Comstock's Talks

Comstock's Talks

Comstock's Talks is a product of Comstock's magazine, the premier business publication for California's Capital Region. Our podcast features local leaders from varying perspectives brought together to offer unique insight into local issues and provide tangible action items for listeners who want to have an impact on their community.... Show More

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July 28, 2020 8 min

We’re considering making the temporary measures for people to work from home caused by the coronavirus lockdown more formal to keep our business going. What are our obligations as employers? Do we have to pay for the internet? How do we make sure our time cards are correct? How do we keep people engaged?

This Evil HR Lady column ran in the June 2020 issue of Comstock's magazine. 

Written by: Suzanne Lucas

Read by: Shoka

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July 23, 2020 14 min

There are more than 3,000 influencers in Sacramento, who make their living by building an audience, establishing a brand and creating compelling content online. We asked a few of the most prominent how they learned to turn their lives into art -- and commodify it.

Written by Vanessa Labi

Read and produced by Robin Epley

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Q: An employee who has been here only three months just quit. In his exit interview, he said there wasn’t enough work to do within his department, and he was bored, so he looked to move on. I asked why he hadn’t applied for any number of open positions we have. He said he didn’t because his manager said he couldn’t change jobs when he’d been here less than a year. This is true. Is this a policy we should keep?

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We are planning to make a job offer to a very strong candidate. Of course, salary is negotiable, but what about other things that a candidate wants to negotiate?

This Evil HR Lady column ran in the December 2019 issue of Comstock's magazine. 

Written by: Suzanne Lucas

Read by: Shoka

Produced by: Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/qa/dilemma-month-are-perks-and-benefits-negotiable-salary

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I just found out a coworker is making more than I am, even though I have been here longer. How can I bring this up to my manager without giving away how I found out? Can I use this as leverage for a raise?

Written by Suzanne Lucas

Read by Shoka

This column appeared in the November 2019 edition of Comstock's magazine. 

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June 22, 2020 1 min

Comstock’s Talks features audio versions of some of our top stories, including our popular Evil HR Lady series by Suzanne Lucas, print features on topics such as the effects of COVID-19 on the arts industry and the fight over water rights in the Central Valley, and other news that will help you stay up to date on the state of business in the region. 

Reader: Shoka, associate editor

Producer: Robin Epley

Music: Red Wing by A.A. Aalt...

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June 15, 2020 14 min

Last year had been a strong year for the performing arts in the region, and 2020 was building on that success, which has led to hope from some local arts leaders that this progress will continue despite the unprecedented shutdown. Read more at https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/out-spotlight.

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If employees are scheduled to begin working at 6 a.m., but no one from management shows up until 7 a.m. to unlock the doors, can the workers be penalized and docked an hour of pay?

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March 20, 2020 11 min

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is passionate about several issues, but perhaps none more than the gender wage gap. And she’s using her clout as California’s first partner and a celebrated documentary filmmaker — whose work and advocacy primarily focus on cultural issues and empowering women — to raise awareness.

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February 18, 2020 8 min

Only a handful of breweries in the Capital Region focus on these classic styles, yet some area brewers believe the balance is starting to shift back from ales to lagers. As the Sacramento craft beer scene continues to mature, will local drinkers abandon their ales and learn to love the lager?

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January 22, 2020 11 min

The Capital Region offers a mix of destinations within an hour's drive of Sacramento. We profile four of them. (Read by Robin Epley; original story by Graham Womack)

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December 16, 2019 26 min

A growing movement of farmers is focused on agricultural practices that can mitigate or adapt to an uncertain future brought by climate change.

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December 10, 2019 15 min

The way we're getting around is rapidly evolving, and more change is coming. Original story by Eric Johnson, narration by Robin Epley. 

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October 8, 2019 24 min

Our October 2019 cover story. Comstock's had unprecedented access to John, Dilyn and Andrew Radakovitz, the family behind Dimple Records during the final weeks of the business. Listen as Comstock's unfurls the history of Dimple, its connection to Record Store Day, why the owners chose to close and what comes next. Story by Matthew Keys; Editing by Sena Christian and Tom Couzens; Audio version narrated by Bethany Crouch.

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In this miniseries of Action Items, Comstock's tackles the implication of Senate Bill 826, which requires publicly traded for-profit companies headquartered in California to ensure gender diversity on the boards as well as how to go about positioning yourself for a board of directors seat. Here, we talk to Barbara O'Connor, a nationally recognized expert in the fields of political communication and telecommunications policy...

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In this miniseries of Action Items, Comstock's tackles the implication of Senate Bill 826, which requires publicly traded for-profit companies headquartered in California to ensure gender diversity on the boards as well as how to go about positioning yourself for a board of directors seat. Here, we talk to Kim Box, a former vice president of HP and current CEO of Gatekeeper Innovation. She is a Past Board Chair on the American ...

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In this miniseries of Action Items, Comstock's tackles the implication of Senate Bill 826, which requires publicly traded for-profit companies headquartered in California to ensure gender diversity on the boards as well as how to go about positioning yourself for a board of directors seat. Here, we talk to Erica Dias, senior vice president and director of marketing and community engagement for American River Bank. She is also t...

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In this miniseries of Action Items, Comstock's tackles the implication of Senate Bill 826, which requires publicly traded for-profit companies headquartered in California to ensure gender diversity on the boards as well as how to go about positioning yourself for a board of directors seat. Here, we talk to Diane Miller, a corporate governance expert and President & CEO of Wilcox, Miller & Nelson. She has served as a dir...

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August 9, 2017 53 min

For our grand finale, we decided to do things a little different and give you an inside look at the season from the creators themselves. In this episode, Action Items executive producer and Comstock’s editor in chief Allison Joy, managing editor Sena Christian and Action Items technical producer Johnny Flores join host Tre Borden to discuss what we learned over the season, check in with past guests to see where they are at now and ...

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What if things like “butterflies in your stomach” are more than just cutesy cliches? Scientists are discovering that our guts are more complex and influential than we had fathomed. Our stomachs don’t merely send messages to our brain regarding digestion or if we’re hungry. The signals can have a fundamental impact on how we feel throughout our bodies. The gut is now being called the body’s “second brain,” and understanding its secr...

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