In the first segment we hear from Rusty Hicks, now running for re-election to a 4 year term of the CA Democratic Party Chair. He reflects compares elections in 2018 and 2020 as he prepares 2022 campaigns, with special consideration to the Orange County Congressional Delegation. Voting continues; delegates will finish voting on all statewide Democratic Party offices by 4/21/21.
In the second segment (minute 29:30) is Branda Lin, co-founder of Irvine Watchdog resuming our interview on last week’s show, going deeper into the weeds about the Great Park, the American Asphalt Co., and the Irvine City Council.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Nick Waterhouse, “Proméne Bleu”, Proméne Bleu – album; Rone, “Room With A View” Room With A View – album.
Former Assemblywoman and current Delta Stewardship Council member, Representative Christy Smith, who’s close general election loss last year, really does meet this show’s theme. The connection, listeners – it will be apparent. Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits – album; Rone, “Ginko Bilboa: Room With A View – album.
In the first segment we hear from Delaine Eastin – former CA State Superintendent of Education, Assemblywoman, and local government official – now running for the next 4 year term of the CA Democratic Party Chair, challenging current Chair Rusty Hicks. Rusty Hicks will be on next week’s Ask A Leader. Voting is underway; delegates will finish voting by 4/21/21.
In the second segment (minute 31:41), is Branda Lin, co-founder of Irvine Watchdog holding Irvine elected and appointed officials accountable. Branda Lin will appear in next week’s show to go deeper into the weeds about the Great Park, the American Asphalt Co., and the Irvine City Council.
Silvio Carrillo – journalist, activist, and artist offers what keeps getting missed in mainstream coverage: a nuanced perspective of the motivations for Central American refugees to flee dangerous conditions. Silvio speaks as the California director of Berta Cáceres.org; the late activist, his aunt, who championed indigenous claims to resources in Honduras. Listeners can dig out by contacting their federal representatives in support of HR1574 and S388.
Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits album; Natalia LaFourcade “Hasta la Raíz.”
Reverend and Chaplain William Summerville, for the full hour, offers his very intersectional work in LA and Orange Counties, as he ministers to patients and their loved ones, during the COVID pandemic.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” The Heliocentrics, “The Uncertainty Principle,” A World of Masks – album
California Citizens Redistricting Commissioners: Linda Akutagawa, (Huntington Beach – No Party Preference) and Trena Turner (Stockton – Democrat) talk to us today about – how they’re getting along, getting it all done, AND how CA constituents with an independent commission tasked with district mapping, have ONE less thing to fret about. The Commission continues to hold meetings, including this week, for constituents to bring their geographic and demographic stories for consideration in drawing state and federal legislative district maps. Suggestions for adding meetings are also welcome. Follow and contribute to these developments: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org. Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Jaga Jazzist, “The Shrine,” Pyramid – album.
Keramet Reiter, UCI professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UCI School of Law, and director of Lifted, the prison education program in the UC system, brings a crowbar with her latest program that she’s building with colleagues and a crew of graduate and undergraduate students. Prison Pandemic, “Stories from the Inside,” is an ongoing project compiling voices of and about incarcerated people in California. Listening to her interview is the first way to engage. Other ways include: following @uciprisonpndmic and Prisonpandemic.uci.edu, or writing: Prison Pandemic/PO Box 4430/Sunland, CA 91041.
Returning to the show is Ellen Mackey, Senior Ecologist with the Metropolitan Water District, with the developing story of the Met executives’ response to claims of unhealthy work culture conditions. Watch for additional breaking news from Adam Elmahrek of the Los Angeles Times.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Jerry Goldsmith “Chinatown,” film’s opening theme.
UCI MIND (Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders) director Dr. Josh Grill, takes some deep dives into promising findings in clinical trials for medications treating Alzheimer’s disease. In the second segment (minute 36:32), Voice of OC Voice reporter, Brandon Pho talks from his recent article about hate crimes directed toward Asian Americans in Orange County.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Rob Mazurek-Exploding Star Orchestra, “Parable of Inclusion,” Dimensional Stardust – album; Uniting of Opposites “Corridor Moves,” Ancient Lights – album.
First Herbert Sigüenza, member of the Culture Clash troupe, speaks about developing and appearing in his solo performance “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” streaming on demand -March 6 through April 4, 2021, on Cal Tech Live!. Tickets are available at: http://events.caltech.edu/calendar/weekend-with-picasso. On opening weekend, CaltechLive! hosts two free live talk-backs with Siguenza on Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m., PST.
In the second segment (minute 22:03), KUCI public affairs host Nathan Callahan take us from the Fairness Doctrine, to Rush Limbaugh and the media swamp, to where our body politic might recover. Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Isaac Albéniz, “Granada,” performed by Ana Vidovic; Emancipator, “Currents,” Mountain of Memory – album.