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 - 301 - San Mateo County and Covid-19
The Game - 301 - San Mateo County and Covid-19
Guest: Rosanne Foust, President & CEO, San Mateo County Economic Development Association Replay of live virtual interview 2020.05.21
The Game - 300 - San Mateo County response to Covid-19
The Game - 300 - San Mateo County response to Covid-19
Guest Mike Callagy
The Game - 299 - LIVE with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
The Game - 299 - LIVE with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
We are pleased to welcome Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, speaking to us from her congressional district. She recently co-authored a proposal called the Stockpile Inventory Modernization Act, which seeks to modernize and update the Strategic National Stockpile of personal protective equipment and drugs and to ensure that in the future these resources will be available to meet a national emergency.
The Game - 298 - Update with Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
The Game - 298 - Update with Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
Re-airing a "live" update with Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
The Game - 296 - Carl Guardino
The Game - 296 - Carl Guardino
In the last two decades, Silicon Valley has exploded, dominating the world’s economy
and our region.

Carl Guardino has been at the center of that explosion. He’s here. The Game is Silicon Valley. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

It’s the most influential private organization in the region, perhaps the state and the nation. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group has gained that stature under the direction Carl Guardino, who has been president and CEO for more than 22 years. And in that time, Silicon Valley has exploded as a dominating industrial powerhouse, at the center of our economy and, some say, the problems that plague our region.

Carl Guardino joined the Leadership Group as vice president from 1991 to 1995, and assumed the role of president and CEO in 1997. With his leadership, the region has passed three regional ballot measures that have resulted, among other things, in the BART extension to San Jose, financial support for Caltrain and its electrification project and countless other transportation and infrastructure projects. He also co-created the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, which provides support to new homebuyers, and the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which has raised more than $9 million for local charities.
The Game - 297 - March 3rd Primary Election Preview
The Game - 297 - March 3rd Primary Election Preview
We preview the March 3 in advance of our live Election Night Coverage here on Peninsula TV. Our political expert Melissa Michelson is here. The Game is politics. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. For the first time in decades, California is in the middle of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. And the Peninsula is ground zero for one of the hottest state Senate races.

We’re going to talk about all that and more with our resident political analyst, Melissa Michelson, political science professor at Menlo College. And on Election Night, all three of us will be here live with insights analysis and all the results locally, statewide and around the nation as we cover the March 3 primary. We’ll have special guests, special features and we’ll be the only place to focus on the races that affect you directly.
The Game - Show 295 - Herb Perez
The Game - Show 295 - Herb Perez
There may be no more controversial item on the ballot than the election in Foster City to recall Herb Perez. He’s here. The Game is recall politics. The Game is on.

I’m Mark Simon. Welcome to the Game. My partner, Kevin Mullin, is on assignment.

Herb Perez was elected to the Foster City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He is termed out at the end of the year. Nonetheless, a group of residents launched a successful petition drive to recall him. Foster City voters will vote yes or no on whether he should be forced out of office, and then decide between two candidates, Patrick Sullivan and Jon Froomin.
The Game - 294 - The Foster City Recall
The Game - 294 - The Foster City Recall
Political turmoil in Foster City. The Game is recall politics. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. I’m Mark Simon. My partner, Kevin Mullin is on assignment. Never mind the presidential primary or the race for the 13th Senate District seat. The most heated campaign in the March 3 election is in Foster City, where voters will consider whether to recall Herb Perez from the City Council.

Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, Perez was scheduled to leave office at the end of this year due to term limits. But his critics and opponents couldn’t wait the remaining months. Late last year, they submitted enough petition signatures to put his recall on the ballot.

We’ll be talking to Stacy Jimenez, and we were scheduled to talk to Herb Perez as late as last night, but this morning he texted to indicate he would not be participating.

A sign was posted -- a company by a man in a ski mask, who told the police he intended to have this sign posted around the town -- it lists and shows a drawing of a man in a business suit with a long nose like pinocchio and a long list of essentially things that this individual who is not yet identified indicated he thought were examples of misleading statements or lies by Herb Perez. So he opted not to participate, he said at least in part out of the concern for the impact this was having on his family. We're sorry, we were looking forward to talking to him.

