North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as abuse and neglect, have life-long effects on both mental and physical health. But recognizing, and working to prevent them, can begin to break that pattern. That’s what a new educational program in Sonoma County hopes to do.

Programs similar to the local ACES Fellowship have been offered on a statewide basis elsewhere, but Sonoma County Public Health Director Ellen Bauer says this is the first one to focus just on a single county.

Gov. Jerry Brown Appoints Xavier Becerra As New Attorney General

Dec 2, 2016
latimes.com

The unexpected pick opens an appealing House seat and complicates several political futures.

An hour after the announcement, former Assembly speaker John Pérez announced he will seek Becerra’s open Congressional seat. The governor will call a special election for that district.  

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

The 2016 Wine Industry Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday included workshops on marketing to Millennials, legislative issues, and harvest methodologies. But the panel discussion on “Marijuana and Wine” may have drawn the biggest crowd.

Trump Treasury Nominee's Stint At California Bank Draws Scrutiny

Dec 1, 2016
Evan Vucci / AP

ALSO: Thousands of California National Guard soldiers could benefit from a deal reached in Congress this week to forgive the repayment of improper reenlistment bonuses. A former state guardsman says, however, there are still unknowns in the deal.

IMDB Sues California Over Age Law

Today's reporting by Ben Bergman (KPCC,) Chris Nichols, and Ben Bradford.

Public Banking Institute

A municipal public bank wouldn’t pay bonuses and dividends, and could have a more flexible relationship with federal regulators. All good reasons, says a local supporter of the alternative fiscal businesses, for creating one to serve the region’s cannabis industry.

Marc Armstrong co-founded the Public Banking Institute.

Plan To Provide More Water For Fish Gets Public Hearing

Nov 30, 2016
California Department of Water Resouces

ALSO: California's Medi-Cal program has provided preventative health care to children living in the state illegally since this past spring. That preventative coverage could be in jeopardy once Donald

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Tiffany Camhi

Over the next 20 years, sea levels along California’s coast are expected to rise by at least a foot, according to the National Research Council. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports on how Sonoma County is preparing a plan to deal with the looming reality of sea level rise.

Check out more of Permit Sonoma's Local Coast Plan events here.

No Evidence To Back Trump's Claim Of California Voter Fraud

Nov 29, 2016
Ben Adler

ALSO: California cities and farms that depend on water from the State Water Project will receive just 20 percent of what they requested for 2017. But the initial allocation is likely to change.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Amy Quinton.

From big tests to small slights, teenagers encounter potential sources of fear, worry and even panic almost constantly. Some skills to deal with those anxieties are the core of a “survival guide” written specifically for adolescents.

Perfectionism is another common source of anxiety--for people of all ages.  a good way to ease those worries, suggests Jennifer Shannon, is to broaden the idea of success.

Christmas came early for the Sonoma County Library system, which is now setting priorities for the additional sales tax revenues voters authorized by passing measure Y. First up: reopening on Mondays. 

In addition to meeting restoring hours and meeting some basic needs, Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear says the revenue boost for the system will also support some new programs that he is eager to implement.

There is also discussion about reopening at least some of the library branches for limited hours on Sundays, but no timetable has been set for that.

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