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.

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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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Connecting Californians: Expanding High Speed Internet

May 6, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted something many already knew before it struck last year – California needs to expand and improve high speed internet, or broadband, to everyone. Availability, Affordability, Devices and Digital Skills are just a few of the challenges facing Assembly Democrats as they work to close the digital divide and provide high speed internet to everyone. On the this episode of Look West Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon talks about broadband in California.

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Earth Day: A Greener Future

April 19, 2021

Learn about Earth Day and legislation authored by Assembly Democrats that can protect our environment.

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Vaccine Equity – Vaccinating All 58

March 23, 2021

As California works tirelessly to make sure everyone has access to vaccines, it is left to each individual county to determine how they are distributed. Listen in as Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula speaks with two local health experts Tania Pacheco-Werner, PhD, and Joe Prado about COVID-19 vaccine distribution efficiency and equity.

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International Women's Day - Women of the California State Assembly

March 5, 2021

Marked annually on March 8, International Women's Day is a global day of celebrating the social, cultural and political achievements of women. California continues to lead in the inclusion of women and their leadership. Meet some of the amazing leaders in the CA State Assembly: Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes, Chief Clerk Sue Parker and Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

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The State of Water

February 26, 2021

Water is an issue addressed by the California State Legislature every session. We had the opportunity to speak with Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, grassroots organizers Susana De Anda, Executive Director of Community Water Center and Michael Claiborne, Directing Attorney of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. Our guests discuss the complexity of water issue and how every aspect of it is related to affordability, accessibility, pollution, COVID-19, and climate change.

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Make A Plan to Get the Vaccine

February 16, 2021

The novel vaccines are on the cutting edge of science. While the technology has been studied for years, this is the first in-human use of this technology, so some are slow to say Yes to being vaccinated. On this episode Dr. Shirley Weber describes her experience receiving her vaccine. Plus - a conversation about the cutting-edge nature of the vaccine with Assemblymember Dr. Jim Wood and Nurse Practitioner Christy Sillman. Sillman has written about how she owes her life to "living at the cutting edge of science," and sees the vaccine as an extension of that.

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Roots and Heritage: Speaker Anthony Rendon

January 29, 2021

Get to know Speaker Anthony Rendon like never before. Join us as he shares how a son of Mexican immigrants came to be the Speaker of the CA State Assembly.

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Covid-19 Vaccines: Hope is Here

January 15, 2021

Hope is finally here. Listen to Look West as Dr. Elaine Batchlor and Dr. Jorge Reyno, experts from MLK Hospital in LA talk vaccines with Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, a former first responder. We also chat up two front line health workers who talk about their experiences with the vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

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New Laws You Should Care About

December 21, 2020

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, new laws are coming your way on January 1st. In this episode of Look West you’ll hear from the authors of legislation that will affect millions of Californians in 2021. Listen as Assemblymembers Eloise Gómez Reyes, Mike Gipson, Dr. Shirley Weber, Jacqui Irwin and Sydney Kamlager, and State Senator Richard Pan tell you about their laws regarding COVID-19, community immunity, protecting domestic violence and sexual assault victims, implicit bias, first responders and a task force on reparations.

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Your New Assembly Legislators

December 7, 2020

The Assembly Democratic Caucus will continue to be the most diverse majority in the history of the California State Assembly. Joining more than four dozen returning Democratic Assembly Members are five newly elected legislators: Steve Bennett (AD 37 – Ventura), Alex Lee (AD 25 – San Jose), Christopher Ward (AD 78 – San Diego), Lisa Calderon (AD 57 – Whittier) and Carlos Villapudua (AD 13 – Stockton). In this episode of Look West you’ll learn about their backgrounds, why they decided to accept public scrutiny of their lives and run for public office and what their top priorities will be as they begin their terms as Assemblymembers.