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Women’s Spaces Radio Show with guests Francisca Carranza on May Day labor organizing and Attorney Lauren Mendelsohn on guiding cannabis businesses through regulations, recorded on 4/30/18, has been uploaded to the web archives. The show was recorded, broadcast and streamed over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM in the NorthBay on Monday 4/30/18 and repeat broadcast and streamed over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM in Petaluma on Tuesday 5/1/18.

The link to the show’s archive webpage is


May Day – Honor Labor
Cannabis Businesses, Regulations and the Public in Sonoma County

Announcements    (See Links below)


1. Francisca Carranza , Union Representative, Executive Board, Unite Here! Local 2850

2. Lauren Mendelsohn, JD, Associate Attorney with The Law Firm of Omar Figueroa, specializing in Cannabis Business Law; Member of the Board of Directors, Sonoma County Growers Alliance


1. Francisca Carranza talks about her union organizing in the hospitality, food service and gaming industries in the East and North Bay for livable wages and affordable healthcare. Francisca talks about a local organizing effort for labor with UNITE HERE! LOCAL 2850 at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa and the May Day March that will rally in front of the hotel on May 1, 2018.  The May Day Events start in Roseland at 2 pm.

About our Guest:  Francisca Carranza is a union representative for UNITE HERE! local 2850, the East and North Bay’s Union for hotel, foodservice, and gaming workers! Local 2850 is part of the UNITE HERE! International Union which represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada working in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries. Francisca is a leader organizer that came to the fight for worker dignity during the historic Castlewood (Pleasanton CA) lockout that kept 61 members locked out and off the job for more than 30 months. To her credit she organized the non-union workers at Graton Casino and other North Bay communities. Francisca is the mother of 6 Children, an immigrant from Tijuana, Baja California Mexico. Carranza moved to the United States searching for economic opportunity.

Guest Link: www.unitehere2850.org


2.  Lauren Mendelsohn, Attorney, talks about the coming of age of cannabis legalization through regulation of businesses after the passage of Proposition 64 in California. Lauren helps cannabis businesses with the permitting and licensing at the local and state levels, while negotiating with people, some in agencies or neighborhood groups, still under the sway of decades of Reefer Madness, and finding legal paths for businesses amidst the obstacles of the Federal government in its refusal to decriminalize the use and cultivation of the plant called cannabis or marijuana. Lauren cites reports that the recent opiod crisis has also demonstrated areas of retreat where cannabis has been legalized for medicinal or adult use..

About our Guest: Lauren Mendelsohn is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, a boutique Northern California-based law firm serving the cannabis industry. She currently focuses on permitting and licensing for cannabis businesses, regulatory compliance, policy advocacy, and post-conviction relief. Lauren earned her J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Maryland.
For years, Lauren has been active in the drug policy reform movement. She is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international non-profit organization working to end the “War on Drugs.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance, a local cannabis trade organization.

Guest Links: www.omarfigueroa.com



Announcement Links

fb event page: May 1st Walkout & Rally for Workers Rights, 2-5 pm, begin at Roseland Village Neighborhood Center (Dollar Store)


League of Women Voters Event Link: http://lwvsonoma.org/calendar.html

 Please viist the LWV Event page for more events in May related to the election.

We will also provide links on the 2018 Political Candidates page.


Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

Which Side are You On by Bev Grant from her Album: We Were There – Women’s Labor History (2002 Human Condition Music)

Whose the Pusher Now by Ellen Bukstel from the Album: Legalize Now – It’s Natural (2013 CMI Vibe Music)

Link to Spinitron.com Playlist of the Women’s Spaces Show