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Then There's California

Produced by the Senate Democratic Caucus, "Then There's California" is a podcast featuring Senate Democratic Caucus members discussing legislative priorities, policy and other related issues that make California...Exceptional!


Latest Episodes

Senator Scott Wiener, the Chair of the CA Legislature's LGBTQ Caucus, explains how, because of COVID, Pride Month observances & celebrations have all 'gone virtual' for 2020, how the pandemic is affecting the LGBTQ community...and he candidly reflects on the lessons learned from the AIDS epidemic 4 decades ago that are informing and affecting how the community is handling the current global health crisis.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the uprisings and protests around the world, State Senator Steven Bradford, Vice-Chair of the CA Legislative Black Caucus, reflects on America's problem of systemic racism and violence against communities of color...and how it all MUST be the catalyst for radical changes in public policy, law enforcement tactics and a sharpening of our collective effort to erase bigotry and bias.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, discusses the sobering challenge of keeping our state's fiscal house in order while protecting Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic, about the health disparities currently facing communities of color...and how she hopes the effects of this pandemic will be a wake-up call about having responsible leaders in government. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Anna Caballero describes the 'real-time' risks and burdens shared by farmworkers, undocumented immigrants and low-income populations in CA's rural communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic; many are deemed 'essential workers' and have to keep working to survive...but still face health risks in the fields and orchards, with minimal protections and benefits.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

CA State Senator Bill Monning shares how this COVID-19 pandemic experience is impacting the demographically- and economically- diverse communities in his Central CA coastal and inland senate district, how he and his legislative colleagues are conducting state business in a 'quarantined California,'...and what 'returning to normal' could - and should- be like for our impacted state.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Bill Dodd and CA Dept. of Health Director (Emeritus), Dr. Karen Smith, MD, discuss the medical, statistical and personal impact of life in California during a pandemic, and how following the advice of health care professionals during this time, can save lives.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

As California and other states begin their roll-out of the 2020 Census, CA State Senator Tom Umberg, Co-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 Census - and Senator Jim Beall, the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee - discuss our state's efforts to ensure a successful census process...and make sure ALL Californians are counted.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

CA. State Senator Robert Hertzberg is already a California legend. The Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker-Emeritus and clean energy entrepreneur discusses his 50-year (so far) career in politics and the private sector, his vision of California's history and future, the mosaic of his home communities in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles...and his legislative priorities for 2020.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Ben Allen, in conversation about SB54, his legislation establishing an historic framework for drastically reducing single-use plastic & packaging waste by 2030. SB 54 was approved by the CA State Senate in 2019, and currently awaits a full vote by the State Assembly. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Connie Leyva, Chair of the CA State Legislature's Women's Caucus & Jessy Morales, Campus Coordinator w/The Women's Foundation of California, discuss SB 24, the 'College Student Right to Access Act,'...and Jessy shares her own, impactful abortion story.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Central Valley State Senator Melissa Hurtado talks about her bipartisan efforts in 2019 to help secure safe, clean, accessible water in California, especially in her Valley communities.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Richard Pan discusses his on-going legislative efforts - in the face of strong rhetoric and personal threats - to tighten California's childhood vaccination laws.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Governor Newsom has just signed Senator Bob Wieckowski's bill that would jump-start construction for ADUs in California. In this episode from earlier this summer, Senator Wieckowski discusses ADUs as 'informal housing,' with UCLA Professor Vinit Mukhija.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019, is the 2nd anniversary of the North Bay Fires in Northern California. State Senator Bill Dodd & Napa County Fire Chief Geoff Belyea discuss their own memories of the devastating blazes of October, 2017, lessons learned and policies changed in the wake of the fires...and praise for the resilience of community.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Senator Jim Beall and Anthony Portantino, co-authors of SB 5, discuss plans for renewing a state & local government partnership to fund and build affordable housing in California.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Senator Durazo and Mr. Coleman discuss the legislative efforts to further expand Medi-Cal coverage for all Californians (regardless of immigration status), including low-income, undocumented seniors.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

