One week til the midterm elections, folks. After the tsunami of October surprises, we seem to be experiencing November surprises, so keep your critical thinking caps on ever snugly. Today my guests are Allyson Muñiz Damikolas, Tustin Unified School Board member with insights about the trends afoot in Orange County school boards’ composition. Think tectonic plates moving under our feet.
In the second segment the planned guest, who committed to this segment, and despite repeated attempts to reach her live, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan was unavailable. She is running for another term. The host pressed on with election advisories.
Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album; Zélia Barbosa, Sertão & Favelas; ”Conga del Fuego” composed by Arturo Marquez, Gustavo Dudamel conducting Simon Bolivar of Venezuela; “Minor Swing,” Black Market Trust, Songs – album.
Local enterprising bibliophiles Sarah Rafael Garcia and Andrew Tonkovich bring virtual and physical opportunities for listeners’, readers’ and prospective contributors’ consideration. Those opportunities include: LibroMobile Arts Cooperative in Santa Ana and the freshly launched, “Citric Acid: An Orange County, California Online Literary Quarterly of Imagination and Reimagination.”
Music credits: Chimora, “African Americano,” Sounds of Africa- album Robert Glasper YouTube, “Levels.”
We start with latest draft maps of Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly Districts with Commissioner Linda Akutagawa, of the CA Citizens Redistricting Commission. The nuances are as abundant as are the final days of deliberation. If you don’t know your legislative district maps…. you’re missing out: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/. In the second segment (minute 32:00), Shahir Masri air quality researcher, author and climate change activist; offers perspective about what was achieved or not achieved at COP26 in Glasgow these last several weeks.
Music credits: Chimora, “Africano Americano,” Sounds of Africa – album; Belá Fleck and The Flecktones, “The West Country,” UFO TOFU – album; Snarky Puppy, “Shofukan,” – We Like it Here – album
Nancy Cohen president and founder, and Mona Shah vice president of external affairs of the recently established Gender Equity Policy Institute, present a new report, “Failing the Climate Justice Test; An Analysis of CA’s Projected Climate Resilience Funding and It’s Affect on Californians by Race Region and Gender.” Two tool-belts take on the pile of debris on today’s show. Music credits: The Comet is Coming, “New Age,” Channel The Spirits – album; Emancipator, “Labyrinth,” Mountain of Memory – album. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/1682/CohenShahPod7-5-21.mp3
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.
We devote the full program to UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer. Already seen and heard on media platforms nationally and internationally; he offers his latest, compelling insights about the pandemics he has known, including the one we’re all sharing right now. This podcast is the second of two parts and pertains to Orange County.http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/Noymer5-12-20Part2.mp3
José Trinidad Castañeda, Climate Action Campaign organizer who’s taken over for Robin Ganahl in Orange County, offers a thorough review of how local municipal leadership is stepping up in ways that are already being institutionalized in surrounding counties. Resources for constituents include: https://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/community-choice-energy and https://occleanpower.org.
As the news dessert opens up in Orange Co. with its 3.3 million residents, the media continues to fall behind in covering us. The beginning of 2020 is an opportune time to raise KUCI’s game, so….. we’ll get on with that today with social scientists taking the reins; starting with Alexandra Macias, political science professor at Cal State University building what you could call a two-way civic education enterprise –https://www.california45th.org/.
In the second segment (minute 31:33), UCI Sociology Professor David Meyer runs some through lines into abundant protests unfolding on most continents, examining the synergy among national and International movements. The cue lengthens.
Katie Kalvoda, who’s recently founded a new political action campaign in OC, “Asian Americans Rising,” among other newly realized political talents, has the full hour, to explore them all as she institutionalizes these organizations right here, right now. Asian Americans Rising is a political action committee that elevates the political impact of the AAPI community through civic engagement, issue advocacy, and promotion of candidates at the local, state, and national levels who represent the interests of the American Asian Pacific Islander community in Orange County. Asian Americans Rising can be followed on a host of social media platforms for details about their upcoming Summit and Presidential Convention September 7-8, at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center venues in Costa Mesa.
Because elections matter, we begin our coverage of candidates who have filed to run in the 3/12/19 special election for the Orange County Board of Supervisors District 3. Former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will be the first candidate. Details about this special election are available at: https://ocvote.com/.