Debate: Oakland CM McElhaney proposes changing the process for ballot measures, is it an obstruction of direct democracy?; Plus: Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket

0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: commentary on the case of Isabel Bueso, fighting deportation and to keep her life-saving medical care in the US, Congressional moves toward impeachment (slowly), and more.

0:34 – Oakland Council member Lynette McElHaney has proposed a formal process to place council-sponsored measures on the ballot. Critics say its a move to undercut the democratic process and citizen-led ballot measures. We host a debate:

Leah Simon-Weisberg (@Leahfsw) is the Directing Attorney of the Tenant Rights Program at Centro Legal de la Raza.

Lynette McElHaney (@LynetteGM) is an Oakland City Council member representing District 3.

7:48 – CA Legislative Watch: AB-5 Gig Workers Bill

Alexia Fernandez Campbell (@AlexiaCampbell) is a staff writer at Vox covering labor issues with focus on workers rights.

1:08 – Author Interview: Daniel Handler, known as Lemony Snicket is novelist who is best known as the narrator and author of A Series of Unfortunate Events series. But did you know he grew up in San Francisco? Now he’s out with a new book is Bottle Grove, set in San Franicisco as the tech-boom is exploding. It’s “a sexy, skewering dark comedy about two unions–one forged of love and the other of greed–and about the forces that can drive couples together, into dependence, and then into sinister, even supernatural realms.”


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