33 episodes

Hometown California tells the Rural California story through the eyes of those who live, work, and play in the rural communities of the Golden State. Hometown California is a production of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a thirty-seven member county strong organization, advocating on behalf of California’s rural counties for nearly fifty years.

Hometown California Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)

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Hometown California tells the Rural California story through the eyes of those who live, work, and play in the rural communities of the Golden State. Hometown California is a production of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a thirty-seven member county strong organization, advocating on behalf of California’s rural counties for nearly fifty years.

    Episode 31 - The Western Governors Association and the Intersection with Rural California

    Episode 31 - The Western Governors Association and the Intersection with Rural California

    On this episode of Hometown California our host, Paul A. Smith, sits down for a conversation with Jim Ogsbury, Executive Director of the Western Governors Association (WGA). Together, Paul and Jim discuss the work of the WGA, who they are, and the intersection with rural California and the Rural County Representatives of California. With membership that includes the Governors of the 22 western-most states and territories of the United States, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, WGA is...

    • 23 min
    Episode 30 - From Rural California to the State Assembly, A Conversation with Assembly Member Jim Wood

    Episode 30 - From Rural California to the State Assembly, A Conversation with Assembly Member Jim Wood

    In the latest episode of Hometown California, our host, Paul A. Smith, sits down for a conversation with California State Assembly Member, Jim Wood. Learn about his path to politics-- from dentistry to the State Assembly— and how his experiences in rural California have influenced his priorities in the Legislature. Listen as Assembly Member Wood discusses healthcare, cannabis, vegetation management, wildfire, and so much more. 

    • 26 min
    Episode 29- Up Close with Rich Gordon, President and CEO of the California Forestry Association

    Episode 29- Up Close with Rich Gordon, President and CEO of the California Forestry Association

    In this episode of Hometown California, our host, Paul A. Smith, speaks with Rich Gordon, President and CEO of the California Forestry Association (soon-to-be retired). Aside from being at the CA Forestry Association, Mr. Gordon has a long history service in California. Back to the early days of his political career when he was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Education, what sparked his interest in getting involved with public education and public policy making?After 13 years on the ...

    • 29 min
    Episode 28- Meet Patrick Blacklock, RCRC President and CEO

    Episode 28- Meet Patrick Blacklock, RCRC President and CEO

    In this episode, our host, Paul A. Smith, sits down for a conversation with Patrick "Pat" Blacklock, the new President and CEO of RCRC. Learn how Pat's journey in the county family began, what led him to RCRC, and his vision for RCRC's advocacy and support of rural counties. At what Californians hope may be the tail end of pandemic shutdowns, in a redistricting year with new challenges brought about by the pandemic, and with a gubernatorial recall election on the horizon, hear how Pat ...

    • 23 min
    Episode 27 - Meeting the Challenge of California’s Perennial Wildfires

    Episode 27 - Meeting the Challenge of California’s Perennial Wildfires

    On this episode of Hometown California, our host, Paul A. Smith, speaks with Staci Heaton, the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Acting Vice President of Governmental Affairs, about California’s perennial wildfires. As an RCRC advocate for more than 15 years, Staci’s focus has primarily been fire and forestry issues, things involving climate change, and managing the wildfire issues of California. Together, Paul and Staci discuss factors contributing to the ferocity of th...

    • 33 min
    Episode 26- The Early Days of the 117th Congress

    Episode 26- The Early Days of the 117th Congress

    In this episode of Hometown California, recorded in Washington D.C., our host, Paul A. Smith, sits down with Sheryl Cohen and Chris Israel of American Continental Group (ACG), to give listeners a deeper look at the early days of the 117th Congress. Together they discuss a myriad of issues, includingthe politics of the recovery package;the twin priorities of infrastructure and climate;politics under the dome: leadership, bipartisanship, and looking ahead to 2022; andthe differences and s...

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

bookworm_momma ,

Smart and insightful rural perspective

This show feels like a good conversation with friends over coffee. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and take things for granted living in a bigger city. I love hearing the rural story. It broadens my understanding of California’s beauty and uniqueness.

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