The WTF California Podcast
An Interview with Ken Carlson Candidate for Contra Costa County County Supervisor

An Interview with Ken Carlson Candidate for Contra Costa County County Supervisor

May 26, 2022

On this episode of WTF California, we interview with Ken Carlson, who is a councilmember at the City of Pleasant Hill, is a candidate for Contra Costa County Supervisor. We talk about a variety of issues from public safety, housing, economic development and environmental issues. Plus more

Per his website:

Ken’s been getting it done for our community for over 30 years. He attended Mountain View Elementary in Concord and Pleasant Hill Middle and High Schools. Proud Eagle Scout with Walnut Creek Troop 820. Ken learned at an early age about giving back. His grandfather, James Moriarty, served Contra Costa as a county supervisor. His mom, a registered nurse, cared for our most vulnerable at Hospice of the East Bay. Ken joined the Concord Police force where he served for 29-years working as a neighborhood patrol officer and crisis negotiator to help keep our families and community safe.

In 2012, Ken’s neighbors elected him to the Pleasant Hill City Council, where he served as mayor and vice mayor. He made history as the city’s first openly gay councilmember, and got the job done when he delivered a new library and park, upgraded our roads, and chaired the Council’s Economic Development subcommittee to bring new jobs to our community.

Today, Ken is running for Contra Costa supervisor because, now more than ever, we need leaders who get it and have the experience and results to get it done for Contra Costa-like tackling our housing crisis, jumpstarting our stalled economy, and delivering a cleaner, more sustainable environment.

Campaign issues:

  • Fix the housing crisis - by working with local leaders to find commonsense housing solutions that work for our community so all Contra Costans, regardless of income, have access to safe affordable housing
  • Make public safety priority #1 -  so all families feel safe in Contra Costa and deliver appropriate social reforms
  • Help our economy recover - from the pandemic by cutting red tape for small businesses, investing in business development, and incentivizing hiring local workers so our teachers, nurses, and firefighters can afford to live where they serve.

  • Fight climate change and promote a more sustainable county - create an action plan to protect the Delta and our water supply, and fight for commonsense solutions that mitigate wildfires and sea level rise.

For more on Ken Carlson, visit him at: www.kencarlson.vote

Another School Shooting, Antioch Council Meeting Recap and School Resource Officers

Another School Shooting, Antioch Council Meeting Recap and School Resource Officers

May 25, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we highlight the root of all problems is the human behavior not the tool used such as any weapon. We react to President Joe Biden's comments, Golden State Warrior coach Steve Kerr and Bay Area Law Enforcement promising increased patrols around schools. We advocate for student safety and SRO's.  In Oakley, Alexis Gabe reward increased to $100k, more affordable homes coming to Bay Point in Contra Costa County and we talk Antioch City Council Meeting. Plus more.

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Newsom Claims NIMBYism Ruining State, Oakland’s Dumb Business Tax and Monkeypox

Newsom Claims NIMBYism Ruining State, Oakland’s Dumb Business Tax and Monkeypox

May 24, 2022

On this episode of WTF California, we highlight how on one hand Governor Gavin Newsom is saying NIMBYism is destroying the state because he wants more housing but on the other hand he is saying we could see mandatory water cuts--he is a hypocrite. We talk gas prices, LGBTQ+ parade boycotts, Livermore plans treatment facility with an actual plan while judge dismisses an ADA lawsuit. Meanwhile, Oakland proposing a terrible progressive tax on businesses which could go on the ballot. Finally, we talk social media addition bill and monkey pox.

Self-Defense Shootings, Contra Costa DA Race Heating Up and Businesses Fed Up

Self-Defense Shootings, Contra Costa DA Race Heating Up and Businesses Fed Up

May 23, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we highlight how we are seeing more self-defense shooting of criminals including tow locally over the past week. We touch on the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Race and how something doesn't smell right with the charges on Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and the timeline of pending charges and filing after Mary Knox campaign releases public records request letter. Campaign launched by businesses against retail theft and property crimes. We touch on bill that would open up police radio traffic to the public. Plus more.

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Rules for Thee Not for Me in Contra Costa, Big Cities Seek Cops and Elon Musk

Rules for Thee Not for Me in Contra Costa, Big Cities Seek Cops and Elon Musk

May 20, 2022

On this episode of WTF California, Mary Knox campaign releases statement on why Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton has yet to take action on Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpes DUI as its now been more than 60-days. We recap a busy night in the City of Brentwood and City of Oakley. San Francisco and Los Angeles are now asking for more money for police. Some political corruption going on in Anaheim per FBI. San Diego seeks to cap vacation property rentals and Elon Musk goes Republican and now sexual misconduct accusations the next day.

