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Another way to bludgeon democracy
On his Twitter feed, renowned University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato documented lengthy delays receiving a mail-in ballot for this year’s Virginia gubernatorial race.
01:00
October 19, 2021
City Councilmember Spease it’s time you quit being a potted plant on the dais
The Elk Grove Police Department announced this week they received a one-year, two-hundred-thousand-dollar grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
01:00
October 16, 2021
The Open Window - The Scary Story Writing Assignment
By Dan Schmitt | During my teaching career, writing assignments were an integral part of my English and social studies curriculum. Often I would model the process by writing something on the same topic. Here is a story used to help guide them to write a Halloween-time story.
08:15
October 12, 2021
It's time for Pat Hume to put on his big boy pants
Elk Grove City Councilmember and Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidate Pat Hume is chickening out by enlisting surrogates and parsing words when it comes to addressing the most pressing challenge to our democracy. 
02:50
October 9, 2021
Say it for all to hear
Mitt Romney has had a political resurrection in the last few years. Following his 2012 loss to Barrack Obama, the Republican has been elected as a Utah Senator, voted to impeach Donald Trump and has become something of an elder statesmen. But it is worth remembering what Romney told people attending a private fundraiser during the 2012 presidential election. This sort of double talk is also reportedly happening with a Sacramento area candidate.
01:00
October 6, 2021
Party betrayal can come back to haunt them
Democratic elected officials including Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen and city council members Stephanie Nguyen and Darren Suen will host a fundraiser benefiting fellow Democrat, Representative Ami Bera.
01:00
October 1, 2021
Elk Grove City Council Members, it turns out sometimes citizens know best.
Sacramento Zoo’s announcement on their possible move to Elk Grove caught many by surprise. There is, however, a bit of irony how the project ended up in Elk Grove.
01:00
September 29, 2021
Elk Grove Mayor offers more information on possible Sacramento Zoo relocation
In an interview this morning on Cap Radio's Insight program, Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen revealed more information on the possible relocation of the Sacramento Zoo. Last week zoo officials and city officials announced a six-month negotiation to move the 15-acre zoo to an undeveloped 60-acre site in Elk Grove. In her presentation, Singh-Allen noted the city was approached earlier in the summer by the Sacramento Zoological Society about the possible move. Joining Singh-Allen on the interview was Sacramento City Councilmember Katie Valenzuela and Elizabeth Stallard, president of the Sacramento Zoological Society, operators of the facility. In the recording posted below, Singh-Allen addressed possible traffic implications on the zoo's location near the soon-to-open Sky River Casino. 
03:49
September 28, 2021
Politicians – Tribalism starts, ends with you and your ilk
Two weeks ago was a rare moment of national unity on the 20th anniversary of the 9 -11 attacks. But as one Elk Grove, Calif. elected official noted, that unity quickly evaporated. 
01:00
September 25, 2021
Elk Grove Unified School District being played for a chump
During the post-pandemic American economic recovery, jobs in several classifications are being left unfilled. One such job is school bus drivers.
01:00
September 17, 2021
'Children of the same foul spirit' and Justice for J 6 protests
Once again we find ourselves referencing comments from former President George W. Bush. The former president made comments during a ceremony in Shanksville, Penn. marking the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.
01:00
September 14, 2021
Unity words from 20 years ago relevant today
Twenty years ago today was horrific. We should always remember this day. Upon our recent withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years, historians will dissect the misadventure that spanned four presidencies for generations.
01:30
September 11, 2021
Welcome Them With Open Arms
By Dan Schmitt |  As another US tragedy unfolds in Afghanistan, it is natural for Americans to be frustrated and angry at our government and to have this hidious gut feeling that nothing good can possibly come from this tragedy.  After all, many of us saw a similar tragedy play out in Vietnam nearly fifty years ago.
04:00
September 6, 2021
Given its rot, I’d rather not be in Texas
Just when you thought a state government couldn’t get crazier, it does. And we aren’t talking about California.
01:00
September 4, 2021
A step in the wrong direction on housing for Elk Grove mayor & her city council
During the current California legislative session, there has been debate and votes on several laws addressing housing. Two notable pieces of legislation are Senate Bills 9 and 10, which are expected to be enacted.
01:00
August 28, 2021
Love Those Elk Grove Bedroom Eyes
Elk Grove has grown quickly in its last 30 years because of affordable housing. Its regional role as a bedroom community started over 30 years ago and continued with its incorporation in 2000. Now mind you, there is nothing inherently wrong with being a bedroom community.
01:50
August 21, 2021
What would you do if your child was sent to war?
This week saw the end of America’s role in Afghanistan after 20 years of war. It is an unfortunate outcome, especially for the all souls lost or wounded.
01:00
August 17, 2021
Dominion unlikely to be satisfied with a victory on principle alone
One of several lingering effects of Donald Trump has been the Big Lie. The big lie perpetrators have included cable news outlets One America News and Newsmax.
01:00
August 14, 2021
'How to Become a Tyrant' is a reminder
Netflix has released a new documentary series called How to Become a Tyrant. The six-part series offers a somewhat snarky playbook to becoming a tyrant with a focus on Adolf Hitler, Edi Amin, Saddam Hussein, Moammar Kadafi, Joseph Stalin, and Kim il Yung.
01:00
August 7, 2021
Is the spell being broken?
This week’s there were a couple of encouraging developments. First, with bi-partisan support, the U.S. Senate advanced the debate on President Biden’s massive infrastructure proposal.
01:00
July 31, 2021
Joe Manchin and The 21st Century Agenda
West Virginia’s Joe Manchin is one of the most powerful people in the U.S. Senate. The conservative Democratic senator is the crucial 50th person giving his party the majority.
01:00
July 24, 2021
The Dog Who Caught The Car?
For the second time in less than 20 years, a California governor is facing a recall. Voters will answer yes or no if Gavin Newsom should continue as governor.
01:00
July 15, 2021
Recycled Sewer Water For New Housing; Who Pays?
By Lynn Wheat, Podcast Contributor | On Thursday the Sacramento Central Groundwater Authority will conduct a special meeting for the purpose of gathering comments on the Groundwater Sustainability Plan. One of the programs within the plan is the so-called Harvest Water project. While this plan is meant to provide agricultural users with an alternate source of water, could the use of sewer water be dedicated for other purposes?
03:30
July 14, 2021
Judicial blades cut both ways
Emboldened by recent SCOTUS decisions, the week President Biden fired Andrew Saul, Trump’s appointee heading the Social Security Administration.
