Ep. 51 Joining me is Eric Hofstein who was in law enforcement for 27 years and recently retired in 2021. After working as an EMT, he made the switch to law enforcement working with agencies in CA and FL before becoming a transit officer for BART, The Bay Area Rapid Transit System. We cover two of the most defining moments in his career. The first as a deputy with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office, responding to the line-of-duty shooting death of California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, an incident that, as Eric says, was the final straw for him emotionally and forever changed his desire to be a street cop.The second was his resulting decision to join BART thinking he'd be leaving the stress and trauma of traditional law enforcement behind. That was not at all the case. The job presented unique challenges including reacting to thousands of commuters filling the train platform as often as every three minutes during rush hour, fights and open drug use on subway cars, and more.On top of that, Eric found a world he'd never seen before – people who were homeless, drug addicted, and mentally ill – strewn about and suffering in the subway halls and trains. He could not understand or make sense of it. Why was it happening? We talk about how his thinking gradually shifted from one of judgement to one of empathy; how he became the person who would give everything of himself to try to save every single one of these people – at his own expense and the expense of his family. And how he learned what true “harm reduction” is. It's a story he tells in his book, “What Doesn't Kill You. One Cop's Perspective on Homelessness, Mental Illness and Addiction” which he co-authored with his wife, Mary Beth Haile.We do cover his time in law enforcement working for San Jose PD, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office in Florida, then the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office in California including several very close calls, and that traffic stop, the one where he trusted his sixth sense, that inner voice that saved his life.Also unique to Eric's career was working the jails for five years as a deputy with Contra Costa. He says it was one of the best training grounds for working patrol.We also get into his post-law enforcement career and the challenges of retirement which he writes about in the book. “Everything bubbles up,” as he says. It wasn't until after he was retired that he was diagnosed with complex PTSD. He shares his learnings and insights for others experiencing the same feelings.You can find the book on Amazon both in paperback and Kindle and on Audible. Here is a link to Amazon. “What Doesn't Kill You. One Cop's Perspective on Homelessness, Mental Illness and Addiction.” I want to honor the life, service, commitment and sacrifice of California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.E.O.W. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012https://www.odmp.org/officer/21381-officer-kenyon-marc-youngstromThanks for listening to On Being a Police Officer. YOU are what keeps me going.Find me on my social or email me your thoughts:Instagram: on_being_a_police_officerFacebook: On Being a Police OfficerX: @AbbyEllsworth13Abby@Ellsworthproductions.com©Abby Ellsworth. All booking, interviews, editing, production done by Abby Ellsworth. Music courtesy of freesound.org
Happy Friday, and welcome to the weekend! Busy show as Devon O'Reilly is back after the holiday weekend. 02:45 - There's a new bar going into the David Whitney Building that is steeped in the history of the structure, the man behind it, and will have a library vibe. 06:24 - Alba in Corktown has soft opened in the former Astro space. Jer tried it, we discuss. 10:06 - Hamilton's restaurant has opened in the Godfrey Hotel. 12:13 - A quick reminder that Noel Night is this weekend! https://www.noelnight.org/ 13:35 - Devon got his paws on some Detroit City Distillery Honey Bourbon 15:42 - Dan Gilbert comes out strong for regional mass transit. More: https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2023/11/30/dan-gilbert-detroit-free-press-breakfast-career/71729706007/ 22:20 - Jer's moderating a panel on keeping talent for MichAuto on Tuesday. https://michauto.org/michauto-summit/2023-michauto-summit/ Feedback as always - dailydetroit - at - gmail - dot - com or 313-789-3211 Follow us on Apple Podcasts: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonapple Or Spotify: https://lnk.to/dailydetroitonspotify Thanks to our members: http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit Or those who do a one-time contribution: http://www.buymeacoffee.com/dailydetroit
On Episode 5: Wild Stories From the City Transit, Pam shares some wild experiences she and her husband have had over the years as employees of the city transit system! What have they seen? The real question is what haven't they seen! From vampire communities, voodoo dolls, and criminals hiding on busses to guys married to chickens, they've seen pretty much everything come through on city transit! Angel Tree Farms: Email: email@example.com Website: angeltreefarms.org Donation: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/donation-form/79f8905a-44ac-4844-9724-ca32d6a0eebf Support The Show KEEP US FUELED: buymeacoffee.com/hammerlane EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOOD: www.preparewithhll.com Gear: https://www.hammerlanelegends.com/gear Share Your Stories LEAVE A VOICEMAIL: 515-585-MERK(6375) EMAIL US YOUR STORIES: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hammerlanelegends.com Follow The Show YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC5TWlB5Yqx8JlQr3p3bkkMg Facebook: www.facebook.com/hammerlanelegends Facebook Fan Group: www.facebook.com/groups/hll Instagram Desktop: www.instagram.com/hammerlanelegends Instagram Mobile: @hammerlanelegends Twitter Desktop: www.twitter.com/HLLPodcast Twitter Mobile: @HLLpodcast Follow The Team Brian Merkel Facebook: www.facebook.com/brian.merkel.94 Instagram Desktop: www.instagram.com/brianmerkeloffical/ Instagram Mobile: @brianmerkelofficial Produced by: Jack Merkel Follow Jack on Instagram @jack_theproducer
Senator Meghan Kallman and Providence Streets Coalition's Liza Burkin join Bill Bartholomew to discuss a coalition of community organizations and legislators who are organizing to urge Governor Dan McKee to fully fund RIPTA in the forthcoming budget.Support the show
Get ready to light the fire within again because Salt Lake City has been named the preferred host of the 2034 Winter Olympics. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means talk about what that means for the next 10 years. Plus, Attorney General Sean Reyes wrote a scene for a movie about Operation Underground Railroad founder Tim Ballard that stars … himself? Or at least, someone who has his job, last name, and ambitions. As a note: The screenplay mentions sexual assault, so please take care while listening. Consider becoming a founding member of City Cast Salt Lake today! It's the best way to support our work and help make sure we're around for years to come. Get all the details and sign up at membership.citycast.fm. Sing along with Maria and the Sound of Music at the Broadway. Apply for a Brine Shrimp classroom grow kit by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about the sponsors of this episode: Tecovas at City Creek Mall Harmons Grocery Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week I speak with Astrologer, Jessie Eccles, all about this month's transits In this episode Jessie and I talk about: Planets stationing directPlanetary ingressesMercury moves into Capricorn Venus moves into Scorpio The Sun moves into Capricorn Mercury retrograde goes back into Sagittarius Venus moves into SagittariusVenus conjuncts the south node, square Pluto Neptune stations directVenus opposite JupiterMercury RetrogradeJournaling practices to track transitsHD/Astro dynamics with emotionsResources talked about in this episode: Jessies 2024 forecastWholistic Human Design AcademyLinks: HD: Attached Coaching Program - 12 week coaching program1:1 Session Human Design & Astrology SessionsShop HealyGrab your Human Design Chart here. Get on the Mastery Monday NewsletterWhere you can find Jessie:InstagramWhere you can find Rochelle: InstagramTikTokWebsiteYouTubeEmail: email@example.comSupport the show
A local bus or train ride usually costs between one and three dollars. But many Americans living in public transportation-dense cities choose to evade paying for transit tickets when possible. They get on the bus through the back door and avoid the driver. And in bigger cities, it's common practice to hop the turnstile on the subway. Fare evasion can cost transit agencies across the country tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars. It affects their ability to provide consistent bus and train service, which in turn affects riders on their way to work, school, home, or wherever they need to go. On the other hand, enforcement of fare evasion has historically been racially targeted. When police stop people for hopping the turnstile, there is a heightened opportunity for violence against riders of color. This method of enforcement also ends up discriminating against people with lower incomes. If cities are going to enforce transit fares, it must be done in an equitable way. We spoke to Ben Brachfeld, a transit reporter for amNewYork; Haleema Bharoocha, Policy Advocate at the Anti Police-Terror Project and author of the article, Op-Ed: Why Is Fare Evasion Punished More Severely than Speeding?; and Dr. Sogand Karbalaieali, a transportation engineer and author of the article Opinion: Fights Over Fare Evasion Are Missing the Point.
