On this episode of WTF California, I chat with Sandra White who is a candidate for Antioch City Council in District 4. We recap the recent Antioch City Council meeting and how women should be speaking up against sexual harassment and sexual assault. She also pushes back against statements made by Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker regarding her involvement over the past two years in the city. She calls on Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe to resign, calls for an open process on hiring the next city manager and urges the release of the police body camera footage involving councilwoman Torres-Walker. We talk Antioch Police and how to improve public safety, improve traffic safety while going over the embarrassing staffing levels at city hall which include economic development and public works. We get into how to actually solve homelessness versus throwing money at it, rent control policy, cannabis and more as she aims to build a better Antioch.
On this episode of WTF California, I chat with Antioch City Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock, who basically got gerrymandered out of District 3. She is now running for District 4. We get into why she is seeking another term on the city council, public safety, economic development. She reiterates that she believes Mayor Lamar Thorpe should resign after sexual harassment claims. Believes they should move to an open and transparent process in hiring the city manager. We get into road safety, youth services, veterans, senior services and many other items.
For more information on Ogorchock, visit her on Facebook.
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Shawn Pickett who is running for District 4 Antioch City Council. As retired Richmond Police Lieutenant, we talk why he is running for city council from crime, lack of a code of conduct, city beautification, a need for safer streets and more.
This interview goes 90-minutes where Pickett says Mayor Lamar Thorpe should resign, the Antioch Police body camera footage in Tamisha Torres-Walker should be released and we talk comments made by Monica Wilson in a recent East Bay Times Article. He also calls for an open process in hiring the next city manager. He also talks about the need to work with Antioch Unified School District—is it a test score problem or a community problem. We close on what “building a better Antioch” actually means to him.
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Diane Gibson-Gray who is running for District 1 Antioch City Council. She said she is tired and fed up of how the city is being run and the divisiveness occurring--she says "enough is enough". We talk homeless hotel, city manager hiring, police department and public safety to school resource officers. She also says the city should be focused on mentoring with a hand-up approach versus a hand-out approach to programs and offerings. She also discusses the need for the city and Antioch Unified School District to work together while highlighting it will be hard to attract business and growth if the city doesn't clean up its image.
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Joy Motts who is running for District 1 Antioch City Council. We get into how the city is being run and if she agrees with the direction. Motts shares her thoughts on the hiring of a city manager and police chief. We get into where she is at with Mayor Lamar Thorpe and if she would vote with him 99% of the time again if elected. We get into homeless hotel and possible solutions, economic development, stop the divisiveness coming out of the council, economic development and the Beede Lumber Yard. We also talk a little bit about Celebrate Antioch Foundation.
For more information on Joy Motts, visit her at www.joymotts.org.
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Tony Oerlemans who is running for District 4 Brentwood city Council. He talks about why he is running for city council after being a Brentwood Police Officer and then going to San Francisco Police, including his thoughts on Antioch Police Chief Dr. Steve Ford. We talk about his thoughts on the Brentwood Police Department and how he would like to see more support to officers with a discussion on recruiting. He talks growth, supporting small business, open space overlay and how council meetings are being run.
For more information about Tony Oerlemans, visit him at www.facebook.com/Oerlemans4Brentwood
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Holley Bishop-Lopez who is running for Brentwood City Council, District 4. We get into the Freedom Rally and how she did it to support the opening of local businesses, we also clear the air on other items of interest as well. Holley explains how politicians are not listening to the public and how the country as a whole has gone from “we the people” to politicians with investors. She says she will bring a voice of reason back to the Brentwood City council to preserve Brentwood and provides her thoughts on public safety, building, economic development and more.
For more information about Holley Bishop-Lopez, visit her Facebook Group.
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Patanisha Davis Pierson who is running for Brentwood City Council, District 2. She talks about her background as an attorney and being a Pro Tem Judge with the Contra Costa County Superior Courts. She talks about the need to promote public safety, increase job opportunities, becoming a more collaborative community while also needing more beautification projects in District 2. We get into how council meetings are being ran into the early hours of the morning, the need for youth services and bringing more community resources to the area.
For more information: www,patanishapierson.com
On this episode of WTF California, a chat with Mark Duke, a candidate for Brentwood City Council District 2. He drops in to discuss why he is running for city council. Having lived in Brentwood for 15 years, he aims to bring a logical voice to the council. He co-founded and operated Little Scholars Preschool and employed over 10 people in Brentwood as well as serving as the Executive Pastor at The Rock of Brentwood for the past 10 years. We talk about a variety of topics from the behavior of the current city council, the supporting of local business, working with staff, public safety and growth.
