Election 2016

Libraries Ready for Measure Y Funding Boost

Nov 26, 2016

Christmas came early for the Sonoma County Library system, which is now setting priorities for the additional sales tax revenues voters authorized by passing measure Y. First up: reopening on Mondays. 

In addition to meeting restoring hours and meeting some basic needs, Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear says the revenue boost for the system will also support some new programs that he is eager to implement.

There is also discussion about reopening at least some of the library branches for limited hours on Sundays, but no timetable has been set for that.

Tiffany Camhi

Sausalito and Marin City’s  school district has been slowly gaining traction over the past 15 years by attracting parents and students back to the area’s two schools. But after disappointing test scores in recent years and a scathing report from a state agency accusing the district of diverting money away from its largely minority school parents, teachers and community members are looking for change. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports that change could come soon after voters in the district cast their ballot for two open seats on the school board tomorrow.

Why the Ballot is So Long This Fall

Sep 20, 2016

Although no one will see them all, voters across Sonoma County are being asked to decide 23 separate ballot measures this fall. That’s in addition to the 17 initiatives everyone will see from the state. To find out why so many, KRCB News turned to Sonoma State Political Science professor and ballot measure analyst David McCuan for insights.

In addition to the centralized budgeting that resulted from the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, Professor McCuan observes that it has also led to some significant changes in the make-up of the state legislature—and their actions.

Library Readies New Sales Tax Measure

Jul 8, 2016

Sonoma County Library officials and aligned community groups are laying the groundwork for a second ballot measure to fund operations and restore service cuts.

    The November ballot is already a long one, with a record 17 statewide propositions so far, and some other local initiatives still under consideration as well. But Library Director Brett Lear doesn’t see all that as deterrent to advancing their sales tax measure at the same time. 

Primary Votes Set Political Races for November

Jun 8, 2016

  The fields were narrowed in California’s contested electoral even in races that have established a clear front-runner. That was mostly the case for incumbents, some of whom face ongoing challenges from members of the same party.

Growth Worries Underlie Napa Elections

May 31, 2016
County of Napa

  Two incumbent supervisors are facing brisk challenges in Napa County’s primary election, while voters there are also being asked to approve funding for schools and a new jail.

Measure AA Seeks Parcel Tax for Wetlands Projects

May 25, 2016

  One thing that all nine Bay Area Counties have in common is a portion of the shoreline around the Bay. So they are also sharing in the electoral decision to be made on Measure AA in California’s June Primary.

There are seven members on the Governing Board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, but none are from the North Bay, which heightens the accountability concerns of Dan Drummond, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association.

GMO Debate Lands on Sonoma County Ballot--Again

May 24, 2016

More than a decade after the divisive and expensive political battle over Measure M—which would have enacted a 10-year moratorium on growing bioengineered crops in Sonoma County—the issue will be back on the local ballot this fall.

During the lengthy public hearing, Taft Street Winery owner and former Santa Rosa City Councilman Mike Martini suggested three changes he said would make for a better proposal to limit local use of GMOs.