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4 minutes | 2 days ago
TEASER: 136 - Democrats behaving badly (2.26.2021)
[If you want to view/listen to the full episode, become a patron here!] Over the course of Democrat Anthony Rendon's tenure as Speaker of the California Assembly, his wife has taken in over $500,000 from corporations who were concurrently fighting big battles in the state legislature. The biggest donor? For-profit utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric, which is responsible for multiple California wildfires, including the Camp Fire, which killed over 85 people in northern California. After the company filed for bankruptcy--they were on the line for $30 billion in wildfire liabilities--California Democrats bailed the company out in a lightning-quick two weeks of legislating. Meanwhile, former California Secretary of State Alex Padilla illegally gave a $35 million no-bid contract to a public affairs firm called SKD Knickerbocker--which has referred to itself as a part of "Team Biden"--for voter outreach efforts in the 2020 election. Padilla, a Democrat, is now a US Senator. And let us not forget all of the no-bid contracts Governor Gavin Newsom has been meting out to his healthcare industry friends--who have contributed massive sums to his political campaigns--throughout the coronavirus pandemic. On a local level, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released footage of an incident last January that resulted in the deaths of a man, a sheriff's deputy and a police dog. After a brief car chase, the cops shot out the back window of the man's vehicle and literally threw their dog into his vehicle. When they then went to drag him out of his car, a shootout ensued. Seems they may have escalated the situation. Want to make a difference? Contact your county supervisor and tell them you support a fully funded, 24/7 first response alternative to police. And that you want that money to come from the sheriff's department. Oh, and support Senate Bill 271 so we can elect Skyler as sheriff.
59 minutes | 5 days ago
135 - Kula Koenig of Social Justice Politicorps (2.23.2021)
We're joined today by friend of the show Kula Koenig, founder of Social Justice Politicorps, a grassroots operation dedicated to raising social justice narratives in discussions over how county, city and school board governments work in the Sacramento region. We discuss how a deepening rift between progressives and moderates is starting to form in the region, and what that means for the future of movement politics. Kula also shares with us her newest project, the Social Justice Now PAC, which aims to help elect radical voices into elected office throughout the region. (Want to help them succeed? Contribute here.) Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity Sacramentans can hear us on 103.1 KUTZ Tuesdays at 5 pm and again Wednesdays at 8 am. Also, if you require a transcript of our episodes, please reach out to email@example.com and we'll make it happen. And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
4 minutes | 9 days ago
TEASER: 134 - Texas goes dark (2.19.2021)
[To listen to/view the full episode, become a patron here!] The gang talks about Democrats scoring political points on the Texas rolling blackouts, which left up to 4 million people without electricity in freezing temperatures, and last summer's California blackouts, which Republicans used to score political points as well. But these blackouts aren't a red or blue problem; they're a capitalism problem. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
61 minutes | 12 days ago
133 - Extremely Thick and Incredibly Big (2.16.2021)
We start the show with a moment for Mark Bell, a deeply impressive poet/author who spent years in the streets of Sacramento. We then reluctantly discuss this piece by the Bee's Opinion Editor Gil Duran, wherein he lobs many bombs toward good people, and offers up an entire menu of awful takes. Take one quick scroll through his Twitter feed and you'll find that our guy has simply lost the plot. Finally, we take a look at The push to reopen schools in California, and what that means for all of us. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
4 minutes | 16 days ago
TEASER: 132 - Dis-appointing (2.12.2021)
[To hear/view the full episode, become a patron here today!] Governor Gavin Newsom will perhaps soon be appointing a replacement for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. But first Becerra needs to get by Senate Republicans who are eyeing him as their target Biden appointment to shoot down. Canada recently listed the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization. And it appears the US Justice Department is beginning to reach the same conclusion, arresting five Proud Boys for conspiracy in relation to the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Here locally, the "Hangtown Santa" (yeesh) associated with the terrorist group was this week appointed to the El Dorado County Veterans Affairs Commission. You know, for a left-leaning state, California sure does seem to coddle the far-right while using dangerous language and draconian enforcement against leftist organizers.
