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What we are thankful for in 2022
What we are thankful for in 2022
During 2022, there were many things to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!
01:00
November 24, 2022
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - For transparency, establish a separate fund for Measure E revenues
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - For transparency, establish a separate fund for Measure E revenues
Elk Grove voters have approved Measure E, a one percent sales tax increase for most purchases in the city. Elected officials and city executives made many promises, but will taxpayers know how the money is being spent on their behalf?
02:45
November 21, 2022
It's looking like a done deal
It's looking like a done deal
Elk Grove City elected officials and bureaucrats have enjoyed a red-letter week. First, the city hit the jackpot with the approval of Measure E, which means a quarter of a billion dollars over the next ten years.
01:00
November 19, 2022
They exemplify the best traditions of American Democracy and elections
They exemplify the best traditions of American Democracy and elections
While election reporting typically highlights winning candidates, what about those who did not prevail? 
01:00
November 12, 2022
Discussion with former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly on elections, mailers, and voting
Discussion with former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly on elections, mailers, and voting
As the 2022 elections draw to a close and candidates await the results of several close races, we met with former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly. On this edition of Elk Grove News podcasts, we discuss this and more with the Ly, like many of us, has been watching this election cycle with keen interest.
17:30
November 05, 2022
Voters and democracy are better served with more choices
Voters and democracy are better served with more choices
In California’s top two systems, all four candidates in the State Senate District 10 and Assembly District 10 are Democrats. No third party, much less any Republican candidates are to be found.
01:00
November 05, 2022
Just another self-serving gas bag politician full of hot air
Just another self-serving gas bag politician full of hot air
Even though he is not on the November ballot, former Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly's 2020 controversy is a campaign issue, and ironically one candidate is being bludgeoned over it. 
01:60
November 01, 2022
In his own words - Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Giezi Bermudez
In his own words - Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Giezi Bermudez
This year, the will be at least two new Elk Grove City Council members. For certain, there will be new representatives in District 2 and District 4. Last week District 4 candidates Giezi Bermudez and Sergio Robles were invited to make a recording regarding their candidacies. Below you will find the submission by Mr. Bermudez. Mr. Robles did not respond to an email invitation to participate in the voter education event.
03:23
October 30, 2022
Ya Gotta Be Schmittin’ Me - Lies, Voting, and Democracy
Ya Gotta Be Schmittin’ Me - Lies, Voting, and Democracy
It is very clear to me that we are in the process of losing our 233-year-old experiment in democracy. The Republican Party, led by Donald Trump, is attempting to systematically unravel our nation’s democracy and replace it with a one-party government that can remain in power indefinitely.
08:30
October 30, 2022
It's not about the workers, it’s all about the dead presidents
It's not about the workers, it’s all about the dead presidents
This week, the Elk Grove City Council a Community Workforce and Training Agreement, which is really a PLA - project labor agreement. But how deep is union support?
01:00
October 29, 2022
SMUD Ward 4 candidates in their own words - Derek Cressman
SMUD Ward 4 candidates in their own words - Derek Cressman
Many Elk Grove residents live in Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Ward 4. This year, Ward 4 voters can choose between challenger Derek Cressman and incumbent Rosanna Herber. Both candidates were invited and submitted audio messages about their respective campaigns. We thank Mr. Cressman and Ms. Herber for focusing on their campaigns and participating.
01:44
October 27, 2022
SMUD Ward 4 candidates in their own words - Rosanna Herber
SMUD Ward 4 candidates in their own words - Rosanna Herber
Many Elk Grove residents live in Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Ward 4. This year, Ward 4 voters can choose between incumbent Rosanna Herber and challenger Derek Cressman. Both candidates were invited and submitted audio messages about their respective campaigns. We thank Mr. Cressman and Ms. Herber for focusing on their campaigns and participating.
01:59
October 27, 2022
Like the Hindenburg, this political ascension will crash and burn
Like the Hindenburg, this political ascension will crash and burn
Elk Grove voters have at least four competitive races this election cycle, including State Senate District 8, Assembly District 10, Sacramento Supervisor District 5, and two city council races.
01:00
October 22, 2022
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Michelle Kile
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Michelle Kile
This year, Elk Grove will have at least two new city council members representing Districts 2 and 4. In this three-part Elk Grove News Podcasts series, we are interviewing the three District 2 candidates. In this edition, we talk with Michelle Kile. 
