Crime and infrastructure are two of the top issues for folks in San Jose and Silicon Valley. In Part-2 of our conversation we talk to Ash Kalra (D), San Jose City Councilmember about these twin issue.
He studied law at Georgetown University and headed back to his hometown of San Jose, where he spent over 10 years in the District Attorney’s office in San Jose. And in 2008 he ran for elections and won from District 2 in San Jose. He is serving his second term as a city council member. His next move? He announced his intention to run for California State Assembly in 2016.
In case, you missed here is Part-1 of our interview with Councilmember Ash Kalra.
2014 was an interesting year, where we got to meet and interview guests from the world of technology, films, culture and politics in Silicon Valley. You can watch all the interviews on our YouTube channel and subscribe to it. Every Thursday and Saturday mornings, you will find new videos on our YouTube channel.
2014 was also the year we completed the second anniversary of our weekly TV show that airs in various channels in and around the San Francisco bay area. Here is a list of stations that air our TV show.
2014 was also the year that the TV show started airing in other states on the East Coast. Burlington, VT started to air our show followed by Cambridge, MA. You can catch our show in Cambridge on Tuesday evenings at 9.30 pm and Wednesday mornings at 8 am.
Here is a quick highlight of some of the guests featured on this year’s show.
Dalip Singh Saund was the first Indian-Ameican elected to the US Congress in the 1950s. Originally from Punjab Saund came to the USA in 1920 to study mathematics and got a PhD from University of California at Berkeley. Instead of entering the world of academia, Saund switched directions and worked as a farmer in Southern California. The then immigration laws of American did not make it possible to become an American citizen. It was only after the Luce-Celler Act of 1946 that was he able to become an American citizen. Once he became an American citizen he started to took an active interest in public affairs and eventually ran for Congress and won the elections defeating aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran (R). He represented Imperial Valley in Southern California (1957-1963) and during his tenure as a Congressman he travelled widely, including India. He passed away in 1973.
Congressman Saund’s (D) contribution was recognized and honored by the San Jose City Council during the annual Sikh Appreciation month, which falls in November. Here is a short video of the ceremony at San Jose City Council with mayor Chuck Reed, Councilman Ash Kalra (D) and Dr. Eric Saund, grandson of Congressman Saund.
As part of the celebration Councilman Kalra’s office organized a screening of a new documentary of Congressman Saund called “Dalip Singh Saund: His Life, His Legacy.” Produced by Samantha Cheng, the film is part of a program to create awareness of the political contributions made by Asian-American members of the community.
Ash Kalra (D) grew up in San Jose, the third largest city in California. In 2008 after spending over 10 years at San Jose’s Public Attorney’s office, Kalra decided to run for city elections. He was elected in 2008, the same year Barack Obama won the Presidential elections on his platform of “Yes, We Can Do It.” Kalra became the first Indian-American in San Jose’s City Council representing District 2. Now, he is preparing for his next political move. He announced his intention to run for the State Assembly Elections for 2016.
We have a 2-part interview with Kalra. In Part-1 of our interview we spoke to him about why he chose to run for elections, the role of Indian-Americans in American politics and growing up in San Jose. California was the first state to elect an Indian-American to the Congress. Congressman Dalip Singh Saund was the first Indian-American elected to the American Congress in the 1950s.