Chapman University Law Professor and former Orange County supervisor chief of staff Mario Mainero discusses the controversies enveloping the county District Attorney’s office. The discord has fueled an election challenge to incumbent Tony Rackauckas from Supervisor Todd Spitzer. But many observers are pushing for an “outsider” to enter the race. Is Mainero the answer? He discusses the state of justice in OC and whether he’ll run for DA.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks with Rick Reiff about his run for governor of California, reflecting on his achievements as a mayor and taking a few jabs at Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is also running for governor.
Rick kicks off a new baseball season with ’90’s pitching phenom Ila Borders, only woman in modern times to win a game in professional ball. She discusses the struggles of being a sports pioneer, and the secret she hid until now. Rick also talks with Jean Hastings Ardell, Ila’s co-author on their new book, “Making My Pitch”; original Los Angeles Angel and “one-hit wonder” Dan Ardell and Whittier College professor and prolific National Anthem singer Joe Price.
GOP activist and lawyer Shawn Steel and professor and OCC teachers union chief Rob Schneiderman join Rick Rieff to discuss the Orange Coast College controversy over a professor’s classroom rant against Donald Trump that went viral.
Battle lines are being drawn as state and local officials ready for legal fights with the Trump administration on everything from immigration to marijuana to healthcare to global warming. What are the key flashpoints and is there room — on infrastructure spending, say — for compromise? Former California Attorney General and Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Orange County Register opinion editor Brian Calle and Lincoln Club director Clare Venegas discuss, analyze and debate.
Former Irvine Mayor Beth Krom looks back at her career with Rick Reiff talking about the battle against a regional airport in Irvine along with the challenges of the Great Park and life beyond public office.
Eric Beach, a Costa Mesa political consultant, tells Rick Reiff how he launched the Great America PAC to help get Donald Trump elected President. Beach gives an insider’s account of a wild election campaign and opines on why Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. He also discusses how his PAC will continue to promote Trump and his issues.
Voice of OC heads into court this week on a public records case spurred by Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s arrest of a man at a Wahoo’s restaurant last year. Meanwhile, there are more shake-ups inside Spitzer’s county office.