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"brian ferguson" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"Ago Road trip. Give away with Are You Ready for this? A chance to win $5000 in free fuel signed me up. Joining us via our newsmaker line to tell us more is pilot flying Jay's chief Merck. Agent officer Brian Ferguson. Brian Welcome. Thank you for having me. How is everybody? Well, no complaints. You know, the kids are I'm the proud owner of two beautiful kids. They've been phoning it in now for Ah, couple of weeks. Now at school. You remember how it used to be here, you'd be in high school, but it's it's middle of May. So you know your bodies. They're your brain isn't as much. They're ready for summer, and I kind of feel like, but I don't think I'm alone here. I feel like the kids have been the best sports. When it comes to all of this stuff with Cove. It we all know did everything we needed to. We're happy to help. We want to help society. I gotta be honest with you. I was pretty easy going as a kid. I don't know if I would have taken Cove it in quite the good stride that today's crop of kids has done it. Do you have any kids at home? I do. I've got a six year old and a three year old and they both just finished up school last Friday, and they are in full summer mood already. So we're back to the races this morning with pool parties and strawberry. Picking and heading to the mountains, and I'll get a lot of pictures here at at work while the kids are off doing their summer kid thing, But I agree with you. They've been such Troopers through the last year, and I don't think I could have done it. So hats off to other all their great teachers and counselors and everybody who have made the experience really good for them. Oh, absolutely. God bless all the all the all the mom Dad teams that you just described as well, well done patting. Everybody's back there. It's well deserved. Okay, so that being said you and I and so many others so ready to pick Ove it behind us, and we were willing to do whatever it took and now with infections and numbers down to new lows each day, thank God People are ready to kind of like combine last year's travel urges, and this year's travel urges together to make this slam dunk memorable travels summer. What are you seeing? Because you've got your eye on the ball with this more than I do, and you've got the info on the backup in the data. What are you seeing with regard to the road trip travel trends out there where they headed to and what's the motivation behind it? I tell you, it Z gonna be an incredible summer and I'm actually staring at a big map in my near my desk here I've got. I don't know if I'm like you, or like everybody listening, but I've got four or five different destinations circled that that I want to get to you and that the family and I are looking forward to getting to. So we are expecting just as is reported unbelievable traffic, hitting the roads this Memorial day and throughout the summer, like you said, Everybody has He's got so much pent up energy last year, you know, just hit the reset button on last year. Now you've got two years of taken one summer and so the kids are a little older this year and we've got we've got a little more little more energy to spend. And so we're thrilled. Tol already start seeing tons of travelers hitting the road this weekend really starts you know, the summer rush. And with national Road trip Day this weekend, that's really the official start of summer. So we expect to see just you know, everybody on the road, you know, North South East West, heading to the beach to the mountains to the lake head into sports camps. It's gonna be a great summer. Oh, that's so awesome. I love that kind of talk, and it's so true, and it's just It's something that unites all of us. My God, they love you know, we're segmenting this way. And that way every single person you talked to.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"Give away with Are You Ready for this? A chance to win $5000 in free fuel signed me up. Joining us via our newsmaker line. To tell us more is pilot flying Jay's chief merchant officer Brian Ferguson, Brian welcome. Thank you for having me. How is everybody? Well, no complaints. You know the kids are I'm the proud owner of two beautiful kids. They've been phoning it in now for Ah, couple of weeks. Now at school. You remember how it used to be, You'd be in high school, but it's it's middle of May. So you know your bodies. They're your brain isn't as much. They're ready for summer, and I kind of feel like, but I don't think I'm alone here. I feel like the kids have been the best sports. When it comes to all of this stuff with Cove. It we all know did everything we needed to. We're happy to help. We want to help society. I gotta be honest with you. I was pretty easy going as a kid. I don't know if I would have taken Cove it in quite the good stride that today's crop of kids has done it. Do you have any kids at home? I do. I've got a six year old in a three year old and they both just finished up school last Friday, and they are in full summer mood already. Theo accident. Picking and heading to the mountains, and I'll get a lot of pictures here at at work while the kids are off doing their summer kids saying, But I agree with you. They've been such Troopers through the last year, and I don't think I could have done it. So hats off to other all their great teachers and counselors and everybody who have made the experience really good for them. Oh, absolutely. God bless all the all the all the mom Dad teams that you just described as well, well done patting. Everybody's back there. It's well deserved. Okay, so that being said you and I and so many others so ready to pick Ove it behind us, and we were willing to do whatever it took and now with infections and numbers down to new lows each day, thank God People are ready to kind of like combine last year's travel urges, and this year's travel urges together to make this slam dunk memorable travels summer. What are you seeing? Because you've got your eye on the ball with this more than I do, and you've got the info on the backup in the data. What are you seeing with regard to the road trip travel trends out there where they headed to and what's the motivation behind it? I tell you, it Z gonna be an incredible summer and I'm actually staring at a big map in my near my desk here I've got I don't know if I'm like you, or like everybody listening, but I've got four or five different destinations circled. That that I want to get to you and that the family and I are looking forward to getting to. So we are expecting just as is reported unbelievable traffic, hitting the roads this memorial day and throughout the summer, like you said, Everybody has just got so much pent up energy last year, you know, just hit the reset button on last year. Now you've got two years of taking one summer and so the kids are a little older this year and we've got we've got a little more More energy to spend. And so we're thrilled. Tol already start seeing tons of travelers hitting the road this weekend really starts you know, the summer rush. And with national Road trip Day this weekend, that's really the official start of summer. So we expect to see just you know, everybody on the road, you know, North South East West, heading to the beach to the mountains to the lake head into sports camps. It's gonna be a great summer. Oh, that's so awesome. I love that kind of talk, and it's so true, and it's just It's something that unites all of us. My God, they love you know, we're segmenting this way. And that way every single person you talked to whether they love Ah, day trip or two week traveled like which requires planning. I'm incapable of but I've heard of people who put together like this month long trip to somewhere. My hat's off to him, and everybody's looking forward to it now, and we briefly talked about this before, and I'm kind of old school more by laziness than anything else. You know, I'm used to certain tools. When I'm planning a trip on Lee to have my 16 year old daughter, my 13 year old son gently and for me that we've gone leap years in tools and tricks and stuff to figure out travel trends and everything else. So you're mapping out a road trip and again? Maybe it's just for a day. Maybe it's for a week. What are you finding to be The new You know, as of, you know, a half hour ago a week ago. Whatever. Educate me here on the new go to tools that are really helping travelers get to their destinations with the least amount of hiccups. It's saving the money that saving them time and I need to know more about these. It's one of the biggest things I wanted to ask you about. What do you find it to be The You know the big go to tools toe make these trips even easier this year. There are so many tools you know, just compared to you when we were growing up for even a few years ago, you know a pilot. We've done an incredible launch of our my rewards Plus happened all I'll just give you a little overview of what you can do within the APP. There's there's mapping. There's equally create your journey. You can plan all of your stops you can. You can explore the regions around where you want to stop again. Everything you need is in there so great deals on food and beverage and toys and souvenirs. And if you decide to take a left instead of the right and go.