The Game

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Peninsula TV’s show about local politics, sports, music, movies and more. Hosted by Mark Simon and Co-Host Kevin Mullin.

Airtimes:

MON / WED / FRI at 10 am & 2:30 pm
MON / FRI at 8 pm
SAT / SUN at 2 pm & 7:30 pm

The Game - 259 - Amy Buckmaster and Rosanne Foust
The Game - 259 - Amy Buckmaster and Rosanne Foust
Our Peninsula is in the midst of a booming economy. Why has it happened and will it last? We ask two of the community’s top business leaders. The Game is Business. The Game is on.

In just 10 years, an economic boom has transformed the Peninsula into an urbanized center of jobs and major employers intent on growing in place. The county has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, perhaps in the nation. Normally, this is good news, but along with this has come choking traffic and skyrocketing housing costs. Can we stand success?

And are we in danger of killing the boom? To understand how we got here, what we need to do to maintain the region’s economic health and how to manage all that comes with it, we’re joined today by two leading Peninsula business executives, Amy Buckmaster, President & CEO, Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, and Rosanne Foust, President & CEO, San Mateo County Economic Development Association (Samceda).
The Game - 258 - John Maltbie
The Game - 258 - John Maltbie
He has served the public for more than 30 years, including a quarter-century as the county manager of San Mateo County. John Maltbie reflects on the life and times of our county. The Game is government, The Game is on.

John Maltbie retires as San Mateo County Manager in November after 25 years in the job, a quarter-century that saw unprecedented, unexpected and dramatic change in the county and the job of county government. He is credited with an innovative approach to government he termed the Agile Work Force, along with a wide range of innovative social programs he implemented. As the county has grown, so has county government, extending its reach into every social issue, including homelessness, charter schools, health and reading.

When John Maltbie started as the San Mateo County Manager in 1989, the county budget was 473 million dollars and there were 4,560 people employed by the county government. The final 2018-19 budget he submitted to the board of supervisors was 2.7 billion dollars and the county had 5,528 employees – that’s a 480 percent growth in the budget and a 21 percent increase in the number of county workers.
The Game - 257 - Transportation
The Game - 257 - Transportation
There is one issue everyone agrees on: Traffic is terrible. We talk to two San Mateo county leaders who say something can be done about it. The game is transportation. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. This November, San Mateo County voters will decide on a half-cent sales tax increase that will direct money to a series of projects and programs intended to do one thing: make it easier for all of us to get around. Joining us to talk about this ballot measure are Dave Pine, President of the San Mateo County Supervisors, and Belmont City Councilman Charles Stone, who chairs the San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors. Thank you for joining us.
The Game - 255 - Crime and Punishment
The Game - 255 - Crime and Punishment
Immigration, the Opioid crisis, school shootings, police misconduct – the list of challenges facing law enforcement is more complex than ever. We tackle these issues and more with San Mateo County’s top law enforcement officials – Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The Game is Crime and Punishment. The Game is on.

San Mateo County is one of the safest counties in California with crime rates well below the state average. Even with that good news, we are not immune to the concerns we read and hear about almost daily – the fear in minority populations of a crackdown on immigrants, the growing crisis over opioid abuse, the fear our young people face from school shootings and a seemingly daily report of police abuse of authority.

Here to discuss these complex and difficult issues are the top two law enforcement officials in San Mateo County. Sheriff Carlos Bolanos was elected to his office June fifth after two years as the appointed sheriff. He has been in law enforcement for 37 years. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe was re-elected to his office June fifth without opposition. He was elected in 2010 and has served in the prosecutor’s office for 30 years.
The Game - 256 - Melissa Michelson
The Game - 256 - Melissa Michelson
The June 5 primary is in the books. Was San Mateo County’s all-mail election a success? And what does the voting tell us about what might happen in November? We crunch the numbers with political analyst Melissa Michelson. The Game is Politics, the Game is on.

