North Bay News

The Exchange
6:14 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Sustainable Housing Discussion in Petaluma

  Homelessness and the cost of rental housing are both going up in Sonoma County, which isn’t a good combination.  The question of how to maintain cultural and economic diversity in the face of these conditions is the focus of a North Bay Sustainability Mixer in Petaluma tomorrow night. Here’s a preview.

COTS' Mike Johnson will be one of four scheduled speakers at that gathering and mixer, which begins at 7 pm. You can find more information about it here.

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On the Farm
3:40 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Local Potato Variety Stages Comeback from near Extinction

Foggy River Farm has quadrupled their production of Bodega Red Potatoes this year. Until recently the Bodega Red was obscure and endanger of dying out.
Credit Danielle Venton/KRCB

The Bodega red potato was once a mainstay of life in the North Bay. But, after years of neglect, the heirloom spud nearly died out before being rescued by food historians. Today, the Bodega red is once again a thriving commercial success. A survey of farmers suggested that around 30,000 pounds of Bodega reds were grown for consumption this year. 

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The Exchange
6:45 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Santa Rosa Volunteer Fair Debuts

  Sonoma County already leads the state in volunteerism, but there is always room to do more. To help facilitate that, a first-ever Volunteer Fair is being held tomorrow in Santa Rosa, and we’ve got all the details about it for you on today’s Exchange.

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California Update
6:11 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New Report Calls For Health Care Worker Expansion

Governor Brown visits famous Chinese Theater to sign Hollywood Tax Credit.
Credit foxbusiness.com

  • Brown Signs Film TV Tax Credit

Today's reporting by Pauline Bartolone and Katie Orr.

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Accelerating Extinctions
7:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Fewer birds in North Bay skies

  Climate change and habitat loss are threatening the survival of hundreds of North American bird species. And local birding observers say, the numbers of numerous familiar birds are already visibly declining in the North Bay’s skies.

  The Pacific flyway along the North coast is a vital corridor for many larger birds of prey, but Susan Kirks, past president of the Madrone Audubon Society, says that as a group, they are among the most threatened species that traverse this region.

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California Update
7:17 am
Thu September 18, 2014

California Women Underrepresented In Elected Office

Cal ISO dispatching center near Sacramento. Cooler overnight temperatures have given the state’s power plants and other supply generators some down-time to rest and refresh.
Credit frankbooth.com

    • California Dodges Power Crisis This Summer Despite Heat, Drought

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Ben Adler.

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Bright Ideas
7:15 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Innovation Week Showcases Entreprenural Creativity

  It’s Innovation Week in the North Bay, when businesses and other groups show off their best new ideas. The big finish is a competition on Friday, in which some promising inventors and entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to win both public support, and backing from angel investor groups.

Find details about the Innovation Competition, including the full list of entrants, here.

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California Update
7:04 am
Wed September 17, 2014

New Poll: Californians Believe Mental Health Treatment Works

Governor Brown says he knows some people are unhappy with the legislation, but insists the new laws are necessary.
Credit fresnobee.com

  • California now has its first laws regulating the use of groundwater. Governor Brown signed the package of legislation Tuesday.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Ben Adler.

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The Exchange
5:46 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Food System Innovations Showcased

  This is North Bay Innovation Week in Sonoma County, which suggests a lot of new technologies. But innovation is also about new ways of doing long-established things, too, and that includes how we produce and prepare the foods we eat. Go Local is hosting a pair of presentations which look at innovations in that sector. Here’s  a preview.

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Details and Dollars
6:15 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Roseland Annexation inches forward

Roseland--the dark area in this map--is an island of county lands surrounded by the City of Santa Rosa. It is by far the largest of five such islands in the city's southwest quadrant. The others will be considered for annexation at a later time.
Credit County of Sonoma

  Just about everyone involved thinks Santa Rosa’s annexation of Roseland from the county is a good idea whose time has come. But the process to accomplish that is moving at a very deliberate pace. 

The next meeting of the joint City/County Annexation Committee is scheduled for October 9th.

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