Podcasts National Review’s Radio Free California Podcast

Episode 205: Under False Flags

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at St. Mary’s Center during a “Stop The Recall” rally ahead in Oakland, Calif., September 11, 2021. (Brittany Hosea-Small/Reuters)

Newsom & Co. want to kill the state’s referendum and initiative process, declaring it a danger to democracy. Lorena Gonzalez resigns from the Assembly to take a job with the California Labor Federation. LA Unified imposes mandatory Covid testing on half a million kids. A judge stops the San Diego Unified School District’s vaccine mandate for K–12 students. Teachers’ unions have a new plan for failing to educate (no more F’s!) and for declining student enrollment (more money!). In other news, we mark the passing of Joan Didion, recall the not-so-Great Flood of 1862, and consider the ongoing crisis in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Newsom’s showdown with Biden over pension reform, Elizabeth Warren’s Twitter war with Elon Musk, and new evidence of the decline of California. Music by Metalachi.