The June 5 statewide primary election had a lot on its agenda -- San Mateo County was one of five to make history by conducting an all-mail ballot. Did it mean more voter participation? The top-two primary was supposed to be a sweep for Democrats, but it didn’t turn out that way.

We sift through the remains of the day with our own political analyst, Menlo College Political Science Professor Melissa Michelson, co-author of “Listen, We Need to Talk,” an examination of changing public attitudes toward LGBT rights.
The Game - 253 - Mary Hughes
The Game - 253 - Mary Hughes
A record-number of women are running for the U.S. Congress this year. Is 2018 a breakthrough year for women in politics? We ask a leader in this cause, Mary Hughes. The Game is Politics, The Game is on.

For well over a decade, Mary Hughes has been a leader in the effort to elect more women to office. A veteran political strategist and advisor to candidates for president, Congress and the Legislature, she founded Close the Gap CA, which recruits progressive women to run for office.
The Game - 254 - Superintendent Candidates for San Mateo County
The Game - 254 - Superintendent Candidates for San Mateo County
Who is going to lead San Mateo County’s schools into the future?​ The two candidates for the county’s top schools chief are here. The Game is Education, The Game is on. Low pay, long hours, achievement gaps – teachers face any number of difficult challenges and increased expectations to prepare our children for a complex economic and employment environment. Two candidates – Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell -- are running for the one office where all these issues come together – San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools. It is the only truly contested countywide race on the ballot. Nancy Magee is Associate Superintendent of Student Services in the County Office of Education, which means she is in charge of the direct programs that affect student life, including the complex issue of ensuring students are safe at school. Gary Waddell is Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services and Curriculum, which means he is responsible for ensuring schools carry out mandated state educational programs. Both have an extensive background in education and throughout the show, we’ll be putting up their campaign website addresses so you can learn more. Websites: https://www.vote4nancy.org http://www.garywaddell.org
The Game - 252 - Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
The Game - 252 - Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
Usually, he’s sitting right next to me, weighing in with thoughtful discourse and discussion, but this time, we’re putting him in the guest seat. Assemblyman Kevin Mullin talks about the local, regional and statewide scene. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

I’ve been proud to call him my partner on this show, but today we’re going to put him on the other side of the table. Assemblyman Kevin Mullin was elected to the office in 2012 and in 2016 was sworn in as Speaker Pro Tem, the second-highest-ranking job in the Assembly. He was a member of the South San Francisco City Council from 2007-2012. The son of Assemblyman Gene Mullin, Kevin is married to Jessica Stanfill Mullin and they recently welcomed the birth of twin boys, Liam and Landon.
The Game - 251 - Changing Attitudes Toward LGBT
The Game - 251 - Changing Attitudes Toward LGBT
In 2000, a state ballot measure banning same-sex marriage passed 61 to 32. In 2013, after a landmark Supreme Court decision, polling showed 64 percent of Californians favored same-sex marriage.

What caused such a dramatic reversal of a once-controversial issue? We talk to our friend, Melissa Michelson, about this sweeping change in public attitudes. The Game is public opinion. The Game is on.

Most of the difficult issues facing this nation – gun control, abortion, race relations, the death penalty – are immovable. But public attitudes and acceptance of same-sex marriage underwent an amazing turnaround. In 2000, voters approved Proposition 22, a ban on same-sex marriage by a margin of 61 percent to 32. In 2008, a similar measure, Proposition 8, also passed but by a much narrower margin of 52 to 48. By 2013, same-sex marriage was legal and public polling showed 64 percent of Californians supported it. What happened?

That’s exactly the question asked by political scientists Brian Harrison and Melissa Michelson. They set off to research why public opinion changed so dramatically and so swiftly.