This week we're staying in Phoenix and picking up where we left off last week. Paul talks with current Valley Metro (https://www.valleymetro.org/) CEO Jessica Mefford-Miller about the light rail expansion, but more than that, Jessica talks about how Valley Metro keeps its cool in the scorching summer heat.You would not believe the amount of air conditioning needed for each light rail train. Small hint, it's more than a house or two.While riding the LRT and streetcars Paul and Jessica talk about how Valley Metro is helping businesses deal with construction and how Artsline brings art to the community while taking transit.As a special feature, Paul talks with Ryan Johnson, CEO of Culdesac, about this car-free planned community outside of Tempe—with its own light rail stop!Valley Metro and Phoenix will be the stars of the show on Transit Unplugged TV in January. Make sure you subscribe on YouTube you so don't miss this smokin' hot episode. https://www.youtube.com/@transitunpluggedNext week on the show we have Marco D'Angelo President and CEO of CUTA (Canadian Urban Transit Association) and regular contributor Mike Bismeyer with interviews recorded at the recent CUTA conference held in Edmonton, AB.Question or comment? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org:00 Beating the heat at Valley Metro01:26 Introduction to Valley Metro Light Rail02:01 Addressing Construction Impact on Local Businesses03:00 Exploring the Valley Metro System and its Expansion04:15 Adapting to Post-Pandemic Ridership Patterns and Heat Challenges11:57 Exploring Culdesac: A Car-Free Neighborhood18:03 New LRT trains at Valley Metro and the growth of LRT18:51 Artsline: community art across Valley Metro stops and stations20:29 The Future of Valley Metro and Transit in Phoenix22:22 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged
There was nothing easy about it, nor was it a return to normal after the disruptive years of the pandemic, but state and local governments found ways to hold their own against persistent threats and challenges in cybersecurity and workforce issues in 2023. They also continued campaigns to refresh old IT systems and even found ways forward for urban mobility and public transit. Government Technology editors and writers — Lauren Kinkade, Zack Quaintance, Skip Descant and Jule Pattison-Gordon — joined the podcast hosts to make sense of the year that was. SHOW NOTES Here are the top 10 takeaways from this episode: California is leading electrification with a notable rise in electric vehicle adoption; Transit systems in large cities across the country continue to struggle with commuter pattern shifts as new work patterns evolve after COVID-19; The face of micromobility changed in 2023 with a shift from city-sanctioned e-scooter programs while e-bikes gain traction due to safety and technology advancements; Cities are focusing on digital strategies for curb management to make best use of civic infrastructure as private-sector demand for access increases to support the rise of delivery tech, including drone delivery services and tailored vehicle choices; The nature of government security challenges is evolving from traditional ransomware to double extortion threats even as internal debates continue about handling demands for extortion payments; Legacy system modernization and broadband expansion are getting fresh looks in order to enhance government service delivery to residents and businesses that cannot be done without unlocking the unique capacity of aging big iron; Government faces persistent workforce challenges, particularly in tech roles, as it works to meet challenges of increasing service demands and technology advancements, all of which puts a premium on potential expansion of successful re-skilling models to other states; Digital equity is having a moment but there are concerns over the sustainability of these equity initiatives once initial momentum wanes; Speaking of having a moment, the panel noted the rapid rise of generative AI beginning in the second quarter of the year to dominate discussions about the future of government and education; and, Looking forward, the writers and editors identified a number of sleeper stories that will likely demand more attention in the year ahead, including the shifts in cyber crime demographics, training for local police on handling digital evidence and the real-world impacts of long-promised major infrastructure projects due to roll out in 2024. Related links to the stories referenced in the episode: On the Rebound: Micromobility Ridership Continues to Climb Cities Experiment With Pedal-Powered Delivery Policies Seattle Partners on Curb Data Specification Project As the Cybersecurity Workforce Grows, So Does Need Federal Government Offers 4 Steps to Thwart Cyber Attackers Social Media Changes Are Impacting Government Messaging What's New in Digital Equity: FCC Closer to Restoring Net Neutrality When You Change Social Platforms, Who Controls Your Data? Our editors used ChatGPT 4.0 to summarize the episode in bullet form to help create the show notes.
In this edition of The Bay's monthly news roundup (our last one of the year!), Ericka, Maria and Alan talk about how public transit agencies have temporarily averted a fiscal cliff, a proposal to increase the minimum wage for incarcerated workers, and the newly unveiled Tupac Shakur Way in Oakland. Links: Episode transcript In Transit: Bay Area Transportation News on Everything That Moves KQED: California Prison Officials Aim to Raise Hourly Minimum Wage for Incarcerated Workers — to at Least 16 Cents KQED: 'Tupac Shakur Way' Unveiled in Oakland as Rap Icon Gets His Own Street This episode was produced by Maria Esquinca, Alan Montecillo and Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
Today I'll been musing over the upcoming transit of Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn and what it will bring. What does it mean for the Venus, goddess of beauty, harmony, pleasure to be pitted against the lord of the underworld, the planet of metamorphoses, Pluto? In this video I'll be sharing with you what you can expect from this square, and I'll be going through each rising sign and sharing the life areas you might see this transit show itself! 00:00 - Transit overview 16:38 - Libra 17:10 - Scorpio 17:54 - Sagittarius 18:37 - Capricorn 19:15 - Aquarius 19:57 - Pisces 20:34 - Aries 21:20 - Taurus 22:20 - Gemini 23:04 - Cancer 23:40 - Leo 24:28 - Virgo Book an astrology consultation: https://catroseastrology.com/astrology Get Your FREE Daimon Name Generator: https://catrose.ck.page/e342595715 Get Your FREE Lunar Path Journal: https://catrose.ck.page/2e382f447a Make a donation to keep this astrology content free: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catroseastro Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catroseastrology Subscribe to this channel so you can always stay up to date on my latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqiJ1yNr3178b-VIY2WCmQ?sub_confirmation=1 #TheCreativeIntrovert #CatRose #CatRoseAstrology
In this episode, we are talking about the upcoming December Sun transits through Human Design gates 5, 26, 11, 10 and 58. We dig into the themes and expressions of these gates, how they affect individuals with these activations in their charts and how they can play out in the collective during the transits. 3 Reasons to Listen:- Empower Your Daily Routines: Discover the secrets behind Gate 5 and how cultivating consistent routines can bring grounding and stability to your life.-Unleash Your Personal Power: Explore the transformative energy of Gate 26 and learn how to meet the needs of your tribe while ensuring your own well-being.-Embrace Self-Love: We explore Gate 10's significance, encouraging you to love yourself as you were designed and inspire others to do the same.Plus there's more about the potential that lives in gate 11, and the joy of life through gate 58.And stay till the end to hear about the Incarnation Cross of the week: RAX of Laws (3/50, 60/56).
