10 episodes

We discuss everything about life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. We talk about housing, jobs, the economy, schools, entertainment, sports, recreation, transportation, shopping, parks, restaurants, arts, and everything in between! If it affects your life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region, it's fodder for discussion on the Bay to Bay Podcast.

Bay to Bay Podcast Sebastian "Seb" Frey

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We discuss everything about life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. We talk about housing, jobs, the economy, schools, entertainment, sports, recreation, transportation, shopping, parks, restaurants, arts, and everything in between! If it affects your life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region, it's fodder for discussion on the Bay to Bay Podcast.

    Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

    Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

    David Aronovici grew up in beautiful Aptos, California – in the heart of bucolic Santa Cruz County. His youthful passion as a surfer led him into a career in surf board manufacturing, which he pursued for 20 years before transitioning into real estate home inspections. When buying or selling real estate, one of the most crucial steps in the process is the home inspection. In this episode of the Bay to Bay podcast, we discuss a number of facets of home inspections, including:







    * What kind of training and education are required to become a home inspector* Licensing and/or government oversight of home inspectors?  * The biggest red flags a buyer should look out for on a home inspection?* Which era of homes or types of construction tend to have the least issues from a maintenance perspective* What kinds of problems that you note on a home inspection can turn into really costly repairs if not addressed in a timely fashion* How can someone know if an issue cited on a home inspection is “typical” or is really something of significant concern* How can a buyer prioritize the items for repair that are noted on a home inspection* Why do so many sellers choose to get a home inspection, if a buyer is responsible for doing their own inspections* What items do you NOT inspect that you see as common potential problems for the home owner* How can a buyer feel confident about, say, the structural integrity of a home if an inspector can’t open the walls to see what’s going on behind them* What new technologies are there, or soon-to-arrive technologies, that will help home inspectors do an even better job







    To reach David Aronovici or order an inspection, you can find him on the web at http://www.4seasonsinspections.com/ or via telephone at 831-247-3707 or email at 4SeasonsInspections@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

    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 Homes, was born.







    Construction costs in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are the highest in the world, at around an average of $417 per square foot. Joy Line Homes is able to construct homes at an average cost of around $150 per square foot (not including the land, permit fees, and the like).







    The secret? These are manufactured homes – but manufactured homes unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The level of customization available through Joy Line Homes has to be seen to be believed, and the homes are developed using advanced 3D rendering and virtual reality tools, so home buyers can design their homes, right down to the furnishings and artwork that will go inside.







    You may contact Ben West via the Joy Line Homes web site.







    Joy Line Homes – The Pines Model Video Tour

    • 59 min
    Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

    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 would have it, there was some electromagnetic interference going on when we did the recording – so there are places where you’ll hear static, clicks, and pops in the interview. I did what I could to clean up the audio, and overall it’s not too hard on the ears, but please excuse the audio artifacts sprinkled throughout.







    Matt, Adam, and I had a wide ranging discussion about Cabrillo, beginning with introductions from Matt and Adam discussing their backgrounds and how they came to work with Cabrillo. We proceeded to chat about number of topics that will be of interest to listeners, such as the present state of the college, new initiatives at Cabrillo, and the challenges the school is facing today.







    A substantial part of the conversation centered around a new 2020 bond measure (Measure R) that would raise $274 million for facilities improvements and expansion. This bond measure would enable the school to create the kind of 21st Century learning facilities needed to ensure that students get the education they need to succeed in the modern workforce.







    Overview of the 2020 Bond Measure: https://www.cabrillo.edu/bond2020/







    Proposed Projects: https://cabrillo.edu/bond2020/proposed.html







    Learn more at Cabrillo’s Yes on R Page.







    Whatever you think about the proposed bond measure, you’ll be sure to learn a whole lot about Cabrillo College and what makes it such an exceptional asset to the community in Santa Cruz and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about the pros-and-cons of Measure R, check out this page.







    Voters will be asked to weigh in on this measure on the March 3, 2020 Primary ballot.

    • 56 min
    Episode 48: Chris Grindy Bay Area Tax Man

    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 learned a thing or two both about taxation but also what folks in the Bay Area really need from their tax preparation professionals.







    We got things rolling with a discussion of the history of Enrolled Agents, and then we took a deep dive into a wide variety of tax questions I have – mostly surrounding real estate. We talked about issues that will be of interest to most Bay Area home owners – mortgage interest deduction, local and state tax deductions, depreciation, 1031 exchanges, vacation rentals – if it had to do with real estate and taxes, it was a question I wanted – and got – an answer on. If you’re a bay area home owner and are interested to know about where and how taxation intersects with real property, you will for sure want to listen to this episode.







    We want to make a couple of clarifications on our conversation, regarding itemized vs. taking the standard deduction. The short answer is that you still need to compare Standard vs Itemized, for both Federal & California.







    Regarding the pass through business deduction: there is a new Federal deduction for business owners of 20% of their net business income, adjusted for certain items.  This is to give business owners a rate closer to a regular corporation.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 47: Melissa Ergo Captures the Light

    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 her story and dishes on how she’s been able to be herself, while being a distinctive and successful professional photographer.







    We talk about her childhood, her education, and how she got started in the photography business. We go over the tools she uses to capture the light through the glass of her lenses. Perhaps most importantly, we talk about what drives her to keep working so hard to deliver uncanny photographs for her clients on what is often the most memorable day of their lives.







    See also: Melissa Ergo Photography web site, Melissa Ergo’s Instagram Page

    • 44 min
    Episode 46: Firesafe Council of Santa Cruz County

    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 that are heavily forested and have had brushes with wildfires in the past. We covered a number of topics:







    What can I do now to plan ahead for a wildland fire? What is the wildland-urban interface (WUI?) What is a resilient forest, and why does it matter? What impact will a changing climate have on wildfires here in Santa Cruz County? What is a defensible space? What is home hardening? What can I do to make my home safer from wildfires? What can my neighborhood do to become safer from wildfires? Why should I attend one of the Fire Safe Council’s Home Hardening presentations? What can I do if my home owner’s insurance is canceled? What “special” items do I want in my Go Bag if I have to evacuate? What can I do to get ready if a fire is threatening, but I don’t yet have to evacuate? What should I do if I have to evacuate? Why should I do an Evacuation Drill? Why should I sign up for mailings from the Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County?







    See also: Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County web site, Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County Facebook Page

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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sbattelle ,

A lot of cool stuff about the area

If you live in the San Francisco or Monterey Bay Area you should check this podcast out, it’s pretty cool!

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Very fun and informative

Really cool podcast, Seb has a great voice and I love listening to him!

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