What’s Next Episode 7 with Democractic Club President Jon Katz


The What’s Next podcast is back, and this interview is a doozy. Featuring Democratic Club President Jon Katz, we have a wide ranging conversation discussing everything from how the Dem. Club makes endorsements and gets involved in issues, how Santa Monica IS safe, and even why Leslie Nielsen does a great job playing the President of the United States in Scary Movie 3.

If you prefer to read a transcript, a lightly-edited (for clarity) copy of our discussion can be read here. The audio is embedded at the bottom of this post.

And of course, we also discuss the Unite Here! and other hotel strikes happening throughout Southern California. Our next podcast will feature a worker explaining why they are striking and what they hope to achieve through direct action.

But in the meantime, the local dem club is making waves itself. The club announced this weekend that five members of its executive board were appointed to Standing Committees in the California Democratic Party (CADEM). These include:

Dan Hall, SMDC Vice President for Political Action, was appointed to the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) Committee,
Susan Sheu, SMDC Vice President for Communications, was appointed to the Platform Committee,
Natalya Zernitskaya, SMDC Recording Secretary, was appointed to the Rules Committee,
Caroline Torosis, Santa Monica City Council Member and elected CADEM Executive Board Member, was reappointed to the JEDI Committee,
Anastasia Foster, a Santa Monica Rent Control Board Commissioner, was appointed to be the Vice Chair of the Credential Committee.

If you’re just joining us, you can catch up on past episodes of Santa Monica Next: Episode 1 with Jesse ZwickEpisode 2 with Kate CagleEpisode 3 with Rick ColeEpisode 4 with Abby Arnold, Episode 5 with Cynthia Rose and Episode 6 with Daniel Ivanov.

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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