Full text: For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, the conventional wisdom was that cars were gas guzzlers and the environmentally correct way to travel was via transit. That is no longer the case. Last month the Federal Transit Agency (FTA) released its 2022 National Transit Database. According to Oregon economist Randal O'Toole, the results show that transit used more energy per passenger-mile than the average car or light truck in every urban area. Transit vehicles also emitted more greenhouse gasses than the average car or light truck in every urban area except New York. Local planners seem to have missed this development. Metro's proposed Regional Transportation Plan, which the agency will adopt in early December, recommends that we provide more funding for TriMet and take measures to increases ridership as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Obviously this strategy will fail, because transit itself is failing. TriMet's share of all regional trips today is about 4%, which means it's irrelevant to most regional travelers. This suggests that it's time to reconsider the basic purpose of the agency. Ridership peaked in 2012, and there is no evidence that it will ever come back. If there are few riders and transit vehicles are less efficient than cars, what is the point? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/coffeewithcascade/message
Today I'll be sharing some thoughts about the upcoming Mercury Retrograde in the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn. I'll also be going through each rising sign and sharing the life areas you might see this transit show itself. 00:00 - Transit overview 19:47 - Capricorn 20:17 - Aquarius 20:48 - Pisces 21:14 - Aries 21:50 - Taurus 22:27 - Gemini 23:12 - Cancer 23:45 - Leo 24:26 - Virgo 25:01 - Libra 25:30 - Scorpio 26:14 - Sagittarius Book an astrology consultation: https://catroseastrology.com/astrology Get Your FREE Daimon Name Generator: https://catrose.ck.page/e342595715 Get Your FREE Lunar Path Journal: https://catrose.ck.page/2e382f447a Make a donation to keep this astrology content free: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catroseastro Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catroseastrology Subscribe to this channel so you can always stay up to date on my latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqiJ1yNr3178b-VIY2WCmQ?sub_confirmation=1 #TheCreativeIntrovert #CatRose #CatRoseAstrology
Usually when people vote on ballot measures about transit, the transit agency and supporters want the measure to pass.Not in Phoenix in 2019.That ballot measure would have literally derailed bringing light rail--any rail--to Phoenix forever. Then Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith rallied support throughout Mariposa County and discovered there was overwhelming support for transit and light rail. So much support that the ballot measure was defeated by a landslide.But we start this episode with a somber anniversary, 60 years ago today John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. In a special segment, Paul and our guest Scott Smith reflect on JFK's legacy and call to service.In our feature interview, Paul Comfort talks with the former CEO of Valley Metro (https://www.valleymetro.org/) Scott Smith about that ballot measure, as well as his time as Mayor of Mesa, AZ, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and his run for Governor of Arizona.Paul and Scott talk about the massive investment in light rail in Phoenix and how it ties into the rest of the transit system run by Valley Metro. Scott gives his vision for what LTR means to communities and how rising costs hamper transit projects across North America.Next week we stay in Phoenix with an interview with the current CEO of Valley Metro, Jessica Mefford-Miller to bring us up to speed on the LRT project and a unique car-free community outside Tempe, AZ.We wrap this episode with Elea Carey and our editor Tris Hussey talking about practical tips for agencies facing tough ballot measures in the future.If you have a question or comment you can email us at email@example.com:00 Introduction from host and producer Paul Comfort00:54 Remembering JFK and the Call to Public Service01:24 Reflecting on the legacy of John F. Kennedy and the call to public service05:19 Interview with Scott Smith, former CEO of Valley Metro in Phoenix, AZ05:19 Scott Smith's Journey into Public Service08:37 The Challenges and Triumphs of Building Light Rail in Phoenix13:34 The Referendum Battle and the Future of Light Rail22:05 Reflections on the Transit Industry and Future Perspectives26:02 Marketing minute with Elea Carey and Transit Unplugged Editor, Tris Hussey30:42 Coming up next week on Transit Unplugged
Today I'll be sharing some thoughts about the upcoming Full Moon in Gemini, which is happening on Nov 27th 2023. Mars is conjoined the Sun, Saturn is forming a t-square to the luminaries, Mercury is square Neptune…. there's a lot to talk about today! I'll also be going through each rising sign and sharing the life areas you might see this lunar eclipse show itself. 00:00 - Transit overview 16:55 - Gemini 17:35 - Cancer 18:30 - Leo 19:15 - Virgo 20:02 - Libra 20:55 - Scorpio 21:45 - Sagittarius 22:24 - Capricorn 23:21 - Aquarius 23:58 - Pisces 24:45 - Aries 25:28 - Taurus Book an astrology consultation: https://catroseastrology.com/astrology Get Your FREE Daimon Name Generator: https://catrose.ck.page/e342595715 Get Your FREE Lunar Path Journal: https://catrose.ck.page/2e382f447a Make a donation to keep this astrology content free: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catroseastro Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catroseastrology Subscribe to this channel so you can always stay up to date on my latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqiJ1yNr3178b-VIY2WCmQ?sub_confirmation=1 #TheCreativeIntrovert #CatRose #CatRoseAstrology
Melanie Piana is finishing her final term as the mayor of Ferndale and transitioning as the latest Program Director for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. Melanie joined Nick Austin to discuss Ferndale's Woodward Moves project, which aims at improving pedestrian safety, and to discuss RTA's future transit plans.
Paul Murnane has the morning's top local stories from the WCBS newsroom.
Changes are likely coming to Transit Authority of River City (TARC) by virtue of the fact that the agency is getting a new leader soon.LBF reported earlier this week that Carrie Butler, who has led the organization in recent years, has submitted her resignation. So we talk about what that might mean for the future of TARC on this week's Access Louisville podcast. This leads into a discussion of transit in Louisville overall and why it's just not popular among most residents. After that we talk about a couple of other high profile leadership changes at Louisville organizations, including the upcoming departure of Tori Murden McClure from Spalding University and a new CEO for Seven Counties Services.After that we get into a little restaurant news, including new locations for Noche Mexican BBQ and Charleys Cheesesteaks. We also chat about the soon-to-be open Derby City Gaming Downtown and its slick new 3-D video board.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
An exclusive post-election hour-long interview with Des Moines mayoral candidate Denver Foote. How lucky are we?! Keep up with Denver's work with Des Moines People's Town Hall: https://linktr.ee/dsmpeoplestownhall Closing music by Justin's band BCJsPs - come hear us play in Iowa City on 11/17: https://www.publicspaceone.com/events/bscjsps Call us at (319) 849-8733! Support RHC at https://patreon.com/rockhardcaucus https://rockhardcauc.us
Today I'll be sharing some thoughts about the upcoming transit of the Sun and Mars in Scorpio in a trine to Neptune in Pisces and what it will bring What does it mean for the Sun, our source of light, inspiration and purpose to be merged with the God of war and discord and working with the support of the mysterious and mystical planet of Neptune? In this video I'll be sharing with you what you can expect from this opposition, and I'll be going through each rising sign and sharing the life areas you might see this transit show itself. 00:00 - Transit overview Scorpio 16:00 Sagittarius 16:57 Capricorn 17:50 Aquarius 19:00 Pisces 20:03 Aries 21:14 Taurus 22:22 Gemini 23:30 Cancer 24:32 Leo 25:35 Virgo 26:25 Libra 27:25 Book an astrology consultation: https://catroseastrology.com/astrology Get Your FREE Daimon Name Generator: https://catrose.ck.page/e342595715 Get Your FREE Lunar Path Journal: https://catrose.ck.page/2e382f447a Make a donation to keep this astrology content free: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catroseastro Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catroseastrology Subscribe to this channel so you can always stay up to date on my latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqiJ1yNr3178b-VIY2WCmQ?sub_confirmation=1 #TheCreativeIntrovert #CatRose #CatRoseAstrology
This week, we give you Part 2 of our special CEO roundtable recorded live at APTA TRANSform Conference and EXPO. The conversation picks up with host and producer Paul Comfort asking the panel what are the big projects they have going on. From Dave Dech's trash clearing to Coree Cuff Lonergan's just culture, each CEO highlights an essential aspect of public transit today.The discussion continues with each CEO talking about the biggest trends facing the industry, including payments, apps, transit-oriented development, and providing a better experience for customers.Make sure you listen to the whole episode with Dave Dech from TriRail, Coree Cuff Lonergan from Broward County Transit, Dottie Watkins from CapMetro in Austin, Tiffany Homler Hawkins from LYNX in Orlando, and Frank White from KCATA in Kansas City.After the CEO Roundtable, Elea Carey has some concrete tips for connecting with employees to help towards what Coree would call a "just culture".We're not done with Orlando yet! This week on Transit Unplugged TV we're featuring Orlando, LYNX, and Brightline Trains! Make sure you check us out on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@transitunpluggedNext week on the show we have Adam Hill, Editor-in-Chief of ITS International Magazine https://www.itsinternational.com/, talking with Paul about high speed rail and the complexities of lowering emissions from passenger vehicles.If you have a question or comment email firstname.lastname@example.orgTransit Unplugged is brought to you by Modaxo, Passionate About Moving the World's People.00:00 Introduction and Transition to Projects01:06 Dave's Project: Cleaning Up the Tracks02:48 Dottie's Project: New Station Construction06:24 Tiffany's Project: Contactless Fare Payment08:50 Frank's Project: Transit-Oriented Developments11:18 Coree's Project: Creating a Just Culture14:15 Future Technology in Transit22:27 Best Things Happening at Agencies28:40 Marketing Minute with Elea Carey28:40 What's coming up next week on Transit Unplugged
In Folge 90 geben wir nicht auf und ergeben uns auch nicht! Wenn die Aliens kommen, sind wir bereit. Aber können sie uns überhaupt finden? Wir schauen uns an, ob und mit welchen Methoden und außerirdische Zivilisationen entdecken können. Da wurde tatsächlich wissenschaftlich geforscht, mit spannenden Ergebnissen. Außerdem: OSIRIS-REx geht nicht auf, der Mond ist alt und Planeten gehen kaputt (nicht bei uns). Evi hat den passenden Film zum Thema, nämlich “Galaxy Quest”. Bei Grabthar's Hammer! Wenn ihr uns unterstützen wollt, könnt ihr das hier tun: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/PodcastDasUniversum. Oder hier: https://steadyhq.com/de/dasuniversum. Oder hier: https://www.patreon.com/dasuniversum.