01:00
July 10, 2021
The Joys and Rewards of Reading
By Dan Schmitt |  One of my earliest memories involves reading.  I was about three when I began crawling up on my father’s lap each Sunday morning and listening while he read the comics to me. Although I didn’t understand much about those comics at such a young age, listening to Dad chuckle as he read the likes of Beetle Bailey, Dagwood, and Blondie, and Bringing up Father made me understand that, somehow, words on a page were magical.
06:45
July 8, 2021
Could the vulgarian’s accolades bigly reappear?
We have reached the halfway point of 2021, and things for America are much better. But there could be dark clouds ahead.
01:00
July 3, 2021
The Future Cost of Our Water; Pay More and Get Less
By Lynn Wheat | The transparency, outreach, and messaging of the Sacramento Central Groundwater Authority and its member agencies, including Elk Grove Water District and the City of Elk Grove, have not sufficiently engaged the public.
02:00
June 29, 2021
Slán Leat To The Extraordinary Ordinary
This week I attended the funeral mass of the father of dear friends. Days before his 98th birthday, Patrick left a large family of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Slán Leat
01:00
June 26, 2021
More than three minutes podcast - Renaming housing project, recognizing an Elk Grove VIP
By Lynn Wheat | In a few days, the Elk Grove City Council will conduct a hearing on a new housing development in Elk Grove. Not only should the city council urge the project to be renamed to recognize a nearby landmark of international repute, but they should also take the opportunity to suggest the developers recognize and Elk Grove VIP.
03:30
June 21, 2021
Good luck with that Sacramento
There was a significant development in what was Elk Grove’s largest ever proposed project.
01:00
June 19, 2021
One Elk Grove organization has shriveled into irrelevancy
Elk Grove has many organizations providing crucial services to our community. Many of these groups are vital, yet there is one that has shriveled like an overcooked hotdog into irrelevancy.
01:00
June 12, 2021
Corporate welfare Elk Grove style
This week the Sacramento LAFCO allowed Elk Grove to annex about 600 acres into city limits. With this annexation, 60 acres of taxpayer-owned property in the affected area might be sold to a corporation.
01:00
June 5, 2021
The Divided States of America
A year from now, the Supreme Court will issue what could be a landmark reproductive rights ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which could make it easier for states to essentially outlaw abortions. If decided as predicted, the courts six conservative justices will allow many states to continue their goal of reenacting Jim Crow-era laws.
01:00
May 28, 2021
Elk Grove’s growth bragging belies big city responsibility
Recently the city of Elk Grove’s public relation machinery has taken to social media bragging about the population growth over the last year. Growth, the smart kind, is welcome, but before the city council and city employee executives continue to laud themselves, they need to stand down.
01:00
May 21, 2021
The shame of California’s Central Valley
California has 11 Republican Congressmembers. Among those 11 are two of the most cowardly and thin-skinned in the entire Republican caucus and are from the Central Valley.
01:00
May 20, 2021
Cheney’s ouster reveals more; questions to ask
This week's ouster of Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the Republican Congressional caucus oozed of cowardice. It also reveals other troubling aspects of Republican political philosophy that must go unaddressed.
01:00
May 15, 2021
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - Elk Grove's housing plan should include inclusionary housing
This Wednesday, the Elk Grove City Council is expected to adopt the city's housing plan. Unlike other communities throughout the state who also fulfill the legal mandate, Elk Grove's plan is lacking one key element for a large portion of our population.
05:00
May 11, 2021
The Elk Grove Food Bank permanence barometer
Recently the Elk Grove food bank has landed a permanent home. This is good news. The Elk Grove and other food banks and their volunteers are admirable, but their work is a social barometer. 
01:00
May 8, 2021
My Ford Truck and the Party of Lincoln
By Dan Schmitt |  I bought my Ford 150 truck back in 1993, and, by all accounts, it was an excellent truck. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, it was brand-spanking new! Fast forward to today, 28 years later. I still drive that truck, even though it’s no longer anything to be admired.
06:30
May 5, 2021
The one time the Elk Grove Mayor, city council member listen to constituents
This week we heard from two readers independently who shared identical recent interactions with the mayor and four city councilmembers.
01:00
May 1, 2021
Cityfi collecting dust at Elk Grove City Hall
Over the last 20 years, the Elk Grove City Council has approved numerous useless consultant studies.
01:00
April 24, 2021
What ‘C6’ parcel tells us about who controls Elk Grove
This week an Elk Grove Planning commission hearing will consider several sites for low and very low-income housing. One eight-acre parcel included in the city staff report is noteworthy.
01:00
April 20, 2021
Will cryptocurrencies popularity cut into casino gambling?
Recently interest in cryptocurrencies not called Bitcoin has escalated. Among the other coins spiking in price and popularity are Etherium and DogeCoin.
01:00
April 17, 2021
Here's one thing Matt Gaetz has in his favor
The last several days have been tough for Republican Representative Matt Gaetz. The firebrand Floridian is reportedly under investigation on a variety of unsavory charges, including sex trafficking.
01:00
April 10, 2021
Trump – America’s Political Plutonium 239?
Donald Trump has been out of office for almost three months, and we can’t help but wonder about his residual effects. This week we inadvertently ran an eye-opening experiment.
01:00
April 3, 2021
More than one Dufresne in Elk Grove?
One of the cornerstones of American civil and judicial society is the presumption that every person under arrest is innocent until proven guilty. So ingrained is this it is written into our Bill of Rights. While we, as a nation, have not always practiced this freedom equally, it is one of those ideals that persist in our goal of making a more perfect union.
07:00
March 28, 2021
Camping may never be the same
An activity my family enjoys is camping. Starting as a teenager in Michigan, camping has been something I have enjoyed for over 50 years. Summer camping in California is almost always under clear skies.
01:00
March 27, 2021
Women in Elk Grove politics; Advocates and Watchdogs
When you hear the term Women in Elk Grove politics, you probably think of elected officials, but that’s not the entire picture.
01:00
March 20, 2021
A Real Cultural Education in Lesotho as Peace Corps volunteer
By Dan Schmitt | The tiny Kingdom of Lesotho sits high up in the barren, tree-starved, Drakensburg Mountains of southern Africa. It is a mostly rural country with hundreds of small villages scattered throughout the mountainous region. Because of its high elevation, Lesotho is sometimes called the “Switzerland of Africa.” Unlike that of many other African nations, Lesotho’s climate is very mild, pleasant actually, and it is not unusual for the upper elevations to experience snow in winter. As pleasant as Lesotho’s climate is, the Basotho people are even more pleasant, despite the entrenched poverty that has gripped the country from its very beginnings. It was within that country and amongst those wonderful people that my wife and I found ourselves in the summer of 1979 as U.S. Peace Corps volunteers.
