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‘Then There’s California' is a dynamic, new podcast featuring members of the California State Senate Democratic Caucus discussing legislative priorities, policy and other related issues that make California...Exceptional!

‘Then There’s California' is a dynamic, new podcast featuring members of the California State Senate Democratic Caucus discussing legislative priorities, policy and other related issues that make California...Exceptional!

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United States

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‘Then There’s California' is a dynamic, new podcast featuring members of the California State Senate Democratic Caucus discussing legislative priorities, policy and other related issues that make California...Exceptional!

Language:

English

Contact:

916-524-9837


Episodes

Is the Legal System Failing Our Children? / Senator Susan Rubio & SB 616, "Piqui's Law'

5/10/2022
CA State Senator Susan Rubio, a domestic violence survivor, is joined by Ana Estevez, whose 5-year-old son 'Piqui' was murdered by his abusive father - and by Kathleen Russell, Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence - to discuss her legislative efforts to further protect victims of child abuse and domestic violence, in our family courts. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:38:17

EPISODE ENCORE: CA Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins, on the Strength of CA's Reproductive Rights

5/4/2022
As advocates across the US react to the leaked SCOTUS decision regarding Roe v. Wade, listen again to this episode from March...as State Senate Leader Toni Atkins reaffirms CA's strength as a stronghold & sanctuary for reproductive rights & freedom. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:21:56

"A Crisis of Humanity" / Senator Susan Eggman, on Repairing CA's Mental Health Care System

4/19/2022
Senator Susan Eggman's professional and family experiences dealing with mental health care issues, inform and impact her current legislative efforts to address the public health emergency in our state's mental health care system. Click here to access a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:37:16

“If you don’t have water, you don’t have life” / Senator Melissa Hurtado & Liset Garcia, Owner of 'Sweet Girl Farms' in Reedley, CA

3/31/2022
Central Valley State Senator Melissa Hurtado sits down with Liset Garcia, the owner of 'Sweet Girl Farms' in Reedley, CA, to talk about how drought, climate change and water shortages are continuing to impact valley farmers. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:48:32

“ You’re going to continue to see us be a beacon” / Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins, and the Strength of California’s Reproductive Rights

3/22/2022
State Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins shares how California has long been a reproductive rights leader, and will continue to protect and expand abortion rights, as other states further restrict those rights, and as the US Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:21:56

“Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Them” / Senator María Elena Durazo, on the Fight for Immigrant Rights & the Dignity of Workers

3/10/2022
State Senator & Latino Legislative Caucus Chair, Maria Elena Durazo shares the story of her personal and professional advocacy on behalf of immigrants & workers, and talks about her new law, SB 62, the Garment Workers Protection Act, and her efforts to secure Medi-Cal coverage for ALL Californians, regardless of immigration status. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:34:59

"Music opened so many doors to me..." / Senator Ben Hueso on Musical & Political Rhythms

3/2/2022
In addition to State Senator Ben Hueso's long-time passion for public policy, there's his lifetime passion & love for music! Senator Hueso plays the piano at Sacramento's Stanford Mansion, and talks about his musical & legislative rhythms. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:44:02

Does California's Recall Election Process Need to Be Fixed? / Senator Steve Glazer

1/19/2022
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!

Duration:00:37:08

Being a 'Senator Parent' / "It's 110% Teamwork..."

12/15/2021
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!'

Duration:00:49:21

The California State Senate Delegation to COP26 / "Climate is Global & Personal"

12/1/2021
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!

Duration:00:48:59

Senator Connie Leyva & Ifeoma Ozoma on SB 331 / "Workers Should Always Have the Right to Speak Up"

11/17/2021
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!

Duration:00:48:30

"There Needs to Be An Awakening that Great Racial Injustices Still Exist..." / Senator Steven Bradford

11/10/2021
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!

Duration:00:39:31

"Women have just about HAD it..." / Senator Lena Gonzalez & the Fight for Reproductive Freedom

10/5/2021
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!

Duration:00:31:37

“Our spirits are very much alike…” / Senator Melissa Hurtado & Central Valley High School Senior Izabella Vasquez

9/8/2021
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!

Duration:00:33:20

Senator Dave Min / “If we want to continue being prosperous, we have to continue embracing diversity & inclusivity”

9/1/2021
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!

Duration:00:45:45

Comida Para Todos - "The Human Right to Food" / Senator Melissa Hurtado

7/27/2021
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!

Duration:00:32:43

That Night in Kingsburg / Senator Anna Caballero & Kingsburg City Councilmember Jewel Hurtado

7/14/2021
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!

Duration:00:36:53

Fireworks & Military Veterans - "It's going to trigger memories..." / Senator Bob Archuleta

7/1/2021
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: Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!

Duration:00:35:53

Senator Sydney Kamlager / "We have a responsibility to use our voice..."

6/23/2021
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!

Duration:00:43:09

CA Senate Leader Toni G. Atkins, and a 'Joyful' Pride 2021

6/4/2021
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!

Duration:00:25:20