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"And it's going to take a long time to get those folks employed. The unemployment rate edged higher to 6.1%. Leisure and hospitality continues to need the bulk of the hiring while auto manufacturers lost 27,000 jobs is factories have been affected by the global semiconductor shortage. We'll go in depth on the jobs report at force at Let's see what time will we do that? We're going to go in depth with our poll question, and we'll get your latest thoughts on whether or not we should curb some of the benefits, which seems to be impacting people going back to work. Your top local story. Northern California still buzzing this afternoon after 4.7 magnitude earthquake rattled the town of Truckee Cape. The case, John Lowe, Bertini tells us the Shaker was felt for hundreds of miles. Three earthquake struck in the span of 11 minutes. It was pretty scary. It was like I thought somebody ran into the house, but it was the 4.789 35 that rattled 88 year old darling to Jesus, not a rolling earthquake feel it was a bump that thunk initially registered. Six point. Owen shake alert. But Brian Ferguson with the Office of Emergency Services, says early earthquake warnings went to millions of cell phones on the state's My shake. APP actually received some cases 10 to 15 seconds of advanced notice, Or is it your standing directly on the fall? You may have only received a second or two of notice no damage or injuries, but the quake was felt from president To San Francisco. Darlene's daughter, Nettie Earthquake so exciting, exciting until they aren't John Libertine news. 93.1 kfbk. Right. Okay, let's get more news with kfbk is Joe Michaels was exciting. Here at the radio station last night during the Pat Walsh Show on Kfbk. We're sitting here talking about the big day of giving talking about strange lights in the sky. And suddenly the Earth starts shaking. Oh, my gosh, I'm I'm sitting in the in and out line waiting to get a couple of hamburgers here and all of a sudden my car is just going Sideways back and forth and forth. You gotta imagine what was going through my mind. Well, it's all right. Jim was just an earthquake. 4.7 there near Truckee and those lights in this guy nothingto worry about actually, satellites. I think it's with the StarLink and was set up by the Space X and it's really just a Don't make sure your Internet work, so we're not being taken over by aliens. Everything's going to be all right Coronavirus. Very latest news. 93.1 KFBK, Sacramento.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"The Sacramento Valley. Also warmer today highs 80 81 to 88 in the Valley, Sacramento's predicted high today 87. Good morning. It's 5 30. I'm Dave Freeman. You're listening to KQED Public radio Live from KQED News. I'm Brian what San Mateo County health officials say thousands of county residents are overdue to get their second shot of the Fizer or Madonna Cove in 19 Vaccine, KQED Skate, Wolfe reports. Health officials in San Mateo County say they were surprised to find about 17,000 people are overdue for getting their second shot of those almost 11,000 have passed to the six week point after which the CDC says vaccine efficacy is unknown. That represents 2.4% of all people. Given the first dose in the county, the news comes admitted nationwide trend. The CDC reports. Nearly 8% of people who got the Fizer or Madonna shot in the U. S. Have not returned for their second shot. Officials in San Matteo attribute the drop off in part to limited vaccine supplies of the past few weeks and say they expect to receive additional supply from the federal government soon. About 1000. People in Marin County are overdue for their second shot, and many other Bay Area counties are not tracking the data. I'm Kate Wolf KQED News. California is sending hundreds of oxygen tanks to India as that country faces a major surgeon Cove in cases with the help of the United States Agency for International Development. The state is sending out equipment like oxygen concentrators, cylinders, regulators and personal protective equipment to India. Brian Ferguson is with the California governor's Office of Emergency Services. The purpose of this is really a humanitarian mission toe save live to protect people who are really in a dire situation. Ferguson says supplies are expected to reach India today. Black and indigenous residents in Alameda County are four times more likely to be homeless than the general population. A new report from the county says that in order to drastically reduce homelessness, it has to start by addressing those racial disparities. KQ bodies, Aaron Boldest, sorry, explains. Between 2015 and 2019. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Alameda County grew more than 20%. During the same time period, the number of people who are homeless nearly doubled to more than 8000 people. And that's fallen disproportionately on black and indigenous residents carry. Abbott is director of Alameda County's office of Homeless Care and Coordination. We're seeing a lot more people who really just need that economic support to be able to get into housing or to keep their housing. Abbott says that traditionally, people with chronic medical conditions or substance abuse issues have been prioritized for housing. But his housing costs have gone up. She says the county needs to expand, who qualifies for affordable housing and long term subsidies so that it's more tied to income. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says this approach will require ongoing funding. So many of our programs are one time emergency crisis intervention, but particularly when it comes to the impacts of systemic racism. Racism is not a one time emergency to make a big dent in homelessness. The county says it needs 800 million to $1 billion over the next three years. To build more housing and provide rental subsidies. I'm Erin Baldessari KQED news, and I'm Brian. What in Oakland? Good morning. There's more news and kqed dot or g'kar and support this morning comes to us from Oakland International Airport with new flights to Santa Barbara Palm Springs in Orange County. Oakland Airport. Calm I had on morning edition. NPR's No well King talks to Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York about the reform she's proposing with GOP Senator Joni Ernst. About the way the military justice system handles sexual assault. That story ahead. Also statewide stories and coverage Saul Gonzalez from our Los Angeles bureau at 5 51 with your California report this morning. Support for NPR comes to us for American Wendy Schmidt through the Schmidt Family Foundation, working together to create a just world War. All people have access to renewable energy, clean air and water and healthy food. On the web of the Schmidt dot torque.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"The Democrats want open borders. They really do that? This is a business no longer speculation. Um I don't think we need to, uh Read the tea leaves on their intense motivation and the border right now they want more illegal immigrants coming in because the reaction they take producers that outcome. They ripped up the agreements we have with Mexico and what the North Northern Triangle countries that these agreements were saving us. They reversed the process that Trump's DHS Meticulously created to prevent catch and release. Into and you get these asylum hearings done right away and the They reverted back to the old way that just releasing everybody, you know, show up. It'd be nice if you showed up to your court hearing your second one. Your third one this in practice in all practical reality. Produces indefinite stays inside the United States. An entire new generation of illegal immigrants over here. Now, this is a completely unsustainable model. Everybody knows it. You've got Texas Democrats going on Fox News and saying What you have to stop this. You have to reverse it. It's It's harming the communities down here. No, I gotta ask you, Congressman it my friend Brian Ferguson, I think you know, told me about hot washes that the sales would do about every operation. They ran. If you did a hot wash on the covert vaccine rollout What do you think would show up first as something you would do differently. No, I mean I'm I'm not close enough to it, Uh, really make that that assessment. It does seem, though, Like every prediction the Trump administration made came true. Um, whatever Whatever Prediction, whatever plan they said was in place. We appear to be following it. Almost exactly. By the administration keeps saying they had nothing and keep saying they improved upon it and never say what they did to approve about it. You noticed that probably because they did nothing, and they hate to admit that they were basically just handed a plan. That was decent enough. Look, any plan has to be managed. A zit goes day by day basis, so Sure given credit for managing the plan that was given to them in the vaccines that were High performing and handed to them right away, says that 107 million doses have been delivered in 80 million have been administered in the United States team. Biden could not have come up with that. That simply cannot be possible. No. And they're awful lying on their first day of office thing, You know, there's only half a million doses. We need to get it to a million, but they took office. Million dollars were being given out. So so what does the lockdown bill do? What does the anti lock down Bill do that you introduced? Well, it's two things one. Require states to simply have a reopening plan if they're going to get bailout money for their state and local governments. Okay, let's be clear is there's only money, the state and local governments decide deal with outside. I'll scare money. It's outside, people paid money. Any of that second thing that it does is prevent the president from unilaterally doing a national lockdown. S o, You know, Look, it would've been easy to write a bill. But just to say it's illegal to have locked down, But there's constitutional issues with that. So we actually thought through the constitutionality of the it's actually pretty reasonable. Um and look well, Democrats even look at it. No, of course not. They stopped at it. They're they're loved lockdown shape they think locked down to their savior. The premise behind this bill to is like I don't work. But there was there was some good rationale for this that they were truly saving lives and stopping spread. Um, you could at least have a decent debate. You know, I feel like the air on the side of personal choice and liberty over safety. I mean, of course you I can keep you very safe. And I put you in a jail cell. Never let you leave. I'm sure you are safe. But the reality is even that's not a good argument because they don't work and study after study has shown this one of the more recent ones pretty large city from Stanford. Says..
