Insight With Vicki Gonzalez

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Award-winning journalist Vicki Gonzalez hosts daily interviews with community leaders, advocates, experts, artists and more to provide background and understanding on breaking news, big events, politics and culture in the Sacramento region and beyond.

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Here's what you need to know about Omicron, the new COVID variant of concern. What the federal infrastructure bill means for California and the Sacramento region. Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera's "A Baroque Christmas." Today's Guests Dr. Dean Blumberg, Chief of Pediatric Diseases at UC Davis Medical Center, discusses what is preliminarily known about the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, following U.S. travel restrictions in response to circulation in southern Africa. Dr. Micah Weinberg, CEO of California Forward, Dr. Wayne Winegarden, Sr. Fellow in Business and Economics at the Pacific Research Institute, and Joshua Wood, CEO of the Sacramento Region Business Association, discuss what the federal infrastructure bill means for California and the Sacramento region.    The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Executive Director, Alice Suaro, tells us what we need to know about the upcoming “A Baroque Christmas” performance on Friday, Dec. 3.

Nov 29

51 min 8 sec

Navigating difficult conversations during the holidays. Sac City Unified Afghan family safely returns home, following three months of hiding in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal. Sac State Alum, and solo violinist Chase Spruill, talk about his latest album. Today's Guests Etiquette & civility expert and author Rosalinda Oropeza Randall helps us navigate difficult conversations as we head into the winter holidays Ethel I. Baker Elementary Principal Nate McGill joins a Sac City Unified Afghan family upon their safe return home, following three months of hiding in Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal.  Sac State Alum and Vacaville native, solo violinist Chase Spruill and CapRadio’s Jennifer Reason to talk about his latest album.

Nov 18

50 min 16 sec

Oroville City Council declares itself a “Constitutional Republic” in response to COVID-19 health orders. KVIE documentary “Sharing Butte Creek” explores the environmental change in the Northern Sacramento Valley. Blues artist Katie Knipp performs in Placerville. Today's Guests Leslie Jacobs, Anthony Kennedy Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law, on the constitutional legalities following the Oroville City Council’s resolution to declare itself a “constitutional republic” and not enforce COVID-19 health orders issued by Governor Newsom or the federal government.  Lisa Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Law at UC Davis, on this tension between rural and urban California — and its relationship with the State of Jefferson movement. Documentary filmmaker Kit Tyler, on his new film “Sharing Butte Creek,” exploring environmental change in the Northern Sacramento Valley, which premieres on KVIE’s ViewFinder series Wednesday 11/17 at 7 p.m.  Blues artist, Katie Knipp, on her new record "The Well" ahead of her live performance at The Green Room Social Club for the recording of her live album in Placerville on November 19th at 8pm.

Nov 17

50 min 13 sec

Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter’s retirement following two wildfire seasons. Needs from Northern Nevada, Stockton & Sacramento food banks ahead of the holiday season. How bookstores have been affected by supply chain issues and how it could affect holiday shopping. Today's Guests CapRadio State Government Reporter Scott Rodd on CalFire Chief Thom Porter’s retirement following two wildfire seasons.  Nicole Lamboley, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Dr. Leonard Hansen, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank in Stockton, and Blake Young, President and CEO of the Sacramento Food Bank, discuss the needs in their regions ahead of the holiday season. CapRadio Morning Edition Host, Donna Apidone, walks us through how bookstores and the publishing industry have been affected by supply chain issues and how it could affect holiday shopping.

Nov 16

49 min 17 sec

How the Biden Administration infrastructure bill will impact California counties. An overview of the first official draft of congressional and legislative districts. A breakdown of the City of Sacramento’s redistricting process and changes to city council boundaries, and how redistricting affects Sacramento’s AAPI community. New book “Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change,” on ethical consumerism and responsible investing. Today's Guests Chris Lee, Legislative Representative for the California State Association of Counties, on how the Biden Administration infrastructure funding will improve roads and transportation in California. CapRadio Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon, with an overview of the first official draft of congressional and legislative districts and how it affects congressional seats, plus how to submit feedback on the maps. CapRadio News Editor Kris Hooks, with a breakdown of where the City of Sacramento is in its own redistricting process and if we should expect major changes to the city council boundaries. CapRadio Race and Equity Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan, shares her reporting on how redistricting affects Sacramento’s Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Tanja Hester, author of “Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change,” on ethical consumerism and responsible investing. 

