Today we start by reviewing Gov. Jerry Brown’s 13th State of the State Address. Brown’s focus since the California recession has been fiscal discipline. Next, an inside look at the turmoil going on within the California Coastal Commission. Some members are calling for the firing of the commission’s executive director. After that, #OscarsSoWhite redux. Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of the Oscars this week. Comedy duo ‘Frangela’ joins us to give their perspective on the issue. Then, Brian Knappenberger talks about his new series on surveillance in the digital age. Finally, our usual web roundup with Xeni Jardin.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Since Gov. Jerry Brown took office, he’s been focused on fiscal discipline And that continues to be the name of the game, though the state has seen revenue of $6 billion above expectations. But the state also has some liabilities to pay off – almost $220 billion of it in retirement and pensions. And Brown did say that one thing the state has to spend money on is infrastructure. Joining us to give perspective on the state of the state is John Myers.
The California Coastal Commission could lose its executive director, Charles Lester, if certain pro-development members of the commission have their way. It’s essentially history repeating itself as the last executive director was also the butt of a failed ouster. The reason for the coup? A years-long battle between the pro-development faction and conservationist faction.
Steve Blank, Former California Coastal Commissioner
Earlier this week, Jada Pinkett Smith put out a video on YouTube calling for a boycott of the Oscars ceremony. That’s because #OscarsSoWhite has been a prevalent issue with the lack of minority nominees for the awards for many years in a row. In 2015 there was no dearth of movies with highly talented actors of color, including “Straight Outta Compton,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Creed” and “Concussion.” None of these movies were nominated by the Academy, and that’s certainly led to a call for change, if not a boycott. Some people think the boycott idea is ridiculous because there are other, more important issues at hand involving people of color.
Ashley Yates is a young Black Lives Matter activist. She’s also known as @BrownBlaze on Twitter and has nearly 30,000 followers. But even she was shocked when she went from Missouri to New York City for a protest and police officers recognized her. That’s when Yates realized the police were tracking her on social media. That experience is documented in a new series about when surveillance in the digital age goes too far. The executive producer of the series tells us more.
Truth and Power
On our latest Web roundup with Xeni Jardin: We cover a new TV series that looks at the things people do on the Internet that they don’t want others to see. It’s called “Dark Net.” We’ll also discuss Nielsen using social media to evaluate ratings, Apple being the world’s most valuable company, and the most commonly hacked passwords of 2015. You might want to consider changing your password if it’s “123456” or “password.”
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