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Join us for chats with various voices in the public policy world about today's most pressing societal issues. This podcast is a production of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

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Join us for chats with various voices in the public policy world about today's most pressing societal issues. This podcast is a production of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

    2020 Election: Voting By Mail (with Bob Page)

    2020 Election: Voting By Mail (with Bob Page)

    In this episode, San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Bob Page talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about secure, safe, and efficient voting options in this upcoming election.

    About Bob Page:

    Mr. Page is responsible for all aspects of the election process for the county’s residents.  He administers all local, state, and federal elections in the County of San Bernardino, including the management of voting systems, the employment and training of poll workers, election ballot processing, and vote tallying.

    Learn more about Bob Page via https://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/DepartmentServices.aspx?ContactID=59

    Podcast Highlights:

    “ Well I would say that in this election we are seeing a number of states expanding the ability of their voters to vote by mail.”

    -       Bob Page on the topic of the expansion of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19.

    “ [The County does] prepay the postage on return envelopes... we have a number of early vote sites and polling places... a number of mail ballot drop boxes, and finally, if somebody wants to vote in person that's still available.”

    -       Bob Page on the topic of the various options voters have when choosing how to submit their ballot.

    “ I would advise not to wait until November 3rd to actually put [your ballot] in the mail.”

    -       Bob Page on the topic of voting early to ensure that your vote is counted.

    Guest:

    Bob Page (San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters)

    Interviewers:

    Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Alfredo Barcenas (UCR MPP Candidate, Dean’s Ambassador)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase

    Commercial Links:

    https://bit.ly/spp-harnik-pc

    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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    • 27 min
    BLM: Environmental Justice (with Cesunica Ivey)

    BLM: Environmental Justice (with Cesunica Ivey)

    In this episode, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Cesunica Ivey talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about environmental racism.

    About Cesunica Ivey:

    Cesunica Ivey has a background in mathematics, civil engineering, and environmental engineering, and she received her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2016. Her research interests include source apportionment of fine particulate matter, regional air quality modeling for health applications, global atmospheric modeling, and environmental justice.

    Learn more about Cesunica Ivey via https://profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/cesunica

    Podcast Highlights:

    “Environmental justice impacts are multidimensional and they have long-term health and socioeconomic consequences simply because you grew up in an environment in a hazardous neighborhood.”

    -       Cesunica Ivey on the topic of why your environment impacts not only your economic status, but also your health.

    “GIS enabled us to visualize and geolocate hundreds of thousands of measurements...”

    -       Cesunica Ivey on the topic of Geographic Information System Mapping aiding environmental justice research.

    “Much of the Inland Empire is at risk for disproportionate environmental hazards because the land is cheap and it is plentiful compared to that in the coastal communities. This is very attractive to industrial developers, particularly Amazon.”

    -       Cesunica Ivey on the topic of the presence of warehousing in Southern California, and specifically Riverside and San Bernardino County.

    Guest:

    Cesunia Ivey (Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering)

    Interviewers:

    Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Paola Loera (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

    Music by:

    C Codaine

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Phase

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

    Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.

    Commercial Links:

    https://bit.ly/spp-harnik-pc

    https://spp.ucr.edu

    https://spp.ucr.edu/mpp

    • 18 min
    COVID-19: Can College Students Terminate Apartment Leases?

    COVID-19: Can College Students Terminate Apartment Leases?

    In this episode, public policy student Sana Jaffery, real estate lawyer Scott Talkov, and Fair Housing of Riverside County program manager Nathan Cieszynski talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about options and resources for students who wish to terminate their leases due to COVID-19.

    About Sana Jaffery:

    Sana Jaffery recently found herself facing a housing issue, only to find out hundreds of students dealing with the same crisis.  Jaffery had previously spoken about this issue  on NBC4 News.

    About Scott Talkov:

    Scott Talkov is a real estate, business and bankruptcy litigation lawyer in Riverside, California and former partner at one of the Inland Empire’s oldest law firms.

    Learn more about Scott Talkov via https://www.talkovlaw.com

    About Nathan Cieszynski:

    A HUD certified housing counselor, Nathan Cieszynski is a program manager and counselor at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County.

    Learn more about Nathan Cieszynski via https://fairhousing.net

    Podcast Highlights:

    “The landlord wants your money. You already have your money. So every time you pay them, the landlord has won."

    -       Scott Talkov on the topic of understanding your position of power as a tenant.

    “The city of Riverside has a program for rent relief and what it's set up to do is, is to bring you current on your rent.”

    -       Nathan Cieszynski on the topic of utilizing government programs, if you would like to or must remain in your apartment lease.

    Interviewers:

    Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Genevieve Chacon (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

    Music by:

    Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20)

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625

    Commercial Link:

    bity.ly/uc-rent-el

    Resources:

    UC Riverside Legal Clinic

    Talkov Law

    12 Tricks to Terminate a Student Lease at UCR due to Coronavirus Force Majeure

    Lease Termination Letter Template

    Fair Housing Council of Riverside County

    Rental Assistance Program

    FHCRC Phone Number: 1-951-682-6581

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

    Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.

