UCI Public Health Dean Boden-Albala: WHO to OC in the Pandemic

It’s 7 o’clock somewhere, so let’s salute the essential workers e v e r y w h e r e.  In our hyper-local coverage in the Age of COVID, is another person of the moment, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Director and Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health, at the Samueli College of Health Sciences. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Boden-Albala4-19-20Podcast.mp3

NOTE to listeners: The OC Sheriff and OC District Attorney have announced an increase of county wide domestic abuse calls: domestic violence up 25%; family disputes up 24%  child custody disputes up 30%. The available hotlines for those in need include: child abuse registry 800-207-4464; adult protective services 800-451-5155; nat’l domestic violence 800-799-7233; national human trafficking 888-373-7888,  local behavioral health: oclinks, dial directly: 211;  FACT Families and communities working together: www.factoc.org; the COVID hotline closed 4/18, residents can continue to call OC Health Agency Health for inquirires 833-426-6411.

Continuation of CA Stem Cell Cures Research AND Pacify App: Helping New Parents

First, Robert Klein, Chairman of the CA Stem Cell Research, Treatment and Cures Initiative 2020 and Mitra Hooshmand, Director of Californians for Cures bring very fresh news about the California initiative campaign to continue funding for stem cell research in CA. The drive for signatures continues, postmarks must be no later than 4-16-20: https://caforcures.com.

In the second segment (minute 32:18), Melanie Silverman, Chief Clinical Officer for Pacify, returns to talk about how her service speaks to particular needs of new parents in the Age of COVID.  Details on getting set up with this app are available at: https://www.pacify.com

Voice of OC Keeping Tabs on Orange County Elected Officials in the Age of COVID

Nick Gerda, reporter with the Voice of OC, a digital news agency based in Santa Ana, shares his observations about how the county government is performing, literally and figuratively, as it sets policy and administers procedures in the age of COVID-19.  The stakes are raised ever higher, as various Board of Supervisors gear up in their campaigns toward the November 2020 general election. https://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/GerdaPodcast4-09-20.mp3

Coping in the Age of COVID

In the Age of COVID, our focus will be hyper local, to serve our immediate community, the show now becomes for the indefinite period, “Ask A Neighbor.”  Today we start with Rev. Dr.Terry LePage, talking about how we can cope in these times. Among her many enterprises she is conducting Grief, Gratitude, and Courage workshops.  Information is available at: terry@opendoorcomunications.org .

I ask listeners to help me help all of us by sending your concerns that you would like covered on “Ask A Neighbor” to: cshambaugh@kuci.org.  

COVID-19: In Medical and in Psycho-social Terms

In what we all know to be a highly fluid and changeable situation, we cover the medical and psychological aspects of COVID-19, at this particular moment.  First we hear from Dr. Michele Cheung pediatric epidemiologist at the O C Health Agency who speaks to the medical issues.   Ongoing updates at the OCHA are available at:800-564-8448 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. or http://www.ochealthinfo.com/.
1) To apply for Medi-Cal and CalWORKs benefits, review your case information, request a replacement benefits card and submit verifications, please visit www.mybenefitscalwin.org  or call SSA’s Service Center at (800) 281-9799
2) To apply for CalFresh benefits, review case information and submit verifications, please visit www.getcalfresh.org
3)To apply for General Relief benefits or for continuing case information, please call (800) 281-9799 or you can fax an application to (714) 825-3155 or the Center for Disease Control at: https://www.cdc.gov/.
4)To apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) or for questions related to ongoing IHSS cases, call (714) 825-3000.
In the second segment (minute 28:09) Professor Roxane Silver, of UCI’s Department of Psychological Science, Department of Medicine, and Program in Public Health, returns to the program to take up the psycho-social aspects.

U C Students Mobilize for COLA AND “Living Out” at Robert Cohen Theater

Returning to Ask A Leader is UCI Lecturer and labor organizer Keith Danner, to take up the mobilizing of UC system academic student employees to keep up with their living costs while they serve students.  He also has some insight on how his own peers have stakes in the breaking health and economic developments.

In the second half (minute 24:11), UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts director Jane Page, and actors: Ariella Kvashny and Crystal Kim are involved in a wonderful production of Lisa Loomer’s comic drama “Living Out.”  Performances continue through March 15th, tickets are available at the box office, (949) 824-2787 or https://www.arts.uci.edu/boxoffice
 And yes, the program’s definitely got a through line  – the haves and the have nots; a bit more not having than having.

Ask A Voter California Primary 2020

Welcome to the CA Primary 2020 edition of “Ask A Voter.” This is an historic three month adjustment to CA’s primary with lots on our ballot besides presidential candidates. Factoids galore: CA has 415 delegates for the Democratic presidential nomination. The races within OC, many of which we covered right here, include: OC Brd of Supervisors Dists 1 & 3; House of Representatives Districts 38, 39, 45, 47, 48, and 49; State Senate Districts. 29 & 37; State Assembly Districts 68, 69, 72, 73, & 74; OC Board of Education Areas 1, 3, & 4. Today’s show we’re all over the political spectrum, folks with history, intention, and ideas for our deliberation: Laiseng Saechao – Asian Pacific Environmental Network Political Director and She The People affiliate; Alan Beek – Retired computer designer/Nixon campaigner/current Radio KPFK board member (minute 13:00); Alex Loniak – Orange Coast College President of Young Republicans (unfortunate no-show); Sophie Prettyman-Beauchamp (filmmaker) & Angelica Sheen (AWS Cloud Management employee) – Radio KUCI DJ’s and UCI graduates (minute 20:16); and Randy Lioz – Better Angels CA Director (minute 34:04). Once your ballots are submitted you can camp out on the following websites: http://apen4ej.org/https://www.shethepeople.org/, and https://www.better-angels.org/california/.  

Meet OC Brd of Supervisor Dist. 1 Candidate Kim Nguyen AND OC Brd of Education Area 4 Candidate Jordan Brandman

We’re still in the horse race free zone, folks; more important than ever with the punditry stifling worthy discussion about policy. Our first guest is Kim Bernice Nguyen, Garden Grove Council Member, running against: Andrew Do the incumbent, Miguel Polido, and Sergio Contreras, for the OC Board of Supervisors District 1 seat. This dist includes: Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster and portions of Fountain Valley.

Then, in the second segment (minute 31:00), we will hear from Anaheim City Council Member Jordan Brandman, who will talk about his bid running for the open seat for Orange County Board of Education Area 4, which includes: La Habra, Brea, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim, and Buena Park.

Meet O C Brd of Supervisor Dist. 3 Incumbent/Candidate Don Wagner

Returning to AAL is O C Board of Supervisor District 3 incumbent and local attorney, Don Wagner, who won the Supervisorial seat in the 3/12/19 special election.  District 3 includes portions of Anaheim and Irvine, as well as Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and unincorporated Silverado and Trabuco Canyons. He considers the budget, emergency housing in the housing mix, the 30 year backlog of sexual assault kits, Board of Supervisors’ relationship with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and his campaign endorsements and financing.

Meet OC Brd of Education Area 1 Incumbent/Candidate Beckie Gomez AND OC Brd of Education Area 4 Candidate Paula Chaffee

Helping you out with your 3/3/20 ballot that you’ve received in the mail, we continue with local election coverage, in this horse race free zone! First we hear from Beckie Gomez, incumbent running for another term on the OC Board of Education’s Area 1; which includes: Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Tustin.

In the second segment (minute 27:52) we meet Paulette Chaffee running for Trustee on the OC Board of Education’s Area 4, which includes: La Habra, Brea, Fullerton, Placentia Anaheim, and Buena Park.