The results of their work have been published in “Listen, We Need To Talk – How to change attitudes about LGBT rights.” And Melissa, a professor of Political Science at Menlo College, is here to talk about her book. We’ll also spend a Few Minutes with Kevin at the end of the show to catch up on his latest activities.
The Game - 250 - Housing in Brisbane
The Game - 250 - Housing in Brisbane
Throughout the Bay Area, everyone – residents, would-be residents, employers and leading elected officials – are crying out for a solution to the regional housing shortage. And many of them have decided Brisbane is standing in the way. The Game is housing, the Game is on.

It may be the sole remaining large parcel of Bay Area land available for housing – 600 acres of landfill and an old railyard in Brisbane. For more than a decade, the city has wrestled with what to do with this plot of land – contaminated, but vacant. Now, there is regional pressure to build housing there, and not just a little – enough to triple the population of a city that has long been described as tiny and sleepy.

Last month, the city council voted 5-0 to begin the process of putting on the November ballot an amendment to the city’s general plan that would allow for the building of up to 2,200 housing units, double the number that currently exists in Brisbane, and up to 4 million square feet of commercial development.

Citywide polling from 2015 shows that Brisbane voters feel mixed, at best, about the proposal, but state legislators and regional news outlets have been sharply critical of the Brisbane City Council for not considering a plan that called for 4,000 housing units.

Here to talk about this complicated and pressure-packed issue are Clarke Conway, Mayor of Brisbane, and City Manager Clay Holstine.
The Game - 249 - Special Edition: Millenials
The Game - 249 - Special Edition: Millenials
In another year, they will be the largest demographic group in America. They are Millennials and we’re devoting an hour to this rising and youthful tide. The Game is Millennials. The Game is on.

Welcome to a special edition of The Game. By the 2020 presidential election, they’ll cast more votes than any other bloc. They are Millennials and they are on the verge of dominating our politics the way they already dominate popular culture. What worries them? How will they change our economy and our workforce? Do they like their label?

Most researchers define Millennials as people born between 1981 and 1996 – so they range in age from 22 to 37. We’ve assembled a panel to talk about this increasingly important and dominant group.
We should note, while we are identifying our guests by their professional affiliations, they are here as individuals and are not speaking on behalf of or representing their employers. Joining us are:

•Jason Galisatus, Community Relations Associate at Stanford University, whose extensive background in public policy includes serving as a political consultant and as an intern in Nancy Pelosi’s office. He currently is co-chair of the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission and the Redwood City Downtown Association.

•Ashley Quintana, Public Policy Associate Manager at Facebook, who worked there previously as a Community Outreach Coordinator, a position she also has held at San Mateo County, working as a liaison in the heavily Latino community of North Fair Oaks. She is an advisory board member at the Spark Program and a board member at the Redwood City Library Foundation.

•Kevin Fong, District Representative for Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, with extensive background in the state Legislature, serving in a variety of roles for the state Assembly and state Senate in the Bay Area. He also has worked as a political consultant for a San Francisco firm.

•Christine O’Neal, the principal at O’Neal Coaching and Consulting, specializing on advising professional workers on how to maximize their career opportunities, talents and skills, with a particular emphasis on employees in the Silicon Valley job market. She also is founding director of the MOSA Group, which seeks to prepare young women for college and post-college. Her work has naturally exposed her extensively to Millennials.
The Game - 248 - John Maltbie
The Game - 248 - John Maltbie
Tease:
For nearly three decades, San Mateo County has been led by the steady, creative and thoughtful management of John Maltbie. But he’s retiring at the end of the year. We’ve got him here to talk about where he and the county are going. The Game is Government. The Game is on.

Intro:
Since 1989, San Mateo County has transformed from a quiet, suburban community to a very diverse economic powerhouse, but with an ever-increasing array of urban challenges – homelessness, a jobs/housing imbalance and unprecedented congestion- byproducts of that economic activity. But one constant through all these changes has been County Manager John Maltbie, who joins us on The Game.

After we talk with John, we will debut a new feature – a Few Minutes With Kevin. At the end of the show, we’ll turn Kevin from co-host to guest and take a few minutes to get his perspective and analysis on the latest political news here at home and in Sacramento.