Amye is joined by Amanda to rewatch Yellowjackets S1:EP10 Sic Transit Gloria Mundi**Please note: This is a rewatch! If you haven't watched all of seasons 1 & 2, please do so before listening!In the season finale, the adult Yellowjackets work to dispose of Adam's body and then scoot on over to their 25th high school reunion where memories of Jackie abound. Jessica Roberts escapes captivity, Tai wins her election, and Natalie returns home in a dark place and is grabbed by mysterious strangers. In the wilderness, Van begins to buy into whatever Lottie is selling, and Jackie and Shauna finally have words after which Jackie heads outside for one final, very deep sleep. SUPPORT THE SHOW: Join Little Miss Recap EXTRA for Sister Wives content and ad-free versions of all of our shows. https://www.patreon.com/littlemissrecaphttps://littlemissrecap.supercast.com/THE SHOW:Get in touch with us:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/littlemissrecapFacebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/littlemissrecapInstagram: @littlemissrecap Voicemail: www.littlemissrecap.comEmail: Info@littlemissrecap.comYou can find Amye at @amyearcherwriterYou can find Amanda at @amandalipnack Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In the latest episode of Along the Lines, host Ben Limmer and special guests Rahmane Camara (Transportation Planner 2 at the Connecticut Department of Transportation) and Carmine Fiore (Regional Sales Manager at New Flyer) discuss Connecticut's bold journey to electrify its entire bus fleet by 2035. Learn how this green initiative addresses climate change and improves air quality in Connecticut and the region.
Today I'll be sharing some thoughts about the upcoming New Moon in Scorpio conjunct Mars and opposite Uranus in Taurus and what it will bring. What does it mean for a new beginning, a new seed being planted in the sign of death, decay - and with the planet of war in a very close opposition to the electrifying, shock inducing Uranus? In this video I'll be sharing with you what you can expect from this opposition, and I'll be going through each rising sign and sharing the life areas you might see this lunation show itself. 00:00 - Transit overview Scorpio 09:32 Sagittarius 10:05 Capricorn 10:53 Aquarius 11:50 Pisces 12:33 Aries 13:18 Taurus 14:13 Gemini 15:01 Cancer 15:48 Leo 16:39 Virgo 17:21 Libra 18:10 Book an astrology consultation: https://catroseastrology.com/astrology Get Your FREE Daimon Name Generator: https://catrose.ck.page/e342595715 Get Your FREE Lunar Path Journal: https://catrose.ck.page/2e382f447a Make a donation to keep this astrology content free: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catroseastro Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catroseastrology Subscribe to this channel so you can always stay up to date on my latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqiJ1yNr3178b-VIY2WCmQ?sub_confirmation=1 #TheCreativeIntrovert #CatRose #CatRoseAstrology
The Toronto man whose relatives were abducted by Hamas Guest: Aharon Brodutch, Toronto resident Vancouverites are the slowest talkers in Western Canada according to a new study Guest: Geri Mayer-Judson, Show Contributor Canada's plan to stabilize immigration levels at 500,000 per year in 2026 Guest: Marc Miller, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Transit in 30 years Guest: Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink SING! Vancouver's first major acapella festival Guests: J-M Erlendson, General Manager of the SING! Festival and bass singer with Countermeasure Aaron Jensen, Musical Director, composer and singer with Countermeasure This week in B.C. politics Guest: Keith Baldrey, Global B.C. Legislative Bureau Chief Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This month's transit update is a solo all about what's going on this month in astrology. In this episode, I talk about: AnxietySaturn stations directVenus moves into LibraMercury in GeminiJupiter in Gate 24 moving back into Gate 27Sun moves into Sagittarius Scorpio New MoonGemini Full MoonMars Sun conjunction in ScorpioResources talked about in this episode: Wholistic Human Design Academy The Astrology PodcastReset & Embrace 3-month containerLinks: HD: Attached Coaching Program - 12-week coaching program1:1 Session Human Design & Astrology SessionsHealy Frequency SubscriptionShop HealyGrab your Human Design Chart here. Get on the Mastery Monday NewsletterWhere you can find Rochelle: InstagramTikTokWebsiteYouTubeEmail: email@example.comAffiliate Links:Get 10% off Dame Products with code EMOTIONAL10Get 15% off your first month of Seed Daily Synbiotic with code EMOTIONALGet 10% off Alohi MauiBotanic tonics: Get $40 off your first box with code ROCHELLE40Support the show
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Welcome to a transformative discussion with Sophia Mohr, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). In this engaging episode of The Infrastructors, Sophia sheds light on COTA's mission to move lives forward and the groundbreaking initiatives shaping the future of public transportation in Central Ohio. Explore the evolution of public transit, from on-demand bus services to smart infrastructure and generative AI. Discover how COTA, in collaboration with cutting-edge technologies like Rekor, is proactively reshaping the transit landscape, ensuring seamless commutes, and enhancing the overall quality of life in the region.
