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One of the powerful statewide elected officers many voters have never heard of is the State Controller—who pays the bills and has the authority to audit other state departments. Democrat John Chiang is termed out and we’ll hear from the candidates to replace him: Republican Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno, and Democrat Betty Yee, who’s on the State Board of Equalization.

Also, Saul Gonzalez reports on taxpayer subsidies for the hydrogen car.

Banner Image: Republican Ashley Swearengin (left) and Democrat Betty Yee (right) are competing for the title of State Controller in this November's election.

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Kareem Maddox

California’s Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose? 16 MIN, 20 SEC

The State Controller is elected statewide as California’s chief financial officer—ensuring that the budget is spent the way it’s supposed to be and that the state’s bills are paid on time. The Controller also can audit other state agencies and sits on no less than 81 boards and commissions, including the Franchise Tax Board, the Coastal Commission, the Lands Commission and the Board of Equalization.

Ashley Swearengin is the two-term Mayor of Fresno. She is the Republican candidate for State Controller. Betty Yee is a member of the California Board of Equalization, and is the Democratic candidate for State Controller.

Guests:
Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno (@MayorSwearengin)
Betty Yee, California Board of Equalization (@bettyyee2014)

Can Hydrogen Cars Go Mainstream? 8 MIN, 20 SEC

We’ve all seen plug-in electric vehicles on the roads of California. Now the State is promoting another zero-emission vehicle: the hydrogen car. Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on a network of hydrogen filling stations. But even some environmentalists are asking if California is succumbing to hydrogen hype.

Saul Gonzalez reports for KCRW.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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