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Final Episode: Reflections on California politics during a pandemic
After a year of California political coverage, California State of Mind is coming to an end. We have really enjoyed this experiment with a weekly California-focused show, and we hope you have too!
In this final episode, we reflect on how Covid upended our lives, and politics in a lot of ways. Now that things are cooling down from the Delta surge and the recall is over, what will the political landscape look like for 2022? Nicole peeks inside a crystal ball with Politico’s Carla Marinucci and CalMattter’s Dan Walters.
Also, Nigel and Nicole walk us through the highlights, the headlines and the scandals of the past year.
Music heard in this episode:
Quarry Clouds by Blue Dot Sessions
Arlan Vale by Blue Dot Sessions
Contrarian by Blue Dot Sessions
Palms Down by Blue Dot Sessions
KeoKeo by Blue Dot Sessions
Participation, Baby! How Some Cities Are Experimenting With A Community Budget Process
By Pauline Bartolone
As tensions over racial and economic inequality continue to play out across the country, many people are wondering about the balance of power within their cities and institutions, and how those places spend their money. Some argue that citizens should play a greater role in deciding how to spend their tax dollars instead of relying on city leaders.
The city of Vallejo launched an experiment with citizen budgeting about a decade ago. How is that working out? CapRadio’s News and Features Editor Pauline Bartolone became obsessed with participatory budgeting while covering this story and she joins Nicole and Nigel to explain why.
Recall Reset: Newsom Claims Victory And Turns His Attention Back To Bills
As most people know by now, Gavin Newsom gets to keep his job. He’ll stay on as California’s governor, surviving the special recall election with an almost 2-to-1 margin. Will it change how he governs the Golden State in any way? Do Republicans have a future in leadership here? And what did we miss while we were all paying attention to this off-year election?
Nicole talks with CalMatters Reporters Ben Christopher and Laurel Rosenhall about lessons learned from the recall and how it may have played a role in this year’s drama-free legislative session.
Ready, Set, Recall: Governor Ramps Up Big Name Support As Republicans Look To Oust Him
The recall election for California Governor Gavin Newsom is on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and things are ramping up on the campaign trail. The White House is showing support for the governor, but some Californians are not fans. They’re critical of his handling of wildfires and haven’t forgotten the huge mistakes at the unemployment department.
On this episode of California State of Mind, Nicole talks with CalMatters’ Emily Hoeven and CapRadio’s Scott Rodd about some of these issues as we head into the final stretch before the election.
Can California Continue to Grow the World’s Food Without Reliable Water?
California’s ag industry uses 80 percent of the state’s water. As the drought continues, can the Golden State continue to operate its fields as usual? On this episode of California State of Mind, Nigel talks with the person charged with promoting California ag to the rest of the world.
Karen Ross has served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture since 2011. She grew up on a small farm southwest of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, so she’s no stranger to the demands of a working farm. We’ll hear about the drought, almonds and the fate of her football team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Investigation: How Some Law Enforcement Are Mysteriously Clearing Sexual Assault Cases
There are many sexual assault survivors who never report their experiences to law enforcement for a variety of reasons. And then there are times when they do decide to go to the police. Sometimes, they find the case is cleared, but they weren’t notified or given a reason why.
On this episode of California State of Mind, Nicole talks with CapRadio reporters Sammy Caiola and Emily Zentner. They spent time reporting this story as part of their After the Assault podcast investigation. Hear how one department in the Sacramento area is using a special designation to “clear” rape cases without sending a perpetrator to court. It’s a trend that reporters and researchers have found in several California police departments.
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Wow. Superb reporting. Skillfully presented, thorough, insightful, honest, balanced, informative, thought-provoking: so necessary in these times, so essential for democracy. Thanks, Elizabeth, Nicole, and team.
Like the format, but your bias is showing
I’m so disappointed... I hoped this would be be something different... some unbiased California news ??? (Please!)....but No. Do any reporters even understand the fourth estate anymore? I mean we already have the California report from KQED... I’m a lifelong Democrat but Newsom is so corrupt, it’s easy to see. Seems like the press doesn’t represent the people anywhere. You should be ashamed.
Been wishing for a fresh, smart approach to my home state’s politics and culture. This is it. Nicole and Elizabeth do a great job!