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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

California Coal Divestment Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

6 hours ago

  ALSO: California officials are launching a new search engine to better track campaign money for state candidates and ballot measures.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Chris Nichols.

A series of workshops will begin in Santa Rosa’s Moorland neighborhood Thursday night, to gather ideas and priorities for designing a community park to memorialize Andy Lopez.

While it is clear that the current momentum to create a neighborhood park for Moorland is driven by the community’s response to the Andy Lopez shooting, Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson explains that the land for it has long been intended as a park site.

State Union Contract Deal Includes Pension Concessions

Sep 2, 2015
Capitol Public Radio News

  ALSO: Employers in California would lose the ability to ask job applicants their salary history and job status.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Chris Reynolds.

A freshman state senator faces a steep learning curve upon arriving in Sacramento. One lesson that former Sonoma County supervisor Mike McGuire has embraced is rooted in the demographics of his district.

  State Senator Mike McGuire has also been in the midst of the long-standing tug-of-war over the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. Changes are overdue at the aging facility, he acknowledges, but the fast-track deadline to relocate the remaining residents at the SDC is a poor way to begin.

Legislature Urged to Address 'Wage Theft'

Sep 1, 2015

  Wage theft--when workers are not paid for their time on the job--is a low profile issue that involves some big numbers. Suzanne Potter reports on the campaign to get the California legislature to crack down on it.

Road Repair Deal At Capitol Still Elusive As Time Draws Short

Sep 1, 2015

  ALSO: The California Senate approves a bill to penalize drone operators who interfere with emergencies, including wildfires. And lawmakers send equal pay legislation to Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

  Eight months into his new job, representing northern California’s huge Second state Senate District, Healdsburg’s Mike McGuire is maintaining his usual frenetic pace as he wades into a new set of complex legislative issues.

  Facing a long list of issues to engage with in Sacramento, State Senator Mike McGuire says he allocates his efforts in accordance with four broad priorities.

California's Death Penalty on Trial

Aug 31, 2015

  Capital punishment is still on the books in California,  and death sentences continue to be meted out in courtrooms. But they are rarely implemented, which is why they are now facing a new legal challange. We hear more from reporter Suzanne Potter.

California Lawmakers Brace For Busy, Chaotic Final Two Weeks

Aug 31, 2015
Andrew Nixon / Capitol Public Radio News

  ALSO: A bill intended to protect workers in disputes with their employers goes to Governor Brown’s desk.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

  This week, John Ryan presents some parks that offer kid-friendly hikes. Places where the whole family can get outside and enjoy a great time, that won’t devolve into cries of, “I’m so tired. Can you carry me?"  

Some of the parks and trails you may already be familiar with, others may be new to you!

From easy to expert, find out more about hiking in your Regional Parks.