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Entrepreneurism, Poway News, JRP0057

Before we get into the topic of entrepreneurism, we start off our podcast talking about Poway News including Anna Vaus making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry, the City of Poway’s tight budget, Poway Unified School District’s continued financial irresponsibility and...

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Universal Basic Income, #BeBraver, JRP0056

Imagine if everyone got a check each month from the government for $1,000.  We break down the topic of Universal Basic Income (UBI).  We look at the history, the morality, the rationale, the assumptions, the funding sources, the politics and the objectives...

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Pete Neild, Mission Across America, JRP0055

Pete Neild shared his incredible adventure traveling cross country fulfilling a promise to his deceased mother.  It’s a story of family, childhood memories, Corvettes, America the Beautiful and the special people you meet along the way. Pete’s journey across...

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Rory Herrman, Poway Hockey Star, JRP0054

Rory Herrman joined us to talk about his hockey story coming up through the ranks in youth hockey, competing in the highest-level amateur hockey league in the United States and preparing for NCAA Division 1 Hockey. Rory Herrman got the bug to play hockey from...

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Mathew Mitchell, Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, JRP0053

Mathew Mitchell joined us for an open conversation on the difficult issues of race, diversity, inclusion and equity.  Mathew brings a unique perspective having grown up in the conservative community of Lompoc CA.  His father is a black man from Memphis TN,...

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Justin Amash, Trump Impeachment, JRP0052

Justin Amash (R-MI) tweeted a rationale for impeachment of President Trump.  We break down the entire Justin Amash tweet thread and discuss it within the context of liberty, the Constitution, transparency, accountability, bravery and rule of law. We also discuss...

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Long Beach Grand Prix, JRP0051

Pete Neild joined us to discuss thoughts and observations on the Long Beach Grand Prix from a newbie perspective.  We recount the Corvette Corral, the great energy from Corvette enthusiasts and General Motors executives sharing stories and taking questions from...

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Chris Olps’ Poway Announcement, JRP0050

Chris Olps joined us to make his official announcement as a 2020 candidate for Poway City Council. We covered Chris Olps’ life story his family renting a home near Twin Peaks Rd and Community Rd and then later buying in The Grove.  His formative years in Poway...

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Pushing Your Way Out of a Comfort Zone, JRP0049

Are you in a Comfort Zone?  Many of us will seek refuge from an increasing chaotic life.  Life throws us many curve balls in relationships, career, health and many other categories.  Often we will retreat to that Comfort Zone.  It may be a place, a...

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Mighty 1090, End of an Era, JRP0048

(queue the Mighty 1090 Hacksaw voice) Take a walk down memory lane…. We start off discussing the early days of the Mighty 690 as they transitioned from a news station to 2nd all sports radio format in America.  Everything must start with Lee Hacksaw Hamilton and...

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Chabad of Poway, JRP0047

Poway is still coming to terms with the shock and pain from the shooting at the Congregation Chabad of Poway. In this podcast I share my thoughts on the reactions of fellow Powegians and ideas to move forward positively. We discuss the community rallying in support...

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Electric Vehicle Adventure, #SD2ABQ, JRP0046

Driving an electric vehicle through the desert from San Diego to Albuquerque with limited electric charging station infrastructure.  Am I crazy?  Here’s the complete itinerary of my #EVadventure.  #SD2ABQ and #ABQ2SD. Stop #1: Blythe CA Poway to Blythe...

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Happy Taxation-is-Theft Day! JRP0045

It’s April 15th and so we celebrate two important events, one good and the other bad.  The good news is that we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day in MLB paying homage to one of baseball’s all-time greats and a man of huge cultural significance in American...

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Mike Ryan, Football Brain Injury, JRP0044

Michael Ryan joined me to share his incredible story battling for his life after sustaining a brain injury in a high school football game.  His story is about facing great challenges and finding the will deep inside to fight and emerge victorious. He retraced his...

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Bob Pasela, Restaurateur, Sabuku Sushi, JRP0043

It was an ordinary day when Zeke and I stepped into Sabuku Sushi to have lunch and discuss business.  We were not prepared with who we encountered.  Sabuku Sushi owner Bob Pasela greeted us at our table with a surge of energy and enthusiasm.  He...

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Homeless Advocate: Michael Gaulden, JRP0042

We explore the topic of homelessness with Michael Gaulden.  Michael is an author, entrepreneur, community activist and advocate for the homeless.  His story is remarkable. Michael and his mother grew up homeless from the ages of 7 through 17.  They...

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Eureka Moments Pete Neild JRP0041

Pete Neild joined us to discuss those life changing inflection points we call Eureka Moments.  Part of life can be carefully planned, but sometimes a specific instant or a seemingly tiny decision can have profound effects on your life.  That one event, that...

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Padres Opening Day JRP0040

It’s Major League Baseball Opening Day.  It’s the San Diego Padres Opening Day.  Hope Springs Eternal.  Today should be a National Holiday.  I am fired up; can you feel it? In this podcast I share my thoughts at the conclusion of Spring Training as...