From the Henssler Financial Studio this is your news minute on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast presented by Engineered Solutions of Georgia. Today is Monday, October 30th and I'm Keith Ippolito. Residents in Smyrna offered feedback at an open house regarding the 2024 Cobb transit tax referendum, which aims to fund transportation projects through a 1% sales tax. The Cobb Department of Transportation has developed two proposals: a 30-year plan expected to collect $10.9 billion and a 10-year plan with $2.8 billion in projected revenue. Chairwoman Lisa Cupid supports the 30-year option. Attendees at the meeting favored expanding high-capacity transit and microtransit within Cobb, emphasizing connections within the county over connections to external locations like MARTA or the airport. Microtransit received positive feedback, especially for serving senior populations. Some residents expressed cautious support for the transit tax, citing past disappointments with similar measures, but stressed the importance of citizen input in shaping the plan. For more news about our community, visit mdjonline.com. For the Marrietta Daily Journal Podcast I'm Keith Ippolito. https://www.esogrepair.com www.henssler.com #NewsPodcast #CurrentEvents #TopHeadlines #BreakingNews #PodcastDiscussion #PodcastNews #InDepthAnalysis #NewsAnalysis #PodcastTrending #WorldNews #LocalNews #GlobalNews #PodcastInsights #NewsBrief #PodcastUpdate #NewsRoundup #WeeklyNews #DailyNews #PodcastInterviews #HotTopics #PodcastOpinions #InvestigativeJournalism #BehindTheHeadlines #PodcastMedia #NewsStories #PodcastReports #JournalismMatters #PodcastPerspectives #NewsCommentary #PodcastListeners #NewsPodcastCommunity #NewsSource #PodcastCuration #WorldAffairs #PodcastUpdates #AudioNews #PodcastJournalism #EmergingStories #NewsFlash #PodcastConversationsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Professor and author Nicholas Dagen Bloom joins me to discuss his new book The Great American Transit Disaster: Austerity, Autocentric Planning, and White Flight (University of Chicago Press). You know transit is a mess in the United States but take my word for it: after reading this book you will understand how and why in a brand new way. If you think you already know the story, you don't! Question Cathy is traveling the world, so Question Kyle and Question Jennie pinch-hit for her in a truly stellar Mailbag. Half of the Mailbag is included in this episode, and then the rest is available as bonus content on patreon, because capitalism. Please support Mass for Shut-ins, an independent and ad-free podcast, via Patreon. Contact me via twitter (@edburmila), at least for now. I am on Bluesky at edburmila.bsky.social as well. Thanks: Nicholas Dagen Bloom, QK & QJ, the bands that contribute music (IfIHadAHiFi, The Sump Pumps, Oscar Bait), Zachary Sielaff, Question Cathy, and all Patreon supporters, subscribers, and listeners.
In this video I'll be covering the upcoming transit of Venus into the sign of Virgo and what it will bring. What does it mean for Venus, goddess of beauty, harmony, peace and joy to enter the domain of Mercury, the sign of the harvest, of counting out the grain and wondering if we've done enough, if we know enough, if we have enough...? In this video I'll be sharing with you what you can expect from this transit, and I'll be going through each rising sign and sharing the life areas you might see Venus in Virgo show itself 00:00 - Transit overview Virgo 15:47 Libra 16:20 Scorpio 17:18 Sagittarius 18:15 Capricorn 19:12 Aquarius 20:04 Pisces 20:52 Aries 21:33 Taurus 22:27 Gemini 23:15 Cancer 24:08 Leo 25:02 Book an astrology consultation: https://catroseastrology.com/astrology Get Your FREE Daimon Name Generator: https://catrose.ck.page/e342595715 Get Your FREE Lunar Path Journal: https://catrose.ck.page/2e382f447a Make a donation to keep this astrology content free: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catroseastro Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/catroseastrology Subscribe to this channel so you can always stay up to date on my latest videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeqiJ1yNr3178b-VIY2WCmQ?sub_confirmation=1 #TheCreativeIntrovert #CatRose #CatRoseAstrology
On this Election 2023 re-air, Crystal chats with Teresa Mosqueda about her campaign for King County Council District 8 - why she decided to run, the experience and lessons she'll bring to the County from serving on Seattle City Council, and her thoughts on addressing progressive revenue options, public service wage equity and morale, housing and homelessness, public safety, transit rider experience, climate change, and budget transparency. As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at officialhacksandwonks.com. Follow us on Twitter at @HacksWonks. Find the host, Crystal Fincher, on Twitter at @finchfrii and find Teresa Mosqueda at @TeresaCMosqueda. Teresa Mosqueda As a Progressive Labor Democrat, Teresa Mosqueda is committed to creating healthy and safe communities, investing in working families through job training, childcare and transit access, and developing more affordable housing for all residents. She brings a proven track record of successfully passing progressive policies and building broad and inclusive coalitions. Teresa was named one of Seattle's Most Influential People 2018 for acting with urgency upon getting elected, received the Ady Barkan Progressive Champion Award from Local Progress in 2019; and earned national attention by leading the passage of JumpStart progressive revenue to invest in housing, economic resilience, green new deal investments, and equitable development. Prior to elected office Teresa worked on community health policies from SeaMar to the Children's Alliance, and championed workers' rights at the WA State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, where she helped lead state's minimum wage increase, paid sick leave, farmworker protections, workplace safety standards, and launched the Path to Power candidate training with the AFL-CIO. Resources Campaign Website - Teresa Mosqueda Transcript [00:00:00] Crystal Fincher: Welcome to Hacks & Wonks. I'm Crystal Fincher, and I'm a political consultant and your host. On this show, we talk with policy wonks and political hacks to gather insight into local politics and policy in Washington state through the lens of those doing the work with behind-the-scenes perspectives on what's happening, why it's happening, and what you can do about it. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get the full versions of our Friday almost-live shows and our midweek show delivered to your podcast feed. If you like us, the most helpful thing you can do is leave a review wherever you listen to Hacks & Wonks. Full transcripts and resources referenced in the show are always available at officialhacksandwonks.com and in our episode notes. I am very excited today to have joining us - current Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who is a candidate for King County Council District 8, which covers Seattle - including West Seattle, South Park, Georgetown, Chinatown International District, and First Hill - as well as Burien, part of Tukwila, and unincorporated King County - in White Center and Vashon Island. Welcome to the program - welcome back. [00:01:22] Teresa Mosqueda: Thank you so much for having me back - I appreciate it. [00:01:25] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. So I guess the first question is - what made you decide to run for King County Council after being on the Seattle City Council? [00:01:35] Teresa Mosqueda: I've been really, really honored to be able to serve the full City of Seattle - 775,000 residents at this point - to be able to pass progressive policies like progressive revenue through JumpStart, Green New Deal and affordable housing that it was funding, to be able to quadruple the investments in affordable housing, to expand worker protections. But the truth is, we know that much of the population that I was elected by - the folks that I really center in my public policy - also work and have family outside of the City of Seattle. And in many ways, I want to build on what I've been able to accomplish in Seattle - investments in affordable housing, investments in new career pathways, good union jobs, to expand on the childcare and working family supports that I've centered in my work on City Council. But in order to reach the broader population of working families who are just outside of Seattle's borders but may work in Seattle and come in and out of the City - I want to create greater equity and stability across our region - the County is the place to do it. And in terms of stability, the County is the only place that has purview over public health, has the purse strings for behavioral health investments. And so if I want to complement efforts to try to house folks and create long-term housing stability, especially for our most vulnerable community members, the County is the place to do that - through investments in behavioral health, by sitting on the Public Health Board, by being directly involved in the budget that has purview over public health and behavioral health investments. I see it as an extension of my work at the City to create housed and healthy communities. And it actually goes full circle back to my roots where I started my career in community health. It is exciting opportunity, and I see it as a growth and expansion of the work that we've done in Seattle. [00:03:24] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. You talk about progressive revenue - the JumpStart Tax, which is a really, really important source of revenue that has been so helpful for businesses in the City, for residents, so many people in need - and has been a benefit to the City, especially in this time of a budget downturn in that the JumpStart Tax helped to bail out a budget shortfall there. So this revenue seemed to come just in time. You had to fight for it. You led the fight for it. What lessons do you take out of that fight to the County, and what progressive revenue options are there at the county level that you would be willing to pursue? [00:04:05] Teresa Mosqueda: I think one major lesson is how I've approached building these big progressive policies that have not only earned the majority of votes, but the vast majority - if not unanimous vote sometimes - that have withstood the test of time, have not been overturned, and have not been overturned by legislative councilmatic action nor by the courts. I will take with me to King County the ability to build these broad coalitions. And think about JumpStart - who was there when we launched it? It was ironworkers and hardhats, along with business entrepreneurs from both small