2020 Episodes

Interview with Vincent Oliver

Interview with Vincent Oliver

SacTown Talks welcomes Vincent Oliver, gaming attorney and cardroom expert, talking about the history and future of gaming in California. They discuss the history of regulation in California, how the different gaming interests came to loggerheads, why he disagrees...

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Interview with Fred Topel

Interview with Fred Topel

SacTown Talks has Fred Topel of the California Freelance Writers United. Fred discusses how he got into freelance writing, what freelance writing looked like before AB5, his worry that AB5 mistakes will be duplicated on the national level, his view on the changing...

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Interview with Dan Wallach

Interview with Dan Wallach

Daniel Wallach legal sports gaming experts. He presented earlier in the year to both the California Assembly and the Senate arguing about the legality of sport gaming in CA. He got his start in gaming with New Jersey sport betting cases in 2011 and became the go to...

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Interview with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Interview with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian AD-46 joins SacTown Talks. He says working from home was reminiscent of a campaign but in a more comfortable environment and that working in the legislature in 2008-09 was preparation for COVID budget issues. They then look deeply at the...

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Interview with Bill Dodd

Interview with Bill Dodd

Senator Bill Dodd joins SacTown Talks again for an illuminating look inside the work the legislature is doing to fill the budget gap left by COVID-19. They discuss sports betting, his new bill, SCA 6, and the tensions between different gaming stakeholders. They then...

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Sen. Andreas Borgeas & Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva

Sen. Andreas Borgeas & Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva

This week Jarhett is joined by Calfornia State Senator Andreas Borgeas (SD8) and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (AD65). Senator Andreas Borgeas discusses how Covid-19 has changed the legislative experience, and how well his staff has responded to help constituents,...

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Sen. Scott Wiener /Asm. Cecilia Aguiar Curry

Sen. Scott Wiener /Asm. Cecilia Aguiar Curry

SacTown Talks welcomes two guests this week. First Senator Scott Wiener (SD-04) joins us discussing how being a politician has changed in the Covid era, legislative priorities, especially help for the hospitality industry, and how the pandemic has cast a bright light...

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Interview with Asm. Jay Obernolte

Interview with Asm. Jay Obernolte

SacTown Talks welcomes Assemblymember Jay Obernolte. He discussed how sheltering-in-place was busier than normal for the legislature and staff and the surreal nature of social distance legislating during COVID-19. Then he and Jarhett get into the details of the budget...

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Interview with Jim Wyatt

Interview with Jim Wyatt

SacTown Talks welcomes Jim Wyatt of the President of the California Entertainment Machine Association. He explains who his association represents, discusses the effect COVID-19 has had on his association members, and the downstream effects of COVID-19 closures, how...

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Interview with Nick Sanders

Interview with Nick Sanders

SacTown Talks introduces the new host, Jarhett Blonien. Jarehett interviews Sid Lakireddy, the president of California Rental Housing Association. They discuss what CalRHA does, what the organizations response to COVID-19, their renters assistance proposal, possible...

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