57 minutes | 19 days ago
131 - On state-sanctioned violence (2.9.2021)
We're joined today by friend and longtime human rights advocate Niki to discuss the long history of state-sanctioned violence against people experiencing homelessness. Last Saturday a group of demonstrators went to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg's house, chalked his driveway, and put signs and placards on his lawn to honor the hundreds of people who have died in the streets over the mayor's four-year tenure. They also appear to have piled brush over a waste management receptacle outside his building, and broken a security camera and homemade piece of art. They mayor says they threw rocks at his door and called out threats. Demonstrators who were there say that did not happen. Naturally, the Very Serious People of Sacramento are making a show of the vandalism, calling it "political terrorism" and claiming that the fight to protect unhoused neighbors from state-sanctioned violence is no different than the violence committed by far-right Proud Boys and white supremacists. Sacramento Bee Opinion Editor Gil Duran got very mad at all sorts of people on his Twitter before ultimately getting ratio'd for a public call-out of District 4 Councilmember Katie Valenzuela, who had been volunteering at a warming shelter when the demonstration outside Steinberg's house took place. Duran wrote an opinion piece under the editorial board's byline threatening to sic the Sacramento Police Department on the "terrorists" responsible. Under Mayor Steinberg, homeless deaths have increased each year in Sacramento County--with an annual report counting 124 in 2017, 132 in 2018 and 138 in 2019. Last month, multiple people died in the streets as a result of a storm with 60-plus mile an hour winds. The the city shut down its warming centers the day of the storm due to the weather not meeting temperature qualifications in the winter shelter program. The city continues to clear out encampments despite pleas from people experiencing homelessness for the city to stop destroying their homes and taking their possessions. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
6 minutes | 23 days ago
TEASER: 130 - The Numbers Game (2.5.2021)
[To view/listen to the full episode, become a patron here today] The gang discusses all the ways the city and county work to harm their constituencies through budgets. We also touch on Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is the future of the Republican Party incarnate.
59 minutes | a month ago
129 - Ousters (2.2.2021)
We start this one with a quick coronavirus update from resident epidemiologist Dr Flo. It's a complex moment, with cases beginning to drop, multiple vaccines rolling out and Governor Gavin Newsom reopening California, despite some dangerous new strains of the virus spreading throughout the country. Speaking of Newsom, a Republican push is nearing the finish line in a signature-gathering campaign to recall the governor, with GOP staples like former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and John Cox (who lost to Newsom by a whopping 24 points in 2018) seizing upon the momentum of rage-filled rightwing animus and threats leveled against the governor. Newsom's not the only politician facing calls to leave office. After a damning piece in the Sacramento Bee outlined City Manager Howard Chan's failure to open warming centers the night a raging storm with 60 mph winds killed at least four people in the streets, city council is facing a rising chorus for Chan's firing. The Sacramento Homeless Union is also calling for Mayor Darrell Steinberg to step down. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity Sacramentans can hear us on 103.1 KUTZ Tuesdays at 5 pm and again Wednesdays at 8 am. And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
4 minutes | a month ago
TEASER: 128 - Living humans, cold as ice (1.29.2021)
[If you want to hear/see the full episode, become a patron today] The crew discusses the massive failure on the part of both the city and county of Sacramento in protecting its unhoused population from a storm that resulted in multiple deaths in the streets.
