Small “d” Democratic Values In Irvine

In advance of the fall municipal election season, we listen to Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan who has requested an opportunity to speak on this platform. We discuss her record, her performance, and her connections – subjects of which have been the focus of our attention on previous “Ask A Leader” programs. It is a democratic story, with a small d – that runs through Armenia to Anaheim to the Authority, that is the OCPA.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Vancouver Inter-Culture Orchestra, “Gypsy Chronicles (Crossing Byzantium),” In The Key of the World – album; and Demanda E Despejo, Bartosz Weber remix.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Khan6-21-22.mp3

“Global Burning; Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis” AND “Collective Rage”

UCI Professor of global & international Studies, Eve Darian-Smith brings her brand new book, “Global Burning; Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis,” published by Stanford University Press. Her accessible read, is another tome published by an academic who is sufficiently concerned about these times. In the second segment (minute 31:00), Brooke Aston Harper returns to talk about the upcoming play that she’s directing at The Wayward Artist), Collection of Rage; A Play in 5 Betties, a play by Jen Silverman. Tickets are available now, for the July 15-24 shows.

Music credits: Aura Msimang, “Kuala,” African Odyssey – album; Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra and Choir, “A Moonlight Night,” Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, “Señorita, The Enchantment – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Darian-SmithAston-Harper6-14-22.mp3

Ask A Voter Primary 2022 Edition: These OC Women Have It

On California’s June 7th Primary Day, “Ask A Voter” honors our biannual tradition of bringing voter stories to you listeners, on your way to the voting booth. Invited guests include: Giesela, “Gigi” Tanner (minute 1:53), mother of Ellis Reed, advocate of victims of violent crimes and one of many Moms Demand Action; Brianna, AKA @InMiniVanHell (minute 14:30), O C analyst extraordinaire on Twitter; and U C Irvine English Professor and founding director of Illuminations Julia Lupton (minute 36:21). Voting centers and Registrar of Voters ballot drop boxes will be open til 8 pm.

Music credits: Fanfare for the Common Man, conducted by Leonard Bernstein; Berklee College of Music We Will Rise Summit “Lift Every Voice and Sing – A Cappella: Mikis Theodorakis composer, Z film soundtrack; Henry Purcell, #21 “Dido and Aeneas,” Susan Graham, conducted Emerson Lake and Palmer, “Fanfare for the Common Man,” remix.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/TannerMiniVanLupton6-07-22.mp3

Meet CA Congressional Dist 47 Candidate Scott Baugh AND Gun Violence Intersection With Elections

Both guests meet the listeners at this moment, the week before CA finishes the June 7th primary. First, the last primary candidate to speak on this show is Scott Baugh: attorney, Orange County Republican leader, and former CA Assemblyman. He’ll talk about his challenge to incumbent Congresswoman Katie Porter in the new 47th Con. District that includes the cities of: Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, and Irvine. In the second segment (minute 29:20), Bethany Webb, member of the California Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, speaks at the intersection of gun violence and the electoral choices we all make. Her skin in this game – her sister was killed and her mother wounded in the 2011 Salon Meritage mass shooting in Seal Beach. Vote For Our Lives Rally & Vigil will be held at Seal Beach-Pier 20 on Saturday 6-4-22, 5:30 pm, gathering survivors and family members of gun violence, students, elected officials and candidates.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Christian Sands, “Fight for Freedom,” Facing Dragons – album; “Demand e Despejo,” Bartosz Weber remix.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/BaughWebb5-31-22.mp3

Meet Candidate Rep Petrie-Norris AND Meet Dist Attorney Candidate Chehock

With just 2 weeks to go for CA’s June 7th primary, appearing first today’s program is Assemblywomen Cottie Petrie-Norris running for her third term, this time in the brand new 73rd Assembly district is which includes: Irvine, Costa Mesa, and portions of Tustin. In the second segment (minute 28:00), Bryan Chehock, Counsel for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in the Southern District of California, will be the last of the three candidates challenging O C District Attorney incumbent Todd Spitzer to appear on this show. Yes, the Angel baseball park in Anaheim is an organizing principle.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Beoga, “Aurora II” Carousel – album; Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, “Cheap Rent,” Cheap Rent – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Petrie-NorrisChehock5-24-22.mp3

Meet OC Brd of Ed Trustee Candidate Martha Fluor AND Meet OC Brd of Ed Trustee Incumbent/Candidate Mari Barke