We do have Stacy Jimenez, Campaign Coordinator for the Yes Recall side.
The Game SPECIAL - 293 - New Councilmembers – One Year Later
The Game SPECIAL - 293 - New Councilmembers – One Year Later
A year ago, we talked to four brand new city council members. They’re back to talk about what they learned in their freshman year. The Game is politics, The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. A year ago, voters elected the most diverse group of city council members in local history, and the election signaled the emergence of a new generation of leadership that includes more women and people of color. We interviewed four new council members representative of the changes in who runs for and wins local office.

We’ve invited them back to ask them what they learned in their first year in office and what surprised them. We are joined by Foster City Councilwoman Richa Awasthi, South San Francisco Councilman Mark Nagales, Redwood City Councilwoman Giselle Hale and Menlo Park Councilman Drew Combs.
The Game - 292 - New Generation of Civic Leadership
The Game - 292 - New Generation of Civic Leadership
They’re the new generation of civic leadership in San Mateo County. The Game is local government. The Game is on.

Welcome to the Game. I’m Mark Simon. My partner, Kevin Mullin, is on assignment. Today, we talk to two of the emerging leaders in San Mateo County city government and politics.

Diane Papan was elected to the San Mateo City Council in 2015 and is up for re-election this year. She just finished a year as mayor. An attorney, she has served on two key regional organizations – The City/County Association of Governments and the Council of Cities. Her involvement in local politics started with her homeowners association, although she is a member of a prominent political family in the area.

Emily Beach will be serving this year as Mayor of Burlingame, having been re-elected last year to her second term on the city council. A former captain in the U.S. Army, her involvement in local politics began with the local education foundation. Her regional assignments include the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and Commute.org.
The Game SPECIAL - 291 - 2019/2020 – Looking Back and Looking Ahead
The Game SPECIAL - 291 - 2019/2020 – Looking Back and Looking Ahead
2019 is in the books, and 2020 promises to be one of those years we’ll remember for a long time. We look back and we look forward. It’s a special hour-long edition of The Game, and The Game is on.

Welcome to a special year-end edition of The Game. If 2019 was full of turmoil and trauma, divisions and disagreements, what will 2020 – a presidential year – hold for us?

To take a look back and try to look ahead to what might happen, we are joined by our friend and resident political expert, Melissa Michelson, Political Science professor at Menlo College.
The Game - 290 - State Senator Jerry Hill
The Game - 290 - State Senator Jerry Hill
Power outages, fires and PG&E. State Senator Jerry Hill is here to talk about all that and more. The Game is politics and policy. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

While fire recently swept through Sonoma County – fires caused by PG&E equipment -- power outages swept through the Bay Area, necessary, according to PG&E, to prevent more fires. Meanwhile, calls are mounting to force PG&E into public ownership and perhaps break up one of the nation’s oldest and once well regarded utilities.

No one has done more to hold PG&E accountable than State Senator Jerry Hill, who is here to talk about the power company and, perhaps, to reflect on his career as he nears the end of his three-decades-long public life.
The Game - 289 - Duffy Jennings
The Game - 289 - Duffy Jennings
If the 1960s were about peace and love, the 1970s were some of the most turbulent
days in the history of the Bay Area.

And Duffy Jennings was an eyewitness to it all. The Game is our troubled history. The
Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

The Milk/Moscone murders, the Zodiac, the Zebra killings, the kidnapping of Patty
Hearst, the Dan White verdict – for anyone who lived in the Bay Area during the 1970s, it is
remembered as a decade of violence, turmoil and even fear. As a young, talented reporter for
the San Francisco Chronicle, Duffy Jennings found himself, time and again, assigned the task of witnessing these remarkable events and making sense of it all for us in the next day’s
newspaper.

He has written a terrific book on those decades, including the toll they took on him
personally. It’s called Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, published by Grizzly Peak Press and available on Amazon. It captures those turbulent and frightening days to great effect. He’s still a great reporter.
The Game - 288 - Melissa Michelson
The Game - 288 - Melissa Michelson
Impeachment, 2020, political campaigns and PG&E. There no longer seems to be a
political off-season.

