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California Update for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018
civileats.com

• California home cooks would be able to sell meals prepared in home kitchens directly to consumers under a bill that's passed the Assembly. Opponents say the move would create a public health risk.

• A new bill inching through the California legislature would make it illegal for sit-down restaurants to pair drinks with straws unless guests request them. Bars and fast-food aren’t included.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ezra David Romero.

Trucks unloading at Mecham Road landfill
Sarah Tan

About two months ago the North Bay wildfires were contained. Most of the toxic debris has been carted away -- like asbestos, burned plastic, and car batteries. Material like ash and everything else left behind is still being cleared. Independent producer Sarah Tan reports on progress at the main county landfill.

Senior Airman Martin Baglien in Santa Rosa
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps

As trucks continue to haul away the remains of homes burned in the North Bay fires, homeowners are beginning to deal with the next big step in recovery – claiming their insurance. KQED’s Sukey Lewis talked with homeowners, insurers and state officials. She started in Lake County, where the Valley Fire destroyed homes in 2015 and some residents are still fighting to get their payouts.

See the original story at The California Report.

CalRecycle Report Shows Dip In Statewide Recycling Rate In 2016

Aug 23, 2017
calrecycle.ca.gov

ALSO: Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Steve Milne.

Singer/songwriter and musical powerhouse Aoife O’Donovan makes a return visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage this week.  At a young age, she has already recorded, collaborated, toured and performed with a list of musical A-listers too long to name, and we’re happy to have her back with us to share some of her latest inspirations.  Santa Cruz-based artist Marty O’Reilly and his ‘Old Soul Orchestra’ also stop in to share their one-of-a-kind sound, plus a great eChievement Award story about a California woman with a creative idea to keep waste out of the landfill.

Composting’s Cloudy Future in Sonoma County

May 29, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  From modest beginnings in the 1990s, commercial composting in Sonoma County has grown into a sizable enterprise, one that has been embraced by both consumers and farmers. But with big changes about to kick in, the future of composting here is uncertain.

  Alan Siegle, co-owner of Sonoma Compost, recalls how they had to persuade county supervisors to launch the operation more than 20 years ago.

County Landfill Prepares for Composting Move

Nov 20, 2014
Sonoma Compost

  When composting operations were added to the Sonoma County Landfill, on Meacham Road west of Cotati, the location was going to be temporary. It still is, so the process of redesigning a new, permanent composting facility is now underway—one that’s going to be significantly different from the old one.

The new composting site will at a different location within the existing landfill property. An Environmental Impact Study for it is currently being drafted.