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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

"It's important to have a legislative conversation on fracking..." / Senator Monique Limón & SB 467

4/7/2021
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!

Duration:00:44:06

"We have to stand by one another, we have to love one another." / Senator Anthony Portantino

3/26/2021
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!

Duration:00:45:39

Senator Bill Dodd / SB 222 & SB 223 - Water Equity & Accessibility

3/11/2021
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!

Duration:00:52:02

'Freshman' Senator John Laird / "I've lived long enough...and I've witnessed history."

2/24/2021
John Laird may be a 'freshman' state senator, but he is NOT a newcomer to the arena of public policy in CA, and has, in fact witnessed the arc of history as one of the first gay elected officials in the US, and a steward of California's environmental legacy. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:38:28

Dr. Richard Pan / "We need people to say, "Yes! I'm going to get the vaccine when it's my turn'..."

2/8/2021
Sacramento State Senator, Dr. Richard Pan, talks about the COVID-19 vaccine, the importance of encouraging Californians to trust and commit to the vaccination process...while also pushing back against those who continue to use social media and violence to promote anti-vaxxer deceptions. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!

Duration:00:46:40

Senator Lena Gonzalez on Bridging California’s Divides

1/19/2021
Long Beach State Senator Lena Gonzalez talks about her legislative effort to help further bridge the chronic digital divide affecting California's families, her new, historic appointment as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee...and how she 'waits' for unity to bridge California's other social, racial and economic divides. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast episode!

Duration:00:41:10

Senator Connie Leyva & CA Schools Supt. Tony Thurmond / "This is not how we ever envisioned education to be delivered..."

12/17/2020
State Senator Connie Leyva, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, & CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, discuss the complicated and evolving dynamics surrounding public school closures and online learning during the COVID pandemic, and the efforts being made to help educators, parents and students navigate the educational and logistical challenges. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:51:13

"The diversity of Latino issues is similar, but deeper..." / Senator Maria Elena Durazo & The Latino Legislative Caucus

12/9/2020
State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, the new Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, talks about public policy, health, and social justice priorities for our Latinx communities in 2021. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:47:33

State Senator Jerry Hill / "It's all because I got mad and wanted to see the change..."

11/24/2020
As Bay Area State Senator Jerry Hill prepares to leave the legislature because of term limits, he reflects on his extraordinary 30-year career in politics on the state and local level, and how injustice, harm to human beings and corporate malfeasance were the catalyst for his policies of consumer protection and business & government. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!

Duration:00:47:55

Surviving Wildfire & Climate Change / Senator Henry Stern

10/20/2020
On the 2nd anniversary of the devastating Woolsey Fire in Malibu, in November 2018, State Senator Henry Stern, the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee, candidly reflects on the emotional and psychological impact of evacuating & surviving a wildfire, and explains how the record-breaking wildfires of 2020 remind CA about the work still to be done to confront the economic and environmental consequences of climate change. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this...

Duration:00:46:22

"This pandemic has shined a klieg light on the lack of equality for women..." / Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

7/8/2020
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson discusses the impact the COVID pandemic and the economic/employment crises are particularly having on working women, working moms, stay-at-home moms...and women of color in all of those categories - as well as the burden it places on relationships and the emotional health of families. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio!

Duration:00:44:53

Pride & the Pandemic / Senator Scott Wiener & How COVID is Impacting the LGBTQ Community

6/25/2020
Senator Scott Wiener, Chair of the CA Legislature's LGBTQ Caucus, explains how, because of COVID, Pride Month observances and celebrations are 'virtual' in 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 the ways the community is surviving the current global health crisis. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio!

Duration:00:43:28

"People are not willing to retreat anymore." / Senator Steven Bradford

6/9/2020
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. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio!

Duration:00:45:13

"This pandemic has catapulted CA into a recession of this magnitude, but we will be all right." / Senator Holly J. Mitchell

5/19/2020
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. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this audio!

Duration:00:39:11

‘Distanciamento Personal’ / Sen. Anna Caballero & Protecting Rural Communities From COVID-19

4/29/2020
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. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!

Duration:00:47:43

"I hope the pandemic brings our small, human family closer together." / Senator Bill Monning

4/14/2020
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. Please click here for the closed-captioned version of this podcast audio!

Duration:00:36:23

"Our public health officials are right. We better start taking this seriously." / Senator Bill Dodd & Dr. Karen Smith, MD, on How CA is Coping w/COVID-19

4/1/2020
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. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:33:51

Counting California / Senators Tom Umberg & Jim Beall on Census-2020

3/12/2020
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. Click here for a closed-captioned version of this episode!

Duration:00:34:40

“Politics isn’t a game…it’s a deeper mission for me.” / CA State Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg

2/11/2020
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. Please click here for a closed-captioned version of this podcast!

Duration:00:43:12

"These products can be made with a mind toward sustainability. They can and SHOULD be.” / Senator Ben Allen & SB 54

1/28/2020
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. Click here to access a closed-captioned version of this audio!

Duration:00:37:09