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GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government


GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

#631 Growing Up in City Hall with Monica Davis and Poonam Davis

Fri, 19 Jul 2024

When public administration is a family business. Monica Davis, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Oakland, California, and Poonam Davis, Retired City Clerk for the City of Long Beach, California, joined the podcast to talk about their careers in local government. Monica shared what she learned growing up with parents in public service, Poonam shared her path to local government, and they both discussed balancing work and life.

Host: Meredith Reynolds

#630 Culture of Innovation in Local Government with Brian Elms, Change Agents Training

Fri, 12 Jul 2024

Brian Elms is the Founder of Change Agents Training, author of Peak Performance, and the former Director of Peak Academy and Analytics for the City and County of Denver. Brian joined the podcast to discuss innovation in local government. He shared how to start the process of innovation, the importance of subtraction in processes, and strategies to lead your team in change management.

Host: Rafael Baptista

#629 Grants Pass v. Johnson and a Utopian California City - GovLove Island

Wed, 10 Jul 2024

Housing and homelessness. The GovLove Co-hosts joined together in a grand experiment they are calling GovLove Island to discuss two of the latest topics in the local government world. First, they discussed the recent Grants Pass v. Johnson ruling from the Supreme Court. They chatted about what the court ruled, how it impacts local governments, and the complicated problem of homelessness for communities. Then, the panel chatted about a utopian proposal for a new city in California's Solano County. They talked about the proposal, what it might mean for some of the housing challenges in California, and the tradeoffs with investing in other communities.

Grants Pass v. Johnson:

East Solano Plan:

Panel: Dan Bolin, Meredith Reynolds, Lauren Palmer, and Ben Kittelson

#628 Parks Make Life Better with Lydie Gutfeld, San Bernadino, CA

Fri, 05 Jul 2024

Lydie Gutfeld, Director of Park, Recreation, and Community Services for the City of San Bernardino, California joined the podcast in honor of Parks Make Life Better month. She talked about her career path getting into parks, career accomplishments, and the transition to being a Director. She also discussed emerging trends in the parks and recreation field and cheerleading.

Host: Meredith Reynolds

#627 From Elected Official to Staff with Sandy Spang, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

Fri, 28 Jun 2024

Sandy Spang, Executive Director at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, joined the podcast to discuss her transition from elected official to local government staff. She shared her career journey from small business owner to an elected City Council member to working in economic development for the City of Toledo. She discussed her career accomplishments and how each career has impacted her current role as an Executive Director at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

Host: Lauren Palmer

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