and large business, with community and housing advocates standing collectively together to say - We will not only stand by this progressive revenue, we will stand by it knowing that it's five times the amount of the previous policy and it's twice as long. That's a huge effort that took place to try to get people on the same page, and we had to - with growing income inequality, growing needs, an increase in our population. There was no other option. This had to succeed, and so I will take that same approach to King County Council. So much is on the needs list right now in the "wake" of the global pandemic. We have the ongoing shadow pandemic. We have increased needs for mental health and community health investments. We have increased needs for food security and housing stability. There is not an alternative. We must invest more and we must do it in a way that withstands the test of time, like I've done on Seattle City Council. So for me, it's the how I bring people together that I will bring to King County Council. And I think it's also the what - not being afraid to push the envelope on what's possible. Many people said it was impossible to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - and we got sued, and we won. People said it was impossible to legislate having hotel workers get access to guaranteed healthcare at the gold level, protections from retaliation, maximum workload. We not only passed that in legislation, but we withstood that in the court. And the same is true of JumpStart. We withstood multiple litigation attempts to try to take away JumpStart, and it's withstood the test of time. And I'm excited to see what else we can do in a city that sees so much growth but incredible inequity across our region - to bring people together to address these pressing needs. [00:06:24] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. You talked about housing and homelessness, and one thing called out by experts as a barrier to our homelessness response is that frontline worker wages don't cover their cost of living. Do you believe our local service providers, a lot of whom are nonprofits, have a responsibility to pay living wages for the area? And how can we make that more likely with how we bid and contract for services at the county level? [00:06:54] Teresa Mosqueda: Yeah, two things I would say. One is - absolutely, we need to make sure that folks who are working on the frontline as human service providers - think folks who are the counselors to youth, or people who have mental health or substance abuse needs that we need to help address so that they can get stably housed, think about services to our vets and seniors. These are workers on the frontline who rely on relationships and have skills, expertise in the human service category. They need to have investments in these deeply needed services. And in order for us to create greater stability, we need to be paying them living wages. I say "we" - because this is not about the nonprofits needing to pay them more. It is about we, the public entities, needing to increase our contracts to these organizations who then employ people to be on the frontline. For better or worse, we have a human services system that has largely relied on contracting out critical services that are arguably public services. They are supported by public dollars, and we, public officials, have a responsibility to pay those organizations enough so that they can invest in the wages for frontline workers. That is what I have tried to do at Seattle City Council. The first year that I came in at Seattle City Council, the Human Services Coalition came to me and said - We have not had a cost of living increase in 10 years. To not have a COLA in 10 years for most workers in our region and across the country is unheard of, but it's especially unheard of for the very folks on the frontline trying to address the most pressing crisis in our country right now - and that is housing instability and homeless services. So we worked in 2019, and we passed the Human Services cost of living adjustment - that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what needs to be addressed. The historic and chronic underfunding of these positions still needs to be addressed. We are not going to be able to close this gap of 40, 50, 60% turnover in our critical organizational partners, organizations, if we don't address the wage stability issue. So I think actually going to the County and bringing that experience of having worked directly with the human service providers and hearing their stories about why it was so critical not only to have a cost of living adjustment, but to get at this chronic underfunding is going to be really coming at a pivotal moment. Seattle does have a cost of living adjustment. I want to bring that cost of living adjustment to King County and collectively with Seattle, I want to work to address the underpayment for human service providers as well. [00:09:26] Crystal Fincher: There's been a lot of action when it comes to addressing housing and homelessness from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to new legislation, and potentially even more legislation coming out through the end of this legislative session. We're currently recording this in mid-April, so it may come out a little bit further when there's a definitive answer for everything that happens. But amid a lot of this work that is currently being implemented or has just been authorized, there's a lot in process but still seemingly a lot more that needs to be done. What would your top priorities be to make a noticeable and meaningful difference in both homelessness and housing affordability if you're elected to this position? [00:10:11] Teresa Mosqueda: Resources for housing is critically needed across King County. Resources will help local jurisdictions be able to implement the new requirements that are going to be coming forth from our State Legislature, which - I want to thank our State legislative members - every year they go to Olympia and every year we ask them to be bold - be bold on housing solutions, recognizing that housing is the solution to being houseless. Housing helps people who have multiple compounding factors get healthy, get stable, and be productive members of our community. Housing is the solution to this biggest crisis that we see, not only in Seattle and King County, up and down the West Coast, but across our entire country. We have not built enough housing to house our current population plus the population who will continue to come to our region. So one of the things that I think I can take to the County is the desire to make sure that local jurisdictions, whether it's Burien or Tukwila, or unincorporated areas like in Vashon and Maury Island or in White Center - that they have resources as well to help build the type of housing that's being requested from the State Legislature - to do so in accordance with their Comprehensive Plan so that people can implement it in the time frame that works for those local jurisdictions, but to help them take away the barrier of not having enough resources. Seattle is unique in that we have pushed forward different resources. We have different types of tax revenues - thanks to JumpStart, for example - but in areas that don't have those type of resources, I hope the County can continue to be a good partner, in addition to the state, to build the type of diverse housing that we're now going to be required to build and hopefully we can do even more. The State Legislature is actually creating a new floor. We should be building upon that, and where we can go higher and denser - that is good for the local environment, it is good for the local economy, it's good for the health of workers and small businesses. And it's what I've heard from Vashon Island to Tukwila - people have said, "We don't have enough workforce housing." Small business owners have said, "I don't have enough workers in this area because they can't afford to live here." So I want to hopefully break down misperceptions about what type of housing we're talking about. We're talking about housing for seniors and vets, kiddos, youth, workers. We're talking about supporting the creation of that housing with additional revenue - that's one of the things I'd like to bring to the County. And to also recognize that when we have diverse economies that are prosperous, it's because workers can live next to their place of employment. Workers can walk to their childcare. We don't have time to spend two hours in the car commuting back and forth - that's not good for our health, our family's health, and it sure isn't good for the health of our planet. So it's a win-win-win, and I think that's something that I can really bring in as a County Councilmember - the knowledge that these local jurisdictions want to do more, but sometimes are limited with their resources. And wherever I can, I want to help step up and provide that support. [00:13:08] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. Public safety has also been an area where the County continues to make a lot of news, has a lot of responsibility - they operate a jail, and that has itself made a lot of news. Over the past couple years throughout the pandemic, some of the employees of the jails - the guards - other people, the Public Defenders Association have called out overcrowding conditions, unsafe conditions in the jail. There's been times where the jail has not had clean water, several illness outbreaks, people not being treated correctly. It seems to be a really bad situation. Recently, the King County Council just voted to extend a contract to rent additional beds from a SCORE facility in Des Moines. This, during a backdrop of events where the King County Executive has made a promise to close the King County Jail, but it seems like we're getting further away from that, or at least not getting closer to that. Would you have voted to extend the SCORE contract? And should we close the jail? What is your vision for the short term? [00:14:17] Teresa Mosqueda: I think that the move to close down a jail that's both outdated and unsafe is not only good for the inmates, it's good for the folks who are working there. I think this is another example of where there's a false perception of sides. People who work within the jail, as well as those who are incarcerated, have expressed their not only horror when seeing mold and deterioration of the building, but it is extremely unsafe as well - as you mentioned - due to overcrowding. There's a few things that I think we can do. Number one, we should address upstream - who was being sent to these facilities in the first place. In a presentation that the Seattle City Council received from the City Attorney's Office, there was a large number of people