North Bay News

Environmental Economics
1:26 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Venture Capital Meets Conservation in New Coalition

A new coalition of venture capitalists has formed to encourage more protected public land. Its members say beautiful places with recreational opportunities are attracting entrepreneurs and skilled workers that boost local economies.
Credit Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

  A dozen heads of investment firms think the U.S. should be "investing" in more protections for public land. They've formed a new Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition, and are making the points that today's workforce wants an active, healthy lifestyle that the outdoors can provide – and employers want to keep them happy.

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Omnipresent pollution
12:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Scouring the Seas for Plastic

A surface sample taken on the 2014 5 Gyres Viking Expedition
Carolynn Box, Five Gyres

Carolynn Box is a Sonoma County native and 1996 Analy High School grad who has spent much of the past four years at sea, trawling the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans for plastic particles with the activist non-profit, Five Gyres. And finding them virtually everywhere.

 It has been suggested that specially outfitted ships could scoop up plastic particles from the gyres and recycle them. But having seen the scale of the problem first-hand, Carolynn Box is skeptical.

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California Update
6:40 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline, Urges More Sign-Ups

California’s health benefits exchange is pushing ahead with efforts to enroll more of the uninsured and to convince more than a million existing patients to renew their policies. It all must be done by Sunday so coverage can begin in the new year.
Credit Andrew Nixon

• California Preps For Flood Prevention Projects

• Cuba Windfall Could Reach Tens Of Millions Of Dollars For State Ag Industry

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Bob Moffitt.

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History and Practice
3:58 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Community Organizing

Begun just 80-odd years ago, Community Organizing has changed with the times, as Sebastopol sociology professor emeritus David Walls documents in his new book on the subject.    

   With its broad perspective, Walls’ Community Organizing is able to speak to a diverse audience.  But as the author explains, that wasn’t exactly the original plan for either him or the publisher.

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California Update
6:23 am
Wed December 17, 2014

California's Retiree Health Care Costs Jump Past $70 Billion

The state controller’s office says California is now on the hook for more than 70 billion dollars in health care costs for retired state workers.
Credit retirementblog.ncpa.org

• Falling Gas Prices Benefit Drivers, Businesses

• California Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Drought

Today's reporting by Ben Adler, Katie Orr, and Amy Quinton.

    

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Elsie Allen & Cook Middle Schools
4:22 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Applying Restorative Justice at School

  To cut down on student suspensions and expulsions, two Santa Rosa schools have introduced restorative justice programs as an alternative. Today,  the second half of our two-part report explores how that diversionary program works.

While the Santa Rosa City Schools administration is moving to expand the Restorative Justice program to additional campuses, students at Santa Rosa High have already embraced the concept, creating both a Facebook page and the video below to promote it.

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California Update
6:04 am
Tue December 16, 2014

California Housing Market's Middle-Class Squeeze Deepened in 2014

A house on this street in a historically struggling neighborhood in West Oakland sold for nearly $425,000 this past fall, epitomizing the squeeze on middle-class families in California's housing market.
Credit Ben Adler / Capitol Public Radio

Today, part 1 of a short series from Capital Public Radio News about how various sectors of the California economy have fared in 2014.

Today's report by Ben Adler.

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Responsiblity, not punishment
10:56 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Restorative Justice Comes to Santa Rosa Schools

 

   Santa Rosa City Schools are experimenting with restorative justice, as a disciplinary alternative to widespread suspensions. This first part of a two-day report looks at why the change was made, and how it is being introduced.

The new approach to discipline within the Santa Rosa City School District is being led by Restorative Resources of Santa Rosa. You can find out much more about it on their website

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California Update
6:47 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Only 42 Percent Of Californians Voted In November's Election

Voting booths
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO: More benefits put immigrants at risk from scams.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Katie Orr.

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Comments Sought on Draft Report
11:01 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Community Policing Task Force Recommendations

Asked to suggest ways to help local law enforcement be more effective and accountable, a citizen task force is calling for more diversity, better training, and improved communications with the people they serve.

The full text of the seven recommendations from the Community Policing subcommittee can be found here.

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