On October 18, 2019 I appeared on KSCO Radio in Santa Cruz as a guest on the Mike Young Radio Hour. Mike is a REALTOR I have known virtually my entire career in real estate. He has a weekly radio show and he usually has another Santa Cruz REALTOR, Dennis Casey, as his wingman. For the October 18 2019 airing, I was invited on as a guest to discuss the recently-enacted California AB1482 legislation, which establishes rent control state wide in California. We touched on a few other topics of interest to followers of Santa Cruz and California real estate as well – so if you want to learn more about AB1482 and rent control, please listen to the audio of the radio show below.
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. You can listen to the 2 o’clock hour of the show where I appeared below. Listen to the Show Here One thing I was struck with were the callers, none of whom it seemed were younger people, that is, renters who are most affected by the housing crisis. The callers seemed as though they were older homeowners who already had their slice of paradise, and weren’t keen to share by permitting much in the way of further growth. This in a nutshell is the problem with creating more housing in the county. It’s folks like the radio show callers who are the people who vote and show up for meetings, and to a large extent they control the dialog. Before our discussion, I was asked to be prepared to come to speak on several points. I wrote up some notes, and rather than just toss them now that the show’s over, I thought I’d share them with you here. Why is Santa Cruz real estate expensive? In essence, I believe it comes down to land use planning: we have very low density zoning. The general plan for Santa Cruz county states that we … Read More