Our political expert, Melissa Michelson, is here and we’ll dig into all of it. The Game is
politics, and so much more. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

If 2016 was a year of political upheaval, 2019 seems to be setting the stage for a time of nearly unprecedented turmoil and debate.

For insight and analysis we are joined by our resident expert, Melissa Michelson, political science professor at Menlo College and author of books on voter turnout, immigration and changing attitudes toward LGBTQ rights.
The Game SPECIAL - 287 - 13th Senate District Candidates' Forum
The Game SPECIAL - 287 - 13th Senate District Candidates' Forum
Five Democrats are running to replace Jerry Hill representing the Peninsula in the state Senate.

And all five are here for a freewheeling discussion of the issues. The Game is Politics. A special edition of The Game is on.

Welcome to a special edition of The Game.

The 13th Senate District, ranging from Brisbane to Silicon Valley and with nearly a million residents, has been ably and energetically represented by Jerry Hill. But term limits are requiring him to move on next year and five Democrats, a field of significant diversity, are running hard to replace him. Today, all five are here for an hour-long, wide-ranging and open-ended discussion of the issues facing one of the wealthiest and tech-centric regions in the state of California.

We are joined by Josh Becker, a Public Interest Entrepreneur from Menlo Park who also has served on statewide commissions; Michael Brownrigg, Burlingame City Councilman whose businesses have focused on investments with a positive public impact; Sally Lieber, Former Mountain View City Councilwoman and California Assemblywoman, who served as Speaker Pro Tem; Shelly Masur, Redwood City Councilwoman, who has managed nonprofits, including one dedicated to education policy; Annie Oliva, Millbrae City Councilwoman who is co-owner of a Peninsula realty firm and has held leadership positions in local and statewide Realtor associations.
The Game - 286 - Annie Oliva
The Game - 286 - Annie Oliva
Five Democrats are running for the 13th Senate District seat being vacated by Jerry Hill. One of the five – Annie Oliva – is here. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. Term limits are forcing Jerry Hill to leave the state Senate. Five Democrats are running to replace him the 13th Senate District, which stretches from Brisbane to Sunnyvale and has nearly one million residents. We have been interviewing each of the candidates and next week, we will host a forum of all five that will air here on Peninsula TV.

Joining us today is Annie Oliva, a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. Elected to the Millbrae City Council in 2013, she was re-elected last year. She is a Realtor and an owner of Marshall Realty, a firm founded by her father. She has been a member of the San Mateo County Association of Realtors Board of Directors and is a past president of the board.
The Game - 285 - Josh Becker
The Game - 285 - Josh Becker
Five Democrats are running to replace Jerry Hill, and Josh Becker is one of them. He is here! The Game is politics. The Game is on!
TheGame-284- Rebecca Morgan
TheGame-284- Rebecca Morgan
A generation ago, Peninsula Republicans were on an almost-equal footing with Democrats. As of the latest records, 51 percent of registered voters in San Mateo County are Democrats, nearly 30 percent state no party preference and registered Republicans are a meager 14.6 percent. A generation ago, Republicans represented the Peninsula in the U.S. Congress, in the state Assembly and in the state Senate, the region was represented by our guest today, Becky Morgan.
The Game - 283 - Melissa Michelson
The Game - 283 - Melissa Michelson
It’s a strange political year, with the promise of even more strangeness in 2020.

So let’s turn to our resident political commentator, Melissa Michelson, to set us on the right course. The Game is Politics, The Game is on.

Since Donald Trump’s stunning victory in 2016, American politics has been a roller coaster ride, full of twists and turns, sudden plunges and the occasional screaming session.

What could 2020 possibly hold? We plumb this question and a dozen others with our resident political commentator, Melissa Michelson.
The Game - 282 - Sally Lieber
The Game - 282 - Sally Lieber
Five candidates are running for the 13 th Senate District seat being vacated by Jerry Hill and we’re interviewing each of the candidates. Now, it’s former State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's turn. The Game is politics. The Game is on.


Welcome to The Game.