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Felt blessed. My point in all of this today is gratitude. My point everything today that I share with you about this is to say thanks and to Tell everybody involved. How much I love you from the bottom of Les, sizable and growing and still beating heart, Linda in an excerpt of his show that aired on Used talk, 12 90. Shortly after learning of the diagnosis. Roughly a year ago, then President Donald Trump presented limbo with the presidential Medal of Freedom. By an administration is moving ahead with plans to set up additional vaccination sites in cities across the U. S. NPR's Windsor Johnson reports. The move comes a day after the White House announced plans to ramp up supply levels and distribution efforts. The administration says. For the first time, the government has activated more than 1000 members of the military to support community vaccination sites. It's also deploying National Guard troops and retired medical personnel to administer the shots. White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Jeff Zion says the goal is to make vaccination sites easily accessible community centers, high school gyms. Churches and stadiums nationwide, and we're standing up innovative, high volume federally run sites that can give over 30,000 shots a week. Zion says The government is also coordinating with states to distribute vaccines and underserved communities and creating mobile clinics to reach rural areas. Windsor Johnston. NPR NEWS Washington Today's ash Wednesday. The day that Christians mark is the beginning of the season of Lent. NPR's Tom Gelt in reports a Corona virus pandemic is forcing some changes in traditions that are associated with the day. Typically on ash Wednesday, Christians are reminded of their own mortality. It's especially meaningful in the midst of a deadly pandemic. The verse Most associated with the day is from Genesis. When God tells Adam, Remember, you are dust and to dust, you shall return. Observant Christians often visit their church to have clergy used cash to make the sign of the cross on their foreheads. Such practices are not recommended this year because of the danger of spreading virus. The Vatican suggests that priest Sprinkle ashes instead on people's heads. Other church leaders say people could apply ash on their own at home. They say there are many ways to be reminded of the fragility of life and to encourage compassion. This is NPR news. Live from KQED News. I'm Raquel Maria Dylan. State officials say they're confident the Oakland Coliseum vaccination site will not run out of shots. The Coliseum, one of the first joint federal state vaccination sites, now up and running in California, started with about 4000 vaccinations yesterday, its first day open. Organizers say they'll ramp up to around 6000 in the next day or two. Brian Ferguson with the state Office of Emergency Services, says the Coliseum should not run out of vaccine like San Francisco's Mosconi Center. We're very confident we've been assured that the face levels of the government up to an employee of the White House task force the head of FEMA, Senior Executive department extent so we're very confident that they'll deliver on that. People who are eligible can make a vaccination appointment by using the state site, my turn dot see a dot gov or by phone. The San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission plans to vote today on whether the Sky Star observation wheel will remain in Golden Gate Park until March. 2025 Recreation and Parks spokesperson Tamar America. Parton says the wheel was supposed to operate for a year and give out half a million rides because of Cove it it only operated for 39 days, she says her agency wants the wheel to stay. It's become clear that a lot of economic recovery is going to happen in these public outdoor spaces not only bring visitors to the park, but also bring visitors into the museum's into the inner sunset businesses. If approved, the extension would go Before the park and rec Commission for final approval. I'm Raquel Maria Dylan. KQED NEWS. Support for NPR Today comes from Charles Schwab. Charles Schwab is committed to offering a modern approach to wealth management with personalized financial planning to meet and investors specific needs. Learn more at Schwab dot com slash plan. And the listeners of KQED. Seasonal temperatures. Dry conditions a week frontal system will bring some rain Chen's chances back to Northern California tomorrow afternoon into Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Widespread rainfall will be likely but limited to north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dry weather, then returns for this coming weekend along with a warming trend into early next week. From NPR and W bur. I'm Peter O'Dowd. And I'm Tonya. Mostly it's here And now people in Texas are miserable right now, after the entire state was hit by a winter storm that brought snow and frigid temperatures, millions of people have already gone more than two days without power. A lot of people don't have running water. And it's not over more snow and freezing rain is falling today in parts of southern,.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Live from NPR news. I'm Jack Spear. President Biden will have another opportunity to make the case for his nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief plan tonight. NPR's Windsor Johnson reports. The president is scheduled to take part in a town hall style meeting in Milwaukee. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the town hall is not about upping the pressure on Congress to pass the relief package but an opportunity for President Biden to reach out directly to those struggling during the pandemic. His objective is really to make sure he is engaging directly with the people who are impacted by the pandemic or impacted by the economic Downturn who are worried about whether they're going to get a shot who are don't know where tol information who are worried about whether they're gonna able to put food on the table. Biden's bill would provide up to $1400 in additional direct payments and extend extra weekly unemployment benefits that are scheduled to run out by the middle of next month. Windsor Johnston. NPR NEWS Washington Senators announced his first hearing to examine the January 6 insurrection of the U. S. Capitol singing will call in the former chief of Capitol police and the former heads of security for the House and Senate, all three of whom resigned almost immediately after the attack. Two Senate committees hold joint hearings next week to begin abroad examination of security failures that led to the breach of the capital in which five people died Committees. In addition to the hearing sketch of the February, 23rd also intended press for information. Roughly two dozen agencies departments about the response to the riot. York City today released new data breaking down vaccination rates by ZIP code as NPR's Sally her ship's reports, The city says the numbers highlight a stark divide. Residents of some wealthy or whiter zip codes are up to eight times more likely to have received the vaccine. Neighborhoods in Staten Island of Manhattan had the highest vaccination rates while the South Bronx parts of Queens and Brooklyn were behind. While the data don't indicate who is eligible, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Having this information will help overcome underlying disparities. The challenge here is that the Folks who already have been doing very well in our society also happened to be folks who had a high level of confidence in the vaccine and tremendous ability Tioga out there and go wherever it took. DiBlasio says. A new vaccination site in East New York opens this week prioritizing a Brooklyn ZIP code, or just 3% of residents have received a shock. Sally, her ship's NPR News. California is open to federally supported mass vaccination sites in Los Angeles and Oakland. They're looking to bring more inoculations of communities hard hit by the coronavirus. The sights opened in the nation's second largest city at California State University, Los Angeles at the Oakland Coliseum, east of San Francisco Bay. Each facility is expected to be able to administer up to 6000 vaccinations a day by the end of the week. On Wall Street. The Dow was up 64 points. The NASDAQ closed down 47 points. This is NPR lie from KQED News. I'm terrorists. Tyler, one of the first joint federal state vaccination sites opened at the Oakland Coliseum today, and the site started with about 4000 vaccinations and plans to ramp up to about 6000 and the next day or two. That's according to Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson with the State Office of Emergency Services. But how does he know the Coliseum won't run out of vaccine, like the Mosconi Center in San Francisco did were very confident been issued at the face levels of the government up to and including the White House task force, the head of FEMA. Senior executives of Barden expense, So we're very confident that they'll deliver on that. People who are eligible can make a vaccination appointment by using the state site, my turn dot CIA dot gov or by telephone. City councilors in Richmond are discussing stronger eviction protections tonight to keep more renters House during the pandemic. K cuties Molly Solomon reports. Despite statewide protections, the city of Richmond is still seeing a troubling number of evictions. In fact, Contra Costa County carried out the second highest number of evictions across the Bay Area during the pandemic. According to a KQED investigation that reporting is prompting Richmond to explore additional measures. Leah Simon Weisberg is attendant rights attorney there another community that didn't pass, You know, strong protections, and so as a result, many of their community members you know, to get evicted. And so I think this is a way to try and close those loopholes. She hopes Richmond follows San Francisco and Oakland in passing stronger protections. Those counties have halted nearly all of actions except for health and safety cases or if a rental is being taken off the market..
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KCRW
"The sleep train search site. Doctors and nurses are treating 14 patients at the arena north of Sacramento's downtown during the course of the pandemic. It served as a spillover facility for communities as far north as Butte, Shasta and Lake County's Brian Ferguson with California's Office of Emergency Services says The facility is meant to ease the burden on hospitals who are treating the sickest Coben patients. So these are people who can sell feed. They may require oxygen, but they're not intubated. And so there is like a very high level of care. But it's people who don't require like very intensive hospitalizations. Patient beds are divided by plastic sheets in a smaller gymnasium within the arena. Calloway M says they'll use the space for as long as necessary. And Cheech Marin is going to be celebrated in Riverside City has approved plans to remodel its old library mainline right to display the comedians art collection. They'll also be committing roughly a million dollars a year to help pay its operational costs. City Council voted unanimously to open up the Cheech Marin's Center for Chicano Art and Culture. Later this year, a new main library will be constructed a few blocks away. It's 6 33. This is greater l A on kcrw The show that connects you to the people and places of southern California. Hey there. I'm Steve to take us today. We're off to one of the less glamorous places in the region. It's a bathroom in Santa Monica. We're standing in front of the phone flush toilet restrooms on the level three of the city hall East building foam flush toilets, which means that use this foam instead of water, and then it composts in the basement. I'll bet you're thinking who really These phone flush toilets in Santa Monica's new City Hall building are also known as compost toilets, and they just may be the answer to one of the biggest water wasters. In this dry, drought prone climate. The biggest waste in wastewater is the fact that we're using fresh water to transport sewage. That's Ed Osan with the natural resource is defense counsel. Well, compost toilets, which use three tablespoons of water per visit instead of 1.6 gallons. Gonna be open for business. It's Santa Monica's.