14:30
October 21, 2022
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Michelle Kile
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Michelle Kile
This year, Elk Grove will have at least two new city council members representing Districts 2 and 4. In this three-part Elk Grove News Podcasts series, we are interviewing the three District 2 candidates. In this edition, we talk with Michelle Kile. 
14:30
October 21, 2022
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Rod Brewer
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Rod Brewer
This year, Elk Grove will have at least two new city council members representing Districts 2 and 4. In this three-part Elk Grove News Podcasts series, we are interviewing the three District 2 candidates. In this edition, we talk with Rod Brewer. 
16:00
October 20, 2022
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Felipe Martin
Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidate Felipe Martin
This year, Elk Grove will have at least two new city council members representing Districts 2 and 4. In this three-part Elk Grove News Podcasts series we are interviewing the three District 2 candidates. In this edition, we talk with Felipe Martin.
16:00
October 19, 2022
Will Any Heads Roll at City Hall?
Will Any Heads Roll at City Hall?
This was a crummy week for the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen and her city council, and several candidates.
01:00
October 15, 2022
Rob the poor to pay the rich
Rob the poor to pay the rich
Next week ballots arrive, and there is a critical item for Elk Grove voters. That would be Measure E, another City of Elk Grove scheme. 
01:00
October 07, 2022
Measure A is nothing but a Trojan horse
Measure A is nothing but a Trojan horse
Sacramento County voters are being asked to approve an $8.3 billion tax hike this fall. Who are the real beneficiaries?
01:00
October 01, 2022
To paraphrase Jack Benny, Happy 39th Birthday They
To paraphrase Jack Benny, Happy 39th Birthday They
Elk Grove News net has been around for almost 15 years, and during that time, we established a solid dozen readers. Among these dozen, there is one reader who has become our researcher.
01:00
September 24, 2022
To paraphrase Jack Benny, Happy 39th Birthday They!
To paraphrase Jack Benny, Happy 39th Birthday They!
Elk Grove News net has been around for almost 15 years, and during that time, we established a solid dozen readers. Among these dozen, there is one reader who has become our researcher.
01:00
September 23, 2022
Town hall forum California Assembly District 10 candidate Stephanie Nguyen
Town hall forum California Assembly District 10 candidate Stephanie Nguyen
On Thursday, September 22, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association  – APAPA – co-hosted a town hall forum featuring California Assembly District 10 candidate Elk Grove City Council member Stephanie Nguyen. The town hall was held at APAPAs Sacramento office. On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we have a recording of the forum, which featured Nguyen answering a series of questions.
38:00
September 23, 2022
Returning us to their version of the 'good old days'
Returning us to their version of the 'good old days'
Over the last 60 years, much has changed in American life, most of it for the good. Bur recent actions by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott harken to less enlightened times. 
01:00
September 17, 2022
Interview with Elk Grove Unified School District Area 2 candidate Michael Vargas
Interview with Elk Grove Unified School District Area 2 candidate Michael Vargas
This year, there will be at least one new member on the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we speak with Michael Vargas who is one of two candidates running for the open seat in Area 2 This interview was recorded on Thursday September 15.
17:00
September 16, 2022
Has the time arrived for a change in leadership?
Has the time arrived for a change in leadership?
Notwithstanding the COVID 19 pandemic negative effects on children’s academic progress, the Elk Grove Unified School District is running amuck.
01:00
September 10, 2022
Elk Grove – The three-tier city
Elk Grove – The three-tier city
With the late summer heat wave, Elk Grove is operating a cooling center at the district 56 facility where participants must have face coverings. But is there consistency in how the city treats those less fortunate? 
01:00
September 03, 2022
What comes between a developer and their cash?
What comes between a developer and their cash?
A regular Elk Grove News commenter noted it could be decades before the Southeast Connector Highway arrives in Elk Grove. It’s a fair point.
01:00
August 27, 2022
$230 million over 10 years can go a long way
$230 million over 10 years can go a long way
The week the Elk Grove City Council held a special meeting and workshop on the proposed relocation of the Sacramento Zoo. The workshop was a wish list opportunity for participants.
01:00
August 20, 2022
Sacramento Zoo relocation project workshop, Elk Grove City Council meeting
Sacramento Zoo relocation project workshop, Elk Grove City Council meeting
On Wednesday, August 17th, the City of Elk Grove held a special city council meeting and workshop on the proposed relocation of the Sacramento Zoo to Elk Grove. The session lasted about two hours, which included about an hour of workshop activities.