07:00
March 19, 2021
Elk Grove News Minute - Could the Hmong Americans of Elk Grove group drive a wedge between Elk Grove Mayor Singh-Allen and her councilmembers?
For several months, people affiliated with the group Hmong Americans of Elk Grove have criticized and leveled allegations against Mayor Singh-Allen with claims of racism towards their community. At this week’s city council meeting, they expanded their criticism. What are those ramifications?
01:00
March 13, 2021
Critics of Elk Grove Mayor Singh-Allen persist, up the ante
Public comment during government meetings offers people the opportunity to address their elected representatives. During Elk Grove city council meetings, speakers are given three minutes to address their thoughts. Speakers often bring up problems they might be having with city services, law enforcement encounters, or ongoing issues. A group of people who have been speaking repeatedly for the last several months during public comment repeatedly in opposition to Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen upped the ante during the March 10 meeting.
12:00
March 12, 2021
Anything for His Royal Highness
In its 20 years as a city, the Elk Grove City Council has held hundreds of meetings. Many were routine, while several were contentious. But in the last dozen or so years, maybe the most bizarre proceedings happened seven years ago in February 2014. What was unique about this meeting was that on its surface it was routine, but within a few days of its conclusion, things changed. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we’ll take a look back at that meeting, which we are calling Anything for his Royal Highness.
13:30
March 10, 2021
A one in 200 chance for decent housing
There are many culprits causing, and societal problems stemming from California’s housing shortage. One troubling aspect is the lack of affordable units for families.
01:00
March 6, 2021
What Does BSA mean to you?
The acronym B-S-A can mean a few things. For some, it’s the now tarnished Boy Scouts of America. Others will be reminded of long-gone 60s era British motorcycles
01:00
February 27, 2021
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcast - Spring Football Kicks Off Soon; Elk Grove MLB Players in Spring Training
By John Hull | Have you noticed young men with helmets running around the high school football fields in Elk Grove? CIF’s attempt at a three to four-game season is now underway.
06:15
February 27, 2021
Elk Grove’s CNU recommendation and your neighborhood
This week in a non-binding vote the Elk Grove Planning Commission surprisingly denied California Northstate University’s request to amend the city’s general plan for their proposed 400-bed hospital.
01:00
February 20, 2021
Willdan, Republic Services and Elk Grove's campaign finance debt trap
Elk Grove city council members recently filed campaign finance disclosures, including the two newest members, councilmember Kevin Spease and Mayor Bobbie Singh Allen Not surprising both assumed huge five-digit debts to win their seats.
01:00
February 13, 2021
Supervisor Don Nottoli to bows out; will the early birds get the worm?
Sacramento County Supervisor Don Notolli made it official on Friday – he will not seek an eight-term representing the 5th district. This opening will undoubtedly attract numerous candidates.
01:00
February 6, 2021
Sacramento Homeless Union launches recall effort against Steinberg
The late January 2021 storms in Sacramento continues to have political implications, Particularly for Sacramento mayor Darrel Steinberg. One of the effects has been several actions launched against Steinberg by the Sacramento Homeless Union. Earlier this week, the Union called on Steinberg to resign following the lack of shelter provided during the storm that resulted in the deaths of several unhoused individuals. After Steinberg did not respond to their demands, today the group said it will launch a recall effort against Steinberg, who is in his second term as Sacramento mayor. On Thursday, February 4 a zoom conference was held by the union outlining their plans to launch the recall of Steinberg. The voice you will hear is Berkley-based attorney Anthony Prince who provided background and the reasons for their effort.
19:30
February 4, 2021
Will Mayor Singh-Allen have a lion's heart?
As they have for several months, a group of people speaking during the Elk Grove city council meeting have pointedly criticized Mayor Bobbie Singh Allen.
01:00
January 30, 2021
More than Three Minutes Podcast - Elk Grove soccer field timeline, promises
By Lynn Wheat | During their January 27, 2021 meeting, the Elk Grove City Council will have a public hearing on the city’s long-planned and promised soccer and athletic fields on Grant Line Road. In this edition of More Than Three Minutes podcast, an outline of the timetable of the project over the last several years is offered, insights into how it has been handled and asks important questions.
07:00
January 28, 2021
Witnesses for We The People?
This first month of 2021 has been historic for many reasons, not the least of which was Donald Trump’s attempted coup d’état. Aside from his impeachment, more accountability is crucial.
01:00
January 23, 2021
Ya Gotta be Schmittin' Me Podcast - North-central Wisconsin toughness
By Dan Schmitt | I believe the incident occurred in the summer of my 12th year.  Like most teenage boys growing up in north-central Wisconsin during the early 1960’s, we six Schmitt boys lived a quasi-Huck Finn existence, or perhaps more exact, a quasi-Tom Sawyer existence. So, we were all boys, if you know what I mean?
04:30
January 22, 2021
City Council Cowards & The Big Lie
Two Republican members of the Elk Grove City Council have failed a basic test of leadership and courage. The leader of their party – Donald Trump – has perpetrated The Big Lie about the 2020 presidential election.
01:30
January 16, 2021
Charge Trump, others for failed coup d'etat
This week's attempted coup d'etat incited by President Donald J. Trump was unlike any other event in American history save the Civil War and, beyond the impending impeachment and possibly invoking the 25th Amendment,  should not go unaddressed.
01:00
January 9, 2021
Unlike untelevised revolutions, Trump's coup d'etat’ attempt will be on TV
On January 6th, 2021 we will witness an attempted coup d'etat in America live and on TV. Donald Trump’s coup attempt is not surprising as he has openly expressed these intentions for months.
01:01
January 5, 2021
Elk Grove News Minute - Biden, Trump & Ecclesiastes
People of a certain age will recognize the introductory music as the Birds Turn Turn Turn. The mid-60s hit was written by folk musician Pete Seger who adopted it from the Old Testament’s book of Ecclesiastes.
01:00
January 2, 2021
Mutually exclusive events in Nashville, Oval Office?
The quiet of a Christmas morning in Nashville was shattered by an explosion making it the latest site of terrorism in America. Details about the bombing are scant and no group has claimed credit.
01:00
December 26, 2020
Creating, confirming Elk Grove's legacy
Thank you for listening to this special edition of Elk Grove News Minute. Two years ago today, the proposed California Northstate University hospital project was unleashed on the public.
