Looking to make a mix CD for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León? Try shades of rock—classic, alternative, Latin—with a bit of Los Angeles rap sprinkled in.
De León visited California State University, Los Angeles, last week and played guest DJ for an hour at the student radio station, Golden Eagle Radio.
In between discussions of higher education policy with the student hosts and Cal State LA President William Covino, de León spun some of his favorite tunes.
The playlist included “i” by Kendrick Lamar (”Even when folks don’t love you, you’ve got to love yourself,” de León said); “Eminence Front” by The Who; and Morrissey’s “The First of the Gang to Die,” a shoutout to longtime friend and fellow Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.
Before playing “De música ligera” by Soda Stereo, de León recounted meeting member Charly Alberti at a climate change conference in Lima, Peru, last December.
“I will e-mail him and tell him I dedicated this to him,” de León said.
De León also touted Senate Bill 15, his higher education funding proposal, which passed out of the Senate this week and heads next to the Assembly. The proposal includes incentive grants to help CSU students graduate on schedule.
“Sen. de León is one of the greatest champions for higher education that I’ve ever known,” Covino said.