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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.