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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.

The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 residential units were destroyed in the fires. At their meeting today, the Board of Supervisors approved leasing 80 existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) spaces at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to house Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Temporary Housing Units.

Tiffany Camhi

First the city of Santa Rosa vacated and cleaned out the tent city at Farmers Lane and Bennett Valley Road, also known as Homeless Hill. Now the city is targeting the Sixth Street encampment under the 101 highway. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports these cleanups are part of Santa Rosa’s new homeless strategy, called Housing First.

Measure C Fails, Leah Gold Wins in Special Elections

Jun 6, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

Record spending by outside business interests dominated yesterday’s special election in Sonoma County, but Santa Rosa’s Measure C was not the day’s only story. 

Voter turnout was low yesterday with just 40 thousand ballots cast, nearly three-quarters of them in Santa Rosa. See the final totals here.

Fugett Takes the Helm at Conservation Action

Jun 15, 2016

The new head of Sonoma County’s leading environmental advocacy group says she’s spent her life so far preparing for that job.

In addressing many important issues, says Sonoma County Conservation Action's new Executive Director, Kerry Fugett, it's important to keep a focus on the underlying factors that are driving them.

  Accordingly, Fugett says, efforts to rein in urban sprawl need to redirect new housing into vacant or underutilized lands within existing city limits.

Economic Concerns Dominate Food Forum

Mar 17, 2016

Five years after Sonoma County’s first Food Forum laid the foundation for the county’s Food Action Plan, a second session yesterday focused on the economic forces that challenge farmers and the long-term prospects for sustainable local agriculture.

High costs for both land and housing in Sonoma County are hurting small and new would-be farmers, notes Agriculture Commissioner Tony Linegar. And he’s got a suggestion to help ease that bind.

Young Adults with Autism Thrive in Their New Home

Dec 28, 2015

  Eight years in the making, a new living environment for young adults with autism is attracting nationwide attention to their shared homes in downtown Sonoma.

Revisiting Community Separators

Oct 26, 2015
Greenbelt Alliance

As the local economy rebounds, and the demand for additional housing in Sonoma County accelerates, a call for renewing protections on open lands between local cities is stirring debate.

Localized maps of the various existing community separators in Sonoma County can be seen on the Greenbelt Alliance website.

When the Inside Air is a Health Hazard

Aug 26, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 What can be done when the air inside a child’s home is a hazard to his health? A team of inspectors and builders visited one such home recently, in search of answers—and found some.  KRCB’s Bruce Robinson reports.

Inside a California Mentor Household

May 18, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  California Mentor is a Family Home Agency that pairs local households with adults with developmental disabilities in a family environment. Today the people in one such match tell their story.

   The California Mentor program, which is looking for additional host households, has local offices in Santa Rosa and Napa ,two of  18 in the state. Adam Barngraff, who manages the Napa office, says it is a concept that originated in the Boston area about 40 years ago.

  A new model for integrating adults with developmental disabilities into their surrounding communities has them living with willing families and becoming part of the household. California Mentor is the progam making that happen here in the North Bay.

Not only is there a growing number of clients hoping to find a Mentor household to join, but Adam Barngraff, program manager for California Mentor in their Napa office, explains that they try to have several options to offer each client.

Developing a One Planet Lifestyle

May 11, 2015

  It’s hard to live a low-consumption lifestyle, especially in car-dependent California. But it gets easier when new housing projects are designed and built with that goal in mind.

Public Funds Just Seed Money in Fighting Homelessness

May 5, 2015

County supervisors on Tuesday readily accepted a plan to spend nearly $2.8 million in federal funds on projects to address homelessness and poverty in Sonoma County. But they know the annual grants are not keeping pace with the local needs.

  Since the 2008 recession kicked in, Social Advocates for Youth has recognized a need to reduce their dependence on government funds to support their programs, says Executive Director Matt Martin.

The North Bay’s Tight Housing Market Assessed

Apr 21, 2015
DTZ

Rental vacancies across the North Bay are at record lows these days, and some regional housing market observers say that’s not likely to change any time soon.

  Garrick Brown, regional vice president of research for the international commercial real estate services company DTZ, expects the Bay Area’s tight housing market will continue to put pressure on employers. Especially, he predicts for workers in the Millennial generation, whose attraction to urban centers may wane as they age.

Sonoma County's Economic OUtlook for 2015

Jan 22, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The Great Recession is now safely behind us, with the nest two years expected to be a time of continuing gradual economic growth. That was the forecast presented at the annual State of Sonoma County forum yesterday.

  Claude Lewenz believes he’s developed a better idea for a 21st century city, one that is now gaining attention in Mendocino County.  He calls it a “village town,” and explained it in this archival North Bay Report from October, 2010.

The Village Town concept is a fresh start, as Claude Lewenz envisions it, a community built completely new and separate from what has gone before

  Designing the individual villages will be left up to the people who will live in them, Lewenz explains. He offers an outline of how that might happen.

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.

Long Wait for Federal Rental Assistance

Dec 29, 2013

Funds to provide rental assistance to needy households currently meet only a fraction of the need in Sonoma County. And that was before the federal budget sequestration kicked in. Bruce Robinson has more.

While there are formulas that limit the total rental costs that the federal subsidies will support, Santa Rosa affordable housing advocate David Grabill observes that the Section 8 program was specifically designed to be workable for landlords.

Keeping Affordable Housing Affordable

Nov 22, 2013

Creating affordable housing can be costly and keeping it available for low-income households is tricky. But the Housing Land Trust has found a way to do both.

  The Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County was established in 2002, but Executive Director Dev Goetschius says even then, they were employing a fiscal model that had already been proven effective elsewhere.

Fountaingrove Lodge Opens

Nov 21, 2013

  Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first retirement and resort complex specifically for LGBT couples and individuals is opening its doors in Santa Rosa this week, and held a public open house last night. Bruce Robinson talks with their senior marketing director, Gena Jacob, about the project.

Hotel Petaluma Evictions Prompt Protests

Apr 11, 2013
KRCB photo by Danielle Venton

Big changes are underway at the venerable Hotel Petaluma, as a new owner implements upgrades. But evicted tenants and others contend that the former occupants have gotten a raw deal in the process. Bruce Robinson reports.

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