27 Jan

Season 2, Episode 4 – Jerry Brown Likes Trains

In this episode, technical stupidity aside, we talk about Kevin Kiley again in regards to his 10 Questions for Governor Brown as well and Joshua rips a little into his 10 Reasons to vote for Kiley.

We also look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s final State of the State address, specifically this nonsense:

The funds that SB 1 makes available are absolutely necessary if we are going to maintain our roads and transit systems in good repair. Twenty-five other states have raised gas taxes. Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for a federal gas tax because the highway trust fund is nearly broke.

Government does what individuals can’t do, like build roads and bridges and support local bus and light rail systems. This is our common endeavor by which we pool our resources through the public sector and improve all of our lives. Fighting a gas tax may appear to be good politics, but it isn’t. I will do everything in my power to defeat any repeal effort that may make it to the ballot.

Since I have talked about tunnels and transportation, I will bring up one more item of infrastructure: high-speed rail. I make no bones about it. I like trains and I like high-speed trains even better. So did the voters in 2008 when they approved the bond. Look, 11 other countries have high-speed trains. They are now taken for granted all over Europe, in Japan and in China. President Reagan himself said in Japan on November 11, 1983: “The State of California is planning to build a rapid speed train that is adapted from your highly successful bullet train.” Yes, we were, and now we are actually building it.

Like any big project, there are obstacles. There were for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, for the Golden Gate Bridge and for the Panama Canal. But build it they did and build it we will — America’s first high-speed rail system. One link between San Jose and San Francisco — an electrified Caltrain — is financed and ready to go. Another billion, with matching funds, will be invested in Los Angeles to improve Union Station as a major transportation hub and fix the Anaheim corridor.

06 May

Episode 2 – Josh Newman Interview

State Senator for District 29

Here it is — our interview with California State Senator Josh Newman. He graciously sat down with us to discuss a couple of pressing issues for the 29th District and California as a whole. Specifically, he discussed his vote for SB1. While we had some issues with the live stream audio, the quality of our recording here is pretty darn good. Hopefully, this information will help his constituents understand whey he voted the way he did, for better or worse.

01 May

News on the Next Episode

Today the 2nd Episode should have dropped on iTunes and it didn’t. Why? Because on Friday I, Joshua, got hit with a stomach flu and I was down for the count.

You have no idea how hard it is to keep this glorious beard clean when one is sick. I was less than ready for prime-time so I had to postpone until this week. These things happen.

That being said we’re lining up a fun show for this next episode to try and make up for it. We’ll be talking some more about SB1 and other goings on here in California.

We’ve also confirmed our first interview who… shall be named later. It’s a good one though so you’ll want to tune in for the next installment of The Hourly Struggle.