Meet Candidate Diane Harkey OC Board of Supervisor 5th District

Today we meet another candidate in our continuing coverage of the CA 2022 Primary. Diane Harkey is the former mayor of Dana Point, former member of the CA Board of Equalization, and former State Assemblywoman; she talks about her campaign running for 5th District seat on the OC Board of Supervisors. The new 5th district includes: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine (south of I-405), Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, and the unincorporated area bounded on the north by Antonio Parkway, Oso Parkway, Ortega Highway, and on the south by the San Diego County line. Other candidates running for this Board of Supervisor seat are: Board of Supervisor Katrina Foley; Kevin Muldoon, City Councilmember of Newport Beach; and CA State Senator Pat Bates, all of whom have been invited to appear on this show. The primary could become the general if any candidate clears 50 per cent plus one vote.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; George Frideric Handel, “Israel in Egypt”; Kamasi Washington, “Askim,” The Epic – album. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/HarkeyPOD4-12-22.mp3

Meet OC Board of Supervisor Katrina Foley AND OCPA ‘s Opaque Proposition to Local Rate-Payers

Amidst the massive forces of: the stalling of climate mitigation measures in the US Congress, the undeniable disruption of Jan 6. insurrection, and the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine…. we continue covering Orange County June 7th 2022 Primary. We begin with OC Board of Supervisor Katrina Foley, to talk about her campaign for re-election in her brand new Orange County Board of Supervisor District, the 5th District. This new district includes: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine (south of I-405), Laguna Woods, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and unincorporated area bounded on the north by the the Antonio Parkway, Oso, and Ortega Highways, and on the south by the San Diego County line.

In the second segment (minute 41:27), picking up where she left off last month, is Brand Lin, co-founder of Irvine Watchdog to spell out the juncture at which business and residential electricity rate-payers are, whom are covered by the Orange County Power Authority. A lot of action folks, not so much sunshine; a lot of climate aspirations, unclear about the agency’s commitment to those goals.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Hiromi, “Spectrum,” Women’s Voices – album; Shabaka Hutchings, “Black Skin, Black Masks,” We Out Here – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/FoleyLin4-5-22.mp3

Meet DA Candidate: Pete Hardin AND CRT Culture Wars in OC

The show resumes CA Primary coverage with OC District Attorney candidate Pete Hardin, who’s challenging incumbent Todd Spitzer. Reminder that the election ends on June 7th.

In the second segment (minute 32:35), Brooke Aston Harper returns to the show with her insights as a local activist parent, advocate, educator, and an arts professional here in Orange County. She brings perspectives on navigating life in OC as a Black woman – through some rather fraught news cycles.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Gilles Peterson, “Back Orchid,” Black Jazz Radio – album; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, “Star Bangled Banner,” Flight of the Cosmic Hippo – album; Nadine Sierra performs, Villa Lobos’ “Aria,” There’s A Place For Us – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/HardinAstonHarper3-29-22.mp3

Irvine Watchdog Sniffs Out Process Issues

Irvine Watchdog members Branda Lin and Richard Green return, for the whole hour, to speak in advance of the Irvine City Council’s meeting the same day of the broadcast. This show will hone in on some persistent erosions in transparency and accountability in how the City Council conducts business. The Watchdog will offer means for listeners to turn out the same day of this broadcast. The agenda is available here for residents’ perusal: https://irvinewatchdog.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/5.1.pdf. Branda and Richard will return soon to hone in on the joint powers agreement agency known as the Orange County Power Authority. Rate payers take note.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Arturo Márquez, “Danzón No.2,” Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simon Bolivar Orchestra.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/LinGreen3-22-22.mp3

Meet OC Assessor Candidate Rick Foster AND “The FBI War on Tupac Shakur”

The show’s bringing out the first of many local candidates who will be on the CA June 7th primary ballot – Orange County Assessor candidate Rick Foster is challenging the incumbent. Important in this exercise will be to clue voters in about the many important roles that this office performs.

