World Premiere: Dreamtown: The Story of Adelanto
World Premiere

World Premiere: Dreamtown: The Story of Adelanto

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| 60 MINUTES

What happens when a place on the verge of collapse tries to reinvent itself? How much will it cost? Who will pay the price? Former Marketplace and KCRW reporter David Weinberg spent years following one city in the middle of California’s Mojave desert as it tried to transform itself from a city known for its prisons… to a city of pot. Welcome to Adelanto, the city with unlimited possibilities -- in NYC for one night only at Tribeca. Hear more from host David Weinberg, Crooked co-founder and panel moderator Jon Favreau and special guests, City of Adelanto Honorable Councilwoman Stevevonna Evans, and Investigative Reporter Amanda Chicago Lewis. 


Panelists
David Weinberg

David Weinberg

David Weinberg is an award-winning journalist and audio producer. He hosts Dreamtown, The Superhero Complex, and is the creator and former host of KCRW’s Welcome to LA. He teaches radio production for the nonprofit organization Transom and his work has been published in The New York Times, NPR and elsewhere.

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau served as Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005-2013. He was the second-youngest chief speechwriter in White House history. Since leaving the White House, Favreau has written and spoken about politics and speechwriting to audiences throughout the world. In 2017, he co-founded Crooked Media, where he’s a co-host of Pod Save America and host of The Wilderness and Offline. Jon grew up outside of Boston, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Emily, their son Charlie, and their dog Leo.

Stevevonna Evans

Stevevonna Evans

A freshman to politics, Stevevonna Evans took on her hometown of Adelanto, California in November 2018 to win a City Council seat. Stevevonna actively participates in organizations such as the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce High Desert Chapter, where she serves as the Vice President, the Regional steering committee and the grant committee for the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Even in those meritorious feats, her biggest accomplishment was her successful election as the first African American woman to sit on the Adelanto City Council. She wholeheartedly believes we must possess a willingness to be the change we want to see. 

To date, her proudest feat was spearheading the repeal of the discriminatory Crime Free Housing ordinance, convincing the Council to declare racism a public health crisis and working with other community leaders and residents to put those words to action by creating an action plan to combat racism and ensure diversity and inclusion. In exchange for the resident's faith in her, she has committed herself to be their voice. Unapologetically, she has no qualms letting others know how blessed she has been to have the support of her residents and boldly declares the honor to serve them and truly make Adelanto the City with unlimited possibilities. 

In addition to that she’s a mother, business owner, Community Health Worker and social justice activists. Stevevonna uses her talents to educate her community on money and finance, giving them access to information normally kept away from them. Stevevonna is truly committed to serving the community in any capacity they need. She has partnered with two other organizations to bring much needed nutritious foods to the most underserved part of Adelanto every month for since the start of 2023. Her dedication to being the change continues even now that she is no longer an elected official.

Amanda Chicago Lewis

Amanda Chicago Lewis

Amanda Chicago Lewis has reported extensively on the marijuana industry and the war on drugs. She's written for Rolling Stone, WIRED, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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