Sam Liccardo

The California Sun Podcast

Hosted by Jeff SchechtmanDecember 12th, 2019

Sam Liccardo on San Jose and PG&E

Sam Liccardo, the 65th mayor of San Jose, shares his view of the city as facing unique challenges and only now coming into its own. Liccardo also discusses his effort to get elected leaders around the state behind a proposal to turn PG&E into a customer-owned utility.

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