With popular incumbent state Senator Jerry Hill termed out, five Democrats are in a wide-open race to replace him in the 13th Senate District seat. In September, we will be holding an hour-long forum with all the candidates that will air here on Peninsula TV. Right now, we’re interviewing each of the candidates individually. It’s a huge district with nearly one million residents, and it ranges from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale.


Our guest is former state Assemblywoman Sally Lieber. While a student at Stanford, Lieber scored a surprising election to the Mountain View City Council. Facing a recall effort in 2001, she won another surprising election to the state Assembly representing northern Santa Clara County. She served three terms in the Assembly, during which she often broke new ground as a woman, but also forged a reputation as a maverick unafraid to ruffle the feathers of the status quo. She ran for this Senate seat against Jerry Hill in 2012, but lost to him by a handy margin. A self-described progressive, she recently joined a protest at the border detention facilities in Clint, Texas. She currently is president of the Cardea Center for Women, which creates programs to promote women’s access to opportunities throughout Silicon Valley.
The Game - 281 - Michael Brownrigg
The Game - 281 - Michael Brownrigg
Five candidates are running for the 13th Senate District seat being vacated by Jerry Hill and we’re interviewing each of the candidates.

It’s Burlingame Councilman Michael Brownrigg’s turn. The Game is politics. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

With popular incumbent state Senator Jerry Hill termed out, five Democrats are in a wide-open race to replace him in the 13th Senate District seat. In September, we will be holding an hour-long forum with all the candidates that will air here on Peninsula TV. Right now, we’re interviewing each of the candidates individually. It’s a huge district with nearly one million residents, and it ranges from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale.

Our guest is Burlingame Councilman Michael Brownrigg. After serving on the Burlingame Planning Commission for eight years, he won a seat on the city council in 2009 and was reelected in 2013 and 2017. He has been mayor twice in 2014 and 2018. He is co-founder of Total Impact Capital, a social investment firm that focuses on community-based investments in such things as health care, clean water and the environment. In 2018, he co-founded Middle Bridge Capital, which buys established companies and transforms them into employee-owned companies. He served in the foreign service under three presidential administrations and was an aide to a Southern California congressman. Recorded 07.26.2019
The Game - 280 - Betty Yee
The Game - 280 - Betty Yee
She has a hand in nearly every financial issue facing California, and she makes sure the state’s bills get paid.

California State Controller Betty Yee is here to talk about everything from the state’s pension crisis to climate change. The Game is Finances. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

As the state’s controller and chief fiscal officer, Betty Yee has a sweeping portfolio of duties – she spends the money in the state budget, she’s a critical member of the state’s public pension systems, she helps oversees the state’s environmental requirements and she plays a key role in financing everything from housing to economic development.

Betty Yee was elected Controller in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 – receiving more votes than any other statewide candidate. Prior to her current post, Yee served on the state Board of Equalization representing the Bay Area, and held several key positions in state government, including Chief Deputy Director of the Budget for the state Department of Finance.
The Game - 279 - Shelly Masur
The Game - 279 - Shelly Masur
With Jerry Hill retiring from the state Senate at the end of next year, five candidates are already working hard to win his seat and replace him in Sacramento. We begin a series of one-on-one interviews with each of the candidates. Shelly Masur is here. The Game is politics. The Game is on. The 13th Senate District runs from Daly City to Sunnyvale, from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. For the past seven years, the district has been represented by Jerry Hill, but term limits will send him on his way in 2020. With the 2020 primary election in March, five candidates already are campaigning hard to win the seat. Today, we begin a series of interviews over the next several weeks with each of the candidates, as we get to know better the people who want to represent nearly 1 million residents in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties. Our first interview is with Shelly Masur, who was elected to the Redwood City Council in 2015. Prior to her election, she served on the Redwood City School Board for 10 years, including two terms as board chair. She is CEO of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, a statewide nonprofit working on education policies and programs and has 20 years of experience working for nonprofits.
The Game - 278 - Supervisors Groom and Horsley
The Game - 278 - Supervisors Groom and Horsley
They are veteran members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and they are
chairs of two of the county’s critical transportation agencies.

