Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

707-584-2011

Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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California Update for Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017
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• An attorney for a California legislative staffer says state Senator Tony Mendoza fired her client and two other staffers for reporting his inappropriate behavior towards a young woman in the Senate Fellows Program.

Find the full story HERE.

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch warns Sonoma County residents of scams involving fraudulently filed applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. The Napa and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Offices received several reports from residents whose personal identifying information, including their social security numbers, had been used to file a fraudulent FEMA application.  Some residents reported that they attempted to apply for FEMA assistance, only to find that someone had already applied under their name.

California Update for Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017
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• During his trip to Europe this week, California Governor Jerry Brown is urging foreign governments to bypass the Trump administration and coordinate with states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• California is now home to the highest gas prices in the nation, one week after the state's 12 cents per gallon gas tax increase went into effect. 

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

In preparation for anticipated rain this winter, people who live in burned areas, or downhill of burned areas, should be aware of increased risks for:

• Flash Flooding: Normally, rainfall is absorbed by vegetation and soils, reducing runoff. However, wildfires remove vegetation and may leave soil unable to absorb water, creating flash flood conditions. Flood risk remains significantly higher until vegetation is restored—up to 5 years after a wildfire.

California Update for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nov 8, 2017
Melissa Bosworth / Capital Public Radio News

• California’s pot industry could top seven billion dollars a few years from now. But a lot of that business might have to be handled in cash, because most banks are reluctant to go against federal drug rules. 

• California Governor Jerry Brown says the state should link its signature climate-change program, cap-and-trade, to its European counterpart.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nov 7, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• For four straight years, the California Senate has quietly shelved an Assembly bill that would have provided whistleblower protection to legislative employees. Now, the sexual harassment turmoil at the Capitol could give the bill new life.

• Two separate campaigns are seeking to repeal California's controversial gas tax increase. How are the repeal efforts different and will they help or hurt each other as they try to make it on the November 2018 ballot?

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

olympic.org

• Egypt and Russia and fighting to eliminate a UN resolution prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people during the upcoming Olympic games.  LGBT rights groups said these countries are encouraging violence.  

• A Mitsubishi car dealership in Austin Texas is being sued for discrimination by a transgender male employee, but lawyers for the dealership are claiming a first amendment right of the dealership as a defense. 

California Update for Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov 6, 2017
sacbee.com

• Republican candidate for governor John Cox recently claimed it costs ‘nearly five times as much’ in California to build a mile of road as it does in the rest of the nation. 

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017
coveredca.com

• While federal advertising for public health exchanges was slashed, Covered California is spending $111 million on outreach this year.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nov 2, 2017
PolitiFact California / AP file photo

• Do millennials have ‘only A 50-50 chance’ of doing better than their parents? Candidate for governor Delaine Eastin says so. PolitiFact California fact-checked her claim and rated it True.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

California Update for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nov 1, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• Total insured losses from California's October fires tripled over the past two weeks to $3.3 billion. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says insurance companies may rethink the coverage they offer in some areas.

• California gas and diesel taxes are higher Wednesday, under a law approved this past spring by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown. The tax hikes will raise several billion dollars a year for road repairs, public transit and other projects.

Today' reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oct 31, 2017
davisvanguard.org

• California law enforcement officials and crime victims groups filed a ballot initiative today Monday aimed at reversing what they see as ineffective criminal justice measures. Proponents of those measures point to a decrease in property crime rates in CA.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, October 30, 2017

Oct 30, 2017
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• Georgia State representative, Betty Price, a republican, suggested during a hearing that HIV positive people might be quarantined to prevent spread of the virus. 

• A man in Berkeley was arrested for various crimes including a hate crime for setting a rainbow flag on fire and punching a volunteer in the face at the LGBT center. 

• The annual OutWatch film festival, now in its fifth year, opens this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Sonoma.

Outbeat Radio News is a service of KRCB FM Radio 91 and can be heard as part of Outbeat Radio Sunday nights at 7 pm.

California Update for Monday, October 30, 2017

Oct 30, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• A California Assemblyman is the first lawmaker to be named in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping through the state Capitol. A legislative staffer says Democrat Raul Bocanegra groped her at a public event eight years ago.

• Governors Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York are crying foul over the Republican push to end a federal tax break that largely benefits their states.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• All 14 California House Republicans voted for the budget bill Thursday. Its passage paves the way for a tax code overhaul that would eliminate a major tax break for Californians.

California Update for Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• Women in California politics protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol distrust the response from legislative leaders.