 

Knox vs. Becton, Freedom of the Press and Police Officers Mental Health

Knox vs. Becton, Freedom of the Press and Police Officers Mental Health

May 19, 2022

 On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we highlight the Contra Costa County District Attorney Race after a debate in Antioch last night between Diana Becton and Mary Knox -- video on our Facebook page. We get into a bizarre social media post by Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe threatening to take action against bloggers, podcasters and self proclaimed journalist. We remind the mayor there is something called Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and court decisions.  We highlights how San Jose Police Chief proposes 7-pointr plan for department reform while California Legislative Analyst warns of budget shortfall as early as next year after Governor Gavin Newsom's Proposed Budget.  Plus more.

 

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An Interview With Katherine Piccinini, Write in Candidate Against DeSaulnier

An Interview With Katherine Piccinini, Write in Candidate Against DeSaulnier

May 18, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we interview Katherine Piccinini who announced that she has filed paperwork with the Contra Costa Elections Division and is certified as an official Write-In Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 10th District race in the June 7th Primary Election.

The 10th Congressional District was recently changed due to re-districting and now includes much of Contra Costa County, including Oakley, Brentwood, parts of Antioch and Central Contra Costa County as well.

If she gets enough voters to write her name on the June ballot, it will appear on the November ballot. She is challenging US Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

Antioch Mayor Continues to Deflect, Be American and F Racism

Antioch Mayor Continues to Deflect, Be American and F Racism

May 17, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast we call out Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe for who he truly is which is not bipartisan and is the great divider and problem profiteer. This comes after a press conference where he claims to be afraid of local media and fears they will cause another Danville or Buffalo situation. We urge people to get off the race card and all racial divisions and overtones. Homeless numbers are in and with all the funding and money thrown at the problem, homelessness is up. Another hit piece in the media on police K9’s while judge rules law requiring women on corporate boards unconstitutional.

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Criminals Take Over Antioch Streets, California Budget Gone Crazy and Other Stuff

Criminals Take Over Antioch Streets, California Budget Gone Crazy and Other Stuff

May 16, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we discuss how City of Antioch leadership has created an environment that is inviting to criminals and side show enthusiasts. While Antioch may claim zero tolerance, we have been down that path before and little has changed. Oakley Police announce cell phone cover of Alexis Gabe has been recovered. 1 dead and 5 injured in California Church Shooting. We talk Governor Gavin Newsom's budget plan which includes record surplus. We highlight his inflation budget relief package. Gas prices back above $6 in Contra Costa County. Did you know they are working to lower standards to become a District Attorney Investigator? Meanwhile, what Attorney General Candidates are saying about Smash and Grab crime and organized looting.

A Conversation with Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich

A Conversation with Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich

May 13, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we are joined by Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich. He joins us to speak about what is currently going on within the District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of District Attorney Diana Becton. He speaks about moral being down and the office has lost 50 attorneys since Becton was elected. We talk about how in this campaign, Mary Knox is the DA candidate who is for the victims, not the criminal. We talk about integrity, perjury, plagiarism and qualifications needed in the DA’s office. We get into a ton of stuff!

Antioch Community Robbed in Recall Effort, Contra Costa County Tidbits and Gun Rights

Antioch Community Robbed in Recall Effort, Contra Costa County Tidbits and Gun Rights

May 12, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we provide insights of the fraud that occurred at the end of the recall attempt for Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and it appears they did have enough signatures to place the recall on the ballot. We get into some Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor actions and three cities could lose its Sheriffs contract under proposal by Supervisor John Gioia. San Francisco now looking at low level police stops. Gun rights advocates get win with court ruling under-21 gun sales ban is unconstitutional. More homeless spending--including City of Antioch.

Fire Bugs Caught in Contra Costa, Water Police Force Coming Soon and Han Solo

Fire Bugs Caught in Contra Costa, Water Police Force Coming Soon and Han Solo

May 11, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we give kudos to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District investigators for multiple arson arrests over the weekend. We talk Elon Musk and how Twitter could be leaving not only the Bay Area, but California. The water cops could soon be in place while EBMUD ads 8% surcharge for just turning on water.  Plus a bunch of other random stuff from across the state. 

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Oakley Police Chief Dips Pen in Company Ink, Traffic Stops Matter and Soft on Crime Must Stop

Oakley Police Chief Dips Pen in Company Ink, Traffic Stops Matter and Soft on Crime Must Stop

May 10, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we discuss how documents reveal why the City of Oakley parted ways with Chief Dean Capelletti who had allegations of sexual harassment and accused of lying to investigators. 7 year-old injured in freeway shooting, San Francisco continues to be soft on crime, San Jose seeks military equipment and we talk college being expensive. With drought and low water levels, we even bring up Jimmy Hoffa while Black Lives Matters Patrisse Cullors denies wrong doing in $6 million LA compound.

