Capitol Weekly Podcast: Bob Stern on behested payments

We are joined today by Bob Stern, one of the authors of the The Political Reform Act of 1974, and a former counsel for California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. We asked him about Behested Payments – the practice isn’t illegal, but strict reporting rules do apply.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: LA politics update with Fernando Guerra

Our guest this episode is Professor Fernando Guerra, who teaches political science at Loyola Marymount University and founded the Center for the Study of Los Angeles in 1996. He joined us to talk about Los Angeles’ mayoral contest, the Mark Ridley-Thomas situation and the significant changes redistricting may bring to some council districts.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: What next for the United Farm Workers?

This summer, the legislature passed AB616, the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act, a bill to expand options for organizing agricultural workers. To the surprise of many – including bill sponsors the United Farm Workers – Gov. Newsom vetoed the bill. In this episode Giev Kashkooli, the political and legislative director for the UFW, speaks with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster about these setbacks, and about the UFW’s plans for the future.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: California’s Mental Health Crisis

On October 6, 2021 Capitol Weekly presented a conference featuring live panel discussions and presentations via Zoom, examining the topic “California’s Mental Health Crisis.” Each of those presentations is presented here as an episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast.


Capitol Weekly Podcast: SB9 and Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Unit, image courtesy of United Dwelling

A little-discussed impact of SB9 is that it helps homeowners finance new construction on their property without tying up the equity in their existing home. We’re joined today by Steven Dietz of United Dwelling, an LA-based housing builder leading the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) industry with the most rental units built in California.

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