In the second segment (minute 31:50), John Potash talks about the unsolved case in his latest edition of, “The FBI War on Tupac Shakur: State Repression of Black Leaders from the Civil Rights Era through the 1990’s,” which comes with an exhibition in LA, continuing through April before moving on to other towns. Listeners will readily recognize some persistent themes. Details about the exhibit are available at: https://www.wakemewhenimfree.com/.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Honda Takehiro Tribute Band, “Save Our Soul”, “Save Our Sole – album; Tupac Shakur, “Hail Mary” instrumental, Makaveli – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/FosterPotash3-15-22.mp3

Women Bringing The Goods on 3-8-22

It’s March 8th and a good time to tap into the gifts of the thinking of seasoned women. Sharon Rosen Leib, attorney and blogger; and Nancy Wingfield, emeritus scholar of Eastern European history – present solid takes on the range and depth of years of analyzing current events. It’s time. And a work in progress. Other women will be invited to weigh in later. Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album Ukrainian Folk Song Group Dhzerela. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/LeibWingfield3-8-22.mp3

Black in Neuro AND “What I Learned in Paris”

Over this March 1st edition of “Ask A Leader,” we’re officially lengthening African History Month to year-long honoring and celebrating how we wouldn’t all be where we are today without such immense contributions. Angeline Dukes is currently a Ph.D. candidate in UCI’s Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, and president and co-founder of https://www.blackinneuro.com/; her exit interview we’ll get before she settles into her new job on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

In the second segment (minute 35:00), South Coast Rep production director Lou Bellamy will talk about the innumerable nougats in his show, “What I Learned in Paris.” The show runs at this Costa Mesa venue through March 19th. https://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=12538

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Let Your Hair Down, “Ballad of Veracruz”; Roberta Flack, “What’s Going On”3.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/DukesBellamy3-1-22.mp3

The Reach Of Corruption in Irvine and Beyond

Mindful that listeners’ ears are drawn to the coverage of what’s taking place in Ukraine, today’s show’s elements have their own kind of connection dealing with corruption. Both guests generously offer their talents and might in non-profit capacities: Akaash Maharaj, Ambassador-at-Large, with Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption and Branda Lin, co-founder of Irvine Watchdog. They draw a through line from the local level to far beyond. They will be examining resources, relationships, and realities. Note: The aforementioned “California Water Supply Infrastructure Trust Account Initiative” signature collection for statewide prop this fall, has been suspended. And the Poseidon desalination project proposed in Huntington Beach, has been withdrawn from the CA Coastal Commission March meeting schedule. Stay tuned for future agendizing. Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Sportive Tricks, “Rigs of Time,” Old Dogs New Tricks – album. 

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/MaharajLin2-22-22.mp3

Neal Kelley Signs Off as OC Registrar AND Stop The Musick on Grim Jail Servings

Neal Kelley, retiring OC Registrar of Voters, will give us an exit interview. Other platforms are already doing this; the host will do it her way, sad as she is to do it this last time with him. Neal talks about the hiring process and the challenges ahead for his successor Bob Page.

In the second (minute 26:44), Mai Tran, communications strategist for Stop The Music, speaks about the conditions in Orange County Sheriff Barnes’ jails. The central concern is how the food served there is a confounding health problem. Their next meeting will be 2/24/22. More details are available at: https://www.stopthemusick.net/.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Leonard Berstein conduction Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; James Emery Iliad Quartet, ” Turbulence,” Turbulence – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/KelleyMusick2-15-22.mp3

HBCUs Under Threat and Stepping up in 2022

Professor Kathie Stromile Golden, Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of International Program at Mississippi Valley State University, and Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists – speaks at many intersections of educating about policy and politics. The historically Black Colleges and Universities have been taking some heat.

Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album, Nubya Garcia – “Once”, We Out Here – album. Or Shabaka Hutchings “Black Skin Black Masks,” We Out Here – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Golden2-8-22.mp3