Supervisors Carole Groom and Don Horsley are here. The Game is politics, The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

It’s a continuing theme on our show and in the daily lives of our community: Traffic and the often frustrating challenge to simply get around. It’s just one sign of how our community is changing. Our guests today are County Supervisors Carole Groom and Don Horsley, and they are in the center of efforts to battle congestion on our roads and highways.

Carole Groom, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, also serves as chair of the San Mateo County Transit District, SamTrans, which runs the county bus system and manages Caltrain. She first joined the county supervisors in 2009 and she will be termed out of board service in 2022. She also serves on the powerful California Coastal Commission. Don Horsley was elected to the board in 2010 after 14 years as the elected sheriff. He also serves as chair of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, which funds most of the critical transit and transportation projects and programs in the county. He also will be termed out in 2022.
The Game - 277 - Law and Order
The Game - 277 - Law and Order
Gun control, the death penalty, school shootings and police body cams. There is no shortage of law and order issues.

We tackle those and more with the Sheriff and the DA of San Mateo County. The Game is law and order. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. San Mateo County is rated among the safest counties with low rates of violent crime.

But our community is not immune from concerns about safety – from property theft or armed intruders on a school campus.

To talk about the full range of law and order issues, we’re joined today by San Mateo County’s Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Recorded 05.03.2019
The Game - 276 - Gay Right and Politics
The Game - 276 - Gay Right and Politics
Could this be the year an openly gay man is nominated for president by a major political
party? I talk to two of our leading LGBTQ activists about Mayor Pete and more. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

I’m Kevin Mullin. Welcome to The Game.

In an astonishingly short period of time, acceptance of same sex marriage has gained mainstream acceptance. But at the same time, Peninsula polling shows that many members of
the LGBTQ community still feel unsafe in the region.

To cover this and other topics, I am joined by Ken Yeager, the Peninsula’s senior statesman from the LBTQ community. Ken recently left the Santa Clara County Board of
Supervisors after three terms and is now executive director of the community foundation of BAYMEC, one of the leading local political organizations representing the LGBTQ community.

And Jason Galisatus, former founding member of the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission and a leading activist in the community since high school.

Recorded 4.19.2019
The Game - 275 - Melissa Michelson
The Game - 275 - Melissa Michelson
Twenty Democrats are running for president, two more are likely to run and five more might run. Can any of them defeat President Trump.

It’s time of turbulence and turmoil. Who better to smooth things out then our top political expert, Melissa Michelson. The Game is Politics, the Game is on.

I’m Kevin Mullin. Welcome to The Game.

We’re already planning our March 2020 election show, such is the promise of a political year that could be unlike any other. Without further ado, I am joined by our resident political expert, Menlo College’s Melissa Michelson.

Recorded 4.19.2019
The Game - 273 - Lamoin Werlein-Jaen
The Game - 273 - Lamoin Werlein-Jaen
Union membership in California and the nation is declining, and a Supreme Court ruling seems to undercut the political influence of labor. What’s the future of the labor movement? We ask one local leaders. The Game is Labor, The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. I’m Mark Simon. My partner Kevin Mullin is on assignment.

Unions represent 78,000 workers in San Mateo County, almost 19 percent of the total number of employees working in the county. The San Mateo County Central Labor Council, through its political arm, endorsed 35 candidates in last year’s local elections and 29 of them won. And union-led campaigns for a $15 minimum wage is gaining more and more support at city councils throughout the county. Even so, union membership is declining and a 2018 Supreme Court ruling put at risk the ability of unions to collect dues for political campaigns. Joining us to talk about all this is Lamoin Werlein-Jaen, President of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council.

Recorded 3.15.2019
The Game - 274 - Steve Wagstaffe
The Game - 274 - Steve Wagstaffe
Amid protests and threats of lawsuits, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced there will be no criminal charges filed against five sheriff’s deputies in the taser-related death of Chinedu Okobi in Millbrae. Wagstaffe is here to talk about this incident. The Game is Justice, the Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. I’m Mark Simon. My partner Kevin Mullin is on assignment.

