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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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.

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Assembly Democrats Continue the Fight Against Gun Violence

June 9, 2022

Gun violence is rampant in many places in the United States, even in California. Recent mass shootings have sent an emotional wave of sorrow and pain throughout the country. In the wake of the recent gun violence, Assembly Democrats are continuing to fight back against the gun violence with eight pieces of legislation – just this year alone. Assemblymembers Mike Gipson, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Phil Ting, Kevin McCarty, Buffy Wicks, Steve Bennett, Brian Maienschein and Jesse Gabriel authored the legislation. In this episode will hear from them and others as the Assembly held an emotional discussion on the day after the Texas School shooting.

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Let's Talk Abortion: Lessons from the Pink Bus

June 2, 2022

Roe v. Wade guaranteed every woman the right to an abortion. On May 3, 2022, a leak of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade shattered the nation. Protests erupted to fight for reproductive rights while states moved to either protect or destroy abortion access once the official decision is released. California, long an abortion sanctuary, is stepping up to provide low-income, vulnerable and out of state communities with abortion access. Today, we are joined by California Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and Planned Parenthood of California President Jodi Hicks to discuss California’s legislation and resources for this fight.

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The AAPI Equity Fund – What it is, Why it’s needed, Who it helps

May 26, 2022

May is AAPI Heritage month and this year its also the first anniversary of the AAPI Equity Fund – which was created to assist Community Based Organizations fight back against a rising tide of anti-AAPI hate crimes. Assemblymember Phil Ting – who led the effort to create the AAPI Equity Fund – explains why the State Legislature approved the funds, how the money is being spent and what more needs to be done. Plus - Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Executive Director of the AAPI Equity Alliance, tells us about the CBOs working to stop AAPI hate.

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Meet the Newest Assembly Democrats - Mike Fong, Lori Wilson and Matt Haney

May 10, 2022

The CA Assembly Democratic Caucus continues to grow and change. Three new Members have joined the Caucus recently. Today we’ll get a chance to meet new Assemblymember Lori Wilson, who was the first black female to serve as a Mayor in Solano County. Assemblymember Matt Haney, a former county supervisor from SF and mental health advocate. And Assemblymember Mike Fong from the San Gabriel Valley, who spent most of the last decade working for community college students as a Trustee in the L.A. Community College District.

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California – A Reproductive Rights Sanctuary

May 5, 2022

More than two years ago California designated itself a sanctuary for reproductive rights with the passage of a resolution written by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks. She and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and Planned Parenthood’s Stacy Cross met to discuss the reason such a designation was needed. Their conversation about the possibility Roe V Wade would be overturned appears to have been right on point. Virtually everything they said two years ago seems to be coming true. Let’s listen in again.

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Ukrainian Resistance Inspiring Californians

April 1, 2022

California is home to the largest concentration of Ukrainians in the United States. Many, like Ukrainian-American House founder Vlad Skots, still have family in Ukraine. In this episode of Look West Skots tells us what its like to have bombs falling on your homeland. And, Assemblymember Steve Bennett says the courage of the Ukrainian people is an inspiration to everyone who loves democracy. He explains what actions the State Assembly has taken to support the Ukrainian people.

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Trans Kids Are Our Kids

March 24, 2022

This episode features a poignant conversation between Assemblymember Alex Lee and Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton because trans rights are under new attacks across much of the country. It started with keeping kids out of sports and bathrooms. Now, states are classifying parents who seek healthcare for their trans and gender non-conforming youth as child abusers. California’s State Legislature has set out to create a safe haven for LGTBQ youth, including those who identify as trans and gender non-conforming.

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Safe Storage Saves Lives

February 28, 2022

Assemblymember Laura Friedman talks with her guests about her bill AB 452, which would require schools to inform students' parents or guardians each year about California’s safe storage laws. Look West also catches up with Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, a teacher and school board trustee, whose district has already implemented a plan to notify parents of safe storage requirements.