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Obamacare Repeal? 2020 POTUS Update JRP0039

Repealing Obamacare?  Yes, just days after the Mueller Report was submitted to the Attorney General, the Trump Administration puts their foot on the gas and backs a Texas judge’s ruling to undo Obamacare.  Is this a desire to help our healthcare system or...

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Believe in Yourself JRP0038

I was inspired by a quote from Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. That's Star Trek for those of you that aren't hip to the jive. The quote is: "You either believe in yourself, or you don't." This podcast is all about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of...

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Chargers Ex-Girlfriend, Corporate Welfare JRP0037

I was considering a number of topics for today’s podcast, but when I read Nick Canepa’s article today longing for his ex-girlfriend, the San Diego Chargers, I knew I’d have plenty to say. You can check out Nick’s article at this link:...

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Journaling JRP0036

Today we explore improving your life, gaining clarity, and achieving focus and purpose all through the practice of journaling. This is all part of my own adventures in my life, my liberty and my pursuit of happiness. During this podcast I share numerous stories about...

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Manny Machado, Bruce Bochy JRP0035

In one of the biggest news stories in San Diego sports history, the San Diego Padres have signed Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract.  We break down this deal from all angles.  What this means to the Greater San Diego sports community, how this...

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Corvette Happiness, Pete Neild, JRP0034

If you love the Chevrolet Corvette, if you love cars or if you simply love a great story that creates so much happiness in the story teller, then this podcast episode is for you. We review Pete Neild’s entire process of acquiring his magnificent Laguna Blue Custom...

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Poway Granny Flats, AOC Green New Deal, JRP0033

In this episode we get into two hot issues: Poway Mayor Steve Vaus’ proposal for government subsidized Poway granny flats and NYC Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ proposal for the Green New Deal. At the local level, we break down Vaus’ HOMES (Homes On My Extra...

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Caleb Allen, Westview Baseball Coach, JRP0032

I had a great conversation with Caleb Allen talking baseball and how the sport translates into great life lessons. Caleb Allen is the Varsity Baseball Hitting Coach at Westview High School in the Poway Unified School District.  Caleb has served in...

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Howard Schultz, Super Bowl JRP0031

Is Howard Schultz a viable candidate for President of the United States? Or is he simply a spoiler candidate that has no chance of winning at all? We explore the candidacy of Howard Schultz candidacy from a number of different angles. The reaction from the media and...

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Padres Finances Acee Reaction JRP0030

Kevin Acee's article in last Sunday's paper (titled "Look at Padres' books shows debt reduction has team in position to spend") about Padres Finances has created a huge reaction on #PadresTwitter and in the national media. It is was a rare moment where team ownership...

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San Diego State of the City, Mayor Kevin Faulconer JRP0029

In this JRP episode we breakdown the San Diego State of the City Address from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.  We discuss Faulconer’s proposals to address the biggest issues facing San Diego:  the housing crisis and homelessness.  I was particularly pleased to...

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John Maffei, San Diego Sports Journalist, JRP0028

I was so pleased to enjoy a conversation with San Diego sportswriter legend, John Maffei. John is a 50-year veteran in sports journalism, an athlete, a coach and a major behind-the-scenes person that has made a significant, positive impact in the San Diego sports...

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Government Shutdown, Wall, Trump JRP0027

We get into a long list of national news issues including the wall along the southern border, President Trump, immigration policy and the federal government shutdown. We spent time discussing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pay-Go, the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All and...

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Poway Titans Basketball, Padres, Ironman JRP0026

This is the first in a whole series of sports podcasts I plan to share on the John Riley Project. In this episode we talk about Poway Titans highlights and many other topics: Congratulations to Cathedral Catholic on a great football season winning the Southern...

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Marian Kim-Phelps: No Place for Hate, JRP0025

I enjoyed showcasing the great work of 3 local leaders (Marian Kim-Phelps, Chris Cruse and Amit Asaravala) and offered my thoughts and commentary on each topic: Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps, Poway Unified School District Superintendent, published a guest column titled No...

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Stoneridge Reaction, PUSD Ethics Drama, JRP0024

Reactions to the Stoneridge Development public forum on Dec 12th, Ethics issues with Poway Unified School Board, Patreon controversy, free speech and thoughts & recommendations on the shows I am streaming online. Kevin McNamara stepped up to the stage originally...

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Poway Hate Crime, #Tariffman, JRP0023

We review the terrible Poway Hate Crime incident when hoolums spray painted a swastika on a Jewish family's home on the first day of hanukkah. Bravo to Marianna Benedict-Bacilla for organizing a vigil and protest that received significant coverage from local media....

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Poway 2018 Election Post Game Show JRP0021

In this JRP epsiode I break down the data and the drama of the Poway 2018 Election for Poway Mayor, Poway City Council and Poway Unified School Board. We step through each race, examine the results, draw conclusions and identity broader themes.  I also share my...