Trump administration denies California relief for 6 fires
"Hey, Michael. Good morning. Good morning to you. Well, the Trump Administration did reject this request. It was in a letter from Governor Newsome back in September late September. This would mean essentially hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up damage from the six recent fires across the state, and it can be appealed. It will be appealed, but let's look at the motives behind the Trump administration's decision. What are they? Well, I don't want to see what the motives are, because this is a very much developing story. I did talk with Brian Ferguson of the Office of Emergency Services just within the last half hour. And you know, he makes it clear that they will be appealing. They don't seem particularly stunned by this they have. The Trump Administration has approved these kinds of requests for a presidential declarations in the past for wildfires and other disasters on clearly, you know, this wildfire season has been a particularly bad a historically bad one with Really bad fires in L, a Fresno Madeira counties and Casino San Bernadino, San Diego and Siskiyou. And so the administration sent this letter requesting disaster relief funds. More than four million acres burned in 2020. That's I think, double the state's previous record. And so the Trump Administration in responding FEMA in responding Said that the standards have not been met based on their review. So I did a said talk to Brian Ferguson and earlier this morning and this is how he described what the status of this request is. You know, this is not the end of our discussions in our process with the federal government. We were very much in the middle of this. Discussions with which the mother with other federal agencies can continue the letters and the legal documents for for months or even years. So we continued T work expeditiously that You know, turn on those programs leverages every ounce of federal support we can get, But this is very much an ongoing process. And he did say Michael that there are other parts of federal money that are available, like for small businesses and for you know individuals, A Zay said. This presidential declaration is the highest standard. On. So they know they only apply for these when they think they've got all of the verification and the data that they need to get it. So you know, I think they're not pulling the you know, pushing the panic button at this point. But clearly it was a surprise. And of course, you know your question was, you know, one of the motives and the initial. I think you know, the tendency is going to be to say, Oh, this is political. This is a psycho. This is trump trying to get you some back. You know, That may be true. It may not be true and it may all work out. In the end. This is not the first time That this sort of haggling back and forth has happened over an emergency declaration A few years ago, something similar happened with parts of the Oroville Dam. There were no questions about whether it was on state land federal land, so they haggled back and forth. And they finally resolved that. So you know, a cz Brian Ferguson suggested. This is not the end of the story. But it is surprising to say the least. Well, the president did approve welfare relief over the summer, and there are other sources of funding. FEMA grants, for example, is you mentioned, but no reasons were given, which is why I asked about motive, but remember the president and claim the state was not doing enough to prevent wildfires. He said. Governor Newsome did a terrible job forest management not breaking enough leaves, I guess like they do in Finland and The state faces over a $54 billion deficit because of the pandemic. It needs these funds to rebuild communities to rebuild buildings. Tio essentially fix damage roads and bridges. Absolutely, and you know, that was all included in the letter that the governor sent to FEMA into the president. Damage. As you said, you know, all kinds of infrastructure, not just the homes and buildings but bridges, schools, libraries, water and power facilities. Other infrastructure number of people have been killed. And you know this is extremely expensive and there are tremendous costs hundreds of millions of dollars for equipment and firefighters, fire retardant. There are all kinds of planes and helicopters, emergency emergency shelters, of course that get set up. So you know this is very expensive. It is a somewhat standard kind of request the kind of things that we see for hurricanes and Floods, wildfires and so on on. And as you said Trump has so far FEMA through and the Trump Administration have granted all of these on, you know, the president has said very recently that he has a good relationship with Newsome. You've Newsome was even featured briefly in an ad, which I'm sure he was not happy with the governor, but nonetheless, they do try to maintain despite all the political differences, which are major They do try toe team maintain a good relationship for just things like this, And we should mention that some of the stories that have come about as a result of this denial or refusal at this point have mentioned Wade Crow Foot. California Cabinet secretary confronting President Trump on climate change that one could assume falling on deaf ears. Well, you know, certainly. That was big news A few weeks ago when the president was here and yes, the governor's natural resource is director did confront him and I'm sure the president no did not appreciate the half. But I think we need to be careful to ascribe what what has happened here with this request to be directly related to that it might be, but it's not something that we're going to know. It's easy to speculate about Andi. It certainly wouldn't be inconsistent with the president's behavior on other issues in the past, But as I said FEMA are the Office of Emergency Services this morning at least, is not saying that and you know they're going to be appealing this initial rejection of the request.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KCRW
"Trump Administration has rejected California's requester for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent wildfires, including the Bobcat Fire in L. A county. That could leave the state on its own to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in recovery costs. It's case here. W's Darryl SATs in the reports. No reason for the rejection has been given. Governor Gavin Newsom formally asked for a disaster declaration late last month for the fires. Besides the bobcat fire, they include the Eldorado fire in San Bernardino County, the valley fire in San Diego and the creek fire, which has burned more than 340,000 acres in Fresno in Madeira. This week, the White House said the federal government won't share the costs of cleanup in rebuilding California did not ask for a specific amount of money because some of the fires were still burning and damage assessments are incomplete. That's according to Brian Ferguson with the governor's Office of Emergency Services. He could not provide a reason for the federal government's denial. President Trump has previously threatened to withhold disaster aid to California for wildfires, blaming the blazes on poor forest management. Scientists and state officials say. That's only a small part of the problem when fires are becoming more frequent and more intense because of drought and climate change for K C R w I'm Darryl Saxman, California's in the middle of the worst fire season in recorded history, with more than four million acres around the state already burned. Orange County is reporting another 31 corona virus related deaths. The number is high. But the director of the O C. Health care agency, Dr Clayton Chow, says it reflects a delay in reporting. In looking at the 31 cases. We have reported cases date back to June. So there are cases that scattered throughout the month of June, July, August, September and October. As in L. A county, OSI. Health officials are asking residents to take precautions this Halloween to slow the spread of the Corona virus, they say. Stay at home if you can many traditional Halloween celebrations, such as parties and in person. Door to door trick or treating post a high risk of spreading covert 19. In spite of those warnings, though some communities are going ahead, among them. Santa Clarita officials there have announced that residents can participate in the Halloween tradition this year. I just wanted to make sure that our residents knew It wasn't any ambiguity about it that if if you wanted to trick or treat you could. The sheriffs are not going to be sighting anybody for it, but just be respectful, But not everybody. Maybe comfortable yet. That Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smith talking to KCBS TV. Other cities have taken a strong stand against Halloween practices to try to prevent the spread of the Corona virus, among them. The Beverly Hills City Council has approved in ordinance to restrict Halloween activities. Support for NPR comes from focus features and MSNBC films. Presenting.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"For NPR news. I'm not a handsy in Beirut. This is NPR. Live from the news. I'm Queen Kim. Big story this weekend is the weather and several cities around the Bay Area could break heat records. San Jose is expected to hit the mid nineties today, putting it within striking distance of its same day record of 100 degrees, which was set in 1923. Inland cities like Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Saratoga are expected to see triple digit temperatures cooling centers are opening across the Bay Area this weekend. Patty, eaten with Santa Clara County's Office of Emergency Management, says the cooling centers will not only provide relief from the heat but also some much needed connection. We really worry about people that live alone during these times of extreme heat, and particularly during this pandemic, so we really ask you to look out for each other. Visitors will have to follow Cove in 19 guidelines like wearing facemasks and social distancing staying on the heatwave. Managers of the state's electric squid are urging Californians to turn up their thermostats and turn off unnecessary lights and appliances. To avoid blackouts, especially during peak usage times after three PM needs. Raquel Maria Dylan has more on what power managers are doing to prevent rolling blackouts. Governor Gavin Newsom's emergency order aims to reduce demand by temporarily relaxing environmental regulations on power plants. It also allowed large ships to run their own generators. Instead of plugging in at places like Navy bases, Office of Emergency Services spokesman Brian Ferguson.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Life beneath the rubble. 