Santa Cruz

Episode 25: Lynn Renshaw and Santa Cruz Together Fight Rent Control

In this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Lynn Renshaw of Santa Cruz Together. You may not live in Santa Cruz, but the topic of our discussion is of interest to all Californians: rent control. Santa Cruz Together is a grassroots organization of Santa Cruz voters who are opposed to Santa Cruz Measure M on the November 2018 ballot.

There’s no denying that there is an affordability crisis in Santa Cruz, both for homeowners and renters as well. In fact, Santa Cruz is rated as one of the least affordable cities in the entire U.S.A., so it’s not surprising that there is a lot of concern in the community about the high cost of housing.

The question before us is, how do we deal with that? The folks behind Measure M believe that the best way forward is to establish strong measures to limit increasing rents. The folks who oppose Measure M point out that rent control actually does not control the cost of rent for most people, but rather it has the inverse result: rents increase, because rent control removes units from the rental housing stock while at the same time discouraging the construction of new rental housing.

Whether you’re in favor of or opposed to rent control, this is a very informative episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast. Please do share it with anyone you know who is concerned with housing affordability and rent control, regardless of if they live within the city of Santa Cruz or beyond.

Episode 4: Capitola Discusses Future of the Rail Corridor

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.

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Episode 1: The Housing Crisis in Santa Cruz

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.