On this episode of WTF California, Sinziana Todor, a candidate for Brentwood City Council District 2 drops in to discuss why she is running for city council. She regularly speaks out council meetings and the planning commission with a focus on growth and development urging for smart growth. We get into her ideas on PA-1, the police department. She shares her thoughts on the Planning Commission, youth services and a variety of other topics.
On this episode of WTF California, we kick off our 2022 election interviews with Brentwood District 2 candidate Brayden Haena. Recently graduating High School, Haena talks about why he is running for city council and his ideas on economic development, crime, homelessness and how council meetings are being ran. He also wants to see more done for the local youth.
On this episode of WTF California Podcast, Kenny and Mike have a chat with homelessness in the City of Antioch with Andrew Becker. This comes as the Antioch City Council just approved turning the Executive Inn into a homeless hotel. Becker, who has been advocating for shelter and services for homeless, discusses his journey the past two years, we talk solutions, future opportunities and we get into the Delta Fair proposal and in Contra Costa County. In this episode, we do find common ground on the issue of homelessness.
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We are back! California and local cities still have us going WTF. City of Antioch continues to make poor choices, City of Brentwood has gone socialist and now we have this idea that main stream media and lawmakers get to change the narrative on a recession. We also run down who has pulled papers for local elections in East Contra Costa County with a focus on Antioch. Meanwhile, Richmond resents to vote on rent control rates? We also rundown a bunch of state news and provide feedback. Claryssa Wilson calls in to talk about her upcoming Stuff the Bus Event in Antioch.
Tuesday Teaser: We release our interview with Andrew Becker who talks Antioch Homeless solutions.
Articles From the Show:
- Antioch Homeless Vote (insert link when posted)
- LA Public Health Agency Drops Threat of New Mask Mandate… For Now
- A look back: Video: Antioch Mayor Announces Hiring Program, Probation’s Partnership and Puts Property Owners on Notice
- 2022 Election: Who is Running in Local Contra Costa County Races
- Brentwood Agrees to Place Voter-Protected Open Space Overlay on Ballot
- Brentwood Announces Increased Penalties for Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana
- McKinney Fire in California-Oregon border explodes to 51,648 acres, evacuations ordered
- Judge strikes down San Francisco law allowing noncitizen parents to vote in school elections
- 13-year-old convicted of murdering Modesto food truck owner
- Woman killed, friend seriously injured by suspected DUI driver in Walnut Creek
- Richmond residents will vote on lower rent control rates in November
- Empire’ state? San Bernardino County developer pushes seceding from California
- Stockton, Caltrans partner to hire homeless for highway cleanup in city
- California court OKs death penalty in ’80s sex slave murders
- State worker collects $185,000 in unearned pay and benefits
- UCLA professor quits job, says 'woke takeover' of education 'intellectually corrupt'
- California is second-most broke US state
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In this episode of WTF California Podcast, we discuss how Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe continues to political grandstand at the dais versus actually helping people. Tuesday was a prime example of residents needing help and a city who had its act together could help--but the city council and staff is not competent to think to bring back the rental inspection program. Meanwhile, Anamarie Avila Farias, a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Education, calls for a 4th of July boycott. She should realize social media is sometimes not your friend. We touch on other issues across the state and give an update on our July show schedule while a listener brings us donuts.
Articles Referenced in the Show:
- Antioch City Council Meeting Video
- Antioch to use $1.8 million state grant to stem gun violence
- California school board member calls to 'boycott' July 4th
- 2 Oakland cops involved in deadly chase stripped of badge and gun, placed on administrative leave
- Two more women come forward with sexual assault allegations against Stockton police officer
- Defund LA County Sheriff? What's next for West Hollywood after voting to cut deputy funds
- California moves to limit where firearms may be carried and who can have them
- Give us a Break — From the Gas Tax
- Senate Democrats Reject Republican Effort to Fund Gas Tax Holiday
- CA lawmakers OK nearly $308 billion spending plan, including inflation relief payments
- California budget won’t cover out-of-state abortion travel
- EDD’s CalJOBS site has been down for several days. Here's why that's a big deal
- Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5 are spreading 'like wildfire,' becoming dominant strains in US
- Chesa Boudin may run again for San Francisco district attorney, he says
On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we discuss the Brentwood City Council removal of David Dolter from the planning commission. Stats are in showing surge in hate crime. Lawmaker proposes "Feather Alert" for missing or endangered Native American. Pleasanton man opens fire on thieves. Gun owner's personal information exposed in data breech. Meanwhile, San Leandro considers $20k retention incentive for police officers. Plus more.
