online in 2000. Now, with a new $600,000 National Science Foundation grant, another UCSC-led team…

Wi-Fi Wars: Cruzio, Comcast and Local Internet Choice

The internet service arrangement for the 94 new apartments at Five55 Pacific caught the team at Cruzio by surprise, they say. In late 2017, the Santa Cruz-based internet service provider paid the building developer, Swenson, to have a subcontractor…

The internet service arrangement for the 94 new apartments at Five55 Pacific caught the team at Cruzio by surprise, they say. In late 2017, the Santa Cruz-based internet service provider paid the building developer, Swenson, to have a subcontractor…

The internet service arrangement for the 94 new apartments at Five55 Pacific caught the team at Cruzio by surprise, they say. In late 2017, the Santa Cruz-based internet service provider paid the building developer, Swenson, to have a subcontractor…

Cruzio’s First ‘Fiberhood’ Boosts Santa Cruz Internet Speeds

One of Santa Cruz’s biggest tech stories of the year somehow ended up flying a little under the radar. But what happened downtown in 2018 has significant implications, not just for tech companies, but also for the future of the local economy. The…

One of Santa Cruz’s biggest tech stories of the year somehow ended up flying a little under the radar. But what happened downtown in 2018 has significant implications, not just for tech companies, but also for the future of the local economy. The…

One of Santa Cruz’s biggest tech stories of the year somehow ended up flying a little under the radar. But what happened downtown in 2018 has significant implications, not just for tech companies, but also for the future of the local economy. The…

Dec 3, 2018
CEQA Lawsuit Spotlights Controversy Over Landmark Environmental Legislation

When developers Craig Rowell and Rick Moe bought 2.7 acres of land in Santa Cruz in April 2007, they weren’t expecting it to look the same more than 11 years later. Today, the site at 1930 Ocean Street Extension is much the same mix of open grassy…

When developers Craig Rowell and Rick Moe bought 2.7 acres of land in Santa Cruz in April 2007, they weren’t expecting it to look the same more than 11 years later. Today, the site at 1930 Ocean Street Extension is much the same mix of open grassy…

When developers Craig Rowell and Rick Moe bought 2.7 acres of land in Santa Cruz in April 2007, they weren’t expecting it to look the same more than 11 years later. Today, the site at 1930 Ocean Street Extension is much the same mix of open grassy…

Ocean Street Extension Lawsuit Spotlights CEQA Controversy

When developers Craig Rowell and Rick Moe bought 2.7 acres of land in Santa Cruz in April 2007, they weren’t expecting it to look the same more than 11 years later. Today, the site at 1930 Ocean Street Extension is much the same mix of open grassy…

When developers Craig Rowell and Rick Moe bought 2.7 acres of land in Santa Cruz in April 2007, they weren’t expecting it to look the same more than 11 years later. Today, the site at 1930 Ocean Street Extension is much the same mix of open grassy…

When developers Craig Rowell and Rick Moe bought 2.7 acres of land in Santa Cruz in April 2007, they weren’t expecting it to look the same more than 11 years later. Today, the site at 1930 Ocean Street Extension is much the same mix of open grassy…

Nov 21, 2018
Local Maker Emily Parker’s Journey From Civil Servant to Leather Goods Artisan

On a warm, sunny afternoon in November, Emily Parker sits on a concrete bench outside her shop and searches for the right words about how she realized her calling as a leather artisan. “I found a lot of peace and calm whenever I started doing this,”…

On a warm, sunny afternoon in November, Emily Parker sits on a concrete bench outside her shop and searches for the right words about how she realized her calling as a leather artisan. “I found a lot of peace and calm whenever I started doing this,”…

On a warm, sunny afternoon in November, Emily Parker sits on a concrete bench outside her shop and searches for the right words about how she realized her calling as a leather artisan. “I found a lot of peace and calm whenever I started doing this,”…

Oct 18, 2018
Can the Tech Industry Do What the Dems Can’t?

