COVID-19 Community Report

In a time of physical distancing, access to local news and information is more important than ever. Join Host Autumn Labbe-Renault (she/her) live Tuesdays from 12-12:30. On the air since March 17, 2020,  Autumn's been interviewing public health representatives, elected officials, community activists, nonprofit leaders, teachers and more.  The information, resources, and strategies around COVID-19 are ever changing, and hearing from decision makers and community members in this moment is powerful. These shows are rebroadcast on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 pm, and Sundays at noon.  Autumn is executive director of Davis Media Access and is currently focusing some of her work time on documenting the effects of the pandemic here in Yolo County, using radio and video archives.

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COVID-19 Community Report, March 2, 2021: Student Voices Part 1

This month, I’ve been focusing on the return to in-person instruction in the Davis Joint Unified School District. I’ve interviewed administrators, teachers, and parents, and now, I’m speaking with students from various grades throughout the DJUSD. This week you’ll hear from Harper Pfeifer and Henry Schumaker, who are 6th and 7th graders respectively, and on March 9, I’ll chat with two high school seniors who have had very different pandemic experiences, Emme Dunning and Daniel Engotto.

In the youth advocacy and mentoring work I do, I believe it’s critical to hear directly from young folks, especially when they’re so deeply impacted by decisions that adults are making for and around them. I want to be clear that I had no agenda when I talked with these kids around school reopening — I just wanted to know how they were feeling about it. And with the two student voices you’ll hear today, they have very different perspectives on the matter.

COVID-19 Community Report, Feb. 23, 2021: Speaking with two local parents groups about school reopening

This month, I’ve been focusing on the return to in-person instruction in the Davis Joint Unified School District. This week I’m speaking with parents who represent different viewpoints on reopening. Dr. Audrey Pan with Safe Classrooms, Safe Community - Davis  joins me in the first interview, and Dr. Rachel Klein of DJUSD Parent Coalition- It's Time to Safely Go Back to School joins me in a second interview. Over the next 1-2 weeks, I will wrap this monthlong series by speaking with several DJUSD students. Previous interviews have included the teachers' perspectives on Feb. 16, and the district 's administration perspective with Dr. John Bowes on Feb. 9, 2021.  All 53 episodes can be streamed at the COVID-19 Community Report show page.

COVID-19 Community Report Feb 16th, 2021 - Speaking with Davis Teachers Amy George and Dianna Stommel

This month I’m conducting a series of interviews devoted to the reopening of in-person instruction in the Davis Joint Unified School District.  I have two interviews today: teachers Amy George (6th grade) and Dianna Stommel (11th grade). Dianna is also the current president of the Davis Teachers Association. Next week, I’ll speak to parents with different opinions about reopening. Both teachers share what's it been like to teach remotely this year, and how they've worked to build and maintain community in their classrooms. We also discuss what would make them feel safe and valued as the shift to hybrid and in-person instruction commences. Dianna addresses the DTA's position on reopening.

COVID-19 Community Report -Feb 9th, 2021 - Speaking With John Bowes Superintendent for DJUSD

This month, I'm doing a series on the return to in-person instruction in area schools. This is Part 1, and future episodes will feature teachers, parents, and hopefully students.

My guest for Episode 51, which airs Feb. 9, 2021 is Dr. John Bowes, who has served as superintendent for the Davis Joint Unified School District since July 2016. For the past 30 years, he has led thousands of certificated, classified staff and students throughout the state, working to promote 21st century teaching and learning; to create safe and welcoming campuses; to close achievement and opportunity gaps, and to further the work of diversity, equity and inclusion.

I want to note we recorded this interview last week, on the heels of a school board meeting that lasted until 12:30 am—just one of many long meetings in recent weeks—and in the midst of a several-day website outage that’s part of a widespread external platform problem.

COVID-19 Community Report - Feb 2nd, 2021 - Mayor Partida/Healthy Davis Together and Kristin Sky/Teen Mental Health

It's astonishing to me that we're at Episode 50, with nearly 85 people interviewed over the last 10+ months. Thank you to all who have listened and/or supported, agreed to be interviewed, and provided feedback. The stories we tell and the narrative we weave about the impact of the pandemic in Yolo County will be an important part of our collective archives.

On Jan. 30, The New York Times ran a lengthy feature on one community in California and its efforts to model a plan for curtailing the Covid virus. Spoiler alert: that's our community, Davis, CA, and we're on the map as being at the forefront of community engagement and science during the pandemic. One of the benefits of having a world-class university here.

COVID-19 Community Report - January 26th, 2021 - Lucas Frerichs

Lucas Frerichs was my first interview on this program, which debuted March 17, 2020. Since then, he's been re-elected to the Davis City Council to represent District 3, and now serves as Vice Mayor.  It's never an easy job to help govern a city, but of course it's been endlessly complicated during a pandemic. This weekend Lucas and I got together over Zoom and in Episode 49, had a far-ranging conversation touching on virtual governance; testing in Davis; the uptick in cannabis tax revenue during the pandemic, as well as the overall financial situation facing municipalities; traffic, crime, and more. I'm sure we could have talked for hours, but I always appreciate the opportunity to sit down with our local elected officials and touch base about community issues through their lens. 

COVID-19 Community Report - Jan. 19th, 2021 - Speaking With Tree Davis

It's Episode 48, and time to check in with  Tree Davis.  As I've said many times during the course of this show, it's not just the pandemic we're dealing with, but the attendant mental and physical health challenges, and dramatic social/political and  economic concerns. As well, things like the climate crisis haven't just disappeared.

That last point became a fascinating talking point in my interview with Erin Donley Marineau this week. As Executive Director of Tree Davis, Erin ovesees an organization that plants trees and does enviromental stewardship in communities around Yolo County, not just Davis. In normal years, she says, 40 Saturdays each year are devoted to working with volunteers in various cities. Obviously that scale of work has not been possible during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Community Report - Jan 12, 2021 - Updates on Local Sports and Independent Music

I've interviewed many people in the last 10 months. With each conversation, I aim to let people tell their stories--whatever they may be--about the impacts of the pandemic.

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Consider the sports editor when there are no games, no practices, no preseason. What's a guy to do? If you're Bruce Gallaudet of The Davis Enterprise, you muddle through and cover the angles you can. Catch our conversation about the status of UC Davis athletics, and the trickle-down effect that happens when high-school youth don't have college-level opportunities to pursue.

COVID-19 Community Report - Jan. 5th, 2021 - Shelly Gilbride from International House Davis

It's a new year, with hope on the horizon in the form of new vaccines, but the reality is we're still in this for a while, and the State's Stay Home Order is still in effect. The list of stats and updates I'll share on today's show is a bit daunting, which is one reason  I'm glad I have a great community leader to interview.  As Executive Director of International House Davis, longtime Davis resident Shelly Gilbride and her team have been guiding the venerable nonprofit through the challenges and changes of the past year. Before joining I-House, Shelly served  for five years as the Programs Officer of the California Arts Council,  where she was responsible for grant programs to support arts, culture, and creativity across the state.

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