01:00
December 20, 2020
Jockeying, posturing and brown nosing for California's 9th Assembly open seat
California Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s announcement this week that he is exploring a run for Sacramento Sheriff came as no surprise.
01:00
December 19, 2020
California Assemblymember Kevin Kiley discusses 'Third House' money in Sacramento
It has often been said that there are two certainties in life - death, and taxes. We might add a third, and that would be money in politics. One California Assemblymember has voiced concern about the influence of special interest money in the life of Californians.
06:40
December 16, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcast - Latest CIF Guidelines for prep sports
By John Hull | The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs prep sports in the state, came out with updated COVID-19 modifications for education-based athletics on Tuesday, Dec. 15. It is a bit voluminous, so allow me to give you the highlights of the latest directive.
04:05
December 16, 2020
The Power of Pecan Rolls
By Dan Schmitt |  Cal died six years ago from diabetes complications.  We first met while bartending at the Reubens Restaurant in La Mesa, California in 1973.  No one would have predicted that our initial encounter as bartenders would grow into a lifelong friendship that lasted until his death.
07:45
December 16, 2020
Detrick's Disingenuous Departure
Former Elk Grove City Councilmember Steve Detrick attended his last meeting on Wednesday, December 9 after 12 years of representing District 3.
01:00
December 12, 2020
Zero-sum economic development in Elk Grove
Listeners may recall the movie The Big Short about how so-called short-sellers made boatloads of money during the great recession housing collapse. A short seller bets that something of value will decline.
01:00
December 6, 2020
A return to equilibrium after Diaper Don
Donald Trump lost his reelection bid and in about 52 days, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th American President. In spite of this, the 45th president of these great United States continues to insist the election was rigged and he is not a loser as confirmed by American voters.
01:00
November 29, 2020
What we are Thankful for in 2020
In a year dominated by a worldwide pandemic and politics, it has been difficult to find things to be thankful for in 2020 but there are some.
01:00
November 21, 2020
Discussion with Elk Grove Mayor-elect Bobbie Singh-Allen
This year Elk Grove voters directly elected the first Sikh-American woman mayor in the country, Bobbie Singh-Allen. A trustee on the Elk Grove Unified School District since 2012, Singh-Allen will be sworn in as Elk Grove Mayor on Wednesday, December 9, becoming only the third woman to serve on the Elk Grove city council and the first as directly elected mayor. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, Mayor-Elect Singh Allen discusses some of the responsibilities of being mayor and plans to deal with the COVID19 pandemic as she prepares for her new position. This interview was recorded via Skype and we apologize for the static and other noise interference during this remote recording. Be assured Mayor-Elect Singh-Allen’s comments are audible.
12:30
November 20, 2020
Presiding over his last meeting before leaving office, Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly lauds city council colleagues, city staff
At the last meeting he would preside over the Elk Grove City Council, outgoing Mayor Steve Ly took the opportunity to laud his four council colleagues and city staff at last night's meeting. Ly, who has first served as the District 4 councilmember starting in December 2014, and mayor two years later, lost his reelection bid this year to Bobbie Singh-Allen. With his exit from elected office, Ly ends an eight-year run starting in 2012 with his election to the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees.
04:00
November 19, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Discussion with Sac Bee's Joe Davidson on high school sports
With the recent uptick of Coronavirus cases in Sacramento County and most of Northern California, the chance that high school sports will have a season is looking bleaker. In this edition of Elk Grove Sports Minute,  I talk with long-time Sacramento Bee sportswriter Joe Davidson who is very knowledgeable take on the subject. Plus, Davidson talks about the big local sports story of 2020 locally, the number of area baseball players who are on Major League rosters.
15:33
November 19, 2020
Ya Gotta be Schmittin' Me Podcasts - Beer, elections and podcasts
By Dan Schmitt |  I began my podcasts in a rather unexpected way about five years ago. I had occasionally written opinion pieces and autobiographical sketches for the Elk Grove News.  One evening, Dan Gougherty, the owner and editor of the Elk Grove News, and I were sitting in a bar enjoying a few Pabst Blue Ribbons and discussing just about everything but nothing in particular.
03:45
November 17, 2020
The bogeyman that wasn't
If you were to believe the Elk Grove City Council, there was a bogeyman that would haunt city council elections in 2020 and for years to come.
01:00
November 14, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcast - EGHS's Kenny Wiggins is now a member of the New York Giants
By John Hull | We’re about a week old on announcing this one, but former Elk Grove High School football player Kenny Wiggins was signed by the New York Giants on Nov. 3. Also, The California Community College Athletic Association’s Board of Directors voted on Friday morning to continue forward with the Contingency Plan.
03:60
November 10, 2020
Obstinance is not going away
Notwithstanding recounts or judicial rulings favoring Donald Trump, it looks as though we can add the prefix, President-elect, to Joe Biden’s name. Like every President-elect before him, Biden will seek unity but there is already one obstacle he faces.
01:00
November 7, 2020
Frightening November Following a Scary Halloween?
This Halloween could be the scariest ever. First, there is the COVID19 that has taken 229 thousand Americans because of Trump’s do-nothing, cavalier attitude toward the worldwide pandemic, but November could be more frightening.
01:00
October 31, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Brian Pastor
Brian Pastor discusses his candidacy for Elk Grove Mayor. 
02:37
October 27, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Bobbie Singh-Allen
Bobbie Singh-Allen discusses her candidacy for Elk Grove Mayor. 
03:14
October 27, 2020
Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly discusses independent expenditure committee ads in 2020 campaign
As it was in 2018, this year’s Elk Grove mayoral race, has drawn the attention of an independent expenditure committee that has already spent $192,000 in opposition to incumbent mayor Steve Lee. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we discuss this year’s independent expenditure with Mayor Ly who offered a possible explanation of why he had drawn the California Association of Realtor’s Political action committee’s ire after he expressed concern following an unflattering mailer in 2018 they were party too.
13:00
October 26, 2020
Devin Nunes ties to Elk Grove Democratic official
Did you know the Trump kowtowing Congressman Devin Nunes is tied to a Democratic Elk Grove elected official?
01:00
October 24, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcast - Larson reinstated to NASCAR; Franklin High Alum providing dental services to homeless
By John Hull | Dr. Brittany Vacura, a dentist with Elica Health, was the pitcher on the Franklin High School softball team from 2007-2009 and pitched collegiately at Occidental. She now treats homeless and low-income individuals in Sacramento. Also, Kyle Larson reinstated to NASCAR.