Understanding the roots of the progressive tech wave that’s risen since 2016 requires looking back more than two years, before the election of Donald Trump, to when the Silicon Valley types first started arriving in Washington, D.C., in droves. After…

Understanding the roots of the progressive tech wave that’s risen since 2016 requires looking back more than two years, before the election of Donald Trump, to when the Silicon Valley types first started arriving in Washington, D.C., in droves. After…

Understanding the roots of the progressive tech wave that’s risen since 2016 requires looking back more than two years, before the election of Donald Trump, to when the Silicon Valley types first started arriving in Washington, D.C., in droves. After…

What’s Really Driving Santa Cruz’s Affordable Housing Crunch

When UCSC students made their way around Santa Cruz to conduct a survey about housing, some residents slammed the door in their faces. They got a similarly chilly response during community meetings, while conducting research for the latest…

When UCSC students made their way around Santa Cruz to conduct a survey about housing, some residents slammed the door in their faces. They got a similarly chilly response during community meetings, while conducting research for the latest…

When UCSC students made their way around Santa Cruz to conduct a survey about housing, some residents slammed the door in their faces. They got a similarly chilly response during community meetings, while conducting research for the latest…

Oct 8, 2018
Election 2018: San Jose Voters to Decide Fate of Four Local Measures on November Ballot

Come Election Day, San Jose voters will vote on four citywide measures. Here’s a look at what local voters will see on their Nov. 6 ballots. Measure T: Roads, Emergency Services Measure T would put up to $650 million toward the city’s emergency…

Come Election Day, San Jose voters will vote on four citywide measures. Here’s a look at what local voters will see on their Nov. 6 ballots. Measure T: Roads, Emergency Services Measure T would put up to $650 million toward the city’s emergency…

Come Election Day, San Jose voters will vote on four citywide measures. Here’s a look at what local voters will see on their Nov. 6 ballots. Measure T: Roads, Emergency Services Measure T would put up to $650 million toward the city’s emergency…

Sep 26, 2018
Inaugural NEST Flight Conference Promotes Homegrown Talent, Diversity in Silicon Valley

If Silicon Valley wants to keep arguing that its lack of diversity is due to a talent pipeline problem, it’s going to have to answer to Jacob Martinez. Martinez, founder and executive director of Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST, is expanding…

If Silicon Valley wants to keep arguing that its lack of diversity is due to a talent pipeline problem, it’s going to have to answer to Jacob Martinez. Martinez, founder and executive director of Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST, is expanding…

If Silicon Valley wants to keep arguing that its lack of diversity is due to a talent pipeline problem, it’s going to have to answer to Jacob Martinez. Martinez, founder and executive director of Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST, is expanding…

Sep 19, 2018
California Ends Money Bail, But Reformers Say Landmark Law Gives Judges Too Much Power

When legislators introduced the bill to abolish money bail in California, it promised to be a victory for progressives trying to reverse the crisis of mass incarceration. By the time SB 10 became law, however, its strongest supporters had become its…

When legislators introduced the bill to abolish money bail in California, it promised to be a victory for progressives trying to reverse the crisis of mass incarceration. By the time SB 10 became law, however, its strongest supporters had become its…

When legislators introduced the bill to abolish money bail in California, it promised to be a victory for progressives trying to reverse the crisis of mass incarceration. By the time SB 10 became law, however, its strongest supporters had become its…

Digital NEST’s New Plan to Link Watsonville, Silicon Valley

If Silicon Valley wants to keep arguing that its lack of diversity is due to a talent pipeline problem, it’s going to have to answer to Jacob Martinez. Martinez, founder and executive director of Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST, is expanding…

If Silicon Valley wants to keep arguing that its lack of diversity is due to a talent pipeline problem, it’s going to have to answer to Jacob Martinez. Martinez, founder and executive director of Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST, is expanding…

If Silicon Valley wants to keep arguing that its lack of diversity is due to a talent pipeline problem, it’s going to have to answer to Jacob Martinez. Martinez, founder and executive director of Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST, is expanding…