Category: Podcast

  • #75: CSEA President Josh Isenbarger Talks Job Layoffs at Antioch Unified School District

    #75: CSEA President Josh Isenbarger Talks Job Layoffs at Antioch Unified School District

    On this episode, ahead of layoff notices, I chat with Josh Isenbarger who is the president of the CSEA in Antioch for the Antioch Unified school District (Classified Employees). Due to budget cuts, they are anticipating layoffs all while leadership at the teachers union is requesting a 2% raise. Isenbarger highlights how they hope teamwork […]

  • #74: Trevor Frey Talks Refinancing, Mortgage Interest Rates, Forbearance and More

    #74: Trevor Frey Talks Refinancing, Mortgage Interest Rates, Forbearance and More

    On this episode, I chat with Trevor Frey, a loan officer, at Supreme Lending in Brentwood. We get into some industry news and talk about mortgage interest rates, getting a loan, and a variety of other topic around the mortgage lending process. 00:54 – Intro 02:30 – comparison from 2008 to present, what is the […]

  • #73: Jennifer Fink on Alzheimer’s and COVID-19

    #73: Jennifer Fink on Alzheimer’s and COVID-19

    On this episode, I chat with Jennifer Fink of Fading Memories, an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support show, where we talk about dealing with Alzheimer’s during COVID-19 and how to navigate these times. She reminds people its important to build a team you can rely on, find a way to get a break and importance of keeping […]

  • #72: Seana Fippin Chats About Brentwood Strong

    #72: Seana Fippin Chats About Brentwood Strong

    On this episode, I chat with Seana Fippin who was one of the creators of Brentwood Strong serving the residents of Brentwood with food delivery and assisting seniors. Brentwood Strong is a grassroots effort to help our senior citizens that are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 health crisis. Their goal is simply people helping people […]

  • #71: Rotarian Shares Trip to Africa to Volunteer Only to be Forced Back Under Travel Ban

    #71: Rotarian Shares Trip to Africa to Volunteer Only to be Forced Back Under Travel Ban

    On this episode, I chat with Tirrell Muhammad of the Antioch Rotary Club traveled to Africa and was forced to come back early due to the travel ban. He explains the work he was doing for the Rotary International with the International Vision of Volunteers and what Africa was like. He then gets into having […]

  • #70: Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dana Eaton Provides Update

    #70: Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dana Eaton Provides Update

    On this episode, I chat with Dana Eaton, Superintendent of the Brentwood Union School District who walks us through what has been going on in the District since the Shelter-in-Place began. We get into variety of topics from parents trying to teach, distance education, learning loss, the digital divide and what school could look like […]

  • #069: Ken Turnage Talks Creation of Business Association, City of Antioch Issues

    #069: Ken Turnage Talks Creation of Business Association, City of Antioch Issues

    On this episode, I chat with local business owner Ken Turnage II who is working to form a Business Alliance group to advocate for better treatment of businesses, advocate for better policy and work on solutions that benefit economic development.  We also touch on a variety of other issues facing the City of Antioch, its […]

  • #068: East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Talks Fire Response During COVID-19 Pandemic

    #068: East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Talks Fire Response During COVID-19 Pandemic

    On this episode, I chat with East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Ross Macumber about the fire districts responding during COVID-19. We talk about a variety of things around what is being done in connection with the virus. We also get into how there are fewer car crashes, but they are larger incidents. […]

  • #067: Brentwood Police Chief Talks Community Policing During COVID-19

    #067: Brentwood Police Chief Talks Community Policing During COVID-19

    On this episode, I chat with Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen about how the police department is dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on community policing. We get into a variety of topics from police response, the stay-at-home directive, essential business vs. non-essential to other topics. iTunes Direct Link: Click here Google Play Direct […]

