Weekly News Roundups and Conversations with California’s Leaders in Politics and Policy.
Interview with Senator Bob Archuleta
This week we welcome back Senator Bob Archuleta of the 32nd Senate District, which covers southeastern LA county. We discuss working on state campaigns during covid, and how his paired down legislative package of five bills were all passed into law. We discuss the details of all five bills, then advice for incoming senators on how he chose his staff, priorities for the next term including his belief that small business relief should be a priority. We end with his Thanksgiving charitable efforts and a discussion of how Governor Newsom has great options of who to appoint to replace Vice President-Elect Harris.
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Interview With Jim Wunderman
Today we welcome Jim Wunderman the President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. The Bay Area Council is a business association in San Francisco, founded in 1945, and dedicated to economic development in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim takes up through his personal history and then the history of the Bay Area Council, including the building of BART. Then the conversation turns to COVID, the cyclical nature of the economy in the Bay Area, the nature of the housing crisis and how to fix it. Finally Jim discusses trips to China to observe their building, plans for a larger region council, and how the demise of California is very overstated.
Interview with Asm. Joaquin Arambula
In this episode we welcome Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula of AD31. Dr. Joaquin Arambula represents Fresno and west Fresno County. He is an emergency room doctor and son of former Assemblymember Juan Arambula. We discuss his recent legislative victory and what he has learned about campaigning during covid. Then the discussion turns to healthcare: specifically covid, telehealth and future of healthcare in CA. He explains how his father tried to talk him out of running and why he feels he can do more to help underserved and low income Californians serving in the legislature than seeing patients one at a time.
Interview with Carmela Coyle
Today we welcome Carmela Coyle, the CEO of the California Hospital Association. She discusses her background in health policy, then segues to an in depth discussion of health policy in California. We discuss how CA is a microcosm of the United States, how covid has affected the hospital system by increasing workloads and decreasing revenue, and how CA needs to plan for the future with both healthcare for all CA and increased capacity for CA hospitals. We also discuss covid testing, flu shots and why this isn’t the right time to focus on seismic retrofitting.
Interview with Lance Hastings
Today our interview is with Lance Hasting of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. The conversation begins with his background in the legislature and trade associations, and the history of the CMTA. Then the conversation turned to manufacturing in CA, focusing initially on safelymade.org, which organized PPE supplies and distributors across CA. He then discusses the impact of covid on manufacturing, regulation in CA, and how we need to adapt for climate change. Finally he discusses the upcoming election, and how CMTA companies are all technology companies.
Interview with Senator Tom Umberg
Another special Wednesday episode: this one dedicated to voting in CA. Today we hear from Senator Tom Umberg, chair of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. He’s an expert on voting in CA, he has been elected in two different decades to both the CA Assembly and Senate, and chaired the elections committee in the Assembly in 2008 which determined there were no problems with mail in or absentee voting. We discuss voting security in CA, how voting in person will be safe during covid, and how we should expect a voting period over a voting day. We also discuss his background as a federal prosecutor, what it was like in the Assembly before term limits, and why racist poll watchers got him to run for office in the first place.
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Hard to find
Rare stuff man. A unique channel of content, its appreciate it.
Makes you think
I find this podcast educational, irritating, thought-provoking, sometimes too politically correct, and sometimes distinctly politically incorrect. It is able to avoid most of the knee jerk liberalism that plagues California politics.
As a listener who grows more conservative by the day, I recommend it even though it most definitely can in no way be considered to tilt in a conservative direction.
Get a new Host
This show has potential but this host needs to learn how to interview; from the constant interruptions to the lack of research done before the interview is conducted.
And do a better job with introductions. Every time this podcast starts it very abrupt to the ears. Very curious what this show could be with a new host, which is a shame since the concept is very important for an engaged political community.