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Ken Houston was born and raised in Oakland. He still calls the city home. Houston is a project manager in construction and longtime community advocate. He’s running for mayor, but doesn’t call himself a mayoral candidate.

Philosophy Talk: The Ethics of Debt

Oct 12, 2018

When is the burden of debt so great that it becomes immoral?


On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, Mother Jones’ award winning investigative reporter Shane Bauer joins us to discuss his new book American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment.  

Nancy Sidebotham is a tax preparer and long-time Oakland resident whose been involved with the community for decades. She ran for city council numerous times. This is her second go at running for mayor.

Berkeley Proposition O: Affordable Housing

Oct 11, 2018
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The cost of rent is on the rise in Berkeley. This is making it hard for low and middle income residents to afford to stay in the city.

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This spring, civil rights attorney Pamela Price lost the race for Alameda County District Attorney. Her name is on the ballot again, this time for mayor of Oakland.

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If you live in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Sobrante, and Kensington, listen up. You’ll be voting on Measure FF this November.


  Every Wednesday until Election Day on November 6th, Your Call will host a special second hour at 11 a.m. Each week Rose Aguilar and guests will discuss California's crucial races, propositions, and regional measures.

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Marchon Tatmon was 16 when he took a class trip to our nation’s capital and down south to where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. That experience inspired him to be a public servant. Now, he works for a nonprofit called Building Futures that houses homeless families.

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Affordable housing is on the ballot everywhere this election, and wine country is no exception.

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Measure A is about the renewal of a one-eighth cent sales tax increase in Santa Clara County, keeping most of the county’s total sales tax at 9%.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll mark Indigenous People’s Day by rebroadcasting our conversation with historian Benjamin Madley, author of An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873.

Philosophy Talk: White Privilege and Racial Injustice

Oct 5, 2018

Is it a privilege or a right to be treated as you deserve to be?



On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we mark the 17th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. According to the UN, more than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in 2017, and the number is expected to be even higher this year. What’s in store for the future of the war torn country?

 

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Cat Brooks is an activist and actress. She was a major voice in advocating for Oscar Grant. Brooks is the executive director of the Justice Team Network, which is an organization that helps people who are victims of state violence and criminalization.

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In the upcoming November election San Mateo County will consider a half-cent transportation sales tax, also known as Measure W.

Oakland Proposition W: Vacant Property Tax

Oct 4, 2018
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Measure W is a vacant property tax in Oakland, aimed at reducing homelessness and illegal dumping.

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Four years ago, Libby Schaaf won Oakland’s election for mayor. Since then, the city has experienced major changes, from a rise in homelessness to a tech and real estate boom and winning NBA championships. Mayor Schaaf is campaigning for re-election and is up against nine other candidates.

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Voters around California are weighing dozens of ballot measures that would impose taxes on marijuana businesses in different cities and counties. Oakland’s Measure V is unique, however, because it could lead to lower tax rates for marijuana businesses.

 

Every Wednesday until Election Day on November 6th, Your Call will host a special second hour at 11am. Rose Aguilar and guests will discuss California's crucial races, propositions, and regional measures.

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The city of Oakland is in the midst of a big election. There are ten people in the race for mayor. One of them is Cedric Troupe. He’s a swim coach and has a custom integration business where he designs multimedia systems.

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It’s election season and the Oakland mayor’s race is underway. Ten candidates are vying for the big city position. As in past elections, KALW will bring you interviews with all the mayoral candidates.

San Francisco Proposition E: Hotel Tax for Cultural Purposes

Oct 1, 2018
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San Francisco’s Proposition E would redirect a fraction of the city’s hotel taxes to support the arts. The Board of Supervisors unanimously put this measure on the ballot, and it wouldn’t require a tax increase.  

 

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Proposition D is known as the Marijuana Business Tax Increase. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors put the measure on the ballot to add another tax onto cannabis businesses operating in the city.


On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing today's hearings and what support is available to sexual assault survirors.

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There's been a lot of debate recently about how tech companies should handle our data, and whose job it is to regulate it. San Francisco's Proposition B, also called the Privacy First Policy, is one approach to the problem. It aims to protect people from having their personal information abused by companies.

 

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Proposition C would create an additional tax on San Francisco businesses with gross receipts, or revenue, of more than $50 million a year to fund homeless services.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the allegations of two women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

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If you were asked to name a piece of San Francisco infrastructure that’s still in use after over a hundred years, what would you guess? The Golden Gate Bridge? Coit Tower? Nope! But if you guessed the Embarcadero Seawall, you’d be correct!


On this edition of Your Call, former investment banker Nomi Prins discusses her new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World.

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