Look West: How California is Leading the Nation

Look West provides a personal view of the California leaders representing you in the State Assembly. Tune in while these elected officials, influential leaders, and the general public provide a unique perspective on different issues affecting California, and learn more about the actions we’re taking to help lead the nation into a brighter future. This podcast is brought to you by the Assembly Democratic Caucus team. Inquiries or questions, contact Deputy Director of Communications, Maria Neider

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DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on Look West are solely those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of the Democratic Office of Communication and Outreach or the Assembly Democratic Caucus.
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Climate Change and California’s Transportation Future

December 1, 2022

Studies clearly show climate change will require California to reinvent the state’s transportation systems and infrastructure. And, that means how you get from one place to another will change dramatically in the not-so-distant future. In this episode of Look West we’ll take a trip into California’s transportation future with two of the driving forces in the State Legislature, Transportation Committee Chair Laura Friedman and Electric Vehicle legislation author Assemblymember Phil Ting.

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Pulling Plastics from the Pollution Pipeline

November 22, 2022

Getting single use plastics out of the pollution pipeline has been one of the most contentious issues in the State Capitol for decades. Now, thanks to efforts by Assemblymember Luz Rivas, State Senator Ben Allen, the Natural Resources Committee and a host of others, groundbreaking legislation has put California on path to pull plastics from the trash bin. In this episode of Look West Assemblymember Rivas, Elizabeth MacMillan and Matthew Montgomery take us in the room where the negotiations took place to craft this new law that California needs.

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Assemblymember Ramos Forms Native American Legislative Caucus

November 10, 2022

For the first time in California’s history there is a Native American Legislative Caucus in the California State Legislature. Led by Assemblymember James Ramos, the first California Native American to be elected to the State Legislature, the Caucus will focus on educating all of California about the state’s First People and advocating for the advancement of California’s native tribes.

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Majority Leader Reyes Brokers Deal on Medical Malpractice

October 27, 2022

MICRA, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, was put in place in 1975. Since then, stakeholders have been battling over its cap on noneconomic damages for medical malpractice. Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gomez Reyes brought the stakeholders together with AB 35, ending the decades long fight. Reyes sat down with Lisa Maas, Executive Director of Californians Allied for Patient Protection, and Craig Peters, President of the Consumer Attorneys of California to talk about the significant compromise that ended the MICRA war.

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AB 540 – Generations of Learning

October 12, 2022

On October 12th, 2001 a new law was signed and, over the next 21 years, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people were changed for the better. AB 540 was the official title and it became shorthand for allowing undocumented students to pay in state tuition. The signing of AB 540, by then Governor Gray Davis, eliminated a huge financial roadblock. This is the story of AB 540 and why it’s just as important today as it was 21 years ago.

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COVID Today – What You Need to Know

August 18, 2022

Assembly Democrats have been working with state and local health experts since the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to keep Californians informed and safe. The pandemic has NOT ended but COVID is not the same as it was when it first appeared more than two years ago. In this episode of Look West we get the latest information from Assembly Health Committee Chair Jim Wood, UCSF Doctor Robert Wachter and UCLA School of Public Health Dr. Shira Shafir.

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Keeping Democracy Safe in California

July 21, 2022

While voters rights are being battered in some states California continues to work to expand and improve the voting experience. From increasing outreach, especially to young voters, to mail-in ballots and recall reforms, Assembly Democrats are insuring your votes are easy to cast and accurately counted. Assembly Elections Committee Chairman Isaac Bryan sits down with Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber and Assemblymember Marc Berman to discuss the state of democracy in California.

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It’s Ruff Without Rights and We Need Them Right Meow

July 7, 2022

Pets are people too. At least, that’s how many families feel about them. And while most pet pawrents love their furry friends as if they were human, not all know how to properly care for them. Assemblymember Miguel Santiago wants to change that. His bill, The Dog and Cat Bill of Rights, would inform dog and cat owners on the rights, needs and wants of their pet. We visited the Assemblymember’s Pet Wellness Fair in Los Angeles to talk to him, volunteering organizations about their pets and proper animal care and pet pawrents about their love for their furry family members. 

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Meet the Newest Members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus

June 28, 2022

The California State Assembly Democratic Caucus has welcomed two new Members. David Alvarez and Tina McKinnor took the oath of office just recently in front of a large crowd of family and friends in the State Capitol. Assemblymember Alvarez now represents San Diego’s 80th District and Tina McKinnor is now the Assemblymember for the 62nd District in Los Angeles.

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California Water: Mitigating the Drought

June 16, 2022

In this episode, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon talks with Look West about the legislative efforts to mitigate the drought and about what Californians can do in their everyday lives to help conserve water. This is an episode in our ongoing California Water series, in which we explore some of the many complexities of this vital resource. From water accessibility, to climate change and urban and rural perspectives, we continue to highlight the many layers beneath the surface.