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Hometown California tells the Rural California story through the eyes of those who live, work, and play in the rural communities of the Golden State. Hometown California is a production of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a thirty-seven member county strong organization, advocating on behalf of California’s rural counties for nearly fifty years.

Hometown California tells the Rural California story through the eyes of those who live, work, and play in the rural communities of the Golden State. Hometown California is a production of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a thirty-seven member county strong organization, advocating on behalf of California’s rural counties for nearly fifty years.

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Hometown California tells the Rural California story through the eyes of those who live, work, and play in the rural communities of the Golden State. Hometown California is a production of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a thirty-seven member county strong organization, advocating on behalf of California’s rural counties for nearly fifty years.

Language:

English

Contact:

916-447-4806


Episodes

Episode 23 - Law Enforcement in Rural California, An Interview with Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon

2/18/2021
In this episode of Hometown California, RCRC Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Paul Smith, speaks with Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon about the realities of being a peace officer in rural California. In the small and remote County of Lassen, Sheriff Growdon serves as both Sheriff and Coroner, as do many of his counterparts in other rural areas of the State. Home to two state prisons, one federal prison, and a military base, Lassen County has some unique law enforcement...

Duration:00:30:00

Episode 22 - A Conversation with California State Controller Betty Yee

2/10/2021
On this episode, RCRC Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Paul Smith, speaks to State Controller, Betty Yee. Paul and Controller Yee discuss the importance of the relationship between the State and Counties of California and how the two intersect in managing and deploying state resources. With over 35 years in the public sector, learn about how Ms. Yee’s foray into public service began at a very young age. Hear about the role of the Controller’s Office, the audits, and role of...

Duration:00:30:01

Episode 21- An Interview with Bob Stern, An Influencer of California Politics

1/20/2021
In the latest episode of Hometown California, RCRC’s Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Paul A. Smith, holds a conversation about political reform, the state of California politics, and influential ballot measures in an interview with Bob Stern, J.D., a man with a long history of influence in California politics. Bob Stern made his mark on California politics In the 1970's, as the co-author of California's Political Reform Act (1974). And, his influence doesn't stop there. When...

Duration:00:29:50

Episode 20- An Interview with Stacy Corless, Mono County Supervisor

1/6/2021
Our host, Paul A. Smith, sits down for a conversation with the 2021 Chair of RCRC, Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless. After facing a year of devastating wildfires, a global pandemic, and the resulting changes to everyday life, we enter 2021 with new resolve and hope. Although uncertain what the immediate future holds, Supervisor Corless is focused on the comprehensive wildfire response and long-term recovery necessary for rural California and its communities to survive and thrive. In...

Duration:00:27:11

Episode 19- The Intersection of the UC and Rural California, An Interview with Michael V. Drake, M.D.- The 21st President of the University of California

12/17/2020
In this episode, our host, Paul A. Smith speaks with the Dr. Michael V. Drake, the 21st President of the University of California about the intersection of the UC and rural communities of the Golden State. For many rural communities, the significance of the UC goes beyond the education, licensing, and credentialing it provides. Partnerships between the UC and rural communities have a considerable impact as well. One of the most important UC programs involved in rural communities is the...

Duration:00:33:58

Episode 18- Ballot Measure Wrap Up 2020, Insights from Jeremy B. White of Politico

11/25/2020
California voters decided the fate of twelve ballot measures during the 2020 General Election this year. In August, our host, Paul A. Smith, spoke with Jeremy B. White of Politico in a two-part series during which we looked at each ballot measure, what each proclaimed to do, and where the money was coming from. There was special emphasis on what each measure would mean for rural counties, and a look at the position taken on each measure by the Board of Directors of the Rural County...

Duration:00:44:33

Episode 17- Representing Rural California in the Legislature

11/17/2020
In this episode, our host, Paul A. Smith, sits down with Assembly Member Frank Bigelow for a conversation about his experience being a representative for rural California in the State Legislature. Assembly Member Bigelow shares about his transition from local government to state politics, the challenges of being in the political minority in the California State Legislature, and how he builds relationships and stays focused on common ground to be an effective voice for rural California. He...

Duration:00:35:05

Episode 16- Post-Election Review - The Known, The Expected, and What Hangs in the Balance

11/6/2020
On Thursday, as election votes were being counted, our host, Paul A. Smith, spoke with National Journal Hotline Editor-in-Chief, Leah Askarinam about what we reliably know, what is expected based on trends and counts so far, and what still hangs in the balance. Listen as Paul and Leah breakdown the early return dynamics in this latest episode of the Hometown California 2020 Election series. Why is the Presidential Race so much closer than most pundits expected? And the question on...

Duration:00:53:43

Episode 15- Election Predictions and Early Voting Trends

10/30/2020
Just days before the 2020 Election, our host Paul A. Smith, speaks with Leah Askarinam of the National Journal to take one last look at polling and trends leading up to Election Day. With early voting well underway in many states, Leah and Paul discuss the hottest races in California and across the nation. Leah is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hotline at the National Journal and has been a guest on previous episodes of Hometown California, providing her insight about the Presidential race and...

