North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Sonoma County has been without a local composting operation for a year and a half. And it will be at least twice that long before a new one can get started. But the process is inching forward.

 When commercial composting was introduced in Sonoma County, roughly 20 years ago, by Sonoma Compost, the pioneering local operation was widely studied and imitated, recalls Patrick Carter, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency.

Santa Rosa-based Climbers For Peace organizes and leads multi-national teams in bond-building ascents of major mountains. Their next trip will take them up the highest peak in the Middle East—assuming the government of Iran allows it.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Riding a bicycle through all 50 states is a good way to get acquainted with America. And talking with folks, in depth, everywhere along the way is an even better way. Today we meet a man who is doing both.

Register, who lives in Houston, Texas when he is not exploring America's back roads, explains why he decided to undertake this multi-year project.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Yet another indication that the cannabis industry is already large and diverse in and around Santa Rosa:  a business-oriented trade shows now underway at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

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ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown and the League of California Cities are lauding each other’s efforts in passing a 52 billion dollar transportation bill earlier this month. But they may have different priorities for what's next...

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

As science increasingly comes under fire from conservative political forces, public support for research and empirical evidence is being rallied in a global array of pro-science events this weekend—including two in Santa Rosa.

In thinking about the importance of science in daily life, Adrienne Alvord, the Western States Director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, points out that is it vital for both economic and personal health.

Bill Would Shed Light On Prescription Drug Price-Setting

Apr 19, 2017
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ALSO: More than a million permits for disabled drivers and riders handed out by the California Department of Motor Vehicles over three years were questionably approved.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Daniel Potter.

Tiffany Camhi

The rise of the do-it-yourself movement, combined with the push in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math education, has led to a boom in Makerspaces across the country. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports, Sonoma State will be joining the maker community when it opens its own Makerspace on Friday.

Assembly Democrats Tout Numerous Affordable Housing Bills

Apr 18, 2017
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ALSO: The California secession effort will no longer try to qualify a ballot initiative. That’s after media outlets turned up connections of its author to the Russian government.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

In agriculture, building, urban design transportation, energy production and use and more, there are steps already being taken to keep carbon out of the atmosphere. And according to a serious new book, scaling up those actions—all of them—could be a pathway to reversing global warming.

Many of the 100 climate change solutions examined by Project Drawdown have interlocking effects. Editor Paul Hawken says their analyses work scrupulously to keep their projected benefits separate.

Proposal Would Overhaul CA Recycling Program

Apr 17, 2017
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ALSO: U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defends the Trump administration’s policies on public land during a visit to Yosemite National Park.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ezra David Romero.

“Drawdown” is the term used to describe the time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have peaked and then begin to decline. A new book offers a pathway to get there by 2050.

The foremost consideration in the assessments made for the Drawdown Project, explains co-founder Paul Hawken, was how much carbon could be kept out of the atmosphere by wider adoption of each strategy.  In most cases, the 30-year impact could be measured in gigatons.

The April 15th deadline for filing 2016 income tax returns applies to all American, including President Trump. It is also serving as an occasion for renewed calls for him to make public his past tax documents.

More information about State Sen. Mike McGuire's SB 149 can be found on his website. Read the full text of the bill here.

Whether its unconscious or overt, racism remains a sensitive issue in America. But the idea of “reverse racism” isn’t an inversion of that—it’s an example. A free public gathering to examine and debunk that idea is happening in Santa Rosa this Wednesday night.

Tiffany Camhi

The winter storms that drenched Northern California and brought much of the state out of the drought have been a good thing for most of us. But for oyster farmers in Tomales Bay, lots of rain means lots of closures. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited one oyster company to check on the health of their oysters and their business. 

No Smoking Pot While Driving Clears Committee

Apr 11, 2017
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ALSO: Tax collections in California beat expectations for last month, with a haul of some 7.6 billion dollars. But State Controller Betty Yee cautions the numbers have been volatile in recent months, saying that’s a bad sign for the state’s job market.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter.

Curing traffic congestion means using fewer vehicles to move a growing number of people. Sonoma County is preparing to test some strategies to do that, as Christian Kallen reports.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the county’s car-sharing pilot program was last Friday. Interviews with the most promising applicants will be held later this month. 

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California has until January 1st to merge the rules governing medical marijuana with those laid out under Prop 64 which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults. The governor released his proposal for how to merge the two this week.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Amy Quinton.

The months from pregnancy through infancy are critical for both mothers and newborns, and can shape the course of the child’s life into adulthood. It can be a critical time for a little constructive guidance, which is provided by a low-profile, but impactful county program.

Newborns don’t arrive with an instruction manual, so first-time parents are usually learning as they go. Supervising Health Nurse Lisa Fredrickson says that’s why the Nurse-Family Partnerships extend through the first 24 months of the child’s life.

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It took the full negotiating power of California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to push their transportation funding deal across the finish line Thursday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

An automobile recall repair notice is a warning that something could go wrong with the car unless a part is replaced or fixed. But many of those warnings are going unheeded. So a new Bay Area business is trying to help.

The non-profit arm of Recall Masters is MotorSafey.org, where anyone can check on any pending recalls that might apply to vehicles they own. Find it here.

Brown On Road Repair Funding: It's Now Or Never

Apr 6, 2017
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ALSO: State Republicans say California should pay for its crumbling roads with existing funds, not a gas tax hike. We’ll take a look at those funds.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

As the annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference marked its 12th year this week, a recurring thread was the many ways these ideas have taken hold in the wider economy.

Gas Tax Votes Hard To Come By In California Legislature

Apr 5, 2017
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ALSO: Californians may soon be able to choose a third gender when filling out government documents such as driver's licenses.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Don’t look now, but you’re already aging. So how are you going about it?  A science-based, musical show that is heading for Santa Rosa wants to change how we think about getting older.  Bruce Robinson has a preview.

Dr. Bill Thomas's  Changing Aging Tour will be at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa on Thursday, April 6. It's a three-part event, and visitors can attend any or all of the segments. Thomas explains how they fit together.

State Senate Passes Bill to Make California A "Sanctuary State"

Apr 4, 2017
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Lawmakers in the state Senate voted along party lines Monday to pass a bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement from using their resources to aid federal immigration enforcement.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

The flaws that were disastrously exposed at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant were enabled by that county’s compliant culture, says an internationally recognized physicist. And he believes that holds a lesson for Americans.

The cultural compliancy of the Japanese people may have contributed to the attitudes that enabled the Fuukushima disaster to happen, but Dr. Ohska  says they are now being further tested by the official statements that have come after the nuclear accident.

Fresno Drivers, Truckers Pan Road Taxes, Fees

Apr 3, 2017
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California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have a huge challenge this week: Convince all but one Democrat to vote for an unpopular set of fuel tax increases and vehicle fees to repair the state's crumbling roads and highways.

Today's reporting by Ezra David Romero of Valley Public Radio (CPRN.)

Tiffany Camhi

In poverty stricken areas throughout the world uncared for dogs are a common sight. But the Sonoma County based non-profit, Compassion Without Borders, is dedicated to caring for and adopting out these animals. Now they’re celebrating the grand opening of a new dog rescue facility in Santa Rosa. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

For information on how to apply to volunteer at Muttopia or foster a rescue dog check out the Compassion Without Borders website.

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ALSO: A California lawmaker wants to encourage people to adopt shelter animals by giving them a tax deduction.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Sally Schilling.

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