North Bay News

New Restrictions for Agriculture
12:14 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

EPA to Expand Pesticide Ban

The EPA says it plans to ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, commonly used on some California crops.
Credit Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice

  The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it plans to ban the commonly-used agricultural pesticide, chlorpyrifos. But, as Suzanne Potter reports, the decision is not quite final yet. 

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California Update
7:10 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Smart Phones Sold In California Must Have Kill Switch

CTIA, a wireless industry association, says kill switch technology is reducing smartphone theft across the country.
Credit pcworld.com

  ALSO: Insurance requirements are now higher for California ride-share drivers beginning this month.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Ben Adler.

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Wildlife at Risk
3:03 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Objections Raised to Congressional Drought Bill

: Salmon are already having a hard time in California. Critics of new legislation to fight the drought say it would divert more water to agriculture and threaten fish and wildlife species.
Credit Fucilef/morguefile

  A Congressional bid to weigh in on California's drought and water use is weighted against wildlife, says an influential advocacy group. We hear more from the California News Service's Suzanne Potter.

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"Changing Hearts and Minds"
2:51 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Documenting Restorative Justice in Santa Rosa

  Restorative Justice isn’t a new concept. But it is a radical departure from “zero tolerance," one that is now making a difference in Santa Rosa schools. The results are detailed in a new documentary by a local filmmaker.

John Beck’s film "Restorative Justice: Changing Hearts and Minds,” will be shown on KRCB television Monday evening at 7:30. See a trailer for it below.

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California Update
7:37 am
Wed July 1, 2015

All California Workers Eligible For Sick Pay Today

Employers have two choices. They can either grant employees three days of paid sick leave up front. Or, have workers accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
Credit businessinsurance.com

  ALSO: A California bill could hit water wasters with an excise tax up to 300-percent more than the purchase price of water.

Today's reporting by Leslie McClurg and Amy Quinton.

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Follow The Rooster
5:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

The Next Generation of Food

  

  A website offering positive reinforcement for close-to-home food choices is out to bolster the economic viability of local agriculture.

When Evan Wiig, Director of the Farmers Guild in the North Bay, talks about their new Follow the Rooster campaign, an example he likes to cite is the little Estero Café in Valley Ford.

 Although the Farmers Guild has labeled their new efforts the Next Generation of Food, it’s not really about demographics at all, observes Terry Garrett, co-manager of Go Local.

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California Update
6:32 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Assembly Republicans Introduce Transportation Plan

Assembly Republicans say they have identified more than six billion dollars a year that can be directed toward road repairs, without raising taxes.
Credit ocbc.org

  ALSO: A bill mandating vaccines for most California school children is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr.

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Community Choice Aggregation
6:26 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Strong First Year for Sonoma Clean Power

(L to R) SCP CEO Geof Syphers and Sebastopol Mayor/SCP Board Member Patrick Slayter present Keller McDonald, Superintendent of West Sonoma County Union High School District with a check representing the school district’s annual NetGreen cashout from SCP.
Credit Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power has exceeded even the agency’s expectations in its first year; now they’re out to build on that success.

Part of Sonoma Clean Power’s mission is support for and the creation of new local sources of renewable power. CEO Geof Syphers says they have made strides in that area, too.

  Although they are competitors in one area, Sonoma Clean Power and PG&E work closely together in many others, observes SCP Board Chairman Mark Landman,

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California Update
6:57 am
Mon June 29, 2015

New Rules For Smoke Alarms To Take Effect

A new law will require all smoke alarms and combination smoke-and-carbon monoxide alarms to be sold with a sealed, ten-year battery.
Credit journal.firsttuesday.us

  ALSO: Advocates say California LGBT couples can now move around the country without worrying about losing their marital rights.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr.

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Homelessness
9:09 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

COTS Re-opens Doors to Family Shelter

COTS director Mike Johnson
KRCB

This week in Petaluma COTS, or Committee on the Shelterless, re-opens its facility to help homeless families, after shutting its doors three years ago. The shelter is located at 1500 Petaluma Blvd South. 

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