California Wildfires, Prop. 10: Rent Control, Brandless CEO Tina Sharkey

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California Wildfires and Climate Change
This week the Mendocino Complex Fire became the largest in state history, burning more than 300,000 acres. At the Carr Fire in Redding, at least eight people have died and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed. As thousands of firefighters continue to battle blazes throughout the state, the current fire season is on track to be the worst on record. We discuss why these fires are proving so hard to fight.


  • Brandon Collins, UC Berkeley fire scientist
  • Kate Maxwell, Mendocino Voice publisher

Proposition 10: Rent Control Debate
On the November ballot is a proposition that could vastly expand rent control by letting cities cap the rent on any residential property, even new ones. Proponents of Proposition 10 argue that the measure is needed to address the state’s housing shortage and high cost of living. Opponents say that Proposition 10 would discourage new development, lead to more evictions and take rental units off the market.


  • Debra Carlton, California Apartment Association senior vice president
  • Guy Marzorati, KQED politics and government reporter
  • Joseph Tobener, San Francisco tenants rights attorney

Brandless CEO Tina Sharkey
Brandless co-founder and CEO Tina Sharkey has a lot of experience as an entrepreneur and executive. She co-founded iVillage, an online media company for women, was president of BabyCenter and CEO of Sherpa Foundry. Her new company, Brandless, is an e-commerce startup based in San Francisco that hopes to woo customers by ditching brand names. Brandless’ inventory includes a broad range of everyday necessities, from food to beauty supplies to office supplies, each with a price tag of $3.