- Anti-Black, Gay, Asian Bias Fuel California Hate Crime Surge
- California lawmakers propose ‘Feather Alert’ for missing or endangered Native Americans
- L.A. County Board of Supervisors vote to return Bruce’s Beach to Black heirs
- Pleasanton man opens fire on men trying to steal his SUV
- California gun owners' personal information exposed in data breach
- AB 2098: CA Doctors Who Spread COVID ‘Misinformation’ Risk Losing License to Practice
- 1 in 3 applications denied California rent relief money, thousands still waiting
- San Leandro mulls $20K in retention incentives for police officers, dispatchers
- CA law upheld requiring property owners to pay 1 month's rent to tenants being evicted
- La Cabana Restaurant In Sacramento Has It Liquor License Suspended After Investigation Into May 2021 DUI Crash
- Bill to Revoke Tax-Exempt Status of Nonprofits ‘Engaged in Insurrection-Related Offenses’ Advancing
- How student loan forgiveness would impact California
- Santa Cruz County implementing disposable cup fee in unincorporated areas
- Millbrae couple says city manager stopped construction of their backyard 'granny unit'
- Fireworks for sale despite drought-related fire dangers
- Bay Area guide to July 4 fireworks, festivities
On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we highlight how the Brentwood City Council is on a witch hunt to remove a planning commissioner and how out of line they are. Antioch Police report three shootings over the week. Meanwhile, City of Richmond tax is hurting businesses. Abortion constitutional amendment will be on November Ballot. SF Muni fatal shooting may have been self defense. CHP makes large fentanyl pills bust. Kenny discusses potential of a homeless Olympics. Great America might close in 10 years and Pittsburg High Quarterback Jaden Rashada selects Miami to continue career.
Articles From the Show:
- Brentwood City Council to Discuss Removal of Planning Commissioner
- Antioch Police Investigating Three Weekend Shootings
- Some Richmond businesses may leave the city because of huge Measure U tax bill
- California voters to decide on abortion-rights constitutional amendment in fall
- San Francisco police say an officer was arrested on suspicion of theft, fraud and forgery
- Attorney: Man involved in Muni killing shot in self-defense
- 19-year-old arrested after fatal sideshow-related crash in East Oakland
- $225,000 and counting: Contra Costa jails were hotbed for EDD fraud
- Here's How Much Money to Expect From California's ‘Inflation Relief' Payments
- Tulare County deputies arrest 2, seize thousands of fentanyl pills worth $750K
- Birds saved after allegedly being used for illegal cockfighting in Placer County
- Man sentenced after sex assault that special education teachers witnessed on Zoom
- Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg proposes 24/7 respite facility for unhoused residents
- These California laws take effect July 1
- California's Great America to Close in 10 Years
- Chevron Selling San Ramon Campus; Headquarters to Remain in California
- California's largest private landowner closes all forestlands to public indefinitely due to wildfire, drought danger
- Imperial Beach Pier to host drone show in place of fireworks
On this episode of WTF California, we touch on a couple local incidents over the weekend in the city of Brentwood and City of Oakley along with the protests over Roe vs. Wade. California seeking gas price relief are now being sold "inflation relief" with up to $1,050 for low income. We touch on other items across the state.
- 3 Dead After Train Strikes Vehicle on Orwood Road in Brentwood
- Update: Oakley Police Seek Stockton Man in Carol Lane Shooting
- California lawmakers reach a tentative deal to send families $9.5 billion in inflation relief
- California governor, lawmakers near deal on gas tax rebate
- California tax relief: What’s in the tentative deal
- Californians could get up to $350 in gas refund: tentative deal with Newsom, lawmakers say
- Newsom and Law Enforcement Labor Unions Agree on One-Time $1,500 Pandemic Bonuses
- As staffing declines, Contra Costa County labor unions push for better contract
- For years, one of Contra Costa’s most brutal homicides remained unsolved. Then a letter — addressed to police — arrived from prison
- LAPD arrest man accused of attacking officer with torch during abortion rights protests
- Man arrested after homophobic slurs, attempted assault towards Mountain View jogger
- The California native plants with the best chance of surviving drought
On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we talk about the SCOTUS decision to strike down New York gun law and the impact on California. Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia was correct in looking into costs of Orinda, Danville and Lafayette police services. More info comes out on the Antioch Police Department forums from this week -- including Kenny going on a rant about Mayor Lamar Thorpe always being late. Senator Steve Glazer makes great argument when discussing the now dead bill of involuntary servitude amendment which would have paid inmates $15 an hour.
