Look West: How California is Leading the Nation

Look West - A unique view of the people representing you in the State Assembly who are leading California to a better future for all. A series of conversations with California State Assembly members and the people they represent, the Look West podcast brings you a unique view of the people leading California to a better future for everyone.

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Fire & Wine with Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry


As wildfires continue to rage across California, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) looks back on the devastation that ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties last October.  A winemaker, the Mayor of Calistoga and a local Battalion Chief all share their stories of loss and resilience, and discuss how wildfires are creating a “new normal” in the Golden State.
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Sheryl Sandberg, Assemblymember Evan Low and The Power of Social Media


On this episode of Look West, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) meets with world-renowned author and Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg.  They talk about the power of social media, diversity in technology, and how STEM is changing the way young women enter the workforce.
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LGBTQ Pride with Sarah McBride Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego)


On this episode of the Look West, Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) celebrates Pride Month at the CA State Capitol with LGBT Award winner, Sarah McBride.  Sarah is an internationally-recognized transgender advocate, a successful author and currently serves as the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C..  Together, they talk about LGBTQ rights, nerding out on CSPAN, the struggle comes to terms with their authentic selves, and what California is doing to inspire equality all around the world.
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Father's Day Special


On this special episode of Look West, the State Capitol celebrates Father’s Day 2018!   Five father’s; Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Jim Cooper (D-Sacramento), Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) share some unique, personal experiences about their journey into Fatherhood.  They each talk about when they first found out they’re going to be a Dad, who were some of their influences growing up, family-oriented legislation, and even some funny stories about their kids.  Listen now!
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Meet the Millennial Caucus


On this episode of Look West, Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) and Assemblymember Marc Berman (Silicon Valley) get together to talk about Millennial Leadership.  They get candid about some of the victories and the challenges they face as some of the youngest legislators at the State Capitol, parenting, advocating for the LGBT community and debate whether avocado toast is really all that it’s cracked up to be!  Listen now, and be sure to subscribe wherever you find your favorite podcasts! Assemblymember Ian Calderon:  Facebook/Twitter/Website Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes:  Facebook/Twitter/Website Assemblymember Marc Berman: Facebook/Twitter/Website
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Alzheimer’s and Aging with Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Liz Hernandez


On this episode of Look West, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) sits down with award-winning media personality and 2018 Latino Spirit Award recipient Liz Hernández for a meaningful discussion on the challenges and lessons learned through their experiences with Alzheimer’s.  Learn how Liz’s connection to hip-hop, 9/11 and heartbreak prepared her to be an activist for change. To learn more about the fight against Alzheimer’s, be sure to visit www.alz.org.
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Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, Cheech Marin and Lalo Alcaraz


On this episode of the “Look West”,  Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) meets with actor Cheech Marin and political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, two recipients of the Latino Spirit Awards.  They talk about the impact of Chicano art, their recent collaboration with Pixar, and how to challenge some of the stereotypes the Latino community continues to face.
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Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher and Kat von D


On this episode of “Look West,” Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) sits down with tattoo artist, makeup mogul and 2018 Latino Spirit Award winner Kat Von D.  They talk about their shared struggles with cultural identity, the importance of taking risks and even share tips on what and where to get your next tattoo!
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Assemblymember Jim Wood & Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula on Healthcare


On this episode of “Look West,” Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) share their experiences working in the medical field, and what led them to become influential California lawmakers.  They talk about the differences and commonalities of their districts, and why they believe Healthcare reform should be a major priority in the Capitol.  There’s also a fun discussion about fatherhood and a healthy debate about the power of a full-grown beard!  Listen now!
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California Assemblymember Rob Bonta – who played competitive soccer in college and continues to play recreational soccer today - introduces us to DACA recipient and LA Galaxy mid-fielder Miguel Aguilar.


In this episode of Look West Assemblymember Rob Bonta, a soccer player and lifelong fan of the game, introduces a conversation with DACA recipient Miguel Aguilar. At the age of nine, Aguilar was brought to the United States by his mother to escape the violence in their hometown in Mexico. He studied hard, graduated from the University of San Francisco and was drafted to play professional soccer. Videographer Christian Anguiano sat down with Aguilar after a recent L.A. Galaxy practice to hear about his journey from an undocumented child in America to mid-fielder for the L.A. Galaxy.