18 breaths per minute in a statement to media, the head of the rescue team could not confirm nor deny whether anyone is alive in the destroyed building, but vowed their work would not stop until they reached a result. Over a month after the explosion, the chances of finding a survivor in the wreckage grow increasingly slim with the passage of time. Lebanese say they're managing the expectations but remain hopeful for NPR news. I'm not a handsy in Beirut and you're listening to NPR news. Live from Kait Edie News. I'm Queen Kim. The big story this weekend is the weather and several cities around the Bay Area could break heat records. San Jose is expected to hit the high nineties today, putting it within striking distance of its same day record of 100 degrees, which was set in 1923. Inland cities like Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Saratoga are expected to see triple digit temperatures. Cooling centers are opening across the Bay Area this weekend. Patty eaten with the Santa Clara County's Office of Emergency Management says the cooling centers will not only provide relief from the heat. But also so much needed connection. We really worry about people that live alone during these times of extreme heat on particularly during this pandemic, so we really ask you to look out for each other. Visitors will have to follow Cove. It 19 guidelines like wearing facemasks and social distancing. Staying on the heat. Managers of the state's electric grid are urging Californians to turn up their thermostats and turn off unnecessary lights and appliances to avoid blackouts, especially during peak usage times after 3 p.m.. Needs. Raquel Maria Dylan has more on what power managers are doing to prevent rolling blackouts like the outages that hit in mid August. Governor Gavin Newsom's emergency order aims to produce demand by temporarily relaxing environmental regulations on power plants. It also allows large ships to run their own generators. Instead of plugging in at places like Navy bases, Office of Emergency Services spokesman Brian Ferguson says this could make a huge difference each of the ship's dozens of megawatts so by having them nearly pull out to sea or even a plug for a day or two that could have a significant impact. Energy demand is expected to peak at more than 47,000 megawatts on Sunday evening. I'm Marco Maria Dylan kick you in the news for more local news. Stay with us here. I'm Queen A Kim. And this is the news support comes from personal capital, offering instant access.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"Tune in to news world students what's what and what is going on news world why and what is going on and I don't know how to finish listening but you know a more your phone calls if that's what you wanna do this our wonderful is not cool whatever I'm good with that but if you do have something on your mind nine one six nine two one fifteen thirty would be one of the numbers your call thank you for all the nice calls by the way thank you by the way to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday on social media one thing that I do find it is there are a lot of people apparently that listen to radio shows who don't call in to radio shows in the one time you hear from them because they are sweet people kind people caring people is on your birthday and your birthday people will reach out on social media and he said well you think you know I I haven't seen her name here before I haven't seen this name or this name or this name in but they'll say something about this new show not a caller but I do listen and to all of you whether or not you listen to the show thank you for all of the kind messages over the weekend greatly appreciated I mean I didn't have time to really respond to everyone but but but I I'll do my best and and just take this opportunity to thank everyone the kennels birthdays coming up as well I last hour I was mentioning that someone along the way I can't remember who is thinking back who was it with the computer and money and mark the voice guy at one point I remember mark the voice guy in our house and I were having a conversation and a I remember it mark the voice guy you were telling me how I you know I think they should do is where the arco arena is out to make that into like a like a homeless place where they're homeless and they can bring the home was out and then they have like medical places and they can get check ups and then if they need be they could go in and maybe get there have you know closer hair done and you know maybe help get jobs or whatever and then I think it was either you or someone else who had mentioned to me may have been you that maybe at that time because we were just sitting there on the Natoma stereo that see you maybe they needed to use this as a possible place for all these two points that would be god knows how many people are gonna get the million people are gonna get the coronavirus I don't that was you'd imagine that to be with someone did what they did so they do it they did that they pay two million dollars two million dollars but the good news is they won't have to pay your rent for a while right the Sacramento Kings owner charge ran for cover nineteen hospital for that kid that Kobe nineteen US Middle they'll keep the one million dollars though the king is saying is it as I mentioned earlier I I did get a message from someone who I trust in the medical field deals and sees stuff every you know all the time and knows what's happening also said there was one patient in this big hospital coronavirus now whether or not that's true I don't know but I trust this individual in him secondly king's saying today they're gonna stop charging the state of California rent for using their former arena as a covert nineteen field hospital but they're gonna go and pocket the one million dollars of imitate so far but is it gonna be like two million right I thought it was gonna be like two million yes representatives of the team saying that they I guess they told the Sacramento bee this today in the this new arrangement comes three weeks after the the Sacramento bee revealed that the kings were charging the state five hundred thousand dollars a month for three months rental of this facility again and now in the Thomas that despite statements by the governor and kings chairman V. had granted even in the day in early April that implied that the older read it been there it went free the men went for free okay as it turns out the kings were only donating the team's former practice facility adjacent to sleep train but that would be paid for the use of the arena the kings were only donating the team's former practice facility I'm sorry for some of these patients going to be playing hoops that I'm not aware of maybe there was a one on one full court was this half court that I miss you maybe I'm reading that one for from what I understand it was everything but the practice center the practice center was still going to be used by basketball team soon right but the kings really donating their team's former practice really but as a field hospital to sleep train site is designed to accommodate four hundred beds across the main arena and the practice practice facility separating confirm covered nineteen cases some suspected cases only seven patients have been house there in the weeks since it opened this according to Brian Ferguson is a spokesman for the governor's office of emergency services seven seven patients in the three weeks since it's opened he said that the low number of patients should be seen as a quote met a net positive that the hospitals world won't warrant over run well sure July is bills were glad that it was extraversion that could have made all the difference that could have been the tipping point because coronavirus cases they say haven't surgeon is initially feared pardon me I think I may have the virus right now something went down wrong but because he's their cases have not surges initially feared persons as the arena a place in a warm shut down status this is effective at the end of may but could it be re open later if needed to douse patients in the event the local county still need this massive surge of patients of their hospitals he also said the facility will lock it could be used during the upcoming fire season as emergency evacuation shelter for the fire victims or for you for use of a during the PGA any public safety shout out to shut offs see that's the other thing we still have to deal with right so we're gonna go for the cold nineteen bang for that summer will be here to get this beautiful weather today it's raining and I was and before you know what you're gonna say well fire days of fire season and now there's the parties up I am so now we have to shut down these areas so it so now if you live in certain areas you know I have to get went well no matter where you live we all have to be used to this coronavirus shelter in place thing and then if you live in other areas then you have to be worried about PG&E shut downs so it certain times you have to just be hunkered down at home and at other times we hunker down home with PG&E so pardon me as for a good generator comes in handy a good generator comes in handy quite a bit wonders fall winds calm when we have the change of season yeah because it's just really especially after the corona pandemic is part of the hit is out was to the economy how you know it's going to throw a couple more jabs to knock it out by turning off the power yet generous be big sellers are by the way meanwhile the prices to it he is being kept open as a field hospital so any of the lease was supposed to conclude at the end of June and now in the amended agreement released to the public today the king's gonna get paid for the last two months will now allow free use of the facilities to the end of October so that's the update on that the keys keep the one million dollars of that been paid so far the kings praising Gavin Newsom's decisive leadership in slowing the spread of the corona virus pandemic it added that today's announcement represents the progress we've all made together to flatten the curve I still remember the first time I heard the term flatten the curve I was walking into work and my boss is standing there talking to me by my desk and he says Hey I can be flattening the curve and I looked at it was a weed well I mean these yeah you ever heard that term yet now is look it up flattening the curve ever since that moment I heard about it every day flattening the curve thank you bill we flatten the curve apparently so today's announcement represents version made flatten the curve we remain committed they say to continuing to use our platform for good and help support the needs of our community so that's what's happening with the now former arco arena sleep train whatever you wanna call it now there are some eat there is some easing going on when it comes to the re opening rules I'm sure you heard all about them Hey if you didn't then I'm glad to read some of these two yeah but then I want to get into this other thing well by the way sports could be back in some capacity very soon Hey did you pick this sport is one of the sports that could be the first sport to have fans back one of the sports a lot of the sports racing in the summer well let's do this was we won't have any fans you have a certain sports you can't air on TV I don't think or radio if there are no fans we'll talk about that but this this.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on No Agenda
"I found out april eighteenth and another city meeting eating that the nearby greenspace will be the future site of a one thousand nine hundred home development uh-huh so here. We are exactly a year later in last friday. I closed. I on the sale well this house row and have a pending offer on a new one on a done a dead end streets at this. The whole process has been one challenge in the afternoon. I hope you didn't go through the same real estate person. Thank you for keeping me sane through it. All all these include a sir american carnegie on the birthday list. I think i didn't i didn't i didn't send hysteric. I don't think maybe i did sir. American carnage on the birthday list turns twenty nine eighteen checking no so this is from dame new baronet whack a mole okay sherman harness black mole sir american-carnage win twenty twenty nine on the eighteenth. Okay got it. We are good to go and she says reclosed find an amount close to one percent of the realtor entitled fees. I paid aide while thank you. Is it deductible now her she deduct the donation as just one percent of the i guess not the probably not but that's not the idea is to help support the show. I know i know but thank you. Thank you very much. Congratulations gets the story out of her. That was nice. Congratulated congratulated six of us ca- vetting boom story good story to david vu gonzo yeah two hundred thirty for sir david david two three four five six jingles narcan karma. Thank you sir brian ferguson. The baron of customer <unk> mae sot two thirty three thirty theory. The sad puppy got to me said puppy said puppy score one for the pup pup does its job. The broke broke in the morning. Baron of custom make job karma and residents karma looking for a new place..