• The prospects for Governor Jerry Brown’s push to build two massive tunnels to pipe water from the Delta to Southern California lurched from murky to bleak—then back to murky today.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

California Update for Wednesday, October 26, 2017

Oct 25, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• It's Flood Preparedness Week, and state officials are worried about water runoff and quality issues at the sites of recent fires. State workers are evaluating risk factors, such as mud flows in urban areas, at these locations.

• A panel of California lawmakers is promising state action, after a major cyber security breach at the credit agency Equifax.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oct 24, 2017
commentarymagazine.com

• After Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shot down single-payer health care, he tasked a committee with taking a hard look at universal coverage. They hold their first hearings this week.

• California’s new gas tax will add twelve cents to the cost of a gallon of fuel starting November 1st. That will help pay for tens of billions of dollars worth of deferred maintenance and roadwork. Officials say catching up on it all will take years.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Daniel Potter.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017
wonkette.com

• An alleged joke made by Vice President Mike Pence about “hanging gay people” might have been the inspiration for a vicious poster found hanging on the walls at Cleveland University this week and university officials are being criticized for defending it.   

• California will have a new legal gender designation called “non-binary” that can replace traditional male or female designations on birth certificates and drivers licenses. 

• The HRC released the 2017 Municipal Equality Index this week.  Santa Rosa and Guerneville scored well above average.

California Update for Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• When the four Democratic candidates in next year’s California governor’s race debated for the first time over the weekend, they really only disagreed over one thing: single-payer health care.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017
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• State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says the data surrounding the outbreak of fires in California this month is "chilling." He says more than 54-hundred homes were destroyed and nearly 42-hundred damaged.

• Hundreds of people respond to fires just as firefighters do. And, as we saw this week, their lives are in danger too.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Bob Moffitt.

California Update for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017

• California is asking a federal judge to immediately reinstate health care payments President Trump halted last week.

• The many thousands of people who lost their homes, condos and apartments in wildfires burning in Northern California will have to find new places to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Cody Drabble.

California Update for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct 18, 2017
Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group

• California businesses forced to close during the wildfires may now be sorting out pay and leave issues with employees.

• An outcry against pervasive sexual harassment and assault that has gone viral on social media under #metoo has also reached the California state Capitol.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 17, 2017
Jeff Chiu / AP photo

• Many evacuation orders in Northern California have been lifted after the deadliest week of wildfires in the state’s history. But officials with CalFire caution that fire season is far from over.

• California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation Sunday. He also vetoed more than 100 measures.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Friday, October 6, 2017

Oct 6, 2017
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Politifact California: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed there's been one mass shooting per day in 2017. PolitiFact California found Pelosi picked a very broad definition and rekindled a debate over what should be counted as a mass shooting.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Find more Politifact California fact checks HERE.

California Update for Thursday, October 5, 2017

Oct 5, 2017
kpcc.org

• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa wants to give big-city California mayors control over their local schools – a power he strived for as mayor of Los Angeles but could never fully attain.

• California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills giving legal protections to LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities, and allowing consumers to sue financial institutions if fraudulent accounts are created in their names.

Today's reporting by Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

California Update for Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oct 4, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

Local agencies and college campuses across California are mobilizing to help "Dreamers" meet a key federal deadline this week. Eligible immigrants currently protected from deportation under "DACA" must submit their renewal no later than Thursday.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Find DACA resources provided through Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University.

California Update for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct 3, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• The Las Vegas shooting quickly became an issue between two Democrats running for California governor in 2018.

• The shooting in Las Vegas is immediately leading to calls from Democratic officials in California for their federal counterparts to tighten the nation’s gun laws—and to look to the state as a model. Several bills are on the governor's desk.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017
TheTMPlanet.com

• A federal judge in Brazil overturned a 1999 decision this week, and now, gay conversion therapy is legal again in this South American Country with growing anti-LGBT sentiment. 

• Here in the U.S., a 17-year-old transgender woman was viciously and violently murdered in Houston Texas, so far 4 people have been arrested. 

• And here locally, documentarian Josh Howard’s amazing film, The Lavender Scare, is being shown at a free event happening in October.

California Update for Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017
California Senate Democrats / YouTube

• Gov. Jerry Brown has signed 15 bills that backers hope will finally begin to address California’s extraordinarily high housing costs.

• How well did Proposition 54 work in its first year? The ballot measure required bills at the Capitol be printed three days prior to a final vote. Experts weigh in on what worked and what did not.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

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