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/.
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.
As we continue our focus on local candidates in the CA 3/3 Primary, we shall first hear from Ashleigh Aitken about her challenging the incumbent in the 3rd District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. This district includes: portions of Anaheim and Irvine, Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and Silverado and Trabuco Canyons. She is a former federal prosecutor and part of the Leadership Council of the United to End Homelessness OC.
In the second segment (Minute 30:40), Ada Briceño; co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11, a hotel and resort workers’ union and Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, posts us on organizing at John Wayne Airport, LAX, and Loyola Marymount University. Clergy Laity United For Economic Justice (CLUE), has all the details for showing up and supporting the workers this Thursday, 2/13, at John Wayne noon-4 p.m.: email@example.com or 661-373-8679. Details about UNITE HERE Local 11’s 3 day fast, 2/12-2/14, at LAX include: Fast begins 6 am 2/12 near 6901 W Imperial Highway, Inglewood; 2/13 fasters are available 9 am- 6 pm at LAX upper/departures level between Bradley and Terminal 4; 2/14 fasters continue at same site 1 pm after morning appearance at LA City Council, fast breaking ceremony 5:30 pm on this day.
As our vote-by-mail ballots are heading this week to our residences, OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley walks us through all the changes occurring here in the 3/3/2020 CA Primary. A good place to hang out during these next several weeks is: https://www.ocvote.com/vc/web/.
In the second segment (minute 28:27), Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley (D) talks policy in her campaign for State Senate District #37, challenging incumbent John Moorlach (R). Join us as we cover state policies as they pertain to daunting trends. David Min (D) also challenging the incumbent, will be on next week’s show.
“Ask A Leader” CA primary candidate coverage will be focusing on several local races. We begin with Dr. Ken Williams incumbent running for another term on the OC Board of Education’s Area 3, which includes Irvine. In subsequent weeks we’ll hear from candidates running in OCBE’s Areas 1, 3, and 4.
Davin Phoenix, UCI political science professor, returns with his definitive and clarifying new book – The Anger Gap; How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics, published by Cambridge University Press.
In the second segment (minute 38:40), members of the Orange County Women’s March Planning Coalition provide us with the scoop on the 4th annual Women’s March in the OC; January 18th, 10 a.m., in Santa Ana. Keynote speaker, 45th Congressional District incumbent Katie Porter will take up some voting themes at the March. Details about the March are available at: http://www.ocwomensmarch.org/.
Three women weigh in just as we leap into a new and consequential year: Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine (minute 1:01) ; Lisa Bartlett, Orange CountyBoard of Supervisor for the 5th District (minute 23:41); and Zoe Nicholson, scholar of Alice Paul the architect of the 19th Amendment and the ERA amendment (minute 39:19). The complete interview of Zoe Nicholson is available in a separate podcast of this same date. Happy New Year One and All!
Ana Gonzalez, Public Affairs Director for the Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino Counties, takes up the reach of their local advocacy efforts amidst legislative, executive, and electoral changes afoot. Details available at: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org and https://business.facebook.com/PlannedParenthoodAction/.
In the second segment (minute 29:10), Dr. Matthew Zahn, specialist in Pediatric infectious diseases, currently serving as a medical director of the Division of Epidemiology and Assessment for the Orange Co Health Care Agency, offers insight about childhood immunization policy and trends in and around Orange County.