The new climate reality means that even those living on a hill will be affected by flooding in the valley, and those living in the North will be affected by droughts in the South. There are many factors to consider how you will be affected by climate change.

“I think this question of inequity is also really, really important,” states Katharine Mach. “And the flipside of that is that wealth is not necessarily protection.”

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with FEMA are transitioning both Local Assistance Centers (LACs) located in downtown Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley to Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) on November 12, 2017. The LACs will close at 7:00pm Saturday, November 11th and re-open at 9:00am on Sunday, November 12th as DRCs.

President Donald J. Trump
Gage Skidmore

With President Trump’s tweets withdrawing the welcome mat from transgender service members, and the Justice Department’s friend of the court brief seeking to remove some employment protections from the LGBTQ community, local activists are wondering what their role should be going forward. Steve Mencher talks with Santa Rosa lawyer and rights advocate Naomi Metz.

Find out more about grants to local LGBTQ organizations from the LGBTQI Giving Circle.

Jobs, Housing and Inter-State Migration Assessed

Apr 3, 2016

   California is creating new jobs at all income levels, but lower wage workers are leaving the state as housing costs soar.  A new report examines these interlocking trends.

Check out the entire interactive Compare 50 database here.

Home Healthcare Workers Seek Support

Oct 23, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The “Fight for 15” is a national campaign to boost the income of low-wage workers. Locally, it’s being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union, including hundreds of home health care workers, who, according to a visiting academic, have a long history of being undervalued. 

Co-Working Catches On In Sonoma County

Oct 5, 2015

  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.

The Growing “Gig Economy” in the North Bay

Oct 2, 2015

  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.

California Continues to Grow Green Jobs

Sep 4, 2015

  California's continued employment growth includes a significant number of "green jobs." Suzanne Potter has the numbers.

Legislature Urged to Address 'Wage Theft'

Sep 1, 2015

  Wage theft--when workers are not paid for their time on the job--is a low profile issue that involves some big numbers. Suzanne Potter reports on the campaign to get the California legislature to crack down on it.

An 'Opportunity Fair' for Young Workers

Jul 30, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  More than just a summer job, The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corp is grooming its participants for the broader workforce, and providing access to numerous possible future career paths.

Summer Youth Ecology Corps Goes Back to Work

Jun 22, 2015

  Today we look at a triple-win summer job program for youth—they’re working outdoors, helping the community, and gaining experiences beyond job skills that will serve them going forward.

  The youth participating in the Ecology Corps don't just gain land maintenance skills that can be applied in numerous situations. Karen Freis, Assistant Director of Sonoma County's Human Services Department notes that they also learn about the local environment they are working in.

Supervisors Adopt Living Wage Proposal

Jun 9, 2015
Bruce Robinsoon, KRCB

  Sonoma County Supervisors have unanimously backed a $15 per “Living Wage” for workers paid directly or indirectly by the county. But it’s going take a year or more to be fully implemented.

Mothers Seeking Paid Sick Leave

May 9, 2014

  Just in time for Mothers' Day Weekend,  a state-wide push to expand sick leave benefits for working women is getting under way. Lori Abbott has this report.

Graton Day Labor Center Celebrates 13 Years of Activism

Mar 28, 2014

  Since 2001, the Graton Day Labor Center has been working to improve the lives of immigrant workers and their families in western Sonoma County. Tonight they celebrate their 13th anniversary, and what they’ve accomplished through those years.

The Graton Day Labor Center's anniversary celebration begins at 7 tonight at the Sebastopol Cultural Community Center on Morris Street. See below for details.

An Upbeat Economic Forecast for 2014

Feb 20, 2014

On today’s North Bay Report, we heard from California State University Chancellor Timothy White, who was the keynote speaker at Sonoma State’s annual Economic Outlook Conference yesterday. Another regular feature at the event is the regional economic analysis and forecast delivered by Economics professor Rob Eyler. He predicted solid growth for California in 2014, with North Bay counties doing a bit better than the state as a whole.

Entrepreneurship at Sonoma State

Jun 3, 2013

The new Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University hasn’t been residing there long, but he’s hoping to make his presence felt in short order. He spoke with KRCB's Bruce Robinson.

  Not everyone thinks they are entrepreneurial, yet Mark Nelson believes the seeds for that approach to life lie in each of us—and is it more necessary now than ever to nurture them.


A key part of the entrepreneurial spirit is a willingness to take chances, says Nelson, and in the new economy, that’s becoming increasingly essential.