    • 27 min
    COVID-19: Preparing for a New School Year (with Mike McCormick)

    COVID-19: Preparing for a New School Year (with Mike McCormick)

    In this episode, Val Verde Unified School District Superintendent Mike McCormick talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the challenges school districts face as the academic school year begins and distanced learning continues. About Mike McCormick: Superintendent McCormick carries over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Beginning as a teacher at Home Gardens Elementary School, he became an Assistant Principal and Principal at both Vista Verde Middle School and Rancho Verde High School. Since 2015, he has served as Superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District.  Learn more about Mike McCormick and Val Verde Unified School District here. Podcast Highlights: “I see on our State Superintendent Advisory Council with Tony Thurmond, and was able to be one of the first school districts in the state to apply to receive hot spots from Google and T-Mobile." -       Mike McCormick on the topic of preparing to meet this moment, when students are dependent on technology, for nearly ten years.  “At the highest policy level, I was asked by our State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to be on his Schools Reopening Advisory Task Force... I was fortunate to have conversations as a result of that task force with the Governor's office, legislators, and so kind of the policy discussion at that level was how do we have some practices and procedures in place that are going to hold districts harmless, hold students harmless..." -       Mike McCormick on the topic of the statewide discussion on how to move forward with the school year, while keeping children and employees healthy and safe. "The research is telling us that three to four times is the rate that our Latinx and Black community members, students, and families are likely to contract COVID-19. And that was one of the guiding documents that helped really shine the light for us, and our Board ultimately made the decision that we're going to continue in full distanced learning...” -       Mike McCormick on the topic of how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities in the United States, including his own district. Guest: Mike McCormick (Superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District) Interviewer: Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) Music by: Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625 This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.

    • 20 min
    COVID-19: The Constitutionality of the Shutdown (with Greg Stepanicich)

    COVID-19: The Constitutionality of the Shutdown (with Greg Stepanicich)

    In this episode, City Attorney for Mill Valley and Fairfield, Greg Stepanicich talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about "police power" and the legality of the shutdown. 

    About Mr. Stepanicich: 

    Mr. Stepanicich is the City Attorney for Mill Valley and Fairfield. He previously served as the City Attorney for Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, and Seal Beach. He joined the law firm of Richard Watson Gershon in 1977 and opened up the firm's San Francisco office in 1998. Mr. Stepanicich is also a UCR School of Public Policy Advisory Board member. 

     Learn more about Mr. Stepanicich via the City of Fairfield and the City of Mill Valley. 

    Podcast Highlights: 

    “I think there is no doubt that mask requirements, social distancing requirements, and the closure of businesses is going to be enforceable at this time” 

    -       Mr. Stepanicich on the topic of rules and regulations that are enforceable during these unprecedented times

    “We end up relying on a Supreme Court case that goes way back to 1905 and it was a case involving Massachusetts and smallpox... and there the Court upheld a requirement that all adults in the state had to be vaccinated against smallpox”

     -       Mr. Stepanicich on the topic of where in history we look to understand the legality of the shutdown  

    “ The violation of a public health order is a misdemeanor, a criminal offense, and can be punished by a fine of one thousand dollars and up to six months in jail for each time the regulation is violated” 

    -       Mr. Stepanicich on the topic of how the government can enforce laws and regulations, in order to increase public health and safety. 

    Guest: 

    Greg Stepanicich (City Attorney for Mill Valley and Fairfield) 

    Interviewers: 

    Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador) 

    Maya Prasad (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) 

    Music by: 

    Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20) 

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Xylo-Ziko/Minimal_1625

    Voice Talent: 

    Paola Loera (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) 

    Kamillah Pollard (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) 

    Ana Yeli Ruiz (UCR MPP Candidate, Dean's Ambassador) 

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/ 

    Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast. 

    Links: 

    American Lung Association in California Screening "Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air": bit.ly/ala-unbreathable 

    "The Importance of the Black Press in the Black Lives Matter Movement": bit.ly/spp-black-press

    • 30 min
    COVID-19: Heightened Racial Disparities (with Aerika Loyd)

    COVID-19: Heightened Racial Disparities (with Aerika Loyd)

    In this episode, psychology professor Aerika Loyd talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minority communities in the United States and laid bare the deep roots of systemic racism in America ranging from healthcare inequity to lack of access in education.

    About Aerika Loyd:

    Dr. Aerika Brittian Loyd is an interdisciplinary, community-engaged developmental scientist, who employs psychology, human development, and prevention science theories to understand how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity inform health and development for youth and young adults of color (e.g., African American and Latinx). The ultimate goal of her research program is to provide recommendations for culturally informed youth practice, prevention, and policy.

    Learn more about her work via https://profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/aerikal

    Podcast Highlights:

    “One thing I’ve been inspired by with the late John Lewis, is talking about how this is a movement of a lifetime.”

    -       Aerika Loyd on the topic of ending racism in the United States

    “I would like to redirect our conversation back to this conversation about… racial injustice and the protests following George Floyd’s murder. ”

    -       Aerika Loyd on the topic of police brutality and Black Lives Matter

    “The two pandemics that health researchers are talking about are COVID-19, a global pandemic, and racism as the second pandemic, and how they are interwoven together.”

    -       Aerika Loyd on the topic of both COVID-19 and racism as public health crises


    Guest:

    Aerika Loyd (Associate Professor of Psychology, UC Riverside) 

    Interviewers: 

    Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

    Arleth Flores Aparicio (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador) 

    Music by:

    Samuel Roberts (UCR Public Policy ‘20)

    This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

    Subscribe to this podcast so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about the series and other episodes via https://spp.ucr.edu/podcast.

    • 27 min

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