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The Capitol Weekly Podcast covers California politics and public policy, and features interviews with elected officials, staffers, advocates, analysts, newsmakers, and even, -gasp- journalists. Listen on SoundCloud, iTunes or at capitolweekly.net

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The Capitol Weekly Podcast covers California politics and public policy, and features interviews with elected officials, staffers, advocates, analysts, newsmakers, and even, -gasp- journalists. Listen on SoundCloud, iTunes or at capitolweekly.net

    The California Network, with Barbara O'Connor

    The California Network, with Barbara O'Connor

    Today's guest is Dr. Barbara O'Connor, a Professor Emeritus at CSU Sacramento, and a household name for folks with deep roots in California public policy. She worked the McGovern campaign, has been an AARP board member, and was named one of Newsweek’s “50 for the Future,” a feature on the 50 people who will set policy and direction for global communications. And, she started Sacramento's first NPR affiliate, KXPR. These days she is chair of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and the pandemic is highlighting the need for one of the group's priorities: getting good, reliable internet to all Californians. Their proposal - the California Network - is being discussed at the Capitol this week.

    • 22분
    Bridging the Digital Divide, with Mark Guillen

    Bridging the Digital Divide, with Mark Guillen

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc for California’s economy and closed thousands of schools across the state. Families, students and business owners are relying more heavily than ever on high-speed internet connectivity - but for many Californians, access to this essential technology is limited. Many do not have access to high speed broadband or lack the essential computers/cell phones to utilize these services. It is estimated that 765,000 computers and 416,000 wifi hotspots would be needed to bridge this digital divide. Mark Guillen, the West Region public affairs manager for Crown Castle, a large telecommunications infrastructure provider, joins us to talk about the challenge of providing more robust and widespread internet access - and how long it might take.

    • 17분
    Back to School? That's the question for CTA President E Toby Boyd

    Back to School? That's the question for CTA President E Toby Boyd

    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented heretofore-unseen challenges to students and teachers who have suddenly found themselves the "guinea pigs" in a massive distance learning experiment. With coronavirus infections and deaths climbing in California, a growing number of districts have said they will not be returning to in-person classes in the fall, leaving teachers scrambling to create compelling online learning environments on the fly. California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd joins us to give an update on expectations for the upcoming school year and discusses another big CTA priority: passing Prop. 15, the "Split Roll" initiative that would decouple large commercial properties from Prop. 13. All that, plus the fallout from the Janus vs. AFSCME decision, in this episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast.

    • 1 hrs 3분
    Where are the Latinos on the CA Redistricting Commission?

    Where are the Latinos on the CA Redistricting Commission?

    California's Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission is generally regarded as a model of its kind, achieving balance and representation through a carefully constructed mix of quotas, political gamesmanship and random selection. How then, did the first round of new commissioners selected on July 2 (eight of a total of 14)fail to include a single Latino, the state's largest ethnic group? When the slate of new commissioners were announced, many, including former Senate pro tem Kevin de León, voiced their outrage at Latinos being denied 'a seat at the table.' California redistricting expert and all-around political data guru Paul Mitchell joins us to talk about the Redistricting Commission, the selection process and just how we might get out of this mess (and how we won't).

    • 40분
    Senatorial Speculation

    Senatorial Speculation

    Senator Kamala Harris looms large on Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden's list of potential VP picks - he has said that he will pick a woman as running mate, and Harris is leading the 'pundit polls' as the most likely choice. If Harris is selected, and the Biden/Harris ticket goes on to win the November election, she will vacate her Senate seat in January 2021, with Governor Gavin Newsom tasked with appointing her successor.

    Therein lies the theme of today's podcast: WHO would Gavin Newsom pick for California's open Senate seat if Kamala Harris does become Vice President?

    Last week we reached out to a half dozen political players from across the state, including Garry South, former state senator Fran Pavley, Roger Salazar, Adama Iwu, Karen Skelton and Joel Fox, to get their thoughts on who the Governor is likely to appoint, and who they think he SHOULD appoint. Wild speculation was strongly encouraged, and our interviewees did not disappoint, proposing a fascinating and diverse array of potential candidates and laying out the political machinations behind their reasoning.

    • 1 hrs 6분
    Bill Magavern on Cleaning California's Air

    Bill Magavern on Cleaning California's Air

    Longtime Clean Air activist Bill Magavern joins us to chat, and brings some welcome good news: with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people out of their cars, many areas of California have seen a decrease in air pollution. Those gains may dissipate as Californians return to the roads, but two coming environmental rule changes could have a big impact going forward: the Advanced Clean Truck Rule will require fleets to begin including non-polluting vehicles in their lineup, starting in 2024, and anti-sprawl provisions of SB743 (a Darrell Steinberg bill, which also cleared the way for the Kings' latest Sacramento Arena, passed in 2013) will go into effect on July 1, 2020. Bill also offers a look ahead at other proposed legislation and how the recent underwhelming Cap-and-Trade auction results may impact funding.

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