But first, John Maltbie, who announced he is retiring at the end of this year, after 27 years leading the county government. As he steps down, the county has an annual budget of $2.82 billion and more than 5,500 employee positions. He served as county manager from 1989-2008, retired and was asked back by the county supervisors, first on an interim basis in 2011 and then permanently in 2012. This time he plans on staying retired.
The Game - 247 - The Local Economy and Women in the Workplace
The Game - 247 - The Local Economy and Women in the Workplace
The economy is booming, and all over the business world, male executives are imploding. We talk to two leading women leaders in our local economy about this and more. The Game is Business. The Game is on.

In the midst of an unprecedented economic boom, how is our economy changing, and who is being left behind? And what will be the impact of the startling revelations about the male misconduct in the workplace? To address both of these matters, we are joined by Rosanne Foust, President & CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, the oldest and leading business association in the county and Kitty Lopez, Executive Director of First 5 San Mateo County, which allocates money from a 50-cent tobacco tax toward programs dedicated to children ages up to 5 years old. First 5 spends about $7 million a year on programs for more than 3,600 families, services ranging from providing car seats and dental exams to helping parents prepare their kids for school.
The Game - 246 - Mary Hughes
The Game - 246 - Mary Hughes
The political landscape has been shaken with one revelation after another of misconduct by male elected officials toward women. Is this a watershed moment for women in higher office? We ask one of the nation’s leading advocates for the election of women to political office. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. I’m Mark Simon. We welcome back Mary Hughes, co-founder of the consulting firm Hughes & Co., and founder of Close the gap California, a campaign to achieve gender equity in the state Legislature by 2028 through the election of progressive women. We’ve had Mary on before to talk about this effort but now, it seems to be an issue with a new urgency.
The Game - 245 - A Jazz Interlude
The Game - 245 - A Jazz Interlude
That’s David Miller at the piano soon to be joined by Rebecca DuMaine on vocals. It’s a very special edition of our show tonight, a concert with two top jazz performers. The Game is Music, The Game is on.

That was Dave Miller on the piano and the musical stylings of Rebecca DuMaine on vocals. Welcome to a very special edition of The Game – welcome to you watching at home and to the studio audience that has gathered for this special concert. I’m Mark Simon and we are thrilled to be joined by two top jazz performers for an hour of music and conversation about music we all love so much. They’re going to perform some jazz standards, some lesser known numbers and we’ll spend some time talking about their love of music.

Guests:
-Dave Miller, Jazz Pianist
-Rebecca DuMaine, Jazz Vocalist
http://www.rebeccadumaine.com

Songs Performed:

Taking a Chance on Love (G)
by Vernon Duke

So Danco Samba (D)
by Jobim

You're Getting to be a Habit with Me (C)
by Harry Warren

Haven't We Met (Eb)
by Kenny Rankin

I've Never Been in Love Before (F)
by Frank Loesser

Yesterday (G)
by The Beatles

So Nice (D)
by Marcos Valle

Telephone Song
by Roberto Menescal

Lullaby of Birdland (Eb)
by George Shearing

Bonus Footage Link:
https://vimeo.com/247219809
The Game - 244 - Durst Case Scenario
The Game - 244 - Durst Case Scenario
Will Durst has the cure for PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder. The good doctor of political comedy is going to cure our ailments with that always-helpful medicine: Laughter. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

We’re on the verge of war with North Korea. Our president thinks Nazis are misunderstood. It seems like we’re just one tweet away from a constitutional crisis. For some reason, he’s mad at Puerto Rico for a hurricane. There’s only one thing left to do: Laugh. And if that’s what you want, go to The Marsh theater in San Francisco where our friend, and our nation’s premiere political comedian is doing an extended run of his new show: The Durst Case Scenario. Will Durst, welcome back to The Game.

Website:
http://WillDurst.com

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