Election 2020: Biden’s lead, the power of swing states, and anxiety over contested results; Plus: SF to end hotel program for unhoused but what next? Massive campaign spending in Oakland; and high stakes in San Jose city elections

Tent encampment in San Francisco (Photo: Wikipedia)

0:08 – Mondays with Mitch

Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics, weekdays at 10AM on KPFA. We discuss the upcoming election, anxieties around political violence and Trump refusing a peaceful transfer for power, and where swing states – Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania – are at now, one day before the election.

0:34 – COVID updates and listener calls.

John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

1:08 – SF to end shelter for homeless in hotels?

Keegan Medrano (@keeganmedrano_) is Policy and Social Media Director at the Coalition on Homelessness

1:20 – KPFA News: The campaign against Proposition 25, which would end cash bail in California, is being bankrolled almost entirely by the bail bond industry and the insurance companies that work with it. But Prop 25 is also facing ambivalence — and some opposition — from groups fighting mass incarceration. They’re concerned about what prop 25 would replace cash bail with. Their perspective didn’t make it into our debate, so Ariel Boone (@arielboone) produced this followup.

1:34 – Last minute campaign donations are pouring into Oakland, especially the Oakland school board races

Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) is the news editor at Oaklandside. 

1:45 – Stakes are high in the San Jose city council elections, now with a racist scandal around the D6 race results in the ousting of the San Jose Organization CEO.

Terry Christensen is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University, and the host of Valley Politics, a monthly show on local politics in the South Bay which you can find on Facebook or YouTube.