21 episodes

If you’re slogging through a California ballot packet, 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 voting rules to money in politics.

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If you’re slogging through a California ballot packet, 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 voting rules to money in politics.

Subscribe with Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, or by pasting this link into any podcast player.

    Proposition 29: Dialysis Clinics

    Proposition 29: Dialysis Clinics

    Yay! We get to vote (again) on nuanced regulation of the kidney dialysis industry.
    The Debators: 

    David Miller is SEIU-UHW’s Research Director and a member of the Yes on 29 campaign.
    DeWayne Cox is a dialysis patient and a member of the No on 29 campaign.

    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US
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    • 24 min
    Propositions 27 and 27: Sports Betting

    Propositions 27 and 27: Sports Betting

    California voters are confronting not one but two ballot initiatives to legalize sports betting — and an onslaught of advertising owing to the nearly half a billion dollars that’s been spent on both sides of each. We host a debate on Prop 26, a discussion with the only side of 27 that would talk to us, and a reporter covering the historic sums of money that have entered both races.
    The Debators: 

    Kathy Fairbanks, spokesperson for the Yes on 26, No on 27 Coalition.
    Becky Warren, spokesperson for the No on 26 Coalition

    On the money behind the campaigns: 

    Taryn Luna, covers California politics for the LA Times.

    (Where’s the Yes on 27 campaign? We made repeated requests to book them for a debate, but they never replied.  They had just pulled a bunch of their TV ads after this poll showed the campaign trailing by a 20+ point margin).
    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US
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    • 33 min
    Who wants to be a San Francisco DA?

    Who wants to be a San Francisco DA?

    Left to right: Maurice Chenier, John Hamasaki, Joe Alioto Veronese, Brooke Jenkins
    San Francisco’s holding a special election for District Attorney, with four people running on a ranked-choice ballot to take over an office that became a punching bag for right-wing media, got rocked by a recall, and is now considering the first homicide prosecutions of San Francisco Police Department officers in that department’s 173-year history. We spoke to 75% of the candidates.
    The Candidates: 

    02:12 Maurice Chenier, currently a partner at the firm Resnick and Louis.
    11:40 John Hamasaki, criminal defense attorney and a former member of the San Francisco Police Commission.
    23:08 Joe Alioto Veronese, a principal at the Alioto Law Group, also a former San Francisco Police Commission member, and a former California Criminal Justice Commission member.

    The Not-Candidate: 

    35:20 Joe Eskenazi, managing editor at the nonprofit newsroom Mission Local.

    (Where’s appointed incumbent Brooke Jenkins? Starting in September, we made repeated requests via phone and email to schedule her for an interview, but  neither she nor her staff followed up to get her booked)
    Music credits:
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    AD 17: David Campos and Matt Haney try to identify political differences

    AD 17: David Campos and Matt Haney try to identify political differences

    On April 19th, San Francisco finishes voting on who will fill the vacant assembly seat representing its eastern half. Both candidates in the runoff are veterans of the progressive wing of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with *very* similar policy positions–so we dig into how they’re different.
     
    Music credits:
    “T Shirt Weather” by Poddington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    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:
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    • 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:
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    • 26 min

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