05:09
October 22, 2020
If not for pride, an Elk Grove mayoral forum
With the backdrop of a hotly contested mayoral race, the COVID19 pandemic has deprived Elk Grove voters of the opportunity to hear all three candidates together in a public forum.
01:00
October 17, 2020
CalMatters Justice Reporter outlines California's Proposition 20
On this year’s statewide California Ballot are 12 propositions, one of which is Proposition 20. That measure, which is supported by California Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) seeks to roll back some of the voter's approved criminal reforms. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, we’ll discuss Prop 20 with BryRhonda Lyons, justice reporter with CalMatters.org.
10:00
October 16, 2020
Buzz Patterson endorsement by Elk Grove Chamber scrutinized
An important part of any political campaign is gathering endorsements from well-known individuals or respected organizations. Our guest Jeff Burdick, who operates SactoPolitico.com, discusses some of the endorsements Buzz Patterson has received in his challenge of Rep. Ami Bera for California’s 7th Congressional district. While the endorsements Patterson has received are not unique for a Republican, Burdick contacted 13 organizations, including the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee asking them if they were aware of some of the groups Patterson has associated with his campaign. Burdick's story on Patterson and ties to his campaign can be read here.
11:00
October 13, 2020
Republican law and order silence
This week we learned of the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The plot by so-called Michigan militia members – and let's be straight here – this was a terrorist plot – so let's quit calling them a militia.
01:00
October 10, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Rod Edmiston, Athletic Director for the Elk Grove Unified School District
By John Hull | Did you know that 37 states are allowing their student/athletes to play sports right now? But, in California, there is just outdoor conditioning. Right now we should be talking about the halfway point in the high school football season, but no one has touched a football in California. Today on the Sportsminute I talk with Rod Edmiston, the athletic director for the Elk Grove Unified School District. He, like many other coaches and athletic directors in the state, are frustrated that athletes can’t do some sort of scrimmaging.
09:59
October 10, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Part II Elk Grove Baseball Coach Jeff Carlson
Major League Baseball is in its post-season right now. But for the seven MLB players from Elk Grove, their seasons are over. This is part two of an interview with former Elk Grove High School baseball coach Jeff Carlson, who had seven of his former players on a Major League Baseball roster this season – Rowdy Tellez with the Blue Jays, Derek Hill with the Tigers, J.D.Davis with the Mets, David Freitas with the Brewers, Dom Nunez with the Rockies, Nick Madrigal with the White Sox and Carlson’s son, Dylan, with the Cardinals.
08:59
October 9, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove District 3 City Council Candidate Kevin Spease
As part of our election coverage of the 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral and City Council elections, we have invited candidates for District 1 and 3 to submit audio recordings. The candidates can discuss their candidacy at any length they desire. In our second of the two-part series, you will hear from District 3 candidates Lynn Wheat, Kevin Spease, Alehandro Gutierrez-Duncan, and Amandeep Singh. The recordings are posted in the order received. The fifth candidate in the race, Maureen Craft did not accept our invitation. The five candidates are running to fill the seat being vacated by Councilmember Steve Detrick. Ballots start arriving in the mail this week, so please strengthen our representative democracy and vote for the candidates of your choice.
01:52
October 7, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove District 3 City Council Candidate Alejandro Gutierrez-Duncan
As part of our election coverage of the 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral and City Council elections, we have invited candidates for District 1 and 3 to submit audio recordings. The candidates can discuss their candidacy at any length they desire. In our second of the two-part series, you will hear from District 3 candidates Lynn Wheat, Kevin Spease, Alehandro Gutierrez-Duncan, and Amandeep Singh. The recordings are posted in the order received. The fifth candidate in the race, Maureen Craft did not accept our invitation. The five candidates are running to fill the seat being vacated by Councilmember Steve Detrick. Ballots start arriving in the mail this week, so please strengthen our representative democracy and vote for the candidates of your choice.
06:04
October 7, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove District 3 City Council Candidate Amandeep Singh
As part of our election coverage of the 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral and City Council elections, we have invited candidates for District 1 and 3 to submit audio recordings. The candidates can discuss their candidacy at any length they desire. In our second of the two-part series, you will hear from District 3 candidates Lynn Wheat, Kevin Spease, Alejandro Gutierrez-Duncan, and Amandeep Singh. The recordings are posted in the order received. The fifth candidate in the race, Maureen Craft did not accept our invitation. The five candidates are running to fill the seat being vacated by Councilmember Steve Detrick. Ballots start arriving in the mail this week, so please strengthen our representative democracy and vote for the candidates of your choice.
04:13
October 7, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove District 3 City Council Candidate Lynn Wheat
As part of our election coverage of the 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral and City Council elections, we have invited candidates for District 1 and 3 to submit audio recordings. The candidates can discuss their candidacy at any length they desire. In our second of the two-part series, you will hear from District 3 candidates Lynn Wheat, Kevin Spease, Alehandro Gutierrez-Duncan, and Amandeep Singh. The recordings are posted in the order received. The fifth candidate in the race, Maureen Craft did not accept our invitation. The five candidates are running to fill the seat being vacated by Councilmember Steve Detrick. Ballots start arriving in the mail this week, so please strengthen our representative democracy and vote for the candidates of your choice.
04:10
October 7, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove District 1 City Council Candidate Darren Suen
As part of our election coverage of the 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral and City Council elections, we have invited candidates for District 1 and 3 to submit audio recordings. The candidates can discuss their candidacy at any length they desire. In our first of the two-part series, you will hear from District 1 candidates incumbent Darren Suen and challenger Ali Moua. The recordings are posted in the order received.
01:32
October 5, 2020
In Their Own Words - Elk Grove District 1 City Council Candidate Moua
As part of our election coverage of the 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral and City Council elections, we have invited candidates for District 1 and 3 to submit audio recordings. The candidates can discuss their candidacy at any length they desire. In our first of the two-part series, you will hear from District 1 candidates incumbent Darren Suen and challenger Ali Moua. The recordings are posted in the order received.
02:38
October 5, 2020
Ask this question of your local candidates, part II
Elections have real-life implications, and in 2020, this is especially true even for Elk Grove contests. There are important questions to ask candidates like do they support Social Security, Medicare, and clean air and water.
