District 5 podcast

Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez
Yxstian Gutierrez, Riverside County Supervisor, 5th District. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Dear Valley News readers,

There’s something powerful about the medium of voice — it conveys emotion, intimacy, and authenticity in ways few other platforms can. With this in mind, I embarked on a journey to bring our community closer, diving deep into the narratives that shape District 5. That’s why I created the “Thrive in District 5 Podcast.”

My aim with this podcast is multi-dimensional. I strive to shed light on the ins and outs of governance workings, amplify voices that often go unheard, and tackle issues that affect each one of us, directly or indirectly. The first episode, “What is a County Supervisor?”, was an endeavor to demystify the role and underscore its importance in our day-to-day lives. I am humbled by the feedback and engagement it garnered, reaffirming my belief in the podcast’s potential.

The forthcoming episode, focusing on homelessness, promises to be both enlightening and heart-wrenching. With hosts Jacob Ochoa and Lilian Averette guiding the conversation, we hope to not just inform but also inspire collective action and empathy.

I invite each one of you to join us on this auditory journey. Whether you’re tuning in during your morning commute, as you wind down in the evening, or during any moment you seek connection and insight, know that the “Thrive in District 5 Podcast” is our shared space — a testament to our commitment, curiosity, and communal spirit.

Yxstian Gutierrez

County Supervisor, 5th District