44:00
August 18, 2022
American boys in Italy, Part II
American boys in Italy, Part II
By Dan Schmitt |  Breakfast eaten and the bus boarded, Alberto stood on the sidewalk outside the hotel, face expressionless, and waved to us in a rather perfunctory manner followed by a low, tepid “Ciao.” At that moment, it seemed a more dejected man in all of Italy would have been impossible to find. On the other hand, Dario, our bus driver seemed eager to point out his countries many treasures.
10:00
August 17, 2022
Don’t get hoodwinked…again.
Don’t get hoodwinked…again.
The City of Elk Grove has entered negotiations with Houston-based Hines Interests for development of the mixed-use Project Elevate on Elk Grove Boulevard.
01:00
August 13, 2022
Be on the lookout for the term Article Five
Be on the lookout for the term Article Five
Notwithstanding Donald Trump’s dangerous cult, another threat looms for American democracy. An under the radar movement is seeking a so-called article five constitutional convention.
01:00
August 06, 2022
Is the Elk Grove City Council compassionate, cowardly or just 5 WASPs?
Is the Elk Grove City Council compassionate, cowardly or just 5 WASPs?
In January 2020, The City of Elk Grove, California became a compassionate city. At least on paper. During their January 8th meeting, the Sacramento suburb issued a proclamation advanced by a group called Compassionate Elk Grove. On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we will take a look at Elk Grove’s proclamation of compassion through a specific lens. That lens was the Elk Grove City Council July 27, 2022 denial of a supportive housing project meant to assist over 60 people to transition out of homelessness. And we ask, is the Elk Grove Mayor and city council compassionate, cowardly or just 5 WASPs?
29:00
August 02, 2022
The Mayor. Elk Grove City Council's tone deafness was astonishing
The Mayor. Elk Grove City Council's tone deafness was astonishing
As expected, this week the Elk Grove City Council rejected a supportive housing project to lift people out of homelessness. Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, Vice Mayor Darren Suen and Council members Pat Hume, Stephanie Nguyen and Kevin Spease exposed their political cowardice and kowtowed to fear and ignorance.
01:00
July 30, 2022
Address this before a real tragedy happens
Address this before a real tragedy happens
Previously we called Elk Grove a hick town because we are a semi urban community riddled with railroad crossings. Railroad crossing gate malfunctions are now a regular occurrence.
01:00
July 23, 2022
American boys in Italy, Part I
American boys in Italy, Part I
By Dan Schmitt |  In 1867, Mark Twain journeyed a year throughout Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. During his travels, Twain wrote a collection of letters which were later to become one of his more important books, The Innocents Abroad. Towards the end of the book, Twain mused about the value of travel with these words, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Like Twain, I had come to value travel early in my adult life. During my teaching career, I must have told my social science students a thousand times, “Travel is the best education in the world. By experiencing first-hand other cultures, you’ll come to better understand your own. And, during your travels, you will be exposed to cultural experiences that will simultaneously perplex and enlighten you.”
08:00
July 20, 2022
Back in the USSR
Back in the USSR
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is blocking proposed federal legislation protecting interstate travel for abortions.
01:00
July 15, 2022
The future of our democracy, as we have known it, it at risk
The future of our democracy, as we have known it, it at risk
Republican are expected to retake Congress during the 2022 mid-terms. The party in the White House usually loses seat. But not always.
01:00
July 09, 2022
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - I ask you, ask them
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - I ask you, ask them
Over the last few months, the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District have sent slick mailers to Elk Grove residents. Why are these being sent? We will examine seemingly unrelated material and explain what is behind this campaign.  
09:30
July 08, 2022
We do nothing as we tear apart our society
We do nothing as we tear apart our society
The Independence Day killing of six people in Highland Park Illinois was another act of domestic terrorist. 
01:00
July 05, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court is intent on a dystopian future for Americans
The U.S. Supreme Court is intent on a dystopian future for Americans
Thank you for listening to Elk Grove News Minute, which with this edition, we celebrate our fifth anniversary. One part of American life that has substantially changed in five years has been the composition of the United States Supreme Court.
01:00
July 02, 2022
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - Is Elk Grove really a city of compassion?