In October, 36-year-old Chinedu Okobi was confronted by Sheriff’s deputies on El Camino Real in Millbrae. Attempts to detain him ultimately resulted in his being tasered several times. Okobi subsequently died and an autopsy said cardiac arrested occurred following – quote -- physical exertion, physical restraint and electro-muscular disruption from the Taser shocks -- unquote. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has announced that no charges will be pursued against the deputies.

This was the third Taser-related death involving police in San Mateo County in a year. Steve Wagstaffe has been a prosecutor for 41 years, the last nine as San Mateo County District Attorney. Welcome.

The incident involving Mr. Okobi led to a 30-minute video complied by the DA’s office from bystanders, patrol car dash cameras and surveillance cameras from nearby businesses. Ultimately, the DA reviewed a total of more than six hours of audio and video. We’re going to show just a sliver of that 30-minute video – the first minute or so of the incident – to set the stage. We should note, the Sheriff’s office serves as the contracted police department for the city of Millbrae.
The Game - 272 - Ted Robinson
The Game - 272 - Ted Robinson
For 10 years he was the voice of the San Francisco 49ers. We find out what’s next for Ted Robinson. He’s here, The Game is Sports and The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. I’m Mark Simon. My partner, Kevin Mullin, is on assignment. Just as the regular season ended for the 49ers, the team announced that Ted Robinson, the radio voice of the team, was moving out of the booth, replaced by veteran Bay Area sports broadcaster Greg Papa. Ted will continue with the Niners as a team representative at community events, and he will, of course, continue as the man for all seasons. On his Twitter account, Ted describes himself as “Sports broadcaster. Domer. Native New Yorker, NorCal resident. Proud to work for Pac12 Network, Tennis Channel and NBC Olympics.” Since 2000, he has been with NBC as tennis play-by-play, Olympics, swimming/diving announcer and NBC Sports Network for college football/basketball. He also works for the Tennis Channel and the Pac-12 Network. And we are happy to welcome back to The Game, our friend, Ted Robinson.
The Game - 271 - Senator Jerry Hill
The Game - 271 - Senator Jerry Hill
He has served San Mateo County at every level of government for nearly three decades.

State Senator Jerry Hill is with us. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

He is known for being everywhere, greeting each of his constituents with a contagious, upbeat energy, and for a legislative record that is never far from the concerns and needs of the people he represents, whether it’s healthcare or consumer protections. He is most widely known for his tough scrutiny of PG&E, first following the tragic pipeline explosion in San Bruno, and, more recently, in the utility’s responsibility for the wildfires that have devastated the lives of so many Californians.

Jerry Hill was elected to the San Mateo City Council in 1991, then the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1998, the state Assembly in 2008 and the state Senate n 2012. He will be termed out of office in 2020.
The Game - 270 - Special One-Hour Edition - New Faces in Peninsula Politics
The Game - 270 - Special One-Hour Edition - New Faces in Peninsula Politics
The 2018 election brought to office an unprecedented number of women and minorities.

In a special edition of our show, we talk to four newly elected city council members about the changing politics of the Peninsula. The Game is politics, The Game is on.

Welcome to a special, hour-long edition of The Game.

San Mateo County is growing ever more diverse. And economically, its ties to the technology industry are growing ever stronger. Reflecting those changes, the most recent elections meant an unprecedented number of minorities and women won election to their respective city councils and school boards. It means new leadership, a new generation of elected officials who will be seeking higher office and it is a change in our political infrastructure that has just begun.

To talk about these changing times, we are joined by four newly elected city council members: Giselle Hale from Redwood City, Mark Nagales from South San Francisco, Drew Combs from Menlo Park and Richa Awasthi from Foster City.
The Game - 269 - Carolyne Zinko
The Game - 269 - Carolyne Zinko
As individual wealth grows on the Peninsula, who are emerging as the leaders in innovative giving and solving our community’s problems?

We hear about former 49ers who are looking out for their teammates and a lineup of philanthropists who are thinking globally and acting locally. The Game is Giving. The Game is on.

The longstanding criticism of Silicon Valley is that it does not give – that compared to other areas with similar wealth and economic status, this region lags behind in philanthropic donations. But it may be that the giving here is low-profile and quiet, with an emphasis on the good works, rather than garnering attention.

