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Then There's California
37 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Does California's Recall Election Process Need to Be Fixed? / Senator Steve Glazer
Senator Steve Glazer, the Chair of the CA. State Senate Elections Committee, talks about legislative efforts, in the wake of 2020's gubernatorial election, to consider proposed reforms & changes to California's recall election process. He also shares reflections about the Jan. 6th riots in nation's capitol last year, and the ongoing threats to voters' rights across the country. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
49 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Being a 'Senator Parent' / "It's 110% Teamwork..."
CA State Senators Monique Limón, Josh Newman and Mike McGuire share candid and personal stories about life as a mom/dad to their young children, and the challenges and joys of balancing legislative priorities, travel schedules and other work obligations...with their priorities of being a 'senator parent!'
49 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
The California State Senate Delegation to COP26 / "Climate is Global & Personal"
The 5-member California State Senate Delegation to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, joins us to share their experiences on the world stage, representing CA's impressive leadership on climate policy and goals for future climate action. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
49 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Senator Connie Leyva & Ifeoma Ozoma on SB 331 / "Workers Should Always Have the Right to Speak Up"
Equity Advocate Ifeoma Ozoma & State Senator Connie Leyva are co-sponsors of SB 331, the "Silenced No More" Act, a new law that prohibits non-disclosure acts (NDAs) involving workplace harassment or discrimination. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
40 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
"There Needs to Be An Awakening that Great Racial Injustices Still Exist..." / Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Steven Bradford, the Chair of the CA Legislative Black Caucus, discusses restorative justice, reparations, 'atonement' for the many injustices still being directed against African-Americans...and the governor's signing of SB 2 & SB 796. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
32 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
"Women have just about HAD it..." / Senator Lena Gonzalez & the Fight for Reproductive Freedom
State Senator Lena Gonzalez reacts to the recently-enacted, controversial Texas abortion law and its potential to further threaten women's reproductive rights across the country...and highlights her ongoing legislative efforts to ensure California remains a strong, reproductive freedom state. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
33 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
“Our spirits are very much alike…” / Senator Melissa Hurtado & Central Valley High School Senior Izabella Vasquez
Izabella Vasquez, a senior at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, recently joined her state senator, Melissa Hurtado, for a day at the Capitol! Izabella talks about her ambitions as a future leader, how young people in the valley are coping with economic, environmental and social challenges, and the work she does to support her peers and their farmworking families. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!
46 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Senator Dave Min / “If we want to continue being prosperous, we have to continue embracing diversity & inclusivity”
Law School Professor-turned-freshman State Senator, Dave Min (D-Irvine), discusses his pre-legislative career & family background, the continued struggle against anti-Asian-American violence and racism...and explains how a collective philosophy of long-term investment in the future can help California and America. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
33 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Comida Para Todos - "The Human Right to Food" / Senator Melissa Hurtado
Central Valley Senator Melissa Hurtado reminds us that hunger knows no border, no race and no nationality, and explains how her 'Comida Para Todos (Food For All) Act' will provide greater food security to low-income immigrant workers in California. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
37 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
That Night in Kingsburg / Senator Anna Caballero & Kingsburg City Councilmember Jewel Hurtado
Kingsburg, CA City Councilmember Jewel Hurtado and State Senator Anna Caballero discuss how a Pride Month resolution and a request by Councilmember Hurtado to fly the rainbow flag in Kingsburg prompted intense and caustic debate within the city, and on-going civic and personal soul-searching - even statewide - about the acceptance of diverse individuals and communities. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
36 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Fireworks & Military Veterans - "It's going to trigger memories..." / Senator Bob Archuleta
Senator Bob Archuleta, a military veteran and Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, talks about how 4th of July fireworks can trigger anxiety in military veterans, and how those veterans and their families can ease the anticipated tension and still celebrate a holiday that honors their service to our country, Senator Archuleta is joined in this discussion by two distinguished California military veterans: George Dixon, Supervisor, Veterans Services Office, County of Los Angeles Larry Vasquez, Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!
43 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Senator Sydney Kamlager / "We have a responsibility to use our voice..."
From growing up in a mixed-race family in Chicago...to becoming the only African-American female lawmaker in the California State Senate, LA Senator Sydney Kamlager talks about life, legislating, fighting for social injustice...and compelling the world to listen to the voices of women of color. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
25 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
CA Senate Leader Toni G. Atkins, and a 'Joyful' Pride 2021
June is Pride Month…and on this episode, State Senate Leader Toni G. Atkins shares her enthusiasm about Pride 2021, reflects on her memories of past Pride celebrations, and talks about her coming-of-age and ‘coming out’ experiences as a young college student in conservative Virginia in the early 80’s. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!
31 minutes | May 27, 2021
"A Cloak & A Wheelbarrow" / Senator Bob Hertzberg, on the Tools for Restoring CA
California's Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg uses the movie "The Princess Bride" as a metaphor for explaining how Californians are not always handed the perfect tools for dealing with the state's challenges, including housing, homelessness and drought, but "..we have to use what we got, and figure it out." Click here for a closed-captioned version of the audio!
33 minutes | May 17, 2021
“We’re in a world of hurt, as far as recycling goes…” / Senator Bob Wieckowski and CA’s Bottle Bill
Senator Bob Wieckowski reminds us that CA ranks third to last in bottle recycling redemption rates among bottle deposit states, and he discusses his ongoing effort to transform our state's broken bottle recycling system with SB 38, which would make CA's bottle recycling process more consumer-friendly. Click here if you would like to access a closed-captioned version of this episode!
40 minutes | May 5, 2021
“You have to find your rhythm, and pay attention to details…” / Senator Susan Eggman, on bread baking & bill making
State Senator Susan Eggman of Stockton has found a heart for the art of baking bread, and loves to share her homemade loaves with legislative colleagues and friends! On this episode, Senator Eggman, a trained hospice social worker, also talks about life, and death, and reminds us that, even as with baking bread...for everything there is a season. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
State Senator Dave Cortese / "I'd like to come away from this experience hearing people say even a small percentage of what i hear about my dad..."
Freshman State Senator Dave Cortese is following the path of his father, former Assemblyman Dominic Cortese, in becoming a Silicon Valley lawmaker, but he has his own, unique legislative priorities and goals for navigating a 21st century California. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!
44 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
"It's important to have a legislative conversation on fracking..." / Senator Monique Limón & SB 467
On our 50TH podcast episode, Santa Barbara State Senator Monique Limon recalls growing up amidst the environmental awareness image of the coastal district she currently represents, and talks about co-authoring SB 467, which would ban hydraulic 'fracking' in CA by the year 2027. Click here for closed-captioned version of this audio!
46 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
"We have to stand by one another, we have to love one another." / Senator Anthony Portantino
LA Senator Anthony Portantino talks about the violence, oppression and hate crimes that have impacted the diverse communities in his 25th senate district, how COVID has affected the mental health of students as well as the public at-large...and the societal and environmental issues that we still need to confront, post-pandemic. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio!
52 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Senator Bill Dodd / SB 222 & SB 223 - Water Equity & Accessibility
State Senator Bill Dodd, along with two water equity and affordability advocates, discusses his legislation that would protect Californians from 'water debt' - ensuring protections for all ratepayers who are struggling to afford access to safe, reliable drinking water, especially during the COVID pandemic. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio!
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