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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Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage

June 20, 2019

Each year the California State Assembly holds a special ceremony to highlight the achievements of people in the Asian Pacific Islander communities. In this episode of Look West, Assemblymember David Chiu talks with a Michelin star chef from Oakland (James Syhabout), the screenwriter of Crazy Rich Asians (Adele Lim) and the first Asian American to host a cable network news program (Richard Lui).

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The vote for 17-year-olds – Learn about ACA 4 from the two Mullins

June 10, 2019

Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4 is a measure to allow 17 year olds to vote in the primary if they are 18 by the general election. It is an effort to increase civic participation among young people and to encourage interest in the electoral process for a lifetime. The idea has been around for more than 30 years and was first introduced by former Assemblmember Gene Mullin. At that time, although, it received a majority of votes, he could not receive the 54 needed for passage. Today, with youth even more involved and an atmosphere more conducive to the idea, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (Gene’s son) has reintroduced the idea as ACA 4. Listen to the story of the idea from the two Mullins and hear what today’s students think of the idea as well.

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Farmworker Housing

May 28, 2019

On this episode of Look West, Assemblymember Robert Rivas sits down with civil and labor rights leader Dolores Huerta. Together, they discuss how California’s Housing Crisis is negatively impacting farmworkers and their families. Rivas’ legislation, the ‘Farmworker Housing Act of 2019’ hopes to address the issue.

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Genocide Education

May 21, 2019

On this episode of Look West, Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian and Laura Friedman, Holocaust survivor Ruth Wildorff, and descendants of genocide survivors Vanndearlyn Vong, Nora Hovsepian, Esq., and Mihran Toumajan discuss why genocide education is so important.

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Offshore Drilling and Environmental Justice

April 25, 2019

On this episode of Look West, Assemblymember Monique Limón sits down with EDC’s Linda Krop and CAUSE’s Lucas Zucker at the site of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill - the largest spill in California’s history. They discuss the different roles of the coastal environment and why it continues to be so important to fight for environmental justice, especially here in California.

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Equity in Film: Latino Representation

April 18, 2019

On this episode of Look West, Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon sits down with the creators and cast of the film, “El Chicano” to discuss the challenges Latino productions face in the film industry and how the California Film Commission’s Tax Credit Program empowers filmmakers to prioritize diversity.

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Prevention & Justice

March 5, 2019

On this episode of Look West, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer links up with the folks of Ear Hustle Podcast and hears from the inmates at San Quentin State Prison on the subject of trauma-informed care, a revolutionary concept in youth justice, and how it could play a role in preventing at-risk youth from offending again.

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TRAILER: State of the State 2019

February 20, 2019

On this episode of Look West, Governor Gavin Newsom outlines his plans for California, and some Assemblymembers offer insight on issues like education, water high speed rail and more.

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New Laws for California in 2019

December 18, 2018

On this episode of Look West, kid reporter Elena hits the streets of Sacramento to find out what people know about the New Laws coming in 2019.  Elena shares some of the changes surrounding Homemade Food Sales, the Straw Ban, Election Transparency and more.

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Look West Goes Back To School!

August 30, 2018

On this episode of Look West, Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva, Patrick O’Donnell, Jose Medina and Blanca Rubio remember their times as teachers, and what it was like to go Back To School!  They share stories about what led them to teaching, the mentors that inspired them and talk about some of the challenges they faced from the classroom to the Capitol.