58 minutes | a month ago
127 - Elegy for the California GOP (1.26.2021)
What is the future of the Republican Party? Is it now the party of Trump, in the form of far-right insurrectionists and conspiracy theories? Or is it a more moderated, Mitt Romney style of small government fiscal conservatives? No matter who wins the fight for the soul of the party in California, the state's GOP is as good as dead, with no potential for growth in either direction. Here in Sacramento the party took a step toward the fringe, with far-right Proud Boy Jeffrey Perrine being elected into the county's GOP leadership. At first it didn't matter to the county GOP that Perrine was in the boy's club identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. But when Perrine doubled down on a 2018 quote of his saying, "all the illegals trying to jump over our border, we should be smashing their heads into the concrete," that was simply too much. If he doesn't resign, Perrine will be removed by county party leadership in February. Throw some popcorn into the microwave, because this party's death spiral is far from finished. In other news, did you hear about the wins in Sacramento city housing and homelessness activism last week? After years of fighting it, Sacramento City Council OK'd 'safe ground' sites to be placed throughout the city for people experiencing homelessness to camp in tents or live in tiny houses. (The lone vote against it? District 2's Sean Loloee.) Council also unanimously agreed to make it so that any single-unit parcel of land within the city can now have up to four separate units of housing. This is a potentially impactful move that few cities have ever passed, and--oddly--has added Sacramento to conversations on progressive housing policy. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity Sacramentans can hear us on 103.1 KUTZ Tuesdays at 5 pm and again Wednesdays at 8 am. And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
87 minutes | a month ago
126 - Copaganda (1.22.2021)
We're joined by civil rights attorney Tifanei Ressl-Moyer to discuss a memorable week in Sacramento policing. The night before Sacramento area residents planned to march against fascist Proud Boys, the Sacramento Police Department terrorized anti-fascists, tearing through their homes and arresting people under questionable pretenses. This, ironically, took place just hours before Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn was scheduled to argue in a city council meeting that his police force did not treat anti-fascists any worse than they do Proud Boys and other far-right groups. The people of Sacramento did not buy it, with dozens of residents who'd dealt first-hand with police violence in recent years calling in to express their disgust with the department's presentation. Countering the cops' narrative, District 4 Councilmember Katie Valenzuela shared footage of police violence leveled against Sacramentans last year as they fought for racial justice. The day following the city council meeting, Sac PD displayed more fascist behavior, stopping a vehicle at gunpoint and detaining the three unarmed young women inside for nearly an hour. During the stop, police tweeted that they'd found explosives in the car, with Chief Hahn excitedly telling councilmembers the same thing. This was a lie. The cops then stole the women's phones and cited the driver for a cracked windshield. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
53 minutes | a month ago
125 - Miracle in Merced (1.19.2021)
Surprising absolutely no one, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones recently admitted that some of his deputies attended the January 6 Trump rally in Washington, DC. News also broke over the weekend that three local federal employees were under investigation for going out to the nation's capital to attend the rally. They've already confirmed that a local DEA agent was in fact a part of the Capitol siege. The other two under investigation are a DHS officer and someone with the FBI at an "administrative" role. Again, surprising no one. We also take a look at Bertha Perez's heartening Merced City Council win, aided by her local Democratic Socialists of America chapter and progressive labor groups. Perez's story is amazing. She used to be a lifelong Republican in a family of Republicans. But when she got a job as a custodian at the local university, she began to view the world increasingly through the lens of class politics. Now she's a DSA member serving on her city's council. Her story shows us two important things: 1. There is an increasingly clear road map for socialists on how to gain power in the United States, and 2. Conservative-leaning workers are very much reachable Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
2 minutes | a month ago
TEASER: 124 - Fascism Week (1.15.2021)
[If you want to hear/see the full episode, become a Patron here.] This week we're discussing what to expect when you're expecting Proud Boys. Oh, and did we mention that the Sacramento region is opening back up, despite being in the throes of the worst surge in the coronavirus pandemic to date? Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
123 - The spirit of mutual aid, with @sacfridge4all (1.12.2021)
We're joined this week by Brandon of Sacramento Community Fridges, a mutual aid project designed to help neighbors in need during the coronavirus era keep food on their tables. In just a few months, @sacfridge4all has done a lot of incredible work, with four fridge and pantry locations established throughout Sacramento, and two more opening soon. This is one of many mutual aid resources to gain traction throughout the region in a time where state and local neoliberal governments have proven themselves incapable of caring for Californians in need. Each of these groups builds off of a proud history of US mutual aid organizing dating back to the 1800s, when marginalized and working class communities began banding together to protect one another when the oligarchy and elected officials refused to help. We also take a moment to discuss last week's incident in which a man working for Forensiclean, a company hired by the city of Sacramento to illegally roust and demolish homeless encampments, pulled a knife on demonstrators and community journalists. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/voicesrivercity And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
TEASER: 122 - The one with the failed far-right coup (1.8.2021)
[Wanna see/hear the whole episode? Become a patron here.] The crew discusses President Trump's last-gasp failed coup. We then talk about the Democrats' Senate wins in Georgia, and how that has local implications. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will almost certainly be the next head of the US Department of Health and Human Services. That leaves the state's top cop position open, with rumors circulating that Sacramento's Mayor Darrell Steinberg is on a very short list of nominees (read :2) being considered by Governor Gavin Newsom. If Steinberg ends up in that position, do Sacramento progressives have the time to launch a meaningful bid for mayor? Who might they rally behind?
