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Pre-Paying Property Taxes

What Sonoma County Property Owners Should Know

The Sonoma County Tax Collector is receiving a number of inquiries from property owners who wish to “pre-pay” property taxes prior to January 1, 2018, resulting from the federal tax bill with a new $10,000 limit on state and local taxes that may be deducted for federal income tax purposes. 

In the midst of the holiday season, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurers to help California wildfire survivors who are overwhelmed with the task of navigating the claims process by providing relief from detailed home inventories and following the lead of other insurers providing up to 100 percent of contents (personal property) coverage limits without a detailed inventory. 

Multiple agencies working collaboratively to warn residents of risk of flooding and mudflows in identified medium and high risk burn areas  

Toast of the Nation: an NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s! It's festive jazz you can party to, anytime. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, this event is hosted by Christian McBride. We’ll hear the Best Of – Jazz Tiny Desk Concerts; John Scofield’s Uber Jam Band At Berklee, 2012 Encore; Dayme Arocena At The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017; Terence Blanchard At The 2017 Tri City Jazz Festival In Cleveland; The Herlin Riley Quintet From Jazz At Lincoln Center, 2017 and Blue Note 2017/2018 Toast of the Nation Encores.

When: Tuesday December 26th - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Where: KRCB-FM (91.1, 90.9, on line @ KRCB.org, Comcast 961, w/app @iTunes store and @ Google Play)  

Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Sonoma County will be closed Dec. 23-25 in observance of the holiday weekend. 

The centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and remain open through Thursday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Both centers will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. 

• Sonoma County DRC, Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476
• Sonoma County DRC, Press Democrat Bldg., 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 95401   

Survivors of the October wildfires may still be able to qualify for disaster assistance even if they receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) saying they are not eligible. 

Often it’s a matter of needing to submit more information so FEMA or SBA can continue processing the application. Examples of missing documentation might include an insurance settlement letter, proof of residency or ownership of a damaged property, or simply that the applicant did not sign the required documents. 

HOLIDAY SOUL AND SPIRIT: LIVE FROM PRESERVATION HALL WITH IRMA THOMAS & THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA 
 

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world. 

Hear This American Life every Friday evening at 7:00 pm; repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

We have the holiday spirit on KRCB-FM Radio 91, and we're going to share it with you this holiday season! 

Here's what's coming your way Sunday & Monday December 24 & 25 on KRCB-FM Radio 91:  
 

Sunday December 24:  

California Penal Code Section 396 generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations and rental housing.

See what happens when you attend a Roman Catholic school (or two, if you're really into it)? When the mind is allowed to stray, it wanders into strange territory. When this happens, the best I can do is write down all the ideas that come to me, listen to the music, musicians and singers that go with them, and divide them up into listenable groups. Here, hopefully, is one of them, and as I look down the titles, I feel that "Something Completely Spiritual" might just work.  

Care for a few frinstansez?  
 

Tune in Sunday evening at 6, when Fabiano Ramaci returns to Mouthful to talk about his handcrafted Mora Estate wines, made in the style of Italy's famous Amarone. Fabiano is also a fabulous chef and he'll share secrets of his delicious paella, and more. 

Fabiano Ramaci, Sunday evening at 6, on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine, & Farming, with host Michele Anna Jordan - on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

There is still time for Sonoma County homeowners and business owners impacted by the North Bay fires, who may have missed the initial December 11th deadline, to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Residents are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  

Homeowners may qualify for up to $200,000 for home damage. Homeowners and renters can apply for up to $40,000 to replace personal property.  

The National Weather Service as issued a RED FLAG warning for potential Wildfire Danger throughout high elevations in the San Francisco North Bay, the East Bay Hills, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Winds will gust from 15 to 30 miles per hour, up to a possible 50 to 60 mph in some areas. 

Due to high winds and low humidity, outdoor burning is NOT recommended. 

This warning is in effect from Friday night until Sunday evening.

KRCB-FM Radio 91's 2017 Holiday / End-of-year fundraiser continues through Saturday December 16th. Radio 91 is raising funds for public radio in Sonoma County. Support this trusted, independent and essential radio service. CLICK HERE to donate online or call 707-584-2020. There are many awesome "thank you" gifts - treat yourself or give them as holiday presents! A membership to KRCB-FM Radio 91 / North Bay Public Media makes a great gift too! Your tax-deductible donation helps keep public radio on the air in the North Bay.

