“Citizens United” is the short-hand name for the controversial 2010 decision by the US Supreme Court . That ruling concluded that campaign contributions are a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, even when they are made by corporations and other large organizations. The backlash against Citizens United includes a broad campaign to overrule it through a nationwide constitutional amendment, an effort that is also focusing on local elections in Sonoma County this fall.
When it comes to saving water, every drop counts. On today's North Bay Report, KRCB rides along with staff from the City of Santa Rosa, on the watch for water violations.
The Santa Rosa City adopted mandatory water restrictions on August 5, 2014 to comply with California's drought emergency regulations. Their goal is to reduce water usage by 20 percent compared to 2013. The restrictions and prohibitions on water-use include:
Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola's talk at the Latino Health Forum Thursday morning was titled, ""If You Build It, Will They Come? Closing the Mental Health Treatment Gap for Latinos." He is seen here giving the same presentation to the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland last month.
The overall health needs of California’s Latino population are widely underserved. That shortfall is even greater when it comes to mental health services.
Mental illnesses are not exactly contagious, noted Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis, but within families they can be readily shared, especially between parents and children.
Sonoma County Regional Parks relies on its volunteer partnerships for support. Matt Reid is back with John Ryan to talk about one particular association whose volunteers are making a big impact in our parks.
Fire protection across Sonoma County is provided by 5 city fire departments plus 19 other independent fire districts, including 15 volunteer departments. That provides a lot of cherished local control, but financially it’s a model carried over from the last century that may no longer be viable today. A the direction of the county Board of Supervisors, a series of 10 public meetings to discuss the future of local fire services are being held at fire stations throughout the county. Here’s what is expected to come out of all that.
“Make ’em Bleed” is the name for a series of public blood donation drive events that are being co-hosted by the Bay Area Derby Girls, the local league of women’s roller derby teams. The last of their nine events is coming up on Saturday in Rohnert Park, and we have an actual roller girl lined up to tell us all about it.