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California Update for Wednesday, June 30, 2018

Jun 20, 2018
ACLU of California

• A bill that would change when California police officers may choose to use deadly force is moving forward in the state Senate, despite opposition from law enforcement.


• Just as the Thomas Fire—the largest wildfire to burn in the California's modern history—is fully cleaned up, state agencies are preparing for the upcoming fire season.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

Presentation of a Gold Resolution and Challenge Coins will be held Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m.

ALSO: Three bills moving through the California Legislature seek to catalog and raise money to address a backlog of untested rape kits.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

Out on the Police Beat

Dec 21, 2016

  Police and Sherriff’s departments in California and beyond have long included gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender officers. But now those individuals are increasingly willing and able to let their presence be known, some with the help of a local writer and instructor.

Some Old Pot Convictions Reversed by Prop 64

Dec 15, 2016

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 64, it is now legal to grow, possess or transport small amounts of marijuana. But the measure also can roll back the convictions of people who were jailed for doing those things before November 9th,  a process that is now getting started.

Santa Rosa attorney Joe Rogoway has discovered that in some cases, old efforts to minimize the legal consequences of past marijuana law violations have now complicated the new process of getting those old convictions undone.

Task Force Recommendations on Accountability

Mar 6, 2015

  After 14 months, the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force convened by Sonoma County Supervisors has made public its varied policy recommendations. Today we conclude our 3-part series on their work with a look at the recommendations from the Law Enforcement Accountability subcommittee.

Task Force Recommendations on Community Policing

Mar 3, 2015

  After 14 months, the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force convened by Sonoma County Supervisors has made public its varied policy recommendations. Today we begin a 3-part series with a look at the ideas that came out of its subcommittee on Community Policing.

A Plan for Serial Inebriates

Feb 9, 2015

  Frequent substance abusers are costing Sonoma County millions of dollars every year. So a coalition of service providers is examining alternatives to get better results through alternative programs.

  San Diego's Serial Inebriates Program was launched in 1999, says Deni McLagan, that city's Mental Health Services Program Manager. And it was  a police officer, John Leining, who first pushed for a new approach to the problem of chronic public drunkenness, when dispatcher calls to pick up the same individuals over and over had become a large part of his regular patrol shifts.

Community Policing Task Force Recommendations

Dec 14, 2014

Asked to suggest ways to help local law enforcement be more effective and accountable, a citizen task force is calling for more diversity, better training, and improved communications with the people they serve.

The full text of the seven recommendations from the Community Policing subcommittee can be found here.

Police Tactics and Public Protests

Aug 26, 2014

What determines whether or not a public protest will remain peaceful or veer into violent confrontations? A new study underway at UC Berkeley suggests that police actions often make the difference.

Inside The Medical Cannabis Business

Aug 11, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Medicinal cannabis has become big business in California over the past 17 years. Today, the North Bay Report takes you inside one local dispensary operation to see how it runs like other retailers—and how it is quite different.

  While growing marijuana for medicinal purposes is more widespread than ever, Corey Rider, who manages product intake for Peace in Medicine, says the quality and efficacy can vary widely, depnding on the knowledge and intention of each individual cultivator.

Jet Skiers Raise Risks on Russian River

Aug 11, 2014
Sebastopol Times & News

Summer on the lower Russian River is typically tranquil and laid back—but not always. Recent articles in the Sebastopol Times and News have called attention to a recurring noisy hazard on the water. Today we hear from the author of those reports.

Sebastopol Cops Now Camera-equipped

Aug 6, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The entire Sebastopol Police Department—a dozen full-time officers and 11 reservists—now carry department-issued video cameras that record all of their interactions while on the job. This may make them the first local law enforcement agency to be so equipped. Today, we find out why, and how they are used.


2014 Abalone Rules at Midseason

Jul 23, 2014
Debra Hamilton photo / California Department of Fish & Game

  In an effort to protect the abalone population along the north coast, new restrictions on when and where the tasty mollusks can be taken are being implemented this year.  At the season’s midpoint, we examine those changes and how they are being enforced.

   Fish and Wildlife biologists carefully monitor the abalone population at multiple locations along the north coast, to ensure that they are not being over-fished. Capt. Steve Riske explains the process.

Police Killings Spur Call For Federal Investigation

Jun 24, 2014

  The US Justice Department is being asked to investigate the more than five dozen officer-involved fatalities in Sonoma County since 2000. That was the year an earlier US Commission on Civil Rights submitted its report on the 18 similar deaths in the previous decade.

    For attorney Isaak Schwaiger, a former Sonoma County prosecutor as well as a Marine who served in Iraq, a crucial pivot point in modern policing is the primacy now given to “officer safety.”

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Undocumented immigrants in California cannot legally drive here, and a new law that will change that doesn’t go into effect until 2015. In the meantime, local activists are calling for leniency, and Sebastopol is leading the way.

MADD Applauds Stepped-Up Stops

Aug 29, 2013

  Police are promising to be out in force through the Labor Day weekend in California, looking for drunk drivers, and MADD is happy about it.