The presidential season is already in full gear. The San Francisco Chronicle's senior political writer Carla Marinucci sits down in Oakland to talk about Donald Trump's chances, along with a survey of the entire field. Also, we chat about potentially the biggest race in the Bay Area in 2016, the congressional rematch between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. And, of course, you will never escape two poltical reporters bitching about the lack of access given by elected officials to the media. We do a lot of that on the East Bay's only weekly political podcast, The East Bay Citizen Show.
To some Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk may be one of the most enigmatic officials in the East Bay. In fact, he is one of the most interesting. This week, Quirk weighs in on the recent finale of The Bachelorette, pot legalization and the Iran nuclear deal now being debated in Congress. Quirk is expert on many things, including love, but, as a retired physicist, he once worked for the U.S. government on foreign nuclear weapons projects. In the news this week, the issue of a new stadium in Oakland for the Raiders is moving at a glacial pace, but city and county officials shouldn't be blamed for the inaction.
Seventeenth Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna is making another attempt at unseating Rep. Mike Honda. This week he lays out his strategy for making up the nearly four point spread from last year's November election. Khanna is also getting married this month and he reveals his secret campaign weapon--his fiancee. Also Alameda County's One Percent--DA Nancy O'Malley and the Board of Supervisors--faced a tough couple of weeks. Are they feeling the heat?
Eighteenth Assembly District member Rob Bonta sits down for an interview at Rock Wall Winery at Alameda Point. He spoke about his medical cannabis dispensary bill, legislation for Oakland, his favorite Oakland A's player and his future in politics. Later in the show, we look at the three-ring circus surrounding Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer following her infamous "white rice" incident with dignitaries from the Philippines and the headscratching that followed.
Coming August 10: Seventeenth Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna joins the show from Fremont.