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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown has called for greater oversight of the nine billion dollars voters approved in school construction bonds before any of the money is spent.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Chris Nichols.

Water Conservation Would Continue Under Proposal

Jan 19, 2017

ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown’s nominee for California Attorney General continues to breeze through the confirmation process.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Adler.

Historian Kevin Starr, known for his 8-volume chronicle of the state of California, died last weekend. One of his last books was a short but comprehensive history of the Golden Gate Bridge, which he discussed in this archival North Bay Report from the summer of 2010.

As a native San Franciscan, Kevin Starr spent most of his life within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, and saw it from just about every possible perspective, even from below while swimming beneath the span. But there is one vantage point he never tried.

POLITIFACT CA: Could Obamacare Repeal Cost California 200K Jobs?

Jan 18, 2017
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ALSO: An unforeseen deficit now projected for the next California budget is due, in part, to a math error.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Bradford.

Read full versions of all fact checks at politifact.com/California

Surrounded by thousands of years of native history, the burned out ruins of a 196os commune in northern Marin County have yielded an unexpected glimpse into the details of “hippie” life  from that era.

While the extensive and varied collection of damaged vinyl records was perhaps the most interesting thing he found in the wreckage of the Burdell Mansion, State Parks archeologist Breck Parkman says there were some other things that were more surprising.

How Recent Storms Could Affect State's Salmon Populations

Jan 17, 2017
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ALSO: California's flu season is in its early stages and state officials say it's going to be around for awhile.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ja'Nel Johnson.

A Life in Animation

Jan 16, 2017

Back in 1965 and 66, there was a Saturday morning kids show watched by up to 2/3s of the televisions in America. It was the Beatles Cartoons, which Australian animator Ron Campbell helped create-- among many other shows, before and since.

The Yellow Submarine film is known, among other things, for its bright palette of colors. But animator Ron Campbell says his contributions to the landmark movie were all done in basic black and white, with the colors added by others later in the process.

Counties Fear State Cutting $500M+ IHSS Funding

Jan 16, 2017
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ALSO: The presumptive next California Attorney General is half-way through his confirmation process.

Today's Reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

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With rents continuing to rise and available housing stock dwindling, finding affordable housing in the Bay Area is increasingly difficult. Two North Bay groups have come up with creative ways to help more people keep a roof over their head. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports. 

Learn more about how to legally build additional dwelling units in California at Lilypad

Information on how to apply to SHARE Sonoma County's programs are available online.

Staff reductions, failed computer systems, funding cuts and unpopular spending priorities have all contributed to some serious morale problems for the workers in Sonoma County’s Superior court system. They are also impeding negotiations for a new contract.

Court reporter Carlos Martinez, speaking on behalf of his co-workers, says they question the budgetary priorities of the court’s administration.

He points to a failed, costly computer service program as another misplaced priority.

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