In hour two from ​Albertville, Alabama, we head into town, where a wave of immigrants has transformed the place. After 20 years, it was more than a quarter Latino. We find out: How much did that cost taxpayers? What was it like to have ​immigrants who’d never driven cars suddenly on the roads​?​ And why ​did ​a Latino business owner t​ell​ his friend to run for mayor on a platform of kicking out immigrants​?  
 

The deadline for Jan. 1 coverage under "Covered California" has been extended to December 22nd.  APPLY NOW!  

Open Enrollment Runs Through Jan. 31, 2018

 

Open enrollment for health coverage in 2018 is happening now and will end on Jan. 31, 2018. If you want your coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2018 you must select a plan by the end of Friday, Dec. 22. 

Current members can renew or change their health plans until Jan. 31, 2018. 

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Ambassador Satch,” won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally disarm Russian guards in East Berlin. Meanwhile, fear of nuclear war with the Soviets infiltrated American popular consciousness resulting in gospel, bluegrass and pop odes to and protests against atomic weapons.

This week’s Mountain Stage features an eclectic line-up, even by Mountain Stage standards. Robyn Hitchcock performs a career-spanning set, plus Cleveland’s alt-rock pioneers Pere Ubu, Songwriters Susan Werner and Joan Shelley, and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic.  

They’re all in live performance Saturday at noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – As part of the multi-agency response to the recent fires in Northern California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed asbestos removals at 93 properties in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. 

Here is who to listen for this week on World Cafe with host Talia Schlanger:

Monday, December 11th: Penny and Sparrow 

Penny and Sparrow evoke the detail of Simon and Garfunkel and the openness of Bon Iver. On the next World Cafe, they perform live from the new album Wendigo and explain the fine balance between their Christian beliefs and the label of being a Christian band, including how hard it is to talk publicly about faith in the age of 140 characters.  

Tuesday, December 12th: JD McPherson  

Tune in Sunday evening, December 10 at 6 pm  for a very delicious hour of Mouthful! Heather of Heather's Custom Meats of Santa Rosa will be discussing  her special holiday cuts, farming practices, and more. Rob Akins of Olive Queen olive oil joins in with tastes of his just-pressed Olio Nuovo, the world's freshest olive oil. 

Listen every Sunday evening at 6 for Mouthful, smart talk about food, wine, and farming with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB-FM Radio 91. 

Survivors of the October 2017 wildfires have one week left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

The deadline for both is Dec. 11, 2017 for those with losses. 

To provide a financial boost for those affected by the Sonoma County fires, the  Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) is offering special assistance grants to  low-income residents for up to $3000. The grants aim to help those who lost possessions, jobs or income due to the fires: get or keep housing by paying a month’s mortgage, rent or security deposit; cover utility bills; buy essential household furniture, a wheelchair or other vital health aids; or cover costs of  medically required dental care and non-routine automotive repairs for critically needed transportation.  

It's time for Ric's end-of-year tradition: the Best of Ric on the Radio. Continuing the series from previous years, part 5 will air Nov. 30. Part 6 will air Dec. 14. Each segment will feature songs played on Ric on the Radio throughout 2017. Bob Dylan, Dr. Feelgood, Shudder to Think, Black Sabbath, Shoes, Hippo Campus, JFA, Thin Lizzy, Super Furry Animals, Queens of the Stone Age, Pink Floyd, The Beta Band, Broken Social Scene, Echo & the Bunnymen, Ween, Bloc Party, Romeo Void, Meat Puppets, The Nashville Teens, Little Feat, The Shadows, Brenda Lee and so much more!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continues to make steady progress on the Consolidated Debris Removal Program in Northern California following the October 2017 wildfires. 

Residents recovering from the October 2017 fires in California have less than two weeks left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. The last day to register is Dec. 11, 2017. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE) has established a Debris Removal Information Line for property owners affected by last month’s devastating wildfires in Northern California. The number for the USACE Debris Removal Information Line is 877-875-7681, and is intended for residential property owners who have signed up for the government-sponsored debris removal program. Residential property owners who are registered for the program can also e-mail:  
USACESupportToSonoma@usace.army.mil

This month on A Novel Idea:

Featured are two novelists whose books hit big this year. 

Fierce Kingdom is a thriller of a book by Gin Phillips, which takes place over the course of three hours in a zoo that is under attack by gunmen, and where a woman and her young son are trapped; ultimately this is a story of motherhood.  

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