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Media Roundtable: CA's Budget Deficit, West Coast Port Shutdown & The Power Of Police Unions

Protesters at Lafayette Square on May 30, 2020

  On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing California’s $54 billion budget deficit. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed billions in cuts to a wide array of social services if the state doesn’t receive a federal bailout.

Later in the show, we'll discuss plans by dockworkers to shut down West Coast ports in memory of George Floyd and the power of police unions. According to The New York Times, a single New York City police union has spent more than $1 million on state and local races since 2014.


Laurel Rosenhall, reporter covering California politics for CalMatters

Daniel Boguslaw, writer and researcher

Noam Scheiber, reporter covering labor and workplace issues for The New York Times

Web Resources:

CALmatters: California’s no-bid contracts for pandemic supplies reveal collapsed deals, untested vendors

CALmatters: Assembly to Newsom: Don’t count on feds to rescue California from deep budget cuts

The Nation: Dockworkers to Shut Down West Coast Ports in Memory of George Floyd

The New York Times: How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.