Duration:00:44:19

Episode 14- Managing California's Forests and Wildlands in Trying Times

10/27/2020
Our host, Paul A. Smith, speaks with Randy Moore, head of the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) of the U.S. Forest Service, about the work of managing California's forests and wildlands in these trying times of record-setting wildfires amid a global pandemic. In this episode: Find out more about the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service: Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/r5 Twitter: @usfs_r5 Facebook: @usforestservice YouTube: usdaForestService

Duration:00:21:42

Episode 13- Advocating for America's Counties, A Discussion with NACo CEO and Executive Director Matt Chase

10/19/2020
During a visit to Washington D.C. in early October, our host, Paul A. Smith, sat down with Matt Chase, CEO and Executive Director of the National Association of Counties (NACo), RCRC's national advocacy partner, for a conversation about the important work NACo does on behalf of and in partnership with counties across the nation. NACo represents counties as intergovernmental partner, driving federal policy on behalf of America's counties. Beyond federal advocacy, NACo addresses national...

Duration:00:36:38

Episode 12- An Insider's Look at the Closing Weeks of the 116th Congress

10/11/2020
In a typical election year, Congress would break by October 1st, as members hit the campaign trail. But 2020 has proved again and again to be anything but typical. Our host, RCRC's Paul A. Smith, sits down with two of the most respected advocates on the Hill, Sheryl Cohen of the American Continental Group (ACG) and Kevin Eastman of PACE LLP., for a discussion about the closing weeks of the 116th Congress. Recorded in Washington D.C. on the day President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis was...

Duration:00:38:49

Episode 11- Election Check-In with Leah Askarinam of the National Journal

10/8/2020
With less than 30 days until the November election, our host and RCRC’s Vice President of Governmental Relations, Paul A. Smith, speaks with Leah Askarinam for an election check-in. Recorded on the day President Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus, the conversation took on a new perspective as Paul and Leah were processing the latest developments in this year that has been anything but ordinary. Leah is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hotline at the National Journal and has been a guest on...

Duration:00:46:50

Episode 10- U.S. House Races, Election 2020

9/24/2020
In the third installment of our opening series about the 2020 Election, our host, Paul A. Smith, once again speaks to Leah Askarinam, Hotline Editor-in-Chief for the National Journal in Washington D.C.. Paul and Leah examine key races for open seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2018, Democrats were able to flip seven seats in California, making a big change and causing Republicans to lose almost half of their delegation. Four of those seats were situated in Orange County, long...

Duration:00:25:42

Episode 09- The Battle for the U.S. Senate 2020

9/18/2020
In the second episode of our series on the 2020 National Election, our host, Paul A. Smith, continues the conversation with Leah Askarinam, Hotline Editor-in-Chief of the National Journal in Washington D.C. Together, Paul and Leah discuss the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, with special focus on key races happening in California. For more about the National Journal, check it out on the web here: nationaljournal.com

Duration:00:35:59

Episode 08- The Race for the White House 2020 with Leah Askarinam

9/14/2020
In this first of three episodes about the 2020 General Election, our host, Paul A. Smith, speaks with Leah Askarinam, Hotline Editor-in-Chief of the National Journal in Washington D.C., about the 2020 Race for the White House. Examining polling trends and the current national climate, Leah and Paul provide a state-by-state look at the Electoral College and discuss the likelihood of President Trump's ability to win the White House and whether President Trump could lose the popular vote and...

Duration:00:44:27

Episode 07- End of Session Wrap Up, The 2020 California Legislature

9/7/2020
The California Legislature is on recess as the tumultuous 2020 Legislative Session has come to a close. Tempers flared and the clock ran out as lawmakers worked late into the night on Monday to pass legislation before the midnight hour. After such an unusual legislative spring and summer, the next few months are a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle. Our host, Paul A. Smith speaks with Barbara Glaser of the California Hospital Association and Jean Hurst of HBE for an insider’s look at...

Duration:00:36:28

En Español - 2020 Medidas Electorales de California, Parte 2 con Jeremy B. White de Politico

9/2/2020
Nuestro anfitrión, Paul A. Smith, continúa la conversación con Jeremy B. White de Politico sobre las doce medidas electorales que los votantes de California decidirán en noviembre. Jeremy B. White es coautor del libro de jugadas de California de Politico y cubre la política en el Estado Dorado. Juntos, Paul y Jeremy brindan una mirada imparcial a cada medida de la boleta electoral. Discuten los argumentos de apoyo y oposición y el financiamiento detrás de las propuestas, y brindan...

Duration:00:40:06

Episode 06- Ballot Measures November 2020 Part 2, An Interview with Jeremy B. White from Politico

9/2/2020
Our host, Paul A. Smith, continues the conversation with Jeremy B. White of Politico about the twelve ballot measures California voters will decide this November. Jeremy B. White co-writes Politico's California Playbook and covers politics in the Golden State. Together, Paul and Jeremy provide a nonpartisan look at each ballot measure. They discuss the support and opposition arguments and financing behind the propositions, and provide insight about the impact of each measure on rural...

Duration:00:29:43

En Español - 2020 Medidas Electorales de California, Parte 1 con Jeremy B. White de Politico

8/26/2020
Nuestro anfitrión, Paul A. Smith, habla con Jeremy B. White de Politico sobre las doce medidas electorales que los votantes de California decidirán este noviembre. Jeremy B. White es coautor del libro de jugadas de California de Politico y cubre la política en el Estado Dorado. Juntos, Paul y Jeremy brindan una mirada imparcial a cada medida de la boleta electoral. Discuten los argumentos de apoyo y oposición y el financiamiento detrás de las propuestas, y brindan información sobre el...

Duration:00:35:25