144 episodes

Weekly News Roundups and Conversations with California’s Leaders in Politics and Policy.

SacTown Talks Russell Lowery

    • News
    • 4.7, 22 Ratings

Weekly News Roundups and Conversations with California’s Leaders in Politics and Policy.

    140 Ann Ravel

    140 Ann Ravel

    Today we welcome Ann Ravel, candidate for State Senate District 15. She and Jarhett start by discussing her background. She has been at every level of government from the Santa Clara city government, to being appointed by Jerry Brown to the California Fair Political Practices Commissions, then to the Federal Elections Commission by President Obama and why she decided this was the right time to try for elected office, and to tackle her primary issues of wealth disparity, homelessness and healthcare. They then discuss the campaign changes Covid caused, missing the connection with voters, and getting experts in different fields to answer the concerns of her potential constituents. The conversation shifts to her expertise in campaign finance, the potential of public funding, the drawbacks of grassroots only camping, what can be done about Citizens United, and what can be learned from other counties electoral systems. They also discuss what CA can do about Covid, social justice and why she thinks she’ll be a different kind of legislator.

    • 39 min
    139 - Asm. Jose Medina

    139 - Asm. Jose Medina

    We welcome today Assemblymember Jose Medina, of the 66th Assembly District, which covers Riverside California. They started by discussing what it's like being back in the legislature, how everyone’s bill package went on a “covid diet,” but as chair of the higher education committee he still gets to hear important bills. They discuss his background as the son of immigrants, becoming a school teacher, school board member and community college trustee, and his belief that education is the key to success. Then they turn to the main focus of the interview, AB 331. This bill would create an ethinic studies requirement for all California high school graduates. They discuss the policy path for the bill, from it being vetoed by Gov. Brown, to it being propelled forward the last few months. They talk about what ethinic studies is, why it needs to be part of the curriculum, and how it can be integrated into the curriculum. Asm. Media then discusses the changes he has seen in ethnic studies over time. The conversation then turns to the challenge of opening schools due to covid, and his thoughts on the challenges of distance learning. And they finish with some book recommendations including:
    Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun
    Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima
    James Bank’s Teaching Strategies for Ethinic Studies
    Ronald Takaki’s Strangers from a Different Shore

    • 40 min
    138 - Senator Bob Archuleta

    138 - Senator Bob Archuleta

    SacTown Talks welcomes Senator Bob Archuleta of the 32nd Senate District, or as he calls it “the fightin’ 32nd.” They discuss his path to the senate, from the 82nd Airborne to county commissioner and his belief in the rewards one gets from serving the community. They discuss his belief that COVID brings communities and families together, especially in his district. Then they discuss his bill priorities, including a bill mandating law enforcement wear uniforms that identify the department for whom they work, a bill from expediting background checks for volunteers, and a bill for recycling lithium ion batteries. He finishes by discussing how policing will be changed for the better by recent protests and his feeling confident in his safety returning to the Capitol.

    • 20 min
    #137 Senator Lena Gonzalez

    #137 Senator Lena Gonzalez

    SacTown Talks is pleased to welcome Senator Lena Gonzalez of the 33rd Senate District. Please note that due to technical difficulties this podcast is audio only. She discusses a very interesting first year in the Senate and her background on the Long Beach City Council. Then the discussion pivots to her role as chair of the special committee on pandemic emergency response, the need for more data on COVID, more testing and more contract tracing. They also discuss that the internet is a necessity for all Californians and SB 1130, her bill to amend the California Advanced Services Fund to help it modernize and improve California's internet capability.

    • 21 min
    #136 Mark Guillen

    #136 Mark Guillen

    SacTown Talks welcomes Mark Guillen of Crown Castle to the program. Crown Castle is a nation large infrastructure provider in the telecommunications space - fiber, small cells and towers. They discuss the geographic and digital divide both across the nation and specifically in California, how COVID has shone light on digital divide and how legislators are thinking about how to close the gap, the future of fiber for high speed internet and how the new technology of microtrenching is key to building the future of internet access in California.

    • 24 min
    135 - Asm. Al Muratsuchi

    135 - Asm. Al Muratsuchi

    This week SacTown Talks welcome Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi of the 66th Assembly District. The discussion includes how he got into politics, his coming back to win his seat after a loss, and what drives him in politics. Then he and Jarhett discuss anti-Asian racism both in his district and across California, how the legislature can respond both to COVID and systematic racism, and how environmental justice is connected to social justice. Finally they discuss school reopening, distance learning and how to bridge the digital divide for all CA students.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

matthewdavid36 ,

Hard to find

Rare stuff man. A unique channel of content, its appreciate it.

sactransfer ,

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.

Cozaor00 ,

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.

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