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Gas Tax Rebate Fumble, Antioch Mayor Under FFPC Investigation and John Gioia’s Online Nuisance

Gas Tax Rebate Fumble, Antioch Mayor Under FFPC Investigation and John Gioia’s Online Nuisance

May 9, 2022

On this episode of WTF California, we highlight how the state is screwing over California drivers by delaying its gas rebate checks until October. Berkeley should unimagine its public safety and begin putting funds back into the police department. Antioch Herald reports FPPC investigating three complaints against City of Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe. Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia’s opponent is a little off with keyboard commando threats—public should support Gioia in this election. We agree its nice to see landlords suing Alameda County over its COVID eviction moratorium. Meanwhile, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is apparently ripping off campaign ideas from his opponent Lance Christensen. Plus more.

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An Interview With Antioch Resident Mark Jordan

An Interview With Antioch Resident Mark Jordan

May 6, 2022

On this episode of WTF California, we talk with Antioch resident Mark Jordan who has successfully sued the city of Antioch multiple times and has won. We get into how he got involved in watching the city, the hiring of the city manager, the unqualified interim city manager. We talk real estate and Section 8 in real life scenarios including impacts of rent control--Mark also points how Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tamisha Torres-Walker have provided no plan, just a couple press conferences. We talk redistricting and the fiasco that has gone on and what it might take to change it--which includes a councilmember stepping up.  He highlights the impact on Antioch Police services and withholding items requested. In terms of community pride, Jordan questions if community pride can ever recover and we discuss if the council has tried to actually unite or divide--meanwhile, Jordan drops a history lesson on Antioch and how the history narrative by Mayor Lamar Thorpe is wrong.

Newsom’s Culture Wars While Antioch Mayor’s Vendetta Enters Juneteenth Event Planning

Newsom’s Culture Wars While Antioch Mayor’s Vendetta Enters Juneteenth Event Planning

May 5, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, Governor Gavin Newsom urges manufactured outrage in culture wars while City of Antioch continues down the petty brick trail. We highlight how under the new city manager, the mayor and recreation an event was taken away from an event organizer all in the name of "bigger and better". In response, the Juneteenth event has been moved to City of Brentwood. We highlight multiple court decisions regarding police officers in Alameda as well as Richmond Police. Plus, much more including 32-hour work week bill and sports betting makes ballot.

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Roe vs Wade Creates Manufactured Outrage for Mid-Term Elections

Roe vs Wade Creates Manufactured Outrage for Mid-Term Elections

May 4, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we highlight regardless of where you stand on Roe vs. Wade, lets be clear that this leak was aimed as a giant distraction from how poorly things are going in this county. From the economy, inflation, gas, crime and more, this was leaked to build a voter base ahead of mid-term elections.  Murder charges filed in Sacramento shooting. San Jose police could get random drug and alcohol testing, Killings up in Los Angeles and we give an update on Gas Prices from around the state. Plus, a little Top Gun 2 plug on May the 4th.

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Transparency Starts With Contra Costa DA, Roe vs. Wade and California Population Drops

Transparency Starts With Contra Costa DA, Roe vs. Wade and California Population Drops

May 3, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we ask where is the Contra Costa County District attorney's report on the Angelo Quinto Case since everyone is asking for transparency about the Antioch Police Department. DA's office is intentionally withholding the document.  We wonder how in the world a document is leaked out of the US Supreme Court and could overturn Roe vs. Wade. California Population drops. City of Pittsburg approves sideshow ordinance. BLM leader removed from mayoral debate in Los Angeles. We also applaud a Sacramento business owner for blocking off a street to prevent homeless camping and crime.  Finally, this concept of shared home pods is now in the Bay Area. Plus more.

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Cherry Season Returns, Antioch Orchestrated Outrage and Freeway Shootings

Cherry Season Returns, Antioch Orchestrated Outrage and Freeway Shootings

May 2, 2022

On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we highlight cherry season has began in Brentwood and use caution on the roadways We talk freeway shootings and CHP closure rate. Meanwhile, the Antioch Police Department is back in the news after a orchestrated press conference and protest while KPIX did sloppy reporting merging multiple unrelated items as if they were one.  Chico may have figured out a model for dealing with homeless. Don't order LSD on the internet. Meanwhile, Bill redefining gross negligence for high speed, sideshows, reckless driving moves forward as Wealth Tax and Pay to Play bills fail. Gilroy Garlic Festival to return afterall.

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An Interview With Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen

An Interview With Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen

April 29, 2022

On this episode of the WTF California Podcast, we have a chat with Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen. We touch on everything from staffing levels, state of being a police officer to dealing with rhetoric out there. Hansen gets very direct on homeless issues and state laws that are impacting communities--Sacramento politics are in the way of actual solutions. We touch on school resource officers and their importance for school safety. Hansen explains the militarization of police and his thoughts. What is being done with safety in the parking garage in downtown Brentwood. Traffic safety and dealing with sideshows. He also highlights a recent arrest in downtown Brentwood plus more.

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