"brian ferguson" Discussed on News-Talk 1400 The Patriot
"United States navy now with the Carlyle Group and a frequent guest when matters turn to global affairs. Admiral though, welcome good morning. Great to have you great to be with you, Hugh. I wanna begin before we turn the Venezuela with a something of a sidebar that you and I have talked about a long time ago, which is the culture of mentoring in the military. The reason I bring it up last night. I had a chance to spend a good hour with my friend, Brian. Ferguson retired CEO who now leads Rena labs and Brian. I did not know this arena labs is wildly successful. But I did not know he had been your aid. And he looks up to an and every time I turn around I run into a Stavridis aid or disciple somewhere, and it struck me again that you and you're not alone in this you and senior members of the military invest in young people a great deal. It's sort of the culture of the military. I guess it is you, and I would say that the reason you keep running. Minutes because I need more help than the rich Admiral. But Brian came to me as a young civilian working in the Pentagon had this dream in his eye to become a US navy seal. I was skeptical, but we talked about it. And it was clear to me that he had what it took and went on to a brilliant career in the seals. And now is putting all that innovation that he learned in special forces to use in the private sector. I'm very proud of Brian. And thank you for mentioning that arena. Labs place is just amazing. I love spending time with the special operators who are now out in industry doing different things and how they bring not just mentoring. But an attitude of team building an innovation. I know this isn't Seapower. But you can't run a ship with one MOS, right? You need to have a whole bunch of different people running a ship and indeed the entire military, exactly. And the special forces bring that sense of let's try it. And there's not enough of that in various sectors in the US. Economy. So when you see people like Brian go into that world, you know, sparks will follow things will happen. And it won't always be successful. You know, you you. You'll miss more than you'll hit. But you will succeed long-term within a nation. That's the message special forces. Let's talk about the innovation of American foreign policy vis-a-vis Venezuela. It is clear Eliana Johnson. We're talking about this that the president the vice president the secretary of state in the national security adviser are using Twitter to lever Madero out of there to try and catapult him out of there. And Marco Rubio, specifically three days ago tweeted this future of democracy in Venezuela is largely in the hands of six men. General Vladimir Patrono, Admiral Remegio Sabet Major General Hejaz Raphael Suarez Torio, Admiral. Giuseppi Allesandro davita. Major General Edgar Valentine crews are TA guy and Major General Antonio Benedi's Torres. I quit. Do you know any of those guys? I know the second Admiral you mentioned, and I think that these are serious men who are calculating closely which way the wind is blowing. And I am cautiously optimistic that this one is going to land diplomatically, and I think the Trump administration which has had some hips and had some MRs as we were just talking about a moment ago is going at this one with great deal of innovation and using all the tools economic diplomatic political social networks highly effectively, and I think that we can land this thing I'd say three and four chance the military roles on Madero Maderas out of there. Now when you specifically address senior officers by name, and then Senator Rubio goes on to say amnesty is yours. You're speaking for one guy. Oh there, but they did the national simply did offer them amnesty. I actually don't know that there's a precedent for this. We tried this. I think in Chile, and it went very very badly wrong under Nixon have we tried this successfully before you can make the argument that this is how we got Idi Amin out of his nation back in the eighties. But in recent diplomatic history. It has not it's often proposed. There were discussions about this with Saddam Hussein most recently in my experiences this pre Malek Mandarin NATO, Hugh in Libya because we were launching that campaign. We tried everything we could to convince Moammar Qaddafi to simply leave and offered him a number of different really attracted next places. He could go a typically these repression is dictators hold on longer than they should and someone like Qaddafi ends up murdered by his own people. I think Medeiros a weak personality. And I think there's at least eight. A chance that he will waiver the military will push him out, and he can go off and live happily ever after on a hacienda outside of Havana. Yeah. Baby. Doc Duvalier took the option as well. Good good example. It does happen. But then I go back to the military, and what what Senator Rubio was saying as you can be part of the rebuild because you have not open fired on the civilians. That's the implication is that you have not trust a line yet. Do you think that's actually possible for them to immediately go in with a president designate Gwyther Guida and begin to function as a real military functions, for example, in this country and support of the civilian government? I think so and I'll give you an example of where we didn't play this one particularly well was in Iraq after we defeated the Iraqi armed forces in the invasion in two thousand three two thousand four rather than saying to them now is your chance to become a professional military. We simply decapitated them. We fired him. All we put a lot of the senior ones in jail and that army that Iraqi army is what built the resistance, which we had to fight, and you can drop a plumb line from that to the Islamic state. So I think that we would be well served to give this military the opportunity and tell them this is your chance arguably the worst foreign policy decision of the new millennium was the decision to disband the Iraqi army. I'm still not even sure who made it do you think it was Paul Bremmer? Was it do you do I think unquestionably? It was Paul Bremmer at that time. I was the chief of staff to Don Rum's. Feld who a number of people have tried to say, this was a Rumsfeld decision. Bremmer came back. You'll recall he was kinda the viceroy. This was his idea. His proposal. Rumsfeld was skeptical about it, but Bremmer pushed it over the top in the White House. So I think that's one that Paul Bremmer in the history books will have to answer for and I agree with you worst decision of the twenty first century. It has cost thousands of American lives in a couple of trillion dollars and hundreds of thousands of Syria. I mean, it just is one of the all-time dumb thing. And it's wonder if you game that out, do you suppose that if that had been table games that would have come out differently? I do. And I think again as we often see, Hugh, and you know, this is a student of history. We don't spend enough time trying to understand the history the culture of giving nations in the institutions we didn't those nations on this was a Soviet trained army in Iraq. They would have snapped into place. And I think become a pretty effective force. Iraq would be very different and much more positive place. If we had been smarter about. Decapitating that force. That's a very good lesson for American military planners as a think and diplomats in secretary Pompeii John Bolton, the vice president the president to keep in mind as they deal with the Venezuelan military. I hadn't thought much about that. But that is an excellent excellent caution. Speaking of secretary upon pale a minute ago, he tweeted out, quote, great to meet the next generation of freedom loving Slovak's at Globes sack their commitment to democracy is inspiring. I have no doubt that they have the hashtag courage to be free. You don't hear much about Slovakia indeed, much of the former Yugoslavian Republic how how fares freedom in that world, Admiral Stavridis. It's a mixed picture in first of all I applaud secretary Pompeii for simply going to eastern Europe into the Balkans. We have a tendency to put them sort of out of sight out of mind in the global economic and security seen. So he's been on a bit of a tour through that region and mixed picture as follows. The Balkan nations are now consolidating and joining NATO. That's a good thing. Tiny Montenegro will see Macedonia now known as north Macedonia. Join NATO, that's what's keeping the peace there in a part of the world that looked like Syria twenty years ago. The bad news is on the far end of that Poland somewhat in Hungary were seeing repression not yet to the degree that we ought to unduly worry about it. But you see some of those nations pulling away from some of the democratic norms. And I think that's part of why secretary Pompeii was going to shore that up within the context of NATO. My last question for you, Admiral. This is concerning to me the European Union reached a provisional deal today. A new rules governing the import gas pipeline called Nord Stream two it was a compromise of sorts. The Germans want Nord Stream to the anti Russian blocked wants no part of it. What do you make of this development, which appears to guarantee that this seven hundred sixty mile pipeline already under construction is going to roll from Russia into Germany? It's a bad bad deal from a US perspective, Hugh for two reasons. One is it will. Increase the dependence of Europe. Notably Germany on gas coming from Europe on hydrocarbons broadly. And then Secondly, this would have been terrific market for US liquefied natural gas, and with that pipeline, it diminishes the economic case for doing that. So this is a strategic and economic miss from the US perspective. We're trying to continue to push back on that. The Germans are not playing nicely with us on this. So as a former NATO allied supreme commander. What's a NATO commander to do in the EU, basically undercuts the entire mission? You are very frustrated, and I went through this in Libya, Hugh, when we did not see a number of the NATO allies step up and participate in that campaign, which was entirely legitimate and under the auspices, not only of NATO, but of the United Nations, we continue to have a disagreement with European Union, as you know, about Iran, and we're seeing the Europeans also undercutting the sanctions we placed on Iran. So we there's no easy answer. Here. We're not going to walk out of NATO or throw up our hands and stop dealing with Europeans. But we need to keep steady pressure on them. I think this is something secretary Pompeo peyot is doing quite well, Admiral, James Stavridis. Always a pleasure. Follow him on Twitter at staff readings Jay and follow me to the next segment America because it is always that time where I finish up a show. I always like to bring you a great guest at the end of the show, but also got to remind you of.