More Than Three Minutes Podcast - Is Elk Grove really a city of compassion?
By Lynn Wheat |  In January 2020, the Elk Grove City Council adopted a charter for compassion. How compassionate has the city been in following through on this commitment? 
06:00
June 27, 2022
The Elk Grove City Council sees fit to laugh it up
The Elk Grove City Council sees fit to laugh it up
Everyone loves a good laugh. But sometimes excessive laughter is inappropriate. Over the last 18 months there has been a disturbing trend on the Elk Grove City Council.
02:00
June 25, 2022
Two new puppets on a string - Elk Grove News Minute
Two new puppets on a string - Elk Grove News Minute
With most votes counted, it is apparent Elk Grove City Council members Stephanie Nguyen and Pat Hume will advance to the November election in their respective pursuit of the California Assembly and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and that means there will be at least two new Elk Grove City Council members.
01:00
June 18, 2022
Sacramento County voters selected institutionalist
Sacramento County voters selected institutionalist
This week Sacramento County Voters made history. For the first time, two non-Anglo men were elected to county wide office.
01:00
June 11, 2022
I have a confession
I have a confession
I have a confession. I’ll start by saying on the morning I turned 18 in August of 1976 I went to the Grosse Ile Michigan Township Hall and registered to vote.
01:00
June 04, 2022
Silence tells you more about a candidate's character than an answer ever will
Silence tells you more about a candidate's character than an answer ever will
We made checklist of two specific questions asked of candidates in the races for District 8 State Senate, District 10 Assembly, and District 5 Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
01:00
May 28, 2022
Much of what candidates says is a distortion of the truth
Much of what candidates says is a distortion of the truth
Phase one of the 2022 election season is in full swing with candidates, consultants and others are in launching attacks, and more significantly stretching reality.
01:00
May 21, 2022
The Candidate With The Quietest Vice Amplifier
The Candidate With The Quietest Vice Amplifier
“Politics is like a vice amplifier, where everybody has a need for affirmation, a need to be important, to be recognized.”
01:00
May 14, 2022
Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidate Steve Ly addresses attack ads launched against him by Calif. Realtors
Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidate Steve Ly addresses attack ads launched against him by Calif. Realtors
Responding to an attack advertisement launched against him, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors District 5 candidate Steve Ly held a news conference on May 11, 2022.  Yesterday voters in the District 5 area started receiving a mailer paid for by the California Association of Realtors. The mailer resurrected claims made against Ly during his 2020 Elk Grove Mayoral reelection campaign that he bullied women candidates.
25:00
May 12, 2022
Pushing us towards an American confederacy
Pushing us towards an American confederacy
One year ago we posted a story on the Dobbs reproductive case. At the time we speculated the Supreme Court would overturn Roe versus Wade. It was not hard to foresee this development, but don’t think this ends anti-choice efforts.
01:00
May 07, 2022
Interview with California District 8 State Senate candidate Dave Jones
Interview with California District 8 State Senate candidate Dave Jones
Voters in Elk Grove and Sacramento will be making their selection for their new state senator during the june primary and November general elections. Voters will choose between three Democrats. An independent committee of business interests has already targeted one of the candidates. On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we speak with one of those candidates Dave Jones. The former Assemblymember and State Insurance commissioner discusses the campaign being waged against him and other topics related to the June 7th primary election.
20:00
May 02, 2022
Elected officials to act for their benefit, not yours.
Elected officials to act for their benefit, not yours.
Elk Grove News readers know we report on contributions received by candidates and elected officials. When asked by a reader why the answer is simple.
01:00
April 30, 2022
Who can better judge a candidate than yourself?
Who can better judge a candidate than yourself?
A recent Twitter posting from a news editor offered an interesting thought, especially as it relates to political polling.