Nov 15

50 min 23 sec

Sacramento housing market and affordability. How much the holiday shortages are related to the supply chain versus other factors. How California’s dairy sector is achieving the state’s methane reduction goals. Living Chinese American WWII veterans receive Congressional Gold Medals. Today's Guests Kellie Swayne, President of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, discusses the housing market and affordability.  Nick Vyas, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Kendrick Global Supply Chain Institute at USC, discusses how much the holiday shortages are related to supply chain versus other factors. Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director of Dairy Cares, explains how California’s dairy sector is achieving the state’s methane reduction goals.  Billy Fong, with the Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Sacramento, discusses three living Chinese American WWII veterans who received Congressional Gold Medals. 

Nov 11

49 min 47 sec

Important milestones of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference and how it will shape California's climate policy efforts. Also, Sacramento Police Chief on the rise in violence. A look at how recent state crime trends compare to the nation. Finally, Sacramento dance founder "Miss Tee" was recognized by Forbes Magazine's "The Culture 50 Champions" for elevating Black and Brown communities through their work. Today's Guests Dr. Fran Moore, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, on the important milestones of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference and how it will shape California's climate policy efforts.  Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn discusses the rise of reported violence compared to 2020, and Mervin Brookins, founder of Brother 2 Brother, discusses partnering with law enforcement agencies.  Magnus Lofstrom, Policy Director of Criminal Justice at the Public Policy Institute of California, on how recent state crime trends compare to the nation.  Tamaira "Miss Tee" Sandifer discusses being included in “For(bes) The Culture 50 Champions,” a list of people who elevate Black and Brown communities through their work, and how Studio T Arts & Entertainment helps kids graduate high school and pursue their passions.

Nov 10

50 min 15 sec

California’s vaccine rollout for children 5 to 11 years old. Also, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis’ visit to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Plus, a live interview from Glasgow at COP26. Finally, the Colour of Music Festival, an all African-American symphony, makes its West Coast debut. Today's Guests California Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, on the state’s vaccine rollout for children aged 5 to 11.  Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis on her visit to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Maris Densmore, Director of Engineered Solutions at American Carbon Registry, joins us live from Glasgow at the COP26 with her role at the climate summit and impressions as a first-time attendee.  Lee Pringle, Founder and Artistic Director for the Colour of Music Festival, talks about the festival’s West Coast Debut in Sacramento.

Nov 9

50 min 28 sec

Covered California's open enrollment. The latest redistricting maps and changes to congressional districts. The retirement of California's State Auditor. Finally, the new book "Paradise Found: A High School Football Team's Rise from the Ashes," following the 2018 Camp Fire. Today's Guests Peter Lee, Executive Director with Covered California, discusses open enrollment and leaving after starting the health benefit exchange 10 years ago.  Paul Mitchell, with Redistricting Partners, discusses the latest redistricting maps and the changes to congressional districts in California.  CalMatters Political Columnist Dan Walters discusses the retirement of State Auditor Elaine Howle, her legacy, and the importance of the independent role of the state agency as it awaits a successor.  LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke on his new book "Paradise Found: A High School Football Team's Rise from the Ashes," about the Paradise High School Bobcats football season following the 2018 Camp Fire. 

Nov 8

50 min 32 sec

COVID-19 vaccinations expand for kids aged 5 to 11. Latest EDD pandemic issues find an estimated $20 billion in fraud unemployment payments were issued. Halloween “Trunk or Treat” movie night at Westwind Drive-In. Today's Guests Dr. Dean Blumberg, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Health, breaks down what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations for kids aged 5 to 11. CapRadio Politics Reporter, Nicole Nixon, explains the latest in the EDD pandemic fraud issues, which found that an estimated $20 billion in fraud payments were issued.  With the Shaw Law Group, employment law expert Jennifer Shaw explains the current challenges in filing for unemployment benefits.  John Brown, with the Sacramento Native American Health Center, previews their Halloween “Trunk or Treat” movie night at Westwind Drive-In Friday, Oct. 29th. 

Oct 28

50 min 23 sec