One of California's newest state senators, Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), talks about her love of family - and baseball(!), a career in tech...and being 'battle-tested' as a local government leader for her future as a policy advocate in the state legislature.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Bob Wieckowski discusses Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as 'informal housing' for communities, with UCLA Professor Vinit Mukhija. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

For the first time, CA State Senator Susan Rubio shares personal details about surviving a domestic violence situation, and along with Shay Franco-Clausen, a domestic violence survivor and Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, talks about her domestic violence survivor legislation, SB 273, 'The Phoenix Act.' Click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio If you are a domestic violence victim and need to talk with someone, the National Domestic Violence Hotline offers 24/7 free, confidential support and assistance at 1-800-799-7233. If you are a teen and experiencing dating violence, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline provides 24/7 free, confidential support and assistance at 1-866-331-9474. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

The leader of the CA State Senate, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), joins State Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF), Chair of the Legislature's LGBTQ Caucus, in a conversation about the history of LGBTQ leadership & advocacy, and a look at the LGBTQ community, past and present. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Just in time for Father's Day, we 'encore' this podcast conversation with CA Senator Ben Allen, talking about the joys, worries & love of being a Dad to his baby son, Ezra, and the special challenge of balancing legislative priorities and fatherhood.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla joins State Senator Tom Umberg, Chair of the Senate Elections Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 Census, for a conversation about efforts to promote voter turnout and elections security in California, and preparing our state for next year's Census count.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Mother's Day-2019 is the perfect time to reflect on being a 'Senator Mom,' and CA. State Senators. Connie Leyva & Holly Mitchell share stories of challenge and stories from the heart - about being a lawmaker...and being a mother.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

CA State Senator Ben Allen talks about the joys, worries and love of being a Dad to his baby son, Ezrah, and the special challenge of balancing legislative priorities...& fatherhood.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

CA State Senator Bill Monning & Epidemiologist Dr. Flojaune Cofer discuss SB 347, which will require health warning labels be placed on sodas and sugary drinks in California.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

CA State Senator Richard Pan & Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the first Surgeon General in California...share their passion about medicine and their compassion for recovering from childhood trauma. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Labor & Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta and CA. State Senator Maria Elena Durazo are not only long-time allies in the cause for farmworkers' rights and equality...they are long-time friends. Listen to their conversation about a lifetime of collaborations, their sacrifices and how closely the issues they fought for in the past mirror present-day causes. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Musician Bret Michaels, EASE T1D co-founders discuss Type 1 diabetes awareness. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

Senate Legislative Aide Domonique Jones shares an honest & personal conversation with her boss, State Senator Steven Bradford, about the dynamics of Black History Month, 2019. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


 

State Senator Connie Leyva - starting her second term in the CA State Legislature - and Senator Melissa Hurtado (who was sworn into office for the first time, in December) - in conversation about life as a legislator, its impact on families, work-life balance, women serving in public office....  Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast. 


 

State Senator Jim Beall, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Mental Health, discusses how 2019 could be a pivotal year for mental health funding, treatment and services in California.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


State Senator Bob Wieckowski joins Santa Clara County Housing Commissioner Yuki Ikezi in her OWN, new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to talk about legislative efforts to make it easier to build ADU's in CA, in an effort to help ease California's housing crisis. Greg Popovich of Goldstar Builders, the contractor for Commissioner Ikezi's new ADU, joins in the conversation.Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


California State Senator Henry Stern shares his very personal reflections on how his Northern LA / Ventura County district is recovering from dual tragedies; a mass shooting...and a devastating fire. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discusses new laws in California that strengthen the rights of women in the workplace, as well as their representation numbers in California's boardrooms. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


In her history-making, very short term in the California State Senate, Senator Vanessa Delgado (D-Monterey Park) talks about learning quickly, having a strong voice...making a difference. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


California State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) is joined by Alameda County, CA., District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, to talk about legislative proposals requiring California law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence, statutes of limitations on sex crimes, and other efforts to ensure justice for survivors of sexual assault. Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.


"Then There's California's" inaugural podcast segment features California State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) in conversation with Dr. Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American studies at the University of Southern California, who is the author of the new book, "State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future." Visit YouTube for a closed-captioned version of this podcast.

 


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