Andrew Noymer, UCI Epidemiologist, professor in population health, disease prevention and public health, returns to the show for the full hour. Always the straight-shooting font of information, Andrew offers his hot takes and useful leads on COVID vaccines, the new national leadership, and the seasonality of this virus. If only what he says could be mounted on a banner to be flown up and down Orange County’s beaches and beyond. Pro tip folks – we’re wearing masks even after we’ve been vaccinated. Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Franz Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, performed by Lucas and Arthur Jussen.
David Bennett, with the US Census’ Regional Census Center updates us on the gains and the challenges in counting all our noses, since regional director Jeff Enos of the LA office was on this show. The general website for following their progress is: More specificically: https://2020census.gov/en.html. https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2020-08/how-to-id-census-taker.pdf, or call 844-330-2020 in English, or 844-468-2020.
In the second segment (minute 29:54), The People’s Budget, namely the People’s Budget OC for our consideration, with Eve Garrow and Brianna Zimmerman. They present an opportunity to rethink how local government resources could be used in the name of safety and public health. An extended portion of the interview is available in a separate pod this same day. More details about their work and coalitions are available at: https://www.transformingjusticeoc.org/.
Stephanie Campbell, local maven serving on many grassroots’ boards presents the sustained efforts of the national and local chapters of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. She offers as well, the hefty roster of speakers lined up from now into the fall, at the Orange County chapter.
Nick Gerda, reporter with the Voice of OC, a digital news agency based in Santa Ana, shares his observations about how the county government is performing, literally and figuratively, as it sets policy and administers procedures in the age of COVID-19. The stakes are raised ever higher, as various Board of Supervisors gear up in their campaigns toward the November 2020 general election. https://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/GerdaPodcast4-09-20.mp3
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!
We hear from Katherine Daigle, one last candidate for the 3rd District seat County Board of Supervisor 3/12/19 special election. Details available at: https://www.ocvote.com/.
In the second segment (minute 29:20), award winning playwright James Fritz dials in from London about his play being staged on campus, “Parliament Square.” UCI theater professor Jane Page is directing; the play will be performed at the CTSA xMPL, March 9th through March 17. Fritz will be appearing at talk backs on 3/13,14,15. Tickets are available at: http://www.arts.uci.edu/event/parliament-square , 949-824-2787, or at the School’s box office.
We hear from two more candidates in the lead up to the 3/12 special election to fill the seat for Orange County Board of Supervisors 3rd District: former Villa Park Council Member Deborah Pauly; and (at minute 29:20) former Anaheim City Council Member Kris Murray. Information about the special election is available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters,https://ocvote.com/.
UCI urbanist Scott Bollens returns to the show to break down the innumberable complexities unfolding around the Northern Ireland/Ireland border amidst the Brexit process.
In the second segment (minute 35:30), Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner, talks about his candidacy in the special election, 3/12 to fill the seat recently vacated on our Orange County Board of Supervisor 3rd District.
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/.