60 minutes | 2 months ago
121 - The ADEM elections, with Evan Michael Minton (1.5.2021)
In a state defined by single-party rule, it is increasingly important to know how power is won within the California Democratic Party. Yet very few people are aware of the Assembly District Election Meetings, known as ADEMs, which choose grassroots delegates to help guide the state's policy. First time hearing about the ADEMs? You're not alone. Despite California being home to over 10 million registered Democrats, only 40,000 of them voted in 2019's elections. Today we're joined by activist Evan Michael Minton, who is running in Assembly District 6 with a slate of progressives. Evan shows us the ins and outs of the ADEMs, and shares why he's making a run for a delegate spot. Interested in voting in the ADEMs? Go to ADEMelections.com now and request your ballot. (Even if you're not a Democrat, you can register and get one.) Voting in the ADEMs and wondering who the progressive-vetted candidates in your region are? The Progressive Delegates Network has you covered: https://www.adems2021.vote/. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
4 minutes | 2 months ago
TEASER: 120 - The Perfect Year (12.31.2021)
To listen to the full episode, become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45659286 The VOICES: team looks back at 2020, and forward to 2021. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support!
68 minutes | 2 months ago
119 - Housed for the Holidays (12.29.2020)
It appears that organizing efforts have paid off, and the holiday eviction notices given out to the residents of Hawthorne Suites have been rescinded. This is one of those few instances in which the city did the right thing in fighting the corporate landlord Ezralow Company. But a whole lot more credit goes to the Sacramento Eviction Defense Network for their fearless, tireless efforts. And even more to the the fearless tenants who stood up for themselves in a very traumatic moment. The moral of this story? Organize! (Then fight! Then win!) Speaking of housing and homelessness, Shannon gives us an update on Sacramento's endless warming center saga. Restrictions on opening them have been eased, and nights are consistently approaching the freezing point. Will the centers finally open? Dr Flo then discusses California's vaccine rollout. Nearly 300,000 vaccines have been administered to the state's medical workers on the frontlines, and by the end of the week we ought to have been shipped, in total, nearly 1.8 million vaccines. We discuss who is next in line, and what that means for Californians waiting for their turn as cases continue to soar. We finally discuss Governor Newsom's appointment of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate, and Dr. Shirley Weber's appointment to fill Padilla's office. Special thank you this week to our friends at B Street Theater, who reached out with some concerns over a discussion we had that included them last week. We learned a good bit about some of the other great work they're doing to serve the community through the pandemic. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
TEASER: 118 - The Lady Bird Episode (12.25.2020)
[Become a patron to listen to or view the full episode here.] "Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." - Joan Didion For our Christmas episode we're discussing the film Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's love story for her hometown, Sacramento.
64 minutes | 2 months ago
117 - The Case for American Land Reform (12.22.2020)
In a weepy swan song for outgoing District 4 Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen, Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton still cannot seem to wrap his head around why people voted Hansen out and Katie Valenzuela in--despite all of us repeatedly telling him the reason. Renters living in precarious housing situations simply do not see Hansen as an ally--particularly after he and council tried to kill real rent control this year, with his office famously trying to smear one of rent control's biggest champions, Michelle Pariset (who is now, in a wonderful twist of fate, Valenzuela's chief of staff). Thanks to neolibs like Hansen, Sacramento--along with all of California--faces an eviction tsunami during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. First among these fights is Hawthorne Suites, where at least 38 residents received eviction notices from the Calabasas-based Ezralow Company. As friend of the show and longtime housing advocate Alison B mentioned on a viral Twitter thread, Sacramento leaders like Hansen have set us up for a Hooverville future, in which thousands upon thousands of renters will end up unhoused and we'll be forced to plan and scale formal encampments throughout the region. Speaking of which, Monday was the winter solstice. And every year on that day the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness holds a ceremony reading the names of everyone in the county who died in the streets. In 2020, we lost over 90 neighbors. Shannon attended the ceremony, and shares with us some of her reflections. Thanks for listening, defund the police and, as always: Twitter: @youknowkempa, @guillotine4you, @ShanNDSTevens, @Flojaune And thank you to Be Brave Bold Robot for the tunes.
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