Category Archives: City Visions
City Visions Conversation With Gov. Brown Senior Adviser Ken Alex, Tonight At 7pm

Pretty much everything boils down to land use, at one level or another. Certainly housing and office development is traditionally within that sphere, but so is energy development, when we think about siting new transmission lines or solar farms. Even electric vehicles involve permitting and siting public charging infrastructure.

Tonight on City Visions, KALW 91.7 FM, I’ll talk with Ken Alex, Governor Brown’s senior adviser and director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), which helps the state set land use policy. We’ll talk transportation, housing policies, water, and climate change. And beyond local government matters, Ken also helps the state with its international climate efforts like the Under 2 MOU.

Tune in or stream at 7pm tonight, and please send in your questions or comments for Ken to address on the air.

UPDATE: audio available here.

Tech’s Gender Problem: Tonight at 7pm on City Visions, KALW 91.7 FM

The tech industry is dominant in the Bay Area.  Its products and services have already changed so much of our lives on a daily basis, while its growth has changed the commuting and physical landscape of the region.

Yet the industry has lagged on key markers of equality, particularly gender equity.

Tonight at 7pm on City Visions, I’ll moderate a panel asking about the efforts tech companies are making to open their doors to more women.  Will these measures prove effective? And where they lead, will other industries follow?

My guests will include:

  • Elizabeth Ames, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alliances and Programs at the Anita Borg Institute

  • Carissa Romero, Partner at Paradigm, a strategy firm taking a data-driven approach to helping companies to build stronger, more diverse and inclusive organizations

  • Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO of Blendoor with an engineering degree from Stanford and an MBA from MIT

Tune in on local public radio KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco or stream live.  You can also call or email with your questions.  Hope you can join the conversation!

UPDATE: Audio is now here.

Trump’s Environmental Policies And The Bay Area: City Visions Tonight At 7pm On KALW 91.7 FM

The Trump Administration has been hostile to environmental protections in both rhetoric and policies, arguing that rules to protect clean water, air and public lands have undercut our economy.  The president has signed rollbacks of environmental regulations and proposed a budget slashing funds for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other environmental programs.  Meanwhile, tomorrow promises to bring a new executive order to unwind President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce pollution from the electricity sector, and to  ease restrictions on coal extraction on public lands.

How will these policies affect the San Francisco Bay Area — and beyond?  What will the future be for programs like bay restoration, regional transit improvements, and state policies to boost clean cars?

To discuss these questions, I’ll be moderating a panel tonight at 7pm on City Visions, on local public radio KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco.

My guests will include:

  • Jared Blumenfeld, former regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama
  • Anne Notthoff, Director of California Advocacy, San Francisco and Sacramento, for the National Resources Defense Council
  • Michael Wara, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford University

Tune in or stream live and call or email with your questions!

UPDATE: archived audio is now available.

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How Will Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Affect The Bay Area? Join City Visions, Tonight At 7pm, On KALW 91.7 FM

With the Trump Administration escalating deportations and expanding enforcement  beyond serious criminals, how will these policies affect the San Francisco Bay Area — and beyond?  What does it mean to be a sanctuary city?  And what options are available for protecting residents?

To discuss these questions, I’ll be moderating a panel tonight at 7pm on City Visions, on local public radio KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco.

My guests will include:

  • Sheryl Davis, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Grisel Ruiz, staff attorney in San Francisco with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Sandy Valenciano, statewide coordinator for the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Tune in or stream live and call or email with your questions!

Restoring Trust In The Media In The Era Of “Fake News”: City Visions Tonight At 7pm, KALW 91.7 FM

America’s trust in the media is at an all-time low.  As the media environment fragments and political leaders, including the president, routinely disparage the press, what are the consequences of a weakened media for our democracy? What can the press do to restore trust?  And how should Americans evaluate the news going forward, to stay informed and engaged in our political process?

Join me tonight at 7pm on City Visions, KALW 91.7 FM for a discussion on this issue.  My guests will include:

  • Sally Lehrman, director of the Journalism Ethics Program and the Trust Project at Santa Clara University
  • Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and professor at the School of Information at University of California, Berkeley
  • Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Communications at Stanford University, former Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post, and chief diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News in Washington

And if you can’t access the airwaves, anyone with wifi can stream the broadcast here.  Please email or call in with your questions for the show!

What Is The Future Of U.S. Democracy? Join City Visions Tonight At 7pm, KALW 91.7 FM

The new president sworn in last Friday caps one of the most tumultuous presidential election campaigns in our country’s history. Amid allegations of foreign interference, proliferation of “fake news,” gerrymandering, voter restriction laws, government investigations of the candidates and their advisors, and leaked emails, Americans trust in government and the media is at an all-time low.

Yet trust in these institutions and in a free and fair election is a bedrock principle of our democracy.  With declining confidence in this system — and its vulnerabilities on harsh display in this last cycle — what is the future of democracy in America?

I’ll host a discussion on this question tonight at 7pm on City Visions, KALW 91.7 FM.  My guests will include:

  • Yascha Mounk, lecturer on Government at Harvard University, a Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America, and a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund
  • Paul Pierson, the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

For those outside of the Bay Area, you can stream the broadcast here.  I hope you can join and bring your questions to the show!