  • #066: Wolfgang Croskey Talks Helping Local Business in Response to COVID-19

    #066: Wolfgang Croskey Talks Helping Local Business in Response to COVID-19

    On this episode, I chat with Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce CEO Wolfgang Croskey about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting business owners. We chat about how Pittsburg launched the Support Now Shop Later Program. We get into business promotion and marketing, and what programs are available for small business. More importantly, we chat about how […]

  • #065: Diane Burgis Talks Contra Costa County Response to COVID-19

    #065: Diane Burgis Talks Contra Costa County Response to COVID-19

    On this episode, I chat with Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Diane Burgis about the county response to COVID-19. Burgs talks about the progression of the virus in the county and how the Bay Area came together for an identical policy, importance of shelter in place and walking the line between health versus economy. […]

  • #064: Joel Bryant Talks City of Brentwood Response to COVID-19

    #064: Joel Bryant Talks City of Brentwood Response to COVID-19

    On this episode, I chat with Joel Bryant, Vice Mayor of the City of Brentwood, who shares what Brentwood is doing in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Bryant discusses how he has transitioned from a skeptic of the virus and its impact to someone who wants to do everything possible to protect the health of […]

  • #063: Sean Trambley Talks About His Campaign for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor in District 5

    #063: Sean Trambley Talks About His Campaign for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor in District 5

    On this episode, I chat with City of Martinez Planning Commissioner Sean Trambley who is running for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor in District 5 against Federal Glover and Gus Kramer. For those looking for an alternate candidate against Glover, Trambley could be that candidate as he says the Board of Supervisors needs some […]

  • #062: Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn Talks Brentwood Measure L

    #062: Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn Talks Brentwood Measure L

    On this episode, I chat with Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn on their proposed development in the City of Brentwood which has become Measure L where they would build 2,400 homes (80% being 55+ active living) while preserving open space with Save Mount Diablo. We get into what this project would accomplish, dispel some of […]

  • #061: Seth Adams of Save Mt. Diablo Talks Brentwood Measure L

    #061: Seth Adams of Save Mt. Diablo Talks Brentwood Measure L

    On this episode, I chat with Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo on Brentwood Measure L. Adams is Land Conservation Director for Save Mount Diablo. In 1988 he was the East Bay organization’s first staff. He focuses on advanced policy, land use, and advocacy; government relations; acquisition projects; and educational and media programs. Brentwood Measure […]

  • Episode #060: Claryssa Wilson Talks School Supply Giveaway in Antioch

    On this episode, I chat with Claryssa Wilson, 18 of Antioch, who is hosting her 7th Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Giveaway on August 3 at the Somersville Towne Center Mall in the City of Antioch. We not only talk about the growth of her school supply giveaway event, but we talk about the […]

  • Episode #059: Steve Aubert Talks Fire Prevention and 4th of July Fireworks

    Episode #059: Steve Aubert Talks Fire Prevention and 4th of July Fireworks

    On this episode, I chat with Steve Aubert, who is the Fire Marshal for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. We get into fire safety and what a fire marshal actually does. We talk about illegal fireworks, fireworks and how they start fires, a firework Take Back Event Program, zero tolerance on fireworks and […]

  • Episode #058: Male Youth Empowerment Program with Antioch Rotary

    Episode #058: Male Youth Empowerment Program with Antioch Rotary

    On this episode, I chat with Tirrell Muhammad of the Antioch Rotary Club about the Male Youth Empowerment Program with the Antioch Unified School District. We are joined by the Kings Conference Leaders which include Antioch High School Vice Principal Stephon Cartwright and teacher Timothy Mays. We get into the Kings Program and how it […]

  • Episode 057: Antioch Chamber CEO Talks Somersville Economic Opportunity Plan and More

    Episode 057: Antioch Chamber CEO Talks  Somersville Economic Opportunity Plan and More

    On this episode, I chat with Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO Richard Pagano on the recent approval of the Somersville Economic Opportunity Plan in collaboration with Saint Mary’s College. We get into its benefits and what might be achieved. We also get into Opportunity Zones and those benefits for developers. Pagano also shares what the […]

