Meet MWDOC Division 5 Candidate Randall Crane AND Meet Irvine Mayoral Candidate Branda Lin

Today we crowd three plus hours worth of civics in under 1 hour! There won’t be a quiz after the show, but voters must complete all their ballots, which includes these two races. First, Randall Crane, Professor Emeritus at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and Irvine resident, is running in Division 5 of the Municipal Water District of Orange County. In the second segment (minute 35:13), Branda Lin, co-founder of Irvine Watchdog, this time dons her candidate hat, in her bid to run for Mayor of Irvine. She is one of 4 candidates challenging the incumbent mayor.

Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Bill Beach, “Aqua de Beber,” Letting Go – album; Magwinya, “Magwinya Mangola neWhite Liver,” Spaza – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/CraneLin09-20-22.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 And the Poseidon desalination project proposed in Huntington Beach, has been withdrawn from the CA Coastal Commission March meeting schedule.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

Orange County Power Authority; Brokers for Whom?

Irvine Watchdog Co-chair, Richard Green looks under the hood of the recently created OC Power Authority; transparency and accountability are in very short supply, residents and ratepayers in: Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Fullerton. Watchdog is keeping an eye on the Racquet Club of Irvine property as plans for rezoning and an amendment to Irvine’s General Plan are being considered. In the super heating real estate market of Irvine, we all can keep an eye on a flurry of rezoning to bid up the value of properties around the city.
Listeners interested in appearing in the new segment, “Inside the 45th” are invited to contact the host: cshambaugh@kuci.org.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/GreenPOd7-13-21.mp3

Irvine Watchdog Looks Under Great Park Hood AND “Inside the 45th” Constituent Speaks Part 3

Branda Lin returns with still more insight as co-founder of Irvine Watchdog, holding Irvine elected and appointed officials accountable. Sometimes just looking at the administration of the Great Park, informs plenty about local leadership.

In the second segment (minute 38:30), “Inside the 45th” features Laguna Woods resident Metche Franke. Listeners living within the CA 45th Congressional District, who would like to speak out in this segment are welcome to contact the host at: cshambaugh@kuci.org.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Walt Wagner Trio, “Facade,” Trajectory; Uptown String Quartet, “You Are Special;” A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood film; Floating Points, “Bias” Mayfield Depot Mix, Bias – album.

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/LinFrankePod7-6-21.mp

CA Democratic Party Chair Race Part 1 And Irvine Watchdog Part 1

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.


Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Orquestra Akokán, “Mambo Rapidito;” Gratien Midonet, “Roulo” (Kay Suzuki Remix) http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/EastinLinPod4-6-21.mp3