In this time of year, when, as Dickens wrote, want is most keenly felt, a Peninsula magazine, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, is out with an issue focused on philanthropy and we are joined by the Editor in Chief, Carolyn Zinko, to talk about Silicon Valley giving and some local efforts that belie the reputation.

Recorded 12.7.2018
The Game - 268 - 2018 Election
The Game - 268 - 2018 Election
Growth, traffic, infrastructure and change. What did voters say about these pressing issues in the November election? We get some answers from two community leaders at the center of these issues. The Game is Politics. The Game is on.

The issues of growth and construction were on nearly every ballot in last month’s election – either as a central issue in a city council campaign or in the form of Measure W, the countywide sales tax increase that would provide money for transit and transportation projects and barely squeaked past the two-thirds threshold. What signals did voters send about the changes taking place in our community and the economics behind those changes?

We talk with two leaders who were in the midst of these issues: Rosanne Foust, president & CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, and Charles
Stone, member of the Belmont City Council and chair of the SamTrans Board of Directors. Both of them were heavily involved in the leadership of the Yes on Measure W campaign.
The Game - 267 - Watershed Election Special
The Game - 267 - Watershed Election Special
So many votes were cast – statewide and in San Mateo County – that it took most of the month to count them all. But the results are in and it has been an historic year for voter participation, for women, for some critical tax measures and the results reflect a community in the throes of change.

In a special edition of The Game, Kevin Mullin and Mark Simon are going to highlight some of the trends and impactful outcomes of the dozens of elections that took place on November 6. It was a watershed year.

Recorded 11.29.2018
The Game - 266 - Melissa Michelson
The Game - 266 - Melissa Michelson
On Election Night, we’ll be bringing you live coverage of what may be the most important election in a long time. We set the stage for our coverage – the candidates and the issues – with political analyst Melissa Michelson. The Game is Politics, The Game is on.

Control of Congress, some of the most contentious statewide ballot measures of the season, dozens of local races and local tax measures – the November 2018 ballot is crammed with hotly contested campaigns with national, statewide and local consequences that could be felt for a decade. And we’re going to bring it all to you live right here on Peninsula TV on Election Night, starting at the moment the polls close.

We will be the only TV station devoted entirely to the races that matter most to you, and we’ll have guests on throughout the night to talk about who won, who lost and what it all means. One of those analysts will be the always-insightful Melissa Michelson, who will be on throughout the night to assess the results, and she’s here with us now to talk about what we’ll be watching for Election Night.
The Game - 265 - Election Preview
The Game - 265 - Election Preview
Child care, homelessness, early childhood education and, oh yes, election reform – we review the legislative year and review this election season. Kevin Mullin is on the other side of the table as our partner becomes our guest. The Game is politics. The Game is on.

I’m Mark Simon. Welcome to The Game. My partner, Kevin Mullin is on assignment – over there on the other side of the table. With the close of the legislative session and a political campaign well underway, we’ve coerced Kevin to be our guest today. South San Francisco councilman and mayor from 2007 to 2012, he was elected to the state Assembly in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He serves as Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, the number two post in that body.
The Game - 264 - Melissa Michelson
The Game - 264 - Melissa Michelson
In an historically unsettled political environment, the turmoil seems to be mounting as we plunge toward the November 6 national and statewide election.

We survey the landscape with our own political expert – Melissa Michelson from Menlo College is here. The Game is politics, and so much more. The Game is on.

Just when you think it can’t get any crazier – it does. We follow politics and government for a living and because we have been fascinated and even inspired by it. But this year – or month or week – leaves all of us wondering what will happen next, how will the uncertainty and chaos play out and whether we will be left with a massive rebuilding project. This we know for sure – an election is just a few weeks away.

And so we’re happy to have back our friend and political insider, Melissa Michelson, professor of political science at Menlo College, for her insights on what has happened and her best guess about what may happen on November 6.
The Game - 263 - Delaine Eastin
The Game - 263 - Delaine Eastin
Delaine Eastin was the first – and still the only – woman elected to the critical position of California Superintendent of Public Instruction.