  • Episode 056: Angela Lowrey Talks Communication

    Episode 056: Angela Lowrey Talks Communication

    On this episode, I chat with Angela Lowrey who is the Public Information Manager for Delta Diablo where she was just named the states Communicator of the Year for 2019 from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). We talk about why it is so hard to communicate these days, especially from local governments […]

  • Episode 055: Joe Canciamilla Chats County Elections and Much More

    Episode 055: Joe Canciamilla Chats County Elections and Much More

    On this episode, I chat with Joe Canciamilla who is the Clerk-Recorder and Registar of Voters for Contra Costa County. Canciamilla began his career in politics at age 17 when he ran for election on the Pittsburg School Board and won. Today, he is working to increase voter turnouts, make it as easy as possible […]

  • Episode 054: A Chat on Impact of California Gun and Ammo Laws

    Episode 054: A Chat on Impact of California Gun and Ammo Laws

    On this episode, I chat with Hugh Henderson, a former law enforcement officer and Fire Chief on his new career in firearms at Hook, Line and Sinker. We focus on impacts of California Firearm and Ammunition laws impacting firearm enthusiasts—especially the July 1, 2019 deadline on ammunition. We also talk about promoting gun safety and […]

  • Episode 052: Jennifer Fink Talks Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    Episode 052: Jennifer Fink Talks Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    On this episode, I chat with Jennifer Fink who launched a podcast called Fading Memories, an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support show. We get into how and why she started it, including being on this journey for 20-years with her mom. We get into community groups available for support, the Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia Dogs, GPS tracking for […]

  • Episode 051: Erika Hewitt Talks Fitness and Nutrition

    Episode 051: Erika Hewitt Talks Fitness and Nutrition

    On this episode, I interview Erika Hewitt, a health and fitness mentor. I actually found her while cruising on Instagram one day and was impressed with her use of social media in promoting her business and ability to storytell. We get into what got her into the health and fitness industry after working in the […]

  • Episode 050: Lynn Mackey of the Contra Costa County Office of Education

    Episode 050: Lynn Mackey of the Contra Costa County Office of Education

    On this episode, I chat with Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Superintendent of Schools, Lynn Mackey. We tackle many things going on in education from Career Technical Education (ROP) cuts to the teacher shortage. We get into the Sandy Hook Promise being rolled out in Contra Costa County and the idea of ALICE […]

  • Episode 049: Antioch Police Officer Association President Steve Aiello

    Episode 049: Antioch Police Officer Association President Steve Aiello

    On this episode, I chat with Steve Aiello, president of the Antioch Police Officers Association. We get into Measure W and the intent that was promised by the Antioch City Council as it was sold to residents and if it has the potential of becoming a bait and switch. We talk about crime and how […]

  • Episode 048: Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis

    Episode 048: Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis

    On this episode, I chat with Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Diane Burgis who is recovering from open-heart surgery and is set to return to Board of Supervisor Meetings in April. On February 25, she had her aortic valve replaced. She talked about her road to recovery and what she has been up to […]

  • Episode 047 – Kish Rajan Talks California Recycling Crisis

    Episode 047 – Kish Rajan Talks California Recycling Crisis

    On this episode, I chat with Kish Rajan of Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery in Concord where we talk about the California Recycling Crisis. He began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer. He is […]

  • Episode 046: Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen

    Episode 046: Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen

    On this episode, I chat with Brentwood Police Chief Tom Hansen who shares that crime was down 11% in Brentwood in 2018. He came on the podcast to talk about their upcoming Traffic Safety Campaign which has a slogan of “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine”. We get into traffic issues, how important communication […]

  • Episode 045: Congressman Jerry McNerney

    Episode 045: Congressman Jerry McNerney

    On this episode, I chat with Congressman Jerry McNerney on a variety of issues facing the United States, but we kick it off by talking about if Washington DC is really as crazy as the media portrays it. We discuss McNerney’s accomplishments, what he hopes to achieve in the remainder of his term. We talk […]