Episodes

Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

Ben West has been building homes for decades. But it wasn’t until he moved to California that he got the bug to start building affordable housing. Originally from Oregon, Ben wasn’t prepared for California’s sky-high housing costs. He was shocked, and also saw an opportunity: building stunning homes at rock-bottom prices. His company, Joy Line…

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Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

I had the opportunity late in 2019 to sit down with Cabrillo College President Matthew Wetstein and Cabrillo Board Trustee Adam Spickler to discuss the present and future of Cabrillo College. Cabrillo College is a cherished and well-regarded junior college with campuses in Aptos and Watsonville, with a student body of approximately 12,000. As luck…

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Episode 48: Chris Grindy Bay Area Tax Man

Chris Grindy is the Bay Area tax man! He owns and operates Grindy Tax Service of San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Grindy family has been doing taxes for Bay Area folks for going on 79 years – an incredibly long time for a family run business. In all those decades, they’ve…

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Episode 47: Melissa Ergo Captures the Light

Melissa Ergo is a wedding photographer based in Santa Cruz, California. Wedding photography is a competitive business – there’s a relatively low bar to entry so it’s a crowded field. So how does someone stand out, make a living, and actually be successful in a field that accepts all comers? Our guest Melissa Ergo shares…

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Episode 46: Firesafe Council of Santa Cruz County

I sat down to talk fire safety with LizAnne Jensen and Ed Hayes of the Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz in the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) of Santa Cruz County. LizAnne and Ed are volunteers, helping to spread the word about how homeowners can better prepare for wild fires. Both of them live neighborhoods…

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Episode 45: Dan Chan the Billionaire’s Magician

Dan Chan is known as the Billionaire’s Magician. But before he was a full-time magician, He was a pre-IPO Silicon Valley employee. He worked alongside Elon Musk and Peter Thiel at PayPal with a side hustle performing magic, pick-pocketing, and fire juggling. Initially, he thought PayPal was the dream job. However, when reality set in…

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Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

I am beyond thrilled to welcome Leslie Appleton-Young as my guest for the 44th episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast! Leslie is the Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS. I’m a huge fan, and I have been listening to and watching Leslie’s forecasts on the California real estate economy for years. Many…

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Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

For this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast we welcome Cory Ybarra as our guest, to talk about her work with Building for Generations. Building for Generations is a non-profit that Cory started when she saw a need in a far-off Tanzania in 2005. Their mission is to support education projects with a focus…

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Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy

Kevin Corr grew up in San Jose, and ever since he was a kid, he always had a fascination with mold. I jest, of course! He didn’t come to mold – the mold came to him. Kevin is an entrepreneur, and the owner of Applied Real Estate Inspections – a Bay Area mold inspection company….

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Episode 41: Bob Owens, Termite Guy

Bob Owens is a native of Chicago, Illinois where he lived until joining the United States Air Force at age 19. He served the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance specialist for twenty years, working all over the globe, before being invited by an Air Force buddy to come to Santa Cruz “for a week”…

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