01:00
October 3, 2020
Sacto Politico: Elk Grove voter registration & District 3
As we post this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts recorded on the evening of Thursday, October 1, we must acknowledge the news of President Trump and the first lady’s COVID-19 diagnosis. We wish them a speedy recovery and hope this serves as a stark reminder to follow medical and scientific protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly virus that has already killed over 200,000 fellow Americans and countless others worldwide. Science matters. In this edition, we have a discussion with Jeff Burdick who recently started SactoPolitico.com - a website focusing on Sacramento area politics. Jeff discusses his recent story examining the dramatic changes in voter registration in Elk Grove and how it might affect the city’s new by-district elections, in District 3 in particular. If Jeff’s name is familiar, he ran for the Democratic nomination for California’s Seventh Congressional District in the March 2020 primary against Representative Ami Bera. The story referenced from SactoPolitico.com regarding Elk Grove voter registration can be viewed here.
19:30
October 2, 2020
Interview with Elk Grove baseball coach Jeff Carlson
By John Hull | Jeff and Caryn Carlson are proud Elk Grove parents. They’ve been watching over the past four years their oldest son Dylan rise from the ranks of an elite high school baseball player to that of prized rookie outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals. Today I visit with Coach Carlson.
08:14
October 1, 2020
Elk Grove 2020 Mayoral Forum
On Tuesday, September 29, the Elk Grove Chamber of commerce, in association with the Elk Grove Citizen held a 2020 Elk Grove mayoral forum at the Wackford Center. The event was mired with background noise from protestors outside the venue, and according to one person inside the forum, a deficient technological set up by the sponsors. On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast is an audio recording from that Zoom meeting. The forum was originally scheduled for one hour but was cut short to about 48 minutes because of the poor audio quality. Our recording is slightly less as several long pauses where there was no audio were cut. None of the comments have been removed for the recording. The opening comments were from Waldo Herrera of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce. Below is a guide to time marks in the audio, and responses from Mayor Steve Ly, Brian Pastor, and Bobbie Singh-Allen. 1:00 Opening remarks Waldo Herrera 2:20 Moderator introduction, David Herburger 1:36 Forum format 4:41 Opening statement - Bobbie Singh-Allen 7:36 Opening statement - Brian Pastor 9:43 Opening statement - Steve Ly 12:55 First question; Elk Grove's most pressing challenge 13:06 Singh-Allen response 16:23 Pastor response 17:54 Ly response 20:06 Second question; California Northstate Univiersity's proposed project 20:41 Pastor response 22:36 Ly response 24:17 Sing-Allen response 26:21 Third questions; Law enforcement and race relations 26:50 Ly response 30:02 Singh-Allen response 31:40 Pastor response 34:08 Fourth question; Jobs to homes imbalance 34:37 Singh-Allen response 36:49 Discussion of stopping forum because of protest background noise 37:31 Fourth question repeated 38:35 Pastor response 40:25 Ly response 42:53 Herrera comments on poor audio, interference from outside 43:41 Singh-Allen's closing remarks 45:25 Pastor closing remarks 46:05 Ly closing remarks
47:15
October 1, 2020
Elk Grove Mayoral candidate Brian Pastor takes stance on CNU project
Elk Grove’s 2020 mayoral race has been nothing, if not dramatic and we still have almost five more weeks. While the duo between Mayor Steve Ly and challenger Bobbie Singh-Allen has been the political talk of the town, there is a third candidate in the race, Brian Pastor.
07:00
September 28, 2020
Ask this question of your local candidates, part I
Elections have real implications, and in 2020, this is especially true even for Elk Grove contests and there is an important question to ask certain candidates.
01:00
September 26, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - It’s like everything’s on hold
By John Hull | It seems like it has become a daily habit…checking the daily numbers of Sacramento County people testing positive for COVID 19 virus. If we continue to see this data get smaller and smaller, then maybe, maybe life as we knew it prior to March 16, our first “Shelter-in-Place” declaration, will return. Perhaps in the sports world, local students can go back to the classroom, our sports programs will get fired back up and maybe, just maybe, we can leave masks at home. Fans can attend games again and the cardboard cutouts in the seats can be returned to their rightful owner. (by the way, I have to admit it is funny to watch a batted ball him one of them in the photographed head)
05:22
September 24, 2020
RBG and the death of the great American experiment?
Yesterday was a sad day for our future of liberties and the great American experiment. Godspeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
01:00
September 19, 2020
5G opponents in Elk Grove gain an insider ally
Over the last several years, there has been a small but growing number of residents who have expressed concerns to the City of Elk Grove over the placement of so-called 5G cell antennas in the city. 5G which is the newest cell phone technology is being rolled out nationally, and several people in Elk Grove have expressed concern with what they say is it's negative health effects.
04:00
September 18, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Will college football games be played this fall?
By John Hull | Today, I’ll continue the interview with my cousin,  Dan Hull, who this weekend begins his 40th season of calling the play-by-play of high school football in Central Texas. As we heard from Dan in part one of this interview, the smaller high schools in Texas already have three and four games in the books, including their six-man football teams.
05:54
September 18, 2020
Ya Gotta be Schmittin' Me Podcasts - What Would Abe Lincoln Do?
By Dan Schmitt |  President Abraham Lincoln is best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation which began the process of freedom for America’s slaves and for preserving the United States as one nation. Because of those two nation-altering accomplishments, Lincoln is considered one of our greatest presidents. But, Abe Lincoln was so much more than those two events, especially on issues like scientific discovery.
05:30
September 14, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts: Welcome to the 2020 football season – socially distanced.
If you watched Thursday Night Football you saw fans, plenty of them, in Arrowhead Stadium, all socially-distanced in the NFL season opener. There were plenty of natural crowd sounds to make the football on TV experience worth watching.
03:28
September 12, 2020
A self-imposed strength test
Often political movements fall victim to declining interest. An example of this was the Tea Party movement which died because it was manufactured by big money.
01:00
September 12, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Three Elk Grove-area football players cut by their NFL Clubs.
By John Hull |  All NFL clubs cut their pre-season rosters from 80 to 53 players Saturday in preparation for the coming season. And, at this moment, only one Elk Grove-area athlete will be in a pro football uniform this weekend when the NFL kicks off its 2020 season.
02:07
September 6, 2020
What does Trump think of you?
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump has disrespected another group. This time it is not the disabled, Black Americans, Latinos, Asians, or women.
01:00
September 5, 2020
Do or will the Ly allegations matter to Elk Grove voters?
As they have every two years since 2012, in the next several weeks' Elk Grove voters will select the city’s directly elected mayor. By the look of things, this year’s mayoral election will be more controversial, contentious, and dare we say nastier than earlier contests.
