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If you’re slogging through a California ballot packet the size of a phonebook, we’re here to help!
We’ll be posting pro-con debates on high-stakes ballot propositions, interviews with candidates for offices that will shape the politics of the state, and special reports on everything from how the pandemic’s changing voting, to where big money’s flowing into small offices.

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KPFA - California Ballot Breakdown California Ballot Breakdown

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If you’re slogging through a California ballot packet the size of a phonebook, we’re here to help!
We’ll be posting pro-con debates on high-stakes ballot propositions, interviews with candidates for offices that will shape the politics of the state, and special reports on everything from how the pandemic’s changing voting, to where big money’s flowing into small offices.

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    Turning cash into clout: Prop 22’s in-app arm-twisting, CA NAACP’s perplexing positions

    Turning cash into clout: Prop 22’s in-app arm-twisting, CA NAACP’s perplexing positions

    Proposition 22, the push to lock gig drivers into permanent independent contractor status, has spent more money than any ballot initiative campaign in state history. The gig companies financing it are also using their apps to advertise, arm-twist, and cajole. Ariel Boone has a report on how that's changing the terrain of campaign. PLUS: Puzzled why California NAACP president Alice Huffman has put her name, and that of her organization, on the big-business side of so many propositions? It *may* have something to do with the nearly $2 million her political consulting firm has collected from the campaigns whose positions she's endorsed.

    08:09 Laurel Rosenhall covers politics and power for the nonprofit news site Calmatters.

    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather [1]” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US [2]
    Browse through all our election segments here [3]. Subscribe to get new ones with Apple Podcasts [4], Google Podcasts [5], TuneIn [6], Spotify [7], or by pasting this link  [8]into any podcast player.

    [1] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Springtime/T_Shirt_Weather
    [2] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
    [3] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/
    [4] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfa-california-ballot-breakdown/id1535244647
    [5] https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9rcGZhLm9yZy9hcmVhOTQxL3Byb2dyYW0vY2FsaWZvcm5pYS1iYWxsb3QtYnJlYWtkb3duL2ZlZWQv
    [6] https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/KPFA---California-Ballot-Breakdown-p1373896/
    [7] https://open.spotify.com/show/0gAVoI7W35iZxYYeHAb8RM?si=BzEN07uTTACiuLAI_72wpA
    [8] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/feed/

    • 30 min
    Local Edition: Where policing is on the ballot

    Local Edition: Where policing is on the ballot

    In the wake of the uprisings over the police killing of George Floyd, cities and counties across California are putting policing reforms to a vote. We'll take you through a roundup, starting with San Francisco's Proposition E -- which asks voters if they'd like to take minimum police staffing requirements out of the city's charter.

    Joe Eskanazi, editor and columnist at Mission Local, a nonprofit newsroom in San Francisco.

    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather [1]” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US [2]
    Browse through all our election segments here [3]. Subscribe to get new ones with Apple Podcasts [4], Google Podcasts [5], TuneIn [6], Spotify [7], or by pasting this link  [8]into any podcast player.

    [1] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Springtime/T_Shirt_Weather
    [2] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
    [3] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/
    [4] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfa-california-ballot-breakdown/id1535244647
    [5] https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9rcGZhLm9yZy9hcmVhOTQxL3Byb2dyYW0vY2FsaWZvcm5pYS1iYWxsb3QtYnJlYWtkb3duL2ZlZWQv
    [6] https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/KPFA---California-Ballot-Breakdown-p1373896/
    [7] https://open.spotify.com/show/0gAVoI7W35iZxYYeHAb8RM?si=BzEN07uTTACiuLAI_72wpA
    [8] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/feed/

    • 26 min
    Debate: San Francisco Proposition L – An Inequality Tax

    Debate: San Francisco Proposition L – An Inequality Tax

    Voters in San Francisco are about to vote on whether to create California's first tax on inequality. Prop L would raise the gross receipts tax on every business in the city that pays its top manager at least 100x more than its median employee.
    PRO: Supervisor Matt Haney represents San Francisco’s District 6; he sponsored Proposition L at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
    CON: Richie Greenberg is a political commentator and the former Republican candidate for mayor of San Francisco. 
    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather [1]” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US [2]
    Browse through all our election segments here [3]. Subscribe to get new ones with Apple Podcasts [4], Google Podcasts [5], TuneIn [6], Spotify [7], or by pasting this link  [8]into any podcast player.

    [1] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Springtime/T_Shirt_Weather
    [2] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
    [3] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/
    [4] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfa-california-ballot-breakdown/id1535244647
    [5] https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9rcGZhLm9yZy9hcmVhOTQxL3Byb2dyYW0vY2FsaWZvcm5pYS1iYWxsb3QtYnJlYWtkb3duL2ZlZWQv
    [6] https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/KPFA---California-Ballot-Breakdown-p1373896/
    [7] https://open.spotify.com/show/0gAVoI7W35iZxYYeHAb8RM?si=BzEN07uTTACiuLAI_72wpA
    [8] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/feed/

    • 40 min
    Prop 15 followup: A tale of two buildings

    Prop 15 followup: A tale of two buildings

    Prop 15 would let property taxes rise with property values, but only for large owners of commercial and industrial real estate.

