SANTA MONICA—The city’s television station introduced a new talk show called “Candid Conversations” that promotes civic engagement by discussing issues relevant to the community.

City TV, the government community cable channel funded and operated by the City of Santa Monica, added the 30-minute talk show “Candid Conversations” to their weekly lineup. The program is sponsored by Santa Monica’s Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), whose mission is to “ensure that Santa Monica is a place where women and girls can fully realize their potential and have a strong voice in all aspects of the community,” their webpage states.

“Candid Conversations” co-hosts Sandra Siepak, COSW Commissioner Becky Lantry and Dena Diamond invite local leaders and experts onto the show to address everyday topics that are relevant to Santa Monica residents. “The show focuses on important topics viewers can identify with and learn from as well as be inspired by,” the COSW stated on their Facebook page.

The program has tackled topics such as domestic abuse with guests Barrie Levy with the Westside Domestic Violence Network and Male Violence Prevention Program Coordinator Miguel Perez. Mayor Pam O’Connor and the city’s first female Chief of Police Jacqueline A. Seabrooks have also visited the show.

Local residents with Time Warner Cable or Verizon FIOS can watch the “Candid Conversations” every Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 16 or stream it online at