Cody Steffenson, manager at The Fig Tree in Roseville on May 14, 2020. The popular cafe closed to the public during shelter in place, relying on coffee bean and tea delivery to pay the rent, but was able to reopen last week for takeout orders. Steffenson says the business is eager to re-open to the community but wants to be cautious, “we care about coffee but we care more about people.” Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

In summary

Elizabeth and Nicole go deep to talk with small business owners about the most recent coronavirus spike and to explain the “Latino vote.”

This episode, you’ll hear from local small business owners as they share how they’re dealing with the most recent spike in coronavirus cases and their concerns going into the holiday season. Nicole Nixon talks with brewpub co-owner Al Griffin, Oakland yoga studio owner Jean Marie Moore and salon owner Rosey Ibarra. 

Elizabeth also breaks down the “Latino vote” with Sonja Diaz, founder of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, and Gustavo Arrellano, LA Times Columnist and author of “Ask a Mexican” and “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” They discuss and explain what’s really going on with Latino voters in California and across the country.

You can listen to the sixth episode of “California State of Mind” with the podcast player above, or here.

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