We continue CA Primary coverage as we hear from two candidates for the O C Board of Education Trustee Area 2, inside which KUCI resides. This election is the final; there will be no run-offs. So other reason why to hang close down ballot this June 7th primary election. The new boundaries for the OC Board of Education were redrawn in 2020 and include: Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa and parts of Newport Beach and portions of Irvine mainly south of I-405. The first candidate to speak is Martha Fluor, former Newport Mesa Unified School District Board Trustee, former president of the CA School Boards Association, and former special ed teacher. In the second segment (minute 34:02), Mari Barke, Chair of the OC Board of Education, affiliate of the CA Policy Center, and serves as OC coordinator for both Run Ben Run, and Carson America Inc.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Hiromi Piano Quintet, “Jumpstart,” Silver Lining Suite – album; Bill Beach, “Letting Go,” Letting Go – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/FluorBarke5-17-22.mp3

Meet Rep. Steven Choi in new CA 73 Assembly Dist. AND Meet OC DA Candidate Michael Jacobs

Ballots are on their way to our residences. With a mere 4 weeks til the CA June 7th Primary, we hear from a few more state and local candidates. The first guest is CA 68th District Assemblyman and Republican Steven Choi who is running against Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris of the 74th, for the newly redistricted 73rd. This new assembly district includes: Irvine, Costa Mesa, and portions of Tustin.  

In the second segment (minute 32:32), is OC District Attorney candidate Michael Jacobs, who’s challenging incumbent Todd Spitzer.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Bela Fleck, “Star Spangled Banner,” Flight of the Cosmic Hippo – album; and Alogte Oho and His Sounds of Joy, “Mam Yinne Wa,“ Mam Yinne Wa – album. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/ChoiJacobs5-10-22.mp3

Meet 47th Congressional Dist Candidate Errol Webber AND The Poseidon Project Before the CA Coastal Commission

Continuing our CA 2022 Primary on June 7th, we start with Errol Webber, filmmaker and Republican (America First) candidate challenging Congresswoman Katie Porter in the new 47th District. The 47th District now includes: Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach.

In the second segment (minute 34:05), water policy analyst/activist Conner Everts takes us through the next public agency review of the Poseidon desalination plant proposed in Huntington Beach. The CA Coastal Commission is scheduled to hear this application in Costa Mesa: May 12th, at the Hilton Orange, Fountain Terrace Room, 3050 Bristol Street. Draft meeting agenda details are available at: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2022/5. Organizations joining the public comment forum include: CA Coastkeeper Alliance, Orange Co. Coastkeeper, Residents for Responsible Desalination, CA Coastal Protection Network, Surfrider Foundation, Nat Resources Defense Council, Heal the Bay, Desal Response Group, So Cal Watershed Alliance, Environmental Water Caucus, Wholly H2O, EHL – Endangered Habitats League, Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, 7th Generation Advisors, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Environment California, Oakview Communidad, Azul, Food and Water Watch, OC Earth Stewards, Orange Co Environmental Justice, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Emerald Necklace, Amigos del lost Rios, and Environmental Coalition for Water Justice.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Brahms 1st Symphony conducted by Maron Alsop; Bill Beach “Samba das Velas,” Brasil Beat – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/WebberEverts5-3-22.mp3

“Covid in Custody” Premier at UCI AND Civic Notes from the Host

UCI professor Keramet Reiter, and UCI director Jane Page, and theater director Gavin Cameron-Webb, (minute 5:21- 45:10) talk about their collaboration that patrons can take in this weekend. The play entitled: “Covid in Custody,” is a docu-drama written by Jane and Gavin chronicling the establishment of an online archive of first hand stories of those held in California’s prisons during the COVID Pandemic. The show at UCI’s Little Theater is now postponed, please take note when listening to this interview. This podcast summary will be updated once the production has been rescheduled. Tickets, which are free, must be reserved at the following link: https://www.arts.uci.edu/event/covid-custody. More information about the archives set up by Keramet, upon which the play is based, is available at: https://prisonpandemic.uci.edu/. Before this interview are comments about the candidate/incumbent OC Assessor Claude Parrish who was not available for the originally scheduled interview. After this interview are pointers about the OC Primary June 7, 2022.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; and Aaron Goldberg, “Poinciana,” At the Edge of the World – album. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/PageCameronWebbReiterPOD4-26-22.mp3

Irvine Mayor’s Foreign & Personal Policy AND Examining the Presidents’ Calendars

This action packed show starts with Kev Abazajian, UCI astrophysicist and Director of the Center for Cosmology, who zoomd from the international to the municipal in this week’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. On April 22nd at 7:30 pm, the Armenian Center in Santa Ana will host a somber occasion for the community to learn about centuries old and recent developments in Armenia.

In the second segment (minute 31:11), UCI political scientist Matthew Beckmann parses how American presidential schedules signal each administration’s involvement, priorities, and capacities; the subject has returned to our radar since the former president’s schedule’s eye-opening seven hour gap on 1/6/21.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Djivan Gasparian, “A Cool Wind is Blowing,” I Will Not Be Sad in the World – album; Michael Dessen, “Water Seeks,” Between Shadow and Space – album. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/AbazajianBeckmann4-19-22.mp3