who were initially booked and jailed, and ultimately were released because there was no grounds to put forward charges. And I think we need to stop the habit or the practice of putting folks in that situation to begin with. Even if they are not incarcerated for long periods of time, the fact that people are being jailed - especially youth - creates consequences down the road, mental health consequences, consequences for your housing, for your livelihood, your employment. And the negative impact of just being booked in the first place - both for the physical health of somebody, but also the trajectory of their life - is quantifiable. It is known, and we should stop that practice early. I agree with the effort to move folks into a situation that is healthier, but I also want to continue to look at how we can reduce the chance that someone is ever incarcerated in the first place, invest more in restorative justice practices. I'm optimistic by some of the conversations I've heard from folks in the community, specifically in Burien, about the ways in which some of the initial conversations have taken place with the Burien City Police Chief Ted Boe, and some of the commitments that have been made to try to look at restorative justice differently. And I think that holistically we need to look at what leads someone to be in that situation in the first place and back up to see what additional community investments we can be making so that people can have greater access to economic security, community safety, and reduce the chance that someone ever interacts with the carceral system to begin with. [00:16:40] Crystal Fincher: What do you think, or for people who are considering this voting decision and who are looking around and who are feeling unsafe, and who are not quite sure what the right direction is to move forward, or what can be done but feel like something should be done - what is your message to them? And what can make us all safer? [00:17:01] Teresa Mosqueda: There's a few things that I think have really come to light, especially during the pandemic. We tell people to stay home to stay healthy. Well, if people don't have a home, they can't stay healthy. If we can think about the increased situation where many of us have probably seen loved ones in our lives - whether it's family members or friends - who have turned to substances to cope, to self-medicate with the stress, the trauma, the isolation that has only increased during the pandemic. I hope there's greater empathy across our community and across our country for why people may be self-medicating to begin with. And I think if we think about these recent examples of where we have seen people become more unstable in their housing situation or turn to substances because of increasing stress and pressure, that hopefully there's greater empathy for why it is so critical that we invest upstream. It is not an either/or - it's creating greater balance with how we invest in community safety, in what we know equals the social determinants of health. When we invest in housing, it helps reduce the chance that someone is going to engage in criminal activities later in life. When we invest in early learning, in job opportunities, in youth interactive programs, when we invest in even gun reduction and youth violence reduction strategies, it helps create healthier individuals and healthier populations, reduce the chance that someone ever interacts with an officer to begin with. These are public safety investments, and they shouldn't be seen as a separate silo from "traditional safety." It actually saves lives, and there's a huge return on investment when we make some of these upstream program policies a priority. I think it actually creates healthier communities, and for those who are looking at it through the economic lens, healthier economies - knowing that that return on investment has been proven time and time again. And it's good for individuals and community health as well. [00:19:02] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. Now, there's a shortage of workers across the board - certainly King County is included in this shortage of county workers in several areas, including in many front-line positions that impact public safety - maintenance, care, health - all of those that are crucial to delivering services and help that the residents of the County need. We've seen hiring, retention, and referral bonuses for public safety employees. Do you think we should be considering those for other employees? [00:19:39] Teresa Mosqueda: Absolutely. This is part of the conversation that I raised while at Seattle City Council. There is, I think, a detrimental impact to workplace morale across public servants when we're not uniformly treating people the same. It's not what I feel, it's not that that's my perception - that's actually coming from workers within the City of Seattle who completed a survey that our Human Resources Department, in addition to Seattle Police Department and other Seattle agencies, completed to ask, "What would you like to see? How would you feel if certain employees got a hiring bonus or retention bonus?" And overwhelmingly, workers in public service said that they thought that this would hurt morale - if existing public servants weren't treated the same. I mentioned that in the Human Services category, there's a 40% to 60% turnover rate for our nonprofit organizations who are helping folks on the frontline. There's a huge turnover rate, as well, within our Human Services Department - we've had to freeze the hiring, and reduce hours, and reduce positions. Public libraries, community centers are front-facing programs for the community during COVID and we are slowly starting to scale those back up, but they're nowhere at capacity right now. And what workers themselves have said within the City of Seattle is - they want to see greater strategies for retention. Investments in childcare keeps coming up. Investments in more affordable housing keeps coming up. And if you want to look specifically at the Seattle Police Department, the officers themselves said that they did not think that hiring bonuses was the way to address retention and morale issues - that played out in their comments in the press, as well as the survey results that we saw. I think that there's a more equitable approach that we should be taking. I think that we should be looking at how we recruit and train and incentivize people to come to public service overall, whether that means you're coming in to work as a firefighter or a police officer, or whether that means that we want to recruit you to be serving the public in libraries or as a lifeguard - which we don't have enough of - or as a childcare provider, which we don't have enough of. We should be looking across the board at these public service programs and figuring out ways to both address retention and morale, and to do so equitably. And to listen to what workers have said - they want housing, they want childcare, they want regular and routine transit. And they want us to, especially within the City of Seattle, address disparity in wages for folks of color and women compared to their counterparts. Those are some things that I think we should be taking on more seriously. [00:22:17] Crystal Fincher: Definitely. Now, you talk about people saying they want regular and routine transit. Lots of people want that. Lots of people - more importantly - need that, are relying on that. And there's been lots of talk about the rider experience around safety on transit, but also about the availability and accessibility of service and all-day service - not just some of those commuter-centric commute-time service bumps that we've seen. What would your approach to Metro be as a councilmember? [00:22:50] Teresa Mosqueda: So I appreciate that you raise safety because it is an issue that comes up for riders as well as the drivers. Members of ATU, who drive buses around King County, have expressed increased concern around their safety. Whether they're driving in the day or night - given COVID has increased interpersonal violence across our country, they are on the receiving end of that as well. So I'm excited to talk with ATU, with members who have been out on the frontline as our bus drivers, as well as riders to talk about how we can improve safety for everyone. That is - again, on the preventative side, trying to figure out ways that structurally and through public policy we can ensure that riders and drivers are safe. There's also two things that drivers have talked to me about and folks within King County Metro. They say there's a lot of focus on new routes and how do we expand routes - routes, routes, routes - which I also agree with. But they've also brought up that we need to continue to invest in the people, maintenance, and operation to make sure that there's enough people to be working on existing routes and new routes to come. Similar to housing, we don't want to just build units. We want to make sure that for those who need personnel in those units to make sure that folks stay stably housed, we're investing in the workforce to ensure that that housing, that that unit is successful. We need to be looking at investments in the workforce, recruiting folks to come to these good living wage union jobs, and to be thinking about how we improve retention and stability as well. And for as far as maintenance is concerned - thinking more about how we can invest in greener fleets, greener maintenance opportunities, and ensure that those vehicles are running well and routinely. So those are two of the things that have come directly from the frontline drivers themselves. And then more broadly - workers. You mentioned all-day services. I would also argue all-night services to the degree that we can add additional stops, because many of the childcare providers who are coming in early in the morning, construction workers who are coming in early in the morning, janitors who might be going out late at night, talk about how they have to rely on vehicles because there are not times that the buses are showing up to get them to work and back home in time. So I think that it's multi-prong. But again, I think the common ground here is that the workers in this sector are agreeing with the recipients of the service. And collectively, I'm hoping that we can address safety, workforce needs, and increase routes as well. [00:25:23] Crystal Fincher: Definitely, and I really appreciate you bringing up the workforce needs. I know a couple people who use transit regularly but ended up getting vehicles because of the unpredictable cancellations due to staff shortages, whether it's maintenance or drivers, just making it unreliable to get to work on time. And already the time taken to commute that way is a lot, so