Meet 74th Assemblyman Matt Harper AND 48th Congressional Dist candidate Hans Keirstead

CA 74th Dist. Assemblyman Matt Harper, a Republican, running for reelection on the Primary 6/5/18 California Primary Ballot, talks about state level policy. The 74th includes: Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Woods.

In the second guest (minute 26:08), covering federal policy is Hans Keirstead, Democratic candidate in the CA 48th Congressional District, which is centered in Huntington Beach and includes coastal cities from Seal Beach to Laguna Niguel, taking in parts of Westminster, Garden Grove. It also includes Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Beach. Yesterday was your last day to register, unless you head to the OC Registrar of Voters desk in Santa Ana.

Meet 74th Assembly Dist Candidate Cottie Petri-Norris and CA 45th Congressional Dist Candidate Brian Forde

Sample ballots, voter pamphlets, and vote by mail ballots have all landed in our homes for the California Primary Election 6/5. The show’s first guest will be Cottie Petrie-Norris, Democratic candidate for the CA 47th Assembly District which includes this station, South Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Costa Mesa, and most of Irvine.

In the second half of the show (min 25:11), in another installment in the CA 45th Congressional race, we’ll get acquainted with Democratic candidate Brian Forde. The 45th includes: Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park Orange Anaheim Hills, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest; and parts of: Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo.

One More Look Under the Irvine General Plan Hood AND Climate Solutions Summit; Live at the Beckman

Returning to the show is City of Irvine Bill Jacobs with General Plan updates, all of which are facts on a map that eventually become facts in the ground that affect anyone residing, working, or visiting our fair city. More information is available at: or 949-724-6581.

In the second segment (min 28:43), Samantha Leigh and Kendra Walters, Ph.D. candidates at UCI’s Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Biology talk about the Climate Solutions Summit open to the public on May 30th from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Beckman Center. Registration deadline is 5/21; details are available at:

As The Korean Peninsula Churns AND Voting in the OC June 5th

UCI political scientist Bob Uriu returns to carefully examine the tea leaves missed and newly served with the international summits on the Korean Peninsula. He breaks down the roles and leadership dynamic between: Moon Jae-in of South Korea; Kim Jung-un, of North Korea;  Xi Jinping, of China; Shinzo Abe, of Japan; and Donald Trump.

In the second segment (min 30:05), Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley returns for his ritual pre-primary election visit to present all that we voters are not even thinking about, including how much postage is needed for the absentee ballot (pssst, it’s 71 cents) and the cyber security of our election infrastructure. The Registrar of Voters office is located at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C Santa Ana; 714-567-7600. On their website are several different useful tabs for ease of navigation: for early voting details; to verify your registration in OC; and for your OC Ballot Express tracking envelope. is also useful in tracking all deadlines for processing your ballot.

Meet 45th Cong. District candidate Katie Porter And International Conference on Learning and Memory

Katie Porter, UCI law professor, currently running as a Democrat in the CA 45th Congressional District, speaks about her candidacy. Additional candidates’ interviews forthcoming on AAL! Reminder that everyone confirm their voter registration at:

In the second segment (min 27:26), Michael Yassa, UCI proferssor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory International Conference on Learning and Memory to be held at this week, 4/18-4/22 at the Hilton in Huntington Beach. Accompanying him is Manna Yass, Director of Outreach and Education, making exceptional programs, talks, and events available to the public both at this conference and ongoing around Orange County and the US. Details for this free conference are available at:

Sanctuary City; Not In Some Backyards AND Mr. Khosla’s Neighborhood

Tiffany Ackley, Aliso Viejo attorney and municipal candidate on this year’s election ballot, talks about the wave of meetings in Orange County cities about joining the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s lawsuit against California’s SB 54 regarding sanctuary cities. Although Irvine has not scheduled a forum at this writing, the following meetings being convened are: Newport Beach 4/10, 7 p.m.; Orange 4/10, 6 p.m.; Westminster 4/11, 7 p.m.; Los Alamitos 4/16, 6 p.m.; Laguna Niguel  4/17, 7 p.m.; Lake Forest 4/17, 6:30 p.m.; and Dana Point 4/17, 6 p.m.

In the second segment (minute 36:47), UCI Law School professor Alex Camacho takes up the potential for the case of coastal property owner, Vinod Khosla, to challenge the California Coastal Act in a fundamental way. With the owners legal representation’s sights set on the US Supreme Court, the case could have far reaching consequences for California’s entire coast line.  Mr. Khosla’s property is at Martins Beach at Half Moon Bay, in San Mateo County. With the owner’s legal representation’s sights set on the U.S. Supreme Court, the case could have far reaching consequences for the entire state with respect to public access to the coastal zone. Surf’s up! Stakes are higher!

Room in the Orange County Inn?

It’s Passover, Holy Week, and Nowruz celebrations continue. This is the backdrop for how we navigate the homeless crisis amidst the holiest of the holiest in Orange County and especially in our fair town of Irvine. Mohammed Aly, attorney and founder of the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, along with Morgan Denges and Jordan Hoiberg of the Orange Co Catholic Worker, bring us right up to the latest policy laps in the run to settle unsheltered, homeless residents of Orange County. This broadcast occurred at the same time that the OC Board of Supervisors convened to hear from parties around the County on this issue. Looking further for some room in the inn.

Phytoplankton’s Global Skid Marks AND Welcome Orange County Wildlife Corridor

UCI Climate Scientist and oceanographer Keith Moore shares what his research team’s leading-edge, global models are learning about trends with phytoplankton, the menu supporting fish populations. More details about their findings are recently published in Science :

In the second segment, Elizabeth Brown, President of the Laguna Greenbelt, will oversee the Wildlife Corridor Project coming to fruition while honoring the 50th anniversary of the Laguna Canyon conservation. Didn’t happen on it’s own; a lot of locals have been working tirelessly to keep that project alive. Follow their progress at: and at all the usual social media hangouts.