She’s known for her frankness, her compassion and her love of a good fight. We talk with Delaine Eastin about where California and our nation are going. The Game is Politics, The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game.

Many of the state education programs Delaine Eastin started are still in place – reduction of class size in our public schools, raising class standards, introducing the internet to our classrooms and planting gardens at schools throughout the state. She ran for governor in June and finished sixth in a crowded field, where she stood out for her enthusiasm and her straight-ahead approach to the issues facing California.

Raised in San Carlos, she began her political career on the Union City Council, before being elected to the state Assembly and then state’s nonpartisan Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2003. She’s also the first, and only guest, we’ve had who has elementary school named for her – Delaine Eastin Elementary in Union City.
The Game Special Edition - 262 - Redwood City Candidates
The Game Special Edition - 262 - Redwood City Candidates
There may be no hotter race on the November 6 local ballot than the seven-candidate campaign for the Redwood City Council. All seven candidates are here for an exchange of views and policy positions. It’s a special edition of The Game and The Game is on.

Welcome to a special edition of The Game. My partner, Kevin Mullin, is on assignment.

All the issues we face – managing the explosive growth that comes with a booming economy, disruptive and frustrating traffic, the soaring cost of housing and its impact on the people who live and work here – they’re all very much at hand in Redwood City, which has transformed itself in the past decade into an economic and social center of the Peninsula. Against that backdrop, seven candidates are running for three seats on the Redwood City Council.

We are joined by these candidates, who are here for a special hourlong edition of The Game to discuss their campaigns and the future of a city that seems to embody all the concerns we face throughout the region.

Joining us today are:

• Jason Galisatus, a community relations associate at Stanford University, vice-chair of the city’s Complete Streets Advisory Committee, co-chair of the city’s Downtown Association and a board member of the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF);

• Giselle Hale, director of Media Partnerships at Facebook, a member of the Redwood City Planning Commission since 2014 and a board member of the RCEF and a working mother raising two young children;

• Diane Howard, current Vice Mayor and nineteen year veteran of the council, whose range of civic activities stretches over three decades;

• Rick Hunter, owner of his own accounting firm, a former member of the Planning Commission and the city Parks and Recreation Commission, board member and treasurer of the RCEF;

• Diana Reddy, a long-time community advocate and organizer on a host of issues, including education, health care and housing, former member of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Living Wage Task Force, and the city’s Housing and Human Concerns Committee, and former co-chair of Faith In Action, a community and faith-based advocacy organization;

• Ernie Schmidt, vice president of Fox Theater Properties, Inc., a member of the city Planning Commission since 2009 and an active member of a long list of civic and charitable organizations;

• Christina Umhofer, small business owner, whose businesses include investment property and used to include the long-established auto repair shop Fred’s Garage, which closed earlier this year after 58 years, and a long-active leader in local youth sports.
The Game - 261 - Mike Callagy
The Game - 261 - Mike Callagy
He started off as a cop, now he’s directing traffic at a 2.8 billion dollar enterprise known as San Mateo County. The Game is government, the Game is on.

Welcome to the Game. In November, San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie will retire, and Mike Callagy will take over management of a county government with an annual budget of 2.8 billion dollars and 5,500 employees. A native of San Mateo County and a resident of Foster City, Mike began his career in public service as a police officer in San Mateo. Over a 29-year career, he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief before joining the county in 2013 as one of the three deputy county managers. In 2016, he was named assistant county manager, and on July 6, the county Board of Supervisors selected him to be the next county manager.
The Game - 260 - Ted Robinson
The Game - 260 - Ted Robinson
If it’s tennis, swimming, PAC-12 football, the Olympics or the San Francisco 49ers, the
voice you hear is that of Ted Robinson.

And he’s here with us, truly a man for all seasons. The Game is sports, the Game is on.

When he’s not doing every other major sport, Ted Robinson is the radio voice of the San
Francisco 49ers, a team that seems on the verge of a resurgence as the start of the NFL season is just around the corner.

We are delighted to welcome back our friend, Ted Robinson.
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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