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"Great to have you great to be with you, Hugh. I want to begin before we turn to Venezuela with a something of a sidebar that you and I've talked about a long time ago, which is the culture of mentoring in the military. The reason I bring it up last night. I had a chance to spend a good hour with my friend, Brian. Ferguson retired CEO who now leads arena labs and Brian. I did not know this arena labs. Wildly successful. But I did not know he had been your aid. And he looks up to every time. I turn around I run into a Stavridis aid or disciple somewhere, and it struck me again that you and you're not alone in this you and senior members of the military invest in young people a great deal. It's sort of the culture of the military. I guess it is you, and I would say that the reason you keep running into because I need more help than Admiral. But Brian came to me as a young civilian working in the Pentagon had this dream in his eye to become a US navy seal. I was skeptical, but we talked about it. And it was clear to me that he had what it took and went on to a brilliant career in the seals. And now is putting all that innovation that he learned in special forces to use in the private sector. I'm very proud of Brian. And thank you for mentioning that arena. Labs place is just amazing. I love spending time with the special operators who are now out in industry doing different things. And how they bring. Not just mentoring. But an attitude of team building an innovation. I know this isn't Seapower. But you can't run a ship with one MOS. Right. You need to have a whole bunch of different people running a ship and indeed the entire military exactly in the special forces bring that sense of let's try it. And there's not enough of that in various sectors in the US economy. So when you see people like Brian go into that world, you know, sparks will follow things will happen. And it won't always be successful. You know, you you. You'll miss more than you'll hit. But you will succeed long-term within a nation. That's the message of special forces. Let's talk about the innovation of American foreign policy vis-a-vis Venezuela. It is clear Eliana Johnson. And I were talking about this that the president the vice president the secretary of state in the national security adviser are using Twitter to lever Madero out of there to try and catapult him out of there. And Marco Rubio specifically three days ago. Tweeted this future of democracy in Venezuela is largely in the hands of six men. General Vladimir Patrono, Admiral Remegio Sabet Ohs Major General Hejaz Raphael Suarez Torio, Admiral Giuseppi Allesandro Semedo via Major General Edgar Valentine, crews are TA and Major General Tonio Ben of Adi's Torres. First question, do you know, any of those guys? I know the second Admiral you mentioned, and I think that these are serious men who are calculating closely which way the wind is blowing..
"brian ferguson" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"The Los Angeles area. I am joined by congressman Mike Gallagher earlier in this program. We had a congresswoman Liz Cheney new conference chair say she actually liked Mike Gallagher, but she did acknowledge with a laugh that he tends to go on and on and ramble about the Packers hit is in fact, part of his charm that he has disassociated from reality when it comes to football. But otherwise kind of wired in happy new year, congressman Gallagher. Happy new year. I thought you'd be nicer in the new year. But I guess that was wrong. The patriot mobile member of the week, and we continue to need your advice and wisdom, but I'm trying to help you grow. I appreciate that. And I appreciate my my best and only friend in congress with Cheney's kind words, I have nothing but enormous respect for her. We are lucky to have her in a leadership position. She is smart. She is tough. She does her homework. She shows up, and she's a great spokeswoman for the conference my recommended recommendation to her congressman Gallagher was to bring her father, former vice president and former secretary of defense Dick Cheney to the conference not to talk about those jobs. But the talk about his job is ranking minority member during the Iran contra select committee hearings when backed up by future. Judge dick Leon he managed to deflate every crazy attack. And I'm wondering if you think your colleagues in the in the house GOP conference are prepared to play defense, effectively which requires a lot of preparation and very little drama. You've just got to ask the right questions. I think so I think. We have some very talented people on the right committees. Who actually do the homework on the committees? I sit on which may seem like they're not related to that effort, for example, armed services, the same is true. Right. Because we know we're going to be getting a lot of pressure from the Democrats to let's say adjust the top line for defense spending defense spending below seven hundred fifty billion dollars. I think that would be a disastrous mistake, it would undo all the positive work. We've done the last two years. We know for example, that the incoming chairman of the committee on the Smith has said that he wants to undo or do a redo of the Trump administration's nuclear posture review to continue multilateral nuclear pact advancing. Nope, I use nuclear policy institute a ban on low yields submarine-launched nuclear weapons, so we're gonna have a huge fight aren't hand on the Armed Services Committee. So it's incumbent upon all of us. Not just those who sit on committees like judiciary or oversight and government reform to get more press because of the molar stuff to really dig into our committee work, do our homework and be better prepared to go. Toe-to-toe with some of the outlandish arguments. The other side is gonna make over the next two years L, Mike Gallagher, if you line up the members of that how many Republicans are there in congress. Total. I I don't know what the new number is. I think it's under two hundred. I think it's one ninety nine it might be two hundred. If you line up, the two hundred there's gonna be a smartest member may be Liz, and there's gonna be a dumbest member I'm not gonna name who that member is. And they're going to be the bell curve. Right. We can't have the dumb end of the bell curve in vocal visible point of contact with the public on these key committees. Does the conference understand that? I know Liz understands that I've had numerous conversations with Liz about, you know, how do you form different teams of people where you're putting your best people out on TV in op-eds in committee hearings, depending on what the issue is right in a very quick way. How can lose assemble this day tiger team of the top four spokesman spokeswoman to push back on the Democrats. So I think she's thinking very creatively about how we kind of improve our processes for getting together the team how we improve our messaging and how we make sure we put the best players on the field. This is crucial by this is this is everything about the next two years is the ability for Republicans to send the freedom agenda out defended and explain especially to the millennials why they want freedom and not your new colic. She's very charismatic Alexandria Okaz Cortez, but she wants to seventy percent marginal tax rate, and she wants socialism. We don't want to attack or we want to cheer her on charismatic very successful. But we want to explain and persuade people that is that way lies disaster. Completely agree. I'm one of the few millennials serving in the house right now. And I get a speech to the Wisconsin state convention last year talking about how we were headed in the wrong direction in terms of our trend lines with the next generation and the need to reach out to them in a way that Reagan would appreciate with a big tent party you reach out in a positive way. You talk about the positive aspects of free enterprise, but you sort of get away from these heady concepts like free enterprise and put it in terms of real concepts. Like, what are you actually need when you get outta college? You don't wanna be settled under a mountain of debt? You wanna get a good paying job? You wanna have a house that's affordable, which is increasingly not the case. Because if you live in places like San Francisco or New York, I think we have a message to sell. We just got to improve the people what we used to sell it. And the way we talk about this. We also have to sell a message about friends and enemies in the world. And how the government is supposed to work. I asked Tom cotton athletes, Chaney, I'm gonna ask you. Mike Gallagher is President Trump a Russian mole. This could be your new Alger hiss question. No. Of course, not listen, Hugh. I was a counterintelligence officer in the Marine Corps used to do a version of of mole hunting. I consider this laughable on its face. Consider the fact that it would all seem to go back to the steel which Komi himself admitted with salacious from verify consider also that Trump's actual policy has been hostile to Russia and more broadly was weak on Russia. Like Obama was the FBI doesn't have the council to small authority the launch an investigation on