- SCOTUS strikes down New York gun law, expected to allow more people to carry concealed firearms
- Orinda, Danville, Lafayette cost Contra Costa County $2M in police services
- California Senate rejects involuntary servitude amendment
- Bill to Encourage Schools to Teach Asian American and Pacific Islanders History Stonewalled
- Bill To Force CalPERS, CalSTRS to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies Dies in Assembly Committee
- Bonta, Hochman will face off in California’s AG race
- Fresno council members vote to increase their salaries
- San Bernardino dedicates 9 streets to city’s original police officers
On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we talk about how Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe continues to act like a child in public with those who disagree with him as shown at the Antioch Police forum last night. Antioch residents protest rent increases—we talk about why increases happen from a business side. San Jose Mayoral candidate wants to change early release policy for COVID-19. A list of worst run cities is provided by WalletHub. Feinstein wants to increase age to buy assault weapons while Kiley wants to do away with top 2 primary system. Plus more.
Articles From the Show:
- Antioch Residents Rally for Safe and Affordable Housing in Response to Egregious Rent Increases
- Another felony conviction dropped amid criminal probe of Antioch officers
- San Jose mayoral candidate seeks change to county jail's pandemic early release policy
- Investigators say fireworks caused Pittsburg wildfire that forced evacuations
- Fire Districts and Law Enforcement Caution Citizens on Fire Danger Related to Fireworks
- The worst-run cities in California: study
- Feinstein Introduces Senate Gun Bill Amendment Raising Age to Buy Assault Weapons
- Sacramento approves effort expanding city’s guaranteed income program
- Councilmember Sean Loloee to provide proof of residency history to Sacramento City Council
- Anaheim police searching for stolen U-Haul with autistic man inside
- Bill to Prohibit Selling Weight Loss Supplements To Minors Passes Sen. Committee
- Assemblyman Kiley Introduces Constitutional Amendment to End CA’s Jungle Primary
- LA City Council votes for $25 a Hour Wage Increase For All Private Hospital Workers
- Here’s how San Bernardino County plans to fight homelessness
- California’s white households get bigger property tax breaks than Black, Latino homeowners under Prop 13, study says
- Assembly Bill 2840 should be spiked by the Legislature
- County of Ventura spokeswoman arrested in suspected DUI hit-and-run
- Anaheim may be mayor-less until next election this fall
- Mission Viejo’s Entire City Council Might be up for Election This November
- Woman killed by lightning strike while walking dogs in Pico Rivera identified
- Paradise home becomes first in the U.S. to be designated a 'wildfire-prepared home'
On this episode, Danville robbery suspects meet wrong kind neighbor after gunfire exchanged. BART says heat played role in trains partial derailment. Pittsburg Police announce next police chief as Kenny & Mike get into a debate over police transparency. Care Courts move forward. Gun legislation moves forward as 10 republicans join democrats supporting background check and other restrictions. Plus more.
Articles From the Show:
- Captain Albanese Named Next Pittsburg Police Chief
- Neighbor exchanges gunfire with robbery suspects in Danville, police say
- BART says heat played role in train's partial derailment
- BART train derails between Pleasant Hill, Concord stations, forcing evacuations
- Gov. Newsom’s mental health court plan advances amid worries
- Senators reach bipartisan compromise on gun violence bill
- Senators have agreement on gun violence bill, lead Dem says
- Lawmakers push for more transparency from social media companies
- State recovers over $1B in unemployment funds from inactivated cards
- Manteca residents getting new water restrictions
- You gotta pay to see greatness: Why it costs so much more to see some California sports teams than others
- These are the lowest-earning counties in California
- Demand for adjustable-rate mortgages surges, as interest rates make biggest jump in 13 years
- The Golden Age of travel is over
- Free Fishing Day: Fish license-free in California on July 2