Impeachment Watch: Is a Ukrainian oligarch helping Trump to smear Biden? Plus: Listeners sound off on Lake Merritt rules

0:08 – Impeachment Watch: Behind Ukraine’s oligarchy, Trump’s shadow foreign policy, and Hunter Biden’s business dealings

Rob Mackey (@RobertMackey) is a senior writer for the Intercept. His latest column is “Is a Ukrainian Oligarch Helping Trump Smear Biden to Evade U.S. Corruption Charges?”

0:25 – KPFA News: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) blasted PG&E for the way it carried out the largest public safety power shutoff in state history. Commissioners called the execution of the shutoff “unacceptable” because of the problems in getting information to customers and coordinating with local governments. PG&E’s CEO Bill Johnson offered an apology to customers….but warned shutoffs could be a necessary tool for the next decade. KPFA’s Christopher Martinez reports.

0:34 – Author Interview: Michael Mark Cohen (@LilBillHaywood) is professor of African American Studies and American Studies at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the history and culture of radical social movements in the US. His latest book is The Conspiracy of Capital: Law, Violence, and American Popular Radicalism in the Age of Monopoly.

1:08 – Behind the GNTRIFIED billboard campaign and a new CA rent control initiative

René Christian Moya is the Campaign Director for Housing Is a Human Right (@HousingHumanRt), the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s housing advocacy division. He’s running the campaign to pass the Rental Affordability Act next November.

1:20 – City of Oakland restrictions and safety at Lake Merritt

The rules are not new, says officials with the City of Oakland and Parks & Rec Department, however new signs have raised concerns by residents that rules are restrictive and create an environment of discretionary enforcement, raising the risk of over-policing.

Davey D (@mrdaveyd) is a journalist, hip hop historian, and host of Hard Knock Radio which airs on Mondays at 4pm on KPFA.

Nikki Fortunato Bas (@nikki4oakland) is the Councilmember for District 2 in Oakland, which includes the Lakeshore area.

C.N.E. Corbin (@CNECorbin) is Chair of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and has been directly involved in the process of updating the city’s park rules.

0:34 – Listener calls: Do you use Lake Merritt? How do you feel about the rules? Do they make you feel more or less welcome there? 



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