01:00
April 23, 2022
California State Senate District 8 candidate forum
California State Senate District 8 candidate forum
On Thursday, April 21st, The Women Democrats of Sacramento County, National Women’s Political Caucus of Sacramento, and the Capital Women’s Campaign sponsored a debate for the three candidates -all Democrats - for the California State Senate District 8. Those candidates are Angelique Ashby, Raffa Garcia, and Dave Jones. The format was changed to a town hall-style meeting because one of the candidates, Sacramento Vice Mayor Ashby was diagnosed with COVID just hours prior to the event. Rather than cancel the meeting, Ashby’s campaign manager Katie Nazlik spoke on her behalf. We wish the vice mayor a speedy recovery. The discussion was moderated by the chairperson of the Sacramento County Democratic Party, Ms. Traci Stafford. We have provided a list of the questions for a guide.  Towards the middle of the discussion Stafford’s voice did not record property, so the list of questions can provide a point of reference. There were five general topics covered in the forum Women’s issues Housing Climate Change Violent Crime And Equity In addition to the prepared questions, there were questions submitted by the audience. We have not included that recording as the audience questions were inaudible. We hope you find this recording useful as you determine how you will cast your vote.
58:30
April 22, 2022
Interview with Sacramento County District Attorney candidate Thien Ho
Interview with Sacramento County District Attorney candidate Thien Ho
This year Sacramento County Voters will elect a new District attorney. The next district attorney will be only the third elected to the position in 28 years. One of the candidates is Mr. Thien Ho, who has over years 20 years of experience with the Sacramento County District attorney's office. On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, we’ll hear more from Ho on a variety of issues. This interview was conducted on Wednesday, April 20.
22:00
April 20, 2022
An exercise in window dressing for parochial political purposes
An exercise in window dressing for parochial political purposes
Like most communities, Elk Grove has a growing population of homeless people. In response, the city has formed a homeless task force.
01:00
April 16, 2022
Ann Marie Schubert's K Street dilemma
Ann Marie Schubert's K Street dilemma
As Sacramento deals with the aftermath of the recent K Street shooting that left six dead, most of whom were innocent bystanders, the tragedy has created a potential pitfall for one office seeker. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we'll take a brief look at a possible dilemma Sacramento County District Attorney and California Attorney General candidate Ann Marie Schubert.
07:00
April 14, 2022
Elk Grove-based The Pace Project advocates for EGUSD students, employees
Elk Grove-based The Pace Project advocates for EGUSD students, employees
The COVID-19 pandemic has had countless effects worldwide. For a group of Elk Grove parents, the pandemic has led to their advocacy on behalf of Elk Grove Unified School District students One group formed called The PACE Project – Parents Advocacy for Change in Education – has advocated on behalf of student and employees in the Elk Grove School District. Originally focused on returning students to classroom instruction, the parents have expanded their efforts. On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast we have a discussion with The Pace Project founders Erin Sommers, Joel Boyd and David Phommavong about their efforts. This is the first in a series of discussions planned with PACE. This conversation was recorded in Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
27:00
April 13, 2022
Few are willing to bear the costs
Few are willing to bear the costs
Under duress, this week the Sacramento City Council approved a ballot measure requiring that 60 percent of the city’s unhoused be provided shelter or face lawsuits.
01:00
April 09, 2022
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly Candidate Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly Candidate Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen
In the June 7 California Primary, Elk Grove and Sacramento residents will vote for their 10th District California Assembly representative. There are five people vying to fill the open seat – One Republican and four Democratic candidates. On this four-part Elk Grove News Podcast series we are calling Hear What They Have to Say, we will interview four of those candidates. In this third edition, we speak with Democratic candidate, Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen. 
15:30
April 07, 2022
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly Candidate Mr. Eric Rigard
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly Candidate Mr. Eric Rigard
In the June 7 California Primary, Elk Grove and Sacramento residents will vote for their 10thDistrict California Assembly representative. There are five people vying to fill the open seat – One Republican and four Democratic candidates. On this four-part Elk Grove News Podcast series, we are calling Hear What They Have to Say, we will interview four of those candidates. In this third edition, we speak with Republican candidate, Mr. Eric Rigard.
22:00
April 06, 2022
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly candidate The Reverend Dr. Tecoy Porter
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly candidate The Reverend Dr. Tecoy Porter
In the June 7 California Primary, Elk Grove and Sacramento residents will vote for their 10th District California Assembly representative. There are five people vying to fill the open seat – One Republican and four Democratic candidates. On this four-part Elk Grove News Podcasts series we are calling Hear What They Have to Say, we will interview four of those candidates. In this first edition, we speak with Democratic candidate, the Reverend Dr. Tecoy Porter. 
13:30
April 05, 2022
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly candidate Eric Guerra
Hear What They Have to Say - California Assembly candidate Eric Guerra
In the June 7 California Primary, Elk Grove and Sacramento resident