    The argument from the no campaign is that prop 15 would hurt some small businesses, too.

    They couldn't actually give us an example when they came on to debate it--so we had our reporter Lucy Kang follow up, and ask both sides to point us at one building that makes their case. She found a skyscraper partially owned by Donald Trump, and a small business owner panicked by a tax hike ... that probably won't impact her the way she thought.

    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather [1]” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US [2]
    Browse through all our election segments here [3]. Subscribe to get new ones with Apple Podcasts [4], Google Podcasts [5], TuneIn [6], Spotify [7], or by pasting this link  [8]into any podcast player.

    [1] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Springtime/T_Shirt_Weather
    [2] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
    [3] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/
    [4] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfa-california-ballot-breakdown/id1535244647
    [5] https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9rcGZhLm9yZy9hcmVhOTQxL3Byb2dyYW0vY2FsaWZvcm5pYS1iYWxsb3QtYnJlYWtkb3duL2ZlZWQv
    [6] https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/KPFA---California-Ballot-Breakdown-p1373896/
    [7] https://open.spotify.com/show/0gAVoI7W35iZxYYeHAb8RM?si=BzEN07uTTACiuLAI_72wpA
    [8] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/feed/

    • 19 min
    Oakland D3: A Push from the Streets to City Hall

    Oakland D3: A Push from the Streets to City Hall

    Oakland's District 3 is mostly West Oakland. That's a historically Black neighborhood, an epicenter of the 2008 foreclosure crisis, now rapidly gentrifying. Last year, it was also the site of an action that drew national attention: "Moms 4 Housing."

    A group of unhoused Black mothers took over an empty home owned by a private equity firm, occupied it for over two months, and eventually - after the sheriff mounted a militarized eviction - forced the owner to sell the property to a land trust to become permanent affordable housing.

    Now one of its organizers, Carroll Fife, is trying to unseat the incumbent who represents the neighborhood, Lynette McElhaney, in a race exposing deep cleavages over who housing policy should work for.

    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather [1]” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US [2]
    Browse through all our election segments here [3]. Subscribe to get new ones with Apple Podcasts [4], Google Podcasts [5], TuneIn [6], Spotify [7], or by pasting this link  [8]into any podcast player.

    PHOTO: Tyler Casey [9]

    [1] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Springtime/T_Shirt_Weather
    [2] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
    [3] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/
    [4] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfa-california-ballot-breakdown/id1535244647
    [5] https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9rcGZhLm9yZy9hcmVhOTQxL3Byb2dyYW0vY2FsaWZvcm5pYS1iYWxsb3QtYnJlYWtkb3duL2ZlZWQv
    [6] https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/KPFA---California-Ballot-Breakdown-p1373896/
    [7] https://open.spotify.com/show/0gAVoI7W35iZxYYeHAb8RM?si=BzEN07uTTACiuLAI_72wpA
    [8] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/feed/
    [9] https://unsplash.com/@tylercaseyprod

    • 17 min
    Local Edition: Berkeley and Vallejo

    Local Edition: Berkeley and Vallejo

    First: Wayne Hsiung is mounting a left-flank challenge to incumbent Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin that is quite well-financed and -organized for someone who's never held office.
    Hsiung's also a hardcore animal rights activist, leading a group some ex-members describe as cult-like, who co-authored a strategy document calling for supporters to move to one city, take over its government, and work from there towards getting legal personhood for animals into the US constitution.
    Needless to say, this has not made it into the campaign's literature.

    Also: the Vallejo mayoral campaign of Hakeem Brown is bleeding endorsers, after a nonprofit news outlet documented his extensive history of domestic violence charges and convictions.

    00:55 Frances Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside [1], where she’s covering Berkeley elections. 
    14:30 Geoffrey King is an attorney and journalist, and founder of Open Vallejo [2], a new non-profit newsroom. 

    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather [3]” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US [4]
     “Something Elated [5]” by Broke for Free, used under CC BY 3.0 US [6]
    Browse through all our election segments here [7]. Subscribe to get new ones with Apple Podcasts [8], Google Podcasts [9], TuneIn [10], Spotify [11], or by pasting this link  [12]into any podcast player.

    [1] https://www.berkeleyside.com/
    [2] https://openvallejo.org/
    [3] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Springtime/T_Shirt_Weather
    [4] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
    [5] https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Something_EP/Broke_For_Free_-_Something_EP_-_05_Something_Elated
    [6] https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
    [7] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/
    [8] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kpfa-california-ballot-breakdown/id1535244647
    [9] https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9rcGZhLm9yZy9hcmVhOTQxL3Byb2dyYW0vY2FsaWZvcm5pYS1iYWxsb3QtYnJlYWtkb3duL2ZlZWQv
    [10] https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/KPFA---California-Ballot-Breakdown-p1373896/
    [11] https://open.spotify.com/show/0gAVoI7W35iZxYYeHAb8RM?si=BzEN07uTTACiuLAI_72wpA
    [12] https://kpfa.org/area941/program/california-ballot-breakdown/feed/

    • 47 min

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