that would improve the experience greatly - definitely appreciate that. Transit is also very, very important to achieving our climate goals. And by most measures, we're behind on our 2030 climate goals - while we're experiencing devastating impacts from climate change, including extreme heat and cold, wildfires, floods. What are your highest-priority plans to get us on track to meet our 2030 climate goals? [00:26:17] Teresa Mosqueda: One thing might surprise folks in that category - probably not a huge surprise for folks who have heard me talk before - but I think if we can invest in additional housing, dense housing across our region, it will actually reduce CO2 emissions. And it's really common sense, right? We are the third-highest mega-commuter city or region in the nation. We have more people who are commuting back and forth to work than most of the country. And the reason is because they can't afford to find a house near their place of employment. If CO2 emissions from cars - single-occupancy cars - is the number-one contributor to pollution in our region, I believe that is at the top of our list for helping to reduce our carbon footprint across the country and across the globe. We should be increasing density. We should see it not only as a good economic stimulant, what's right to do for workers and working families, but it is one of the best things that we could also do for our climate. I think that there's - again, a misperception or a false divide between folks who are environmentalists and want to see more trees, and their perception that additional housing or density takes that away. It does not. We can both create setbacks for higher buildings and use the airspace to create living opportunities, while we plant additional trees and preserve old growth. I've gone to at least three ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Habitat for Humanity, who created - basically - townhouses connected altogether. We don't have a lot of row houses in Seattle, but row houses, if you will, around trees created in the shape of a U with old-growth trees in the middle - allowing for greater shade, and a play area for kiddos, and a place to sit for elders. It is very much possible to build dense housing options and preserve old growth while planting new trees. So I think in addition to creating density, we can plant more trees. We can do more to incentivize good living-wage jobs in industries that are cleaner. I heard from our friends in Georgetown Community Center that they had to beg and plead for one of the local industries to incorporate more greener options for a glass manufacturer down there. And we should simultaneously be seeing the opportunity to promote good jobs as a requirement for also promoting good green jobs. And I worked very hard with members of both the environmental community and the labor community in the past to push Just Transition policies - to ensure that as we transition to greener economies or greener manufacturing strategies, that we're preserving good living-wage jobs and, even better, preserving good union living-wage jobs. So I look forward to making sure that we have denser cities, that we have greener cities, and that we have greener industries. [00:29:13] Crystal Fincher: Now, King County does incremental budgeting, making it more challenging for people to understand how county funds are allocated in a base budget. The budget is known as one of your areas of strength. What do you think can be done to make the budget process easier for the public to understand and influence at the county level? [00:29:35] Teresa Mosqueda: I've been really proud of what we've been able to accomplish in Seattle. And coming from working the halls of Olympia on behalf of the Washington State Labor Council for eight years and then for three years before that with the Children's Alliance, I was used to this concept of having these biennial budgets that needed to be seen in full, that you could see the red line to know what was the investment from last year versus the upcoming year. Unfortunately, the City of Seattle doesn't have such a budget document. It's basically like single pages - page after page of narrative descriptions of what the dollars will do. That's fine for some budget notes, but what I think we are working towards in the City of Seattle - a preview for folks who love budget talk - is we're going to one day have a true biennial budget and an actual budget document where you will be able to see the red line, either additions or subtractions to specific programs so that everyone knows what is being invested in, how funding is changing, and where priorities are showing up in the budget. I am excited about being able to build on that work that I've done in Seattle, especially as Budget Chair, in some of the most pressing economic times in recent history, starting in 2020. And have been able to not only allocate millions of dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act, but also to create greater transparency in how we budget. One of the things that I think is maybe misunderstood out there is the way in which we've helped to provide transparency in the entire budget, but specifically the Seattle Police Department. It had not been exposed year-over-year that Seattle Police Department actually had about $40 million that was rolling over year-over-year on top of funding that the chief, that the mayor, that the department had acknowledged they could not use. And in a time where we saw an economic crisis on the horizon, growing needs in our community, and knew that that was $40 million that was not going to be put to use, not going into direct services for the community - and for those who wanted to see additional officers, wasn't even going to be able to use to increase the hiring plan. It's good budgeting to be able to make sure that that funding is transparently accounted for in the General Fund - and where we can deploy it to things like food, housing, childcare, economic security for small businesses that we do so. That's something I'm really proud of - that we were able to show what the full picture was, not only for that department, but for all departments. And to make some important investments in mental health services, behavioral health services, youth violence, gun violence reduction strategies - things that similarly invest in community safety, but we were able to show where those line items move. I will bring to King County Council the ability to structurally push for greater transparency for members of the public, encourage us as the legislative branch to own the separate but equal branch of government that the council is as the legislative branch, and ensure that the public has an opportunity to dive into the proposal that comes from the executive, just like the proposal that comes from the governor to the State Legislature. You receive that, you dissect it, you talk to community about what it means - and then ultimately the legislative branch reconvenes, reconfigures the budget, and presents it to the executive for a signature. It's good governance, it's good transparency. I think it's understandable from folks across whatever political spectrum - it's important to have budget transparency and accountability, and that's what I've been able to accomplish in the City of Seattle. [00:33:02] Crystal Fincher: It is, and I think there are a number of people, especially listeners to Hacks & Wonks, who do enjoy budget conversations, who would definitely look forward to more budget transparency at the County level, like you've been working towards at the City level. As we close here and as people are going to be making the decision about who they're going to be voting for for this County Council position, what is your message to voters and people listening about why they should choose you? [00:33:30] Teresa Mosqueda: I'm very thrilled to be in this race for King County Council. I think I have not only proven that I'm an effective legislator at the council level, but that I know how to center folks who have been left out of policy conversations in the room, but more importantly - follow the lead of those who've experienced the injustices over the years. We have been able to move historic, monumental, national-headline-grabbing policies within the City of Seattle in my now going into six years in Seattle City Council. And it has been done, I believe, in a collaborative way, in a way that has made transformational change, and in a way that I think has always centered - been centered on my progressive commitments to investing in working families, folks of color, and the LGBTQ community, workers to ensure that there's greater opportunity and prosperity. And creating housing and stability - that is something that is good for our entire community. I do this work because it's all about how we create healthy communities. You have to have investments in good living wage jobs and housing stability and opportunity education to have self-determination and control over your own life and your own decisions. And I think through public policy, through investments with public resources, we can create greater opportunity across our county. I am excited, as well, to be coming to this race as a woman, as a Latina, as a Chicana - poised to be the first Latina ever elected to King County Council. And with a King County population that is made up of half people of color and a quarter immigrant and refugee, it is critical that we have more voices with folks who have the lived experience coming from communities of color serving in these positions. I think that's why I've been able to effectively and efficiently move policy through so quickly - because I have put at the front of the line many of the community members who are often left out of policy discussions. I hope to bring in my commitment to working with folks who are workers, women, folks of color, members of the LGBTQ community to hear more about what we can do at King County Council. I know I have big shoes to step into with Councilmember McDermott and his commitment to public health, working with the LGBTQ community, his tenure in the State Legislature - and I'm also excited to add to that and serve our broader region and our growing needs. [00:35:59] Crystal Fincher: Thank you so much, Councilmember Mosqueda, for spending this time with us today and having this conversation. Sincerely appreciate it, and we'll certainly be following your campaign eagerly over the next several months. Thank you. [00:36:13] Teresa Mosqueda: Thank you so much - I appreciate it. [00:36:15] Crystal Fincher: Thank you for listening to Hacks & Wonks, which is co-produced by Shannon Cheng and Bryce Cannatelli. You can follow Hacks & Wonks on Twitter @HacksWonks. 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