12:00
September 2, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Elk Grove's Cosumnes Oaks HS update
Cosumnes Oaks High School is very fortunate to have a man of integrity like athletic director George Smith. He is beginning his 32nd year of teaching, his fifth at Cosumnes Oaks. He has a stable of quality athletes and good students who will, later this year, field some very excellent teams. Follow John Hull on Twitter @JohnHullEG
03:00
September 2, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts
We are pleased to announce to our readers and listeners noted Elk Grove sportswriter John Hull and his new podcast, Elk Grove Sports Minute. Those who follow Elk Grove sports will recall that Hull was the longtime sports editor of the Elk Grove Citizen and all-around good guy. Please welcome John and we look forward to his updates on Elk Grove sports and professional athletes with local roots. For more updates, follow John on Twitter at @JohnHullEG.
01:57
August 31, 2020
Vice Mayor Steve Detrick validates narrative of Elk Grove City Council racism
At the Wednesday night meeting of the Elk Grove City Council did Vice Mayor Steve Detrick validate claims made earlier that evening by community members that the city council is racist.
02:00
August 29, 2020
Public comments during city council meeting still heated in Ly, Singh-Allen controversy
Even though there were only a handful of comments compared to the August 12 session, during the Wednesday, August 26 Elk Grove City Council meeting speakers still presented arguments on the ongoing controversy between Mayor Steve Ly and Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Bobbie-Singh-Allen who is challenging the two-term mayor. Speaking during the public comments section of the meeting, the speakers called in mostly to claim the city is not addressing what they say are attacks being waged against the Hmong community by Singh-Allen. The controversy erupted after Singh-Allen posted social media comments that members of the Hmong-community say demeaned the culture calling them sheep and their patriarchal system was hostile towards women.
19:00
August 28, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Pro Athletes Update Part I
With the restart of professional sports following the COVID19 shutdown, we’ve taken the opportunity to check in with sportswriter John Hull. As the former sports editor of the Elk Grove citizen, Hull has a deep knowledge of local sports and he will bring us up to date many of the professional athletes from Elk Grove. In the first installment of a two-part podcast, Hull will update listeners about Elk Grove players now appearing in Major League Baseball.
18:00
August 27, 2020
Proxy war winner could determine who'll be mayor of Elk Grove
Among the interesting aspects of the race between Steve Ly and Bobbie Singh-Allen for Elk Grove mayor are their respective strengths. One factor in determining who will be next mayor is how those strengths are utilized and communicated with voters.
01:00
August 22, 2020
Do voters care about Elk Grove political skirmishes?
This week Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly won the first of many skirmishes that will come in the next 75 or so days and the city council was able to pass along a political hot potato.
01:00
August 16, 2020
Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly's controversy - Much ado about nothing, or not?
On the evening of Friday, August 7, Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly issued an apology statement following weeks of claims of harassment and threats. The apology comes days before the Elk Grove City Council may censure the mayor.
01:00
August 10, 2020
Indignation & money in the looming Singh-Allen, Ly battle for Elk Grove Mayor
The looming Elk Grove mayoral showdown between Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Bobbie Singh-Allen and Mayor Steve Ly could be defined by advantages each candidate brings to the battle
01:00
August 1, 2020
Elk Grove Harper Valley Hypocrites
Those of a certain age will recall the 1960s song Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley which highlights small-town hypocrisy - something that is alive and well in Elk Grove. 
01:00
July 25, 2020
Elk Grove officeholder swings big, misses
To say elected officeholders, especially low-level ones, are looking ahead for their next office is no surprise. Among many Elk Grove elected officials, there is no shortage of that trait.
01:00
July 18, 2020
#MeToo lands in Elk Grove; will it have any effect?
Recent events between Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and his former campaign consultant Linda Vwj (Vu) have landed one of the more politically consequential movements in recent years - #MeToo - in Elk Grove.
01:00
July 11, 2020
Elk Grove at 20
Twenty years ago today, on Saturday, July 1, 2000, Elk Grove became the first new city in California during the 21st century. In the time leading up to incorporation, Elk Grove voters were motivated to become a general law city with promises of enhanced public safety, and most notably, local control of land planning.
17:00
July 1, 2020
45, COVID-19 & Black Lives Matter
Every four years, we hear how this presidential election is the most significant election of the era. The November 2020 elections may well be the year this prediction is true and three issues could influence every election from the top to the bottom of the ballot for American voters.
01:00
June 27, 2020
District 3 candidate Lynn Wheat comments, June 24 city council meeting
During the June 24, 2020, Elk Grove City Council meeting, District 3 city council candidate Lynn Wheat thanks the city for adopting her budget review suggestion. 
01:25
June 25, 2020
Reflections on Black Lives Matter - Where is Your Brother?
The following podcast was submitted by DG Garcia. A long time and well-known activist, and advocate,  Ms. Garcia shares her vision of why B.L.A.C.K. Lives Matter. Listen and take time to reflect.
03:00
June 25, 2020
Judas Iscariot in Elk Grove?
Like many sports fans, some politicians can be fair weather when it comes to their loyalties, especially to other elected officials. In Elk Grove, there has been one politician on the scene for several years who personifies this.
01:00
June 20, 2020
MAGA-like behavior of the Elk Grove City Council
Since the start of Elk Grove City Council’s COVID 19 teleconference meetings, a disturbing practice has emerged that has certain MAGA-like characteristics.
01:00
June 13, 2020
EGPD Chief promises 'trust through transparency' following death of George Floyd, national discourse on police reform
In the aftermath of the death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of police and the national conversation on police reform, Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright addressed that topic and community relations during the Wednesday, June 10 Elk Grove City Council meeting.
09:35
June 11, 2020
POTUS and Elk Grove candidates
In California’s non-partisan local races, voters frequently ask candidates their party affiliation. In 2020 there is a far more urgent question for candidates running for office in Elk Grove and nationally.
01:00
June 5, 2020
Ya Gotta Be Schmittin’ Me Podcasts - 'In response to protests'
By Dan Schmitt | The Nazi government of Adolf Hitler used the military to quash protests in Germany during the 1940s because thug dictators rule by fear. The world cried out to America, the voice of democracy, to condemn Hitler, and President Roosevelt responded.
03:30
June 5, 2020
Elk Grove’s redneck heritage – not much has changed
As a follow up to our recent podcast titled Did the City Council reaffirm Elk Grove’s redneck heritage, we will read comments from two Latina-Americans - one an immigrant and the other born and raised in Elk Grove who commented on the matter.
