Political scientists: Alex Keena (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Charles Anthony Smith (U. C. Irvine), discern the political seismic map shifting under our feet, in their latest book, “Gerrymandering the States; Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism,” available this August from Cambridge University Press. Their co-authors, unavailable for the interview, are Michael Latner (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), and Anthony McGann (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique;” Visioneers, “The World Is Yours,” Dirty Old Hip Hop – album.
This interview, recorded today, went straight to podcast. Additional local candidates will be similarly posted due to limited available broadcasting time. As we continue coverage of local candidates, my guest in this segment is Ryan Dack, a resident Laguna Beach High School teacher and candidate running for the Governing Board member, Trustee Area 1 of the South OC Community College Dist. Ryan Dack is challenging incumbent Board Member James Wright. Community college district races are non-partisan.
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/.
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!
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.