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Pete Neild #3 Poway City Council Candidate JRP0020

Regis Philbin was on the David Letterman Show 136 times.  Pete Neild has 133 more to tie the record.  Yesterday I enjoyed having Poway City Council Candidate for District 1, Pete Neild, join me for the third time on the John Riley Project. Pete Neild is a...

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Emily Johnson, Poway Mayor Candidate, JRP0018

I was pleased to have Poway Mayoral candidate Emily Johnson as a guest on the John Riley Project.  Emily is young, bright and wants to offer a new perspective for our city.  Emily believes it is important for Poway to retain it's country charm and not allow...

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Dave Grosch, Poway City Council Incumbent, JRP0017

Poway Councilman Dave Grosch joined me Friday afternoon October 12th for a conversation about important Poway issues, his family history in Poway and a little bit about the MLB playoffs and college sports.  Dave is well known and takes great pride in being an...

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John Riley Project FAQ & Thoughts JRP0014

A John Riley Project FAQ episode. But first in this solo podcast I want to take a moment to thank those that are watching/listening and the guests that have joined me.  I also want to share a range of thoughts about the project and address comments I get from...

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Kim Garnier, Poway Unified School Board Candidate JRP0015

Poway parent and education advocate Kim Garnier joined me on the John Riley Project Saturday afternoon October 6th.  Kim is a candidate for Poway Unified School Board Area B.  She and her family have a long history fighting against the corruption in the...

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John Carson, Poway City Council Candidate JRP0013

My most recent podcast guest is John Carson, a candidate for Poway City Council in District 1.  John and his family have established roots here in Poway and he wants to be a part of Poway's future.  He lives in Heritage Hills, roughly behind the Poway Sushi...

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Caylin Frank, Poway City Council Candidate JRP0012

Caylin Frank joined me for an enjoyable podcast session where I got to know Poway's newest councilperson.  Caylin shared her personal story growing up in Encinitas with two parents that served as deputies with the local sheriff and her mother later earning a seat...

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Gaby Dow, Poway Unified School District Parent JRP0011

Gaby Dow joined us for a great discussion about PUSD issues from a parent perspective.  Gaby is a business consultant that works in the area where the public sector and technology intersect, so she had some great insight into Poway Unified's technology...

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John Mullin, Poway City Council Incumbent JRP0010

District 3 Incumbent, John Mullin, joined me for a podcast conversation Saturday afternoon Sept 29, 2018. We delved into a variety of issues including the Poway Road Corridor plan, the council appointment process, the Cafagna Center, pension challenges and more....

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Yuri Bohlen, Poway Mayor Candidate, JRP0009

Yuri Bohlen wants to "Make Poway the City in the Country Again". When Yuri first arrived he shared with me his 5 Point Pledge for Poway which he has in writing and notarized, and which I summarize as follows: 1. If elected, he will ask voters 6 months before the end...

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Brian Edmonston, Poway Mayor Candidate, JRP0008

Brian Edmonston is running to be Poway's next mayor and he is ready to lead Poway to an even better quality of life. Brian passionately discussed expanding and upgrading Poway parks, particularly transforming Stoneridge into a public golf course, swim & tennis...

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Jon Ryan, Poway City Council Candidate JRP0007

City Council candidate, Jon Ryan, let it rip in a high energy discussion about all things Poway.  In his career he's been a fix-it guy.  In his personal life, he's a dog rescue guy.  Jon applied his fix-it and rescue skills to solve problems in Poway...

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Pete Neild #2 Poway City Council Candidate JRP0006

The Return of Pete Neild! Pete makes a second visit to the JRP Podcast Studio to share more of his personal background. As a son of an Episcopal preacher, he learned what it meant to stick to his principles by the example of his father. Pete joined the Navy right out...

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Tony Russo, Poway City Council Candidate JRP0004

Entertaining and interesting discussion with long-time Poway resident and city council candidate, Tony Russo.  Discussion includes Tony's Poway roots as a student at Tierra Bonita Elementary, Twin Peaks and Poway High.  Tony shared many stories about his...

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Pete Neild, Poway City Council Candidate JRP0003

In-depth conversation with 38-year Poway resident and city council candidate, Pete Neild.  Discussion includes Pete's early days in South Poway and later on Candy Cane Lane.  We explored Pete's Poway history, family, career in the Navy and as a scientist in...

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Poway Candidate Forum, PUSD Finances, Phil Spear JRP0002

Comments on the Poway Mayoral and City Council Candidate Forum held on September 13, 2018 at the Poway Community Center.  Comments about Poway Unified School District Finances.  A closing comment about Poway Legend: Phil Spear RIP. John Riley Project Info:...

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Podcast for Poway, Rancho Bernardo JRP0001

Exploring Big Ideas. Inviting guests to join the podcast: political candidates for Poway City Council, PUSD school board, Poway Mayor, local entrepreneurs, community activists, athletes, coaches, superfans, authors, journalists and more. Exploring topics such as...

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