And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
Dear District 4 Resident. My core mission is about structurally changing the way we do local government in Santa Cruz so that key (viral) decisions affecting District 4 are placed directly into resident hands, not into the hands of politicians (political parties) and special interest group "clingers" who have different agendas and different priorities than yours--priorities that inject negative byproducts into your neighborhoods and into your lives. In essence, you each will be granted a key to city hall without political "interference" circumventing your choices. This is known as "a transfer of power" as we transition into a Direct Democracy. By 2025, our district will have the world's first, software-based, policy-making platform piggybacking onto existing city government to capture your direct voices--
from straw polling at the district or neighborhood levels to shaping and channeling resident opinions into concrete policy proposals. You're squarely in the driver's seat of community decision-making along with your neighbors who share mutual goals. The time is now for us to harness and exploit the unlimited potential of mobile and communication technologies to make democracy more accessible, interactive, participatory and, above all, equal--a virtual space where the CEO and the ditch digger become indistinguishable from one another. Please vote on November 8th. Warmest regards. Greg Hyver
Short-Term Policy Positions - Debunking the Affordable Housing Myth
The District Charter - My Five Policy-Making Criteria (VIDEO; 4:42)
What Sets Me Apart As A Candidate & Single Most Important Policy Issue Opinion Piece (PDF)
Unleashing Pandora's Box - Affordable Housing Position Paper (Highlights PDF) (Full Report (TBD)
Measures N (Empty Homes), O (Library/Parking/Market) & P (TOT short-term rentals) Positions (PDF)
Long-Term Solution (Core Mission) - Empowering the Individual Voice
THE DIRECT DEMOCRACY EXPERIMENT
Power to the People
"Where every voice is left empowered ... and no voice is left unheard"
welcome to the
Think Different Campaign
Santa Cruz district 4 style
[ fasten your seat belts ]
In Memoriam - this campaign is dedicated to my father, Dr. Gregory August Hyver Sr, who passed away on January 7, 2022 ...
... Kudos to my mother for always believing in me and to my family for always encouraging me
... and special thanks to the late, great steve jobs, whose marketing campaigns we reference throughout our material!
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[ THE 1-2 PUNCH ... we'll leverage technology to deploy these two solutions ]
#1 - DIRECT DEMOCRACY
#2 - SEMI-AUTONOMY
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The software (DDESPE) will be configurable to three different modes:
1) enhanced representative democracy (traditional) with resident opinion polling and viral policy capture
2) direct democracy policy paths
3) direct democracy and semi-autonomous policy paths
Greg Hyver for Santa Cruz City Council, District 4
August 10, 2022
“The States Members of the United Nations shall uphold the principle
of self-determination of all peoples and nations.”
UN General Assembly
The right of peoples and nations to self-determination
Charter of the United Nations, Article 1
16 December 1952
The Nonpartisan Movement [the movement of the powerless] is a small, Santa Cruz-based watchdog group and think tank with a mission to save Liberalism, an ideology founded on Individualism that has been under siege and distorted for decades. We believe that the Santa Cruz Liberal community has lost its compass in regards to the ultimate purpose of Liberalism: to protect individual rights and freedom of choice from government intrusions. On a daily basis, we hand over more power of choice (autonomy) to an over-reaching government to make our choices for us in the name of the Public Good (Collectivism), an idealistic concept that has been grossly compromised, rigged and missteered by rampant, special interest group favoritism and quid pro quo's. Individualism (Liberalism) and Collectivism (Government) are the antitheses of one another and in constant tug-of-war over the power of choice. Political parties (Government) are NOT the guardians of Liberalism, by definition (and despite the masquerade), but her antagonists, so the concept that an ever-expanding Big Government can somehow co-exist with a thriving Liberalism is sheer fallacy and contradiction. More rightly, it's a zero-sum end game--one wins, one loses. Therefore, in order to have their cake and eat it too, Big government protaganists gradually convoluted the definition of Liberalism so the two became almost synonymous--while no one seemed to notice, or care, that Liberalism was being hijacked by her greatest adversary. Sadly, our education system fails to point this out.
Apple Computer's famous 1984 Superbowl Commercial introducing the Macintosh probably best exemplifies the Nonpartisan Movement. But, instead of trying to sell more Macintosh's, we are sounding the alarm of the authoritarian direction that American society is quickly heading through our digitization (if we are not already there) and challenging Santa Cruz residents to launch that giant sledgehammer (referenced in the commercial) into their television screens (metaphorically-speaking, of course ... although the suggestion does have its merits) in order to save Liberalism and, along with it, the freedom to set their own paths to self-determination. Yet, in place of a sledgehammer, we are proposing a more concrete solution to government's growing encroachments in pursuit of restoring greater "power to the people"—a paradigm shift in local government to re-balance the power scale that has long been tilting in government’s favor since the 1960’s. Under the mandate of District 4 voters, we shall take this important first step together by declaring our district a semi-autonomous Direct Democracy.
A government "by the people" is designed for adaptability and not for stagnancy. With a stroke of a pen, the City of Santa Cruz changed its governing structure and City Charter by forming six new districts in 2022. By deploying advanced communication and information technologies as well as by leveraging the proliferation of low-cost desktops, laptops and mobile devices (95% of all households in the City of Santa Cruz have a "computer") according to US Census data), the precursors for a Direct Democracy Renaissance, the time is ripe for District 4 to take on not just a local leadership position, but state and national ones as well, by exercising and enhancing this new form of local governance. But, the choice is yours: politics as usual, with its unending list of policy failures, band-aid "solutions" that focus on the symptoms, not the disease (often introducing new, detrimental byproducts into the community), demands for greater sacrifices from the taxpayer, property and business owner, crime victim, renter, parent and employee and, of course, the prioritization of party and special interest voices over resident voices in the policy-making process, or usher in a fundamental change and a new vision for how we govern over ourselves and set our own course in an effort to revive Liberalism so she can flourish again? It will take effort on our part, but it's time to take back our community and our freedom to choose what's best for it. It's time to walk away from our old allegiances and our old ways of thinking. Above all, it's time to Think Different.
Carpe Diem ...
... and Happy Halloween, everyone!
Thank you for considering me on November 8th, 2022.
the direct democracy candidate
santa cruz, CA
Paid for by Hyver for City Council 2022