North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Major Changes Coming To California Public Utilities Commission

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  ALSO: The California Highway Patrol says it was properly staffed to provide security for a white separatist event at the State Capitol Sunday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Bob Moffitt. 

  Taking care of aging parents is complicated, both medically and emotionally.  A new how-to handbook offers some practical advice.

There are myriad challenges involved in caring for parents whose health issues increase as they get older. One of the biggest, says eldercare specialist Kira Reginato, can be persuading seniors to accept home help workers.

  Reginato says she wrote Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents largely out of her own experience, but it’s not meant to be an all-inclusive guide.

  Democratic legislative leaders say California could tap its “Rainy Day Fund” to avoid a potential $4 billion budget deficit a few years from now. But that deficit is projected based on continued economic growth–that is, even if there's no recession.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

  Black Oystercatchers are distinctive, but not numerous. So these hardy shorebirds are being monitored by naturalists and citizen scientists to see how they are affected by sea level rise and other environmental factors.

Summer Means Camping Season in Sonoma County

Jun 24, 2016

If you haven't yet made summer plans to be at any of the campgrounds county-wide, don't worry. There is still time to reserve your stay! 

Newsom Gun Control Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

Jun 24, 2016

  ALSO: California voters could have yet another decision to make on an already-packed November ballot; a $3 billion bond for parks.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

  Dragonflies aren’t just old—they date back to the age of the dinosaurs—they’re strange.  Also colorful, pest-eating, non-threatening to humans, and still surprisingly unstudied.

Among all the strange and unusual things that have been learned about Dragonflies, there is one that stands out above everything else, says Kathy Biggs:  their mating practices.

Forest Service: 66 Million Dead Trees In Sierra Nevada

Jun 23, 2016
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  ALSO: A push in the California Legislature to expand job-protected maternity and paternity leave has stalled in an Assembly committee after three Democrats withheld their votes.

Today's reporting by Ed Joyce and Ben Adler.

Simon Tiles

The Ritter Center in downtown San Rafael is Marin County's major provider of homeless services. But after years of public nuisance complaints from residents and business owners, the center has been in danger of shutting down. To avert that, the city of San Rafael and Ritter are working together to keep homeless services accessible in Marin. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports.

Find more information on services provided by The Ritter Center at its website.


  Six Bay Area hospitals are teaming up to connect their emergency departments – so doctors will know when a patient has visited other ERs in the area. Suzanne Potter has more.