the grounds that they disagree with this policy, but the foreign policy has been tough on Russia. Look at Ukraine look at the fact that we slaughter two hundred Russian mercenaries in Syria. I could go on and the fact that were exploring the development of low yield nuclear weapons is in opposition to Russia's new recent nuclear posturing, so if he is a mole he would be the worst mole ever both. I obviously positions and also. The way Trump act. I don't think anyone to develop them as a mall. I consider this absolutely laughable on his face. And I'm someone who said from the start. Let's get it all out there. No shutting down the Muller reported. Anyone worked with the Russians are colluded with the Russians. They should be held accountable. But I think this is a laughable, I agree. And that is why always try and ask people. I give voice to the. Crazy left-wing insinuation because when you bluntly state them, they become absurd in the second one. If he's not a mole is he an asset or a stooge. No again, it goes back to towards what end I mean. I think perhaps you could say that the recent decision to pull out of Syria, which I have opposed and I think is misguided, and I will continue to make the case to the president himself that this is not something want to repeat because it's similar to certain moves Obama made maybe that is friendly to Russia's position in the Middle East. But other than that across the world, particularly as it pertains to the biggest thing we've done over the last two years, which is to say beginning the process of modernizing rebuilding and taking care of the military. This has not been a friendly administration to bladder Putin. I understand there's time to disconnect between what comes out of the Twitter feed of the White House, and what happens on the ground. But I try to examine dispassionately what happened on the ground. So I guess I'll caveat this by saying, you know, I'm not on the committees of jurisdiction. I don't know what the heck is going to be included in the mall report. But from everything I've seen as a member of congress. There is no evidence to support these outlandish claims that people are. Making every single day on TV and in the democratic caucus, but there is evidence to support the very real concerns at the FBI went rogue among its senior leadership in may of two thousand seventeen there is evidence of that. And when Bill bar gets there. I hope he calls up judge litigation and makes him as an offer to become and persuades him to become the deputy attorney general is rod Rosenstein heads out to retirement and rod Rosenstein respected by Bill Barr yesterday. But we need a new team and Mike Gallagher. We need to die into you know, this we need to dive into what happened in two thousand sixteen at the bureau because it's chilling. Well, I think first of all Bill Barr. I thought acquitted himself exceptionally well. And I'm sure he will continue to do. So today. I think he's a perfect pick the New York Times story, the circle bombshell story this weekend suggested the FBI initiated a counter tells us the best education of Trump after he fired com- if I have that correct? Yes. You do this. This is a bombshell. But in the exact opposite way at the White House was critic wants to believe because Trump has the constitutional authority to fire anyone who wants in executive branch and Komi himself testified that Trump one was not under investigation into Trump didn't end hasn't impeded the Muller investigation. And so I think when the dust settles here based on what we know. Now, here's what you're left with. And again, I I've been open to alternative evidence from the start, and I haven't been on the fire Muller band way. You have an incumbent administrate. You'll have the fact that an incumbent administration was spying on an opposition campaign and abusing the Pfizer process and illegally leaking an unmasking US person. In the absence of solid evidence of a crime. That's the problem. That's an abuse of power. The FBI is not capable of such a thing. Look at the FBI zone long history. Under hoover. We have many women the FBI that are exceptional. I marines that I served with it or not at the agents doing an incredible job risking their lives. That's why we need an FBI leadership that we can have confidence in and anytime, you have people anytime you have people in power that it's convinced themselves that they are defending national security by leaking or overstepping the bounds of their authorities. That is a very dangerous road to go down. Indeed, that's the ultimate arguments for conservatism. Right. We distrust concentrations to power wherever they just we place our faith and wisdom with the people of the United States. So I I just think this is really important that we get to the bottom of this in a dispassionate a thorough way. My final question is about recruiting members to run alongside of you in two years to get back the house, I sent a note to my friend, Brian Ferguson, who you may or may not know. A seal, but in left, the state service now in business, and I said Bryan you've got to run for congress in Orange County for one of these seats, and he laughed me. Opposite just look at Crenshaw Gallagher. We need nine eleven veterans of the war. Both men and women to step up and step into the fray. Are you having any success persuading others like Brian with the credentials and the brains to do this sort of thing? Well, he was you wrote about twenty twenty it's going to be a national security election. I think one we have to give the Democrats credit for recruiting a lot of veterans and foreign policy focused people to run this last election. That's why they were successful. We should do. Absolutely. The same thing. I have a variety of organizations on the political side that are dedicated solely to that. We're trying to build that out this year, especially in. So I would say to your listeners if you're a young nine eleven generation veteran,.
"brian ferguson" Discussed on Holding Court with Geno Auriemma
"So now after after thirty years and sitting there and seeing it all and being through the ups and downs. Your biggest highlight the time when you felt on top of the world as a Yankee. Slash. Broadcaster fan. Your highlight your biggest moment in the last thirty years with the team. If there is one. Is it impossible to to pinpoint one, but I think the year nineteen ninety six is always been my favorite Yankee year and after they got knocked out of the playoffs on the fifth and final game in Seattle, great playoff series, ninety five. They hire Joe Torry and we have been friends in Atlanta, but I- broadcast there. And so here was, you know, buddy coming over as manager. I was very close to them. Then the the team wasn't really expected to do anything and everything they did was magical, got into first place on may first and held it all year long. And and then the playoffs they were in in the seventh inning about it every game, and they stays rally after rally. And obviously they won went onto win the World Series. They had three games as Lanta that you're in the World Series. One was more sensational and the other. So I say that was the first time, and I always wanted to ring and I was with the nets when they won the last ABA championship and they didn't have money. Roxanne's is a rain. Yeah. Yeah. So I had to wait all the time. Now is ninety six about twenty years later, and I got my first Yankee ring, and I thought that year was absolutely phenomenal. How about that? Billy milky Oni on that team. Then that, yes, how, how about that? Yeah, a lot in those days, you know, nowadays, you see eight coaches on the sidelines well, and those days it was, you know, Kevin lottery who's one of my best buddies was coaching the team. So that was why that was so memorable and Billy was like a player coach for an assistant. I know you only assist is different is different world. The different and boy is a different world in every way. Absolutely. Yeah. Okay. So that that that was a big, you know, I always been. I've always been a big huge Joe Torry fan from heck from his playing days. And I always thought he managed with dignity and he handled everything with class, and he was really the kinda guy that you would wanna play for and the kind of guy you looked up to. No question. So. Let me guess. One of the most heartbreaking moments is when the poor Yankees were leading three, nothing in the SOX came back and won four to three and then went on to win the World Series. That must've drove New Yorkers crazy. Oh, I'm sure it did. Ironically, ironically, after the, he's won two games in Yankee Stadium. They went to Fenway and they scored, they scored twenty runs. And if they had this read this break. That break, they probably would have scored twenty five runs. So they had a three, nothing lead and they lost to Heartbreakers have given the Red Sox credit for coming back. They lost to Heartbreakers and I told my booth mates my Charlie sign. It was working with me an engineer named Brian Ferguson, and I told them the answer, not gonna win the series they've run out of pitching. So actually when they went back to the stadium and the Red Sox won games three of six and seven to win the series. I, I wasn't surprised at all because you know, baseball is predicated so much on pitching your pitching and they're pitching and I knew the Yankees had run out of pitching and Boston with big Papi and Manny Ramirez had great offense team. So so that actually it was terrible for New Yorkers in Yankee fans, that cetera, but I saw it coming so it didn't. It didn't surprise me at all. The. Your favorite Yankee team. In the thirty years, not necessarily the most successful or just the favorite. Your favorite team to cover on a daily basis that you enjoyed the most? Well, without question it was ninety six ninety six. I mean first of all, they won the World Series Sangley you know, the manager, you know, Joe, is there twelve years made the playoffs twelve years and basically on the road every night after the game, we would have dinner. So I I felt like I was boy is that changed?.