Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay, with Chris Krohn, Tuesday, January 25: Trade-In Real Estate and Labor Organizing
On this Tuesday’s “Talk of the Bay,” Chris Krohn discusses two issues near and dear to Santa Cruzans: first, real estate prices and those who profit off them, and then the state of the county labor movement as SC county workers call for a strike. We also get to meet the organizer behind the local Starbucks Union effort.


    John Flaniken was the 2020 Realtor of the Year. He was on the Housing Advisory Commission in 2021 and is the current president of the Rotary Club. Flaniken runs a local business called, “Trade-In Real Estate.” Does he represent the cause, or the solution, to real estate entrepreneurship on the Central Coast? Are realtors scam artists, or next door neighbors just trying to make ends meet? In the first half hour we talk land, money and what makes Santa Cruz real estate such a hot commodity that even the likes of Goldman Sachs and LLCs from China invest heavily in Surf City property.



In the second half of the show, we discover what it’s like for those who do the work in this county and who usually own little or no property, commute many miles, and sometimes have to rely on food stamps (EMT) to make ends meet. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521 President Veronica Velazquez will be on to discuss a breaking labor news story: Why are county workers walking off their job? Also with us will be Starbucks employee and union organizer, Joseph Thompson, on why he and other employees are seeking to form a labor union here in Santa Cruz.  It is part of a national effort that began in Buffalo, N.Y., and it seems what happens in Buffalo does not stay in Buffalo! It all happens on this week’s “Talk of the Bay,” Tues. at 5pm with host, Chris Krohn.