On January 11, 2018 the Capitola City Council held a public meeting to discuss the future the Santa Cruz Branch Line rail corridor as it passes through the city of Capitola. The council heard from advocates for a rail-with-trail (as specified in the Monterey Bay Scenic Sanctuary Trail plan) as well as though preferring a trail-only solution (as advocated by the folks at TrailNow and the Santa Cruz County Greenway). The meeting was packed – it was standing room only before the meeting commenced, which shows the high amount of interest in the future of the Santa Cruz rail corridor. Many of the speakers did not live in Capitola, although owned businesses, work in, or visit the area frequently. Many good points were raised by the speakers and by the audience. If you want to learn more about the issues surrounding the use of this valuable community asset, listening to this meeting is a great way to start.
Episode 3 of the Bay to Bay Podcast is an introduction from your host, Seb Frey. Seb has lived most of his life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. He was born in Oakland but grew up in Berkeley. As a child, he went to San Francisco regularly as a member of the San Francisco Boy’s Chorus. At age 17, he moved south to attend UC Santa Cruz. After a 14 year career in the Information Technology industry, he transitioned into real estate sales in 2003.
Listen to Seb as he shares information about himself, his career, and what he hopes to accomplish with the Bay to Bay Podcast. Also, he invites people to come on the show and talk about their experiences here in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region.
Listen to a recording of the presentation on the 2018 California housing market, given by Leslie Appleton-Young at the California Association of Realtors Conference and Expo in San Diego in October 2017. Leslie is the chief economist for the California Association of Realtors, and she always gives very detailed and insightful prognostications for the future of the housing market. This was recorded in a noisy banquet hall and there’s some echo and the clatter of cutlery on china, but otherwise the sound quality is acceptable.
This is our first episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast! Last week, I appeared on KSCO radio to talk with producer Brad Polisuk about the Santa Cruz Housing Crisis. I was joined by Evan Siroky from Santa Cruz YIMBYs (“Yes In My Back Yard”) and Robert Singleton of the Santa Cruz County Business Council. There was a lot of food for thought and not anywhere near enough time to digest it all. I have turned the 2 o’clock hour from that show, on which I appeared, as the inaugural episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast.
While we were talking about the housing crisis in Santa Cruz in particular, the truth is that there is a housing crisis all over California, and the reasons for it are pretty much the same no matter which town you are talking about.