Billionaire Steyer To Fund California Cigarette Tax Effort

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  ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown signed an aggressive new standard into law, but one segment of the clean energy industry is unhappy.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

There are 4.4 million food stamp recipients in California, and the participants in that program, now known as Cal Fresh are now able to use their benefits at many local farm markets. A new series of federal grants is out to expand those opportunities.

  It took some time for the use of electronic CalFresh cards to become easy and widespread in California, says Martin Borque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center in Berkeley. But that use was accelerated by some carefully negotiated measures to hold costs down.

You might remember the jump-rope rhyme “Rich man, poor man beggar man thief, doctor lawyer, indian chief” and regular listeners to Word By Word: Conversations With Writers know that host Gil Mansergh has interviewed writers who who are rich and poor, who beg and steal, heal people, defend people and serve as Chairman of a local Native American tribe.

But Gil has never had a celebrity chef as his guest.

Having performed with everyone from Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Keith Richards to Paul Simon and Mavis Staples, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams breakout with their self-titled debut album. It's a scorching collection of roots-rock songs featuring 8 originals and 3 covers including one song performed with the great Levon Helm before his passing.

They will be joining host Brian Griffith on Thursday, October 8 in the 10 o'clock hour.

Brown Signs Equal Pay For Women Law

Oct 7, 2015

  ALSO: The California Supreme Court is considering whether the Legislature should be allowed to put non-binding “advisory” measures before voters.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

  For creative freelancers, the sales side of their business is often the most challenging. A new smartphone app, under development here in the North Bay, is out to make that easier for them.

Find the Brief website here.

Governor Brown Signs End-Of-Life Legislation

Oct 6, 2015

  California will soon be the fifth state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with a doctor’s assistance.

Today's report by Ben Adler.

  As the “gig economy” expands in Sonoma County, new co-working spaces are opening to serve those workers and meet a growing demand. 

  You can read the Economic Development Board's report on Coworking in Sonoma County here.

The first co-working space in the county opened in Penngrove back in 2008. WE profiled it in this archived North Bay Report.

  ALSO: The California Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether Proposition 49 should have been taken off the ballot last election, and whether it can return.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

  Technology and social media are enabling freelancers and other one-person businesses to prosper and proliferate, empowering individuals and changing the nature of employment. 

  Innovative software and increased connectivity are fueling the growing Gig Economy, says analyst Steve King, but that can be a mixed blessing.

At the same time, adds Joshua Simmons, Community Manager for O'Reilly Media, social currents are driving entrepreneurial people of all ages to explore this individualized approach to work.