02:00
May 31, 2020
Candidates Speak Podcasts - District 3 Elk Grove City Council Candidate Lynn Wheat
The following is from Lynn Wheat, Elk Grove District 3 city council candidate. Ms. Wheat asked us for the opportunity to discuss an issue. If other candidates would like to opportunity to speak on an issue, please contact us for guidelines.
02:20
May 27, 2020
Did the City Council Reaffirm Elk Grove's 'Redneck' Heritage?
Over the last several years, the City of Elk Grove has touted the racial, ethnic and religious diversity of it 175 thousand plus residents. This diversity has been used not only to promote civic pride, but it has also been used as a marketing tool to promote its fledgling tourism and economic development efforts. In the year 2020 Elk Grove is a far different city than it was 40 years ago. Or is it?
20:00
May 26, 2020
COVID19 and the right side of history
During the COVID 19 shelter in place order, we have seen the very best and, unfortunately, in recent days, the worst of humanity and I am not talking about Trump
01:00
May 23, 2020
Opposition to STA's Measure A Coalesces as Disparate Groups Align
In November Sacramento County voters will be asked to approve a sales tax that will raise $8.4 billion for a variety of transportation projects. Measure A is proposed by the Multi-jurisdictional Sacramento Transportation Authority, the STA. In opposition is a coalition calling itself the Sac County Residents against Measure A that is led by the Bruce Lee of the Sacramento County Taxpayers Association. In our discussion Lee offers an overview of the proposed sales tax increase and discusses disparate groups that have aligned with them in opposition to the proposed tax increase.
23:00
May 22, 2020
Empathy Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Dan Schmitt | The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on people and will continue to do so for who knows how long. Understandable, many people are anxious and angry, especially the more than 35 million Americans who have lost jobs and have had to shutter businesses.
03:30
May 21, 2020
Is Kronick Moskovitz' Elk Grove City Hall Rainmaker gratis
In the legal business, a rainmaker is a person, usually a retired politician who is an attorney hired by a law firm, primarily to use their contacts and influence to generate new clients and the all-important billings. The Sacramento white-shoe law firm of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann and Girard seems to have planted a gratis rainmaker in Elk Gove City Hall.
02:00
May 19, 2020
Has Darren Suen's weak STA leadership doomed Sacramento Transportation Authority's Measure A
This November Sacramento County voters will be asked to approve Sacramento Transportation’s Authority’s Measure A – an $8 billion tax increase during the COVID19 economic depression. The success of the measure falls in large part on the STA chair, Elk Grove city council member Darren Suen.
01:00
May 16, 2020
Supervisor Sue Frost argues against Measure A,advocates for low-income familes
On Thursday, May 14 the Sacramento Transportation Authority moved one step closer to placing Measure A on the November 2020 ballot. If approved Measure A would impose $8 billion dollars in an additional sales taxes in Sacramento County. Although the measure will advance to the November ballot, during the proceedings, Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost voiced strenuously opposition to the plan. Among the concerns voiced by Frost was the negative affect a regressive tax has on low-income families.
08:30
May 16, 2020
411 for Mothers Day
One of the interesting stories I’ve heard about mothers day comes from a sibling who spent many years of her Pacific Bell career working as a 411 operator. Remember calling 411 and Ma Bell?
01:00
May 9, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Money: Assisting Those in Need
I’ve been thinking about the $1,200 stimulus money that people are now receiving from the federal government. Over 30 million Americans have lost their jobs, and millions of small businesses have shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of millions of folks desperately need that financial assistance.
02:00
May 6, 2020
COVID19 malcontents at Elk Grove City Hall
Front-line medical public servants are to be commended during the COVID19 crisis. Some administrative public employees, however, according to Elk Grove’s official spokesperson are upset with extra duties during the crisis.
01:00
May 2, 2020
COVID19 Elk Grove Town Hall Meeting
On Tuesday, April 28, a joint information session was hosted by the City Elk Grove to offer information to residents on local governments' responses to the COVID19 pandemic. Joining several representatives from Elk Grove were staff members from Sacramento county and the Cosumnes Community Services District. In this edition, we are posting the entire session which lasted about one hour and fifteen minutes. After brief introductory remarks by Elk Grove Mayor Steve Lee and Cosumnes Community Services District board president Orlando Fuentes, the meeting was conducted by Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren who directed real-time questions from participants. Also during the session there were questions answered on the Zoom platform where the meeting was conducted.
01:15:00
April 29, 2020
The Detrick gang's scheme to subvert Elk Grove voters
In 2010 Elk Grove voters approved Measures K and L which established our current directly mayor for a two-year term by a strong majority. The measure to establish a directly elected mayor won with an overwhelming 78 percent majority.
01:00
April 26, 2020
Ly outwits Suen, Detrick; exposes Brown Act violations?
In politics, sometimes battles are waged in subtle ways that aren’t immediately visible. Such was the case in a battle waged by Elk Grove City Councilman Darren Suen and Vice Mayor Steve Detrick against Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly. In this episode, we trace the battle which ended up with Ly outsmarting his city council colleagues Suen and Detrick.
17:00
April 19, 2020
Kyle Larson, Saweetie, and Elk Grove City Councilman Pat Hume
This week NASCAR Driver and Elk Grove's favorite son Kyle Larson committed an act of career self-immolation. In 2014 Larson was Elk Grove’s first key to the city recipient at the tender age of 21.
01:00
April 19, 2020
Reminiscing Hall of Famer Al Kaline, 1968 Detroit Tigers World Series Championship
In this expanded version of Elk Grove News Minute, our guest host and Major Leauge Baseball maven Steve Lee leads an interesting discussion on Al Kaline, the Detroit Tiger Hall of Fame member who died earlier this week. In addition, Lee and his guest discuss Kaline and the Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series championship. If you're missing your sports or baseball fix, you might find this discussion on Kaline and the 1968 World Series right up your alley. Our thanks to Steve Lee who directed this and was the creative force for this episode. This interview was conducted in the parameters of social distancing.
24:30
April 11, 2020
Darren's Deception
The COVID 19 pandemic has exposed several failures in the American medical delivery system. It has also exposed failures in leadership in all levels of government. Some are very obvious like Donald Trump’s grotesque failures. Other failures are less obvious, more subtle and not directly related to how the government has reacted to the crisis from the public health aspect. Rather the COVID 19 crisis exposed how some elected officials conduct their business over a span of time.
18:00
April 6, 2020
1 Woman's degree of integrity > 4 men's
By law, California elected and high-ranking public officials must annually disclose their economic interests. These disclosures show things like rental properties and gifts they have received.
01:00
April 4, 2020