North Bay News

New Faces on the Ballot
6:03 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Latino Candidates Seek School Board Seats

Appearing on the ballot this fall in Sonoma County are (L-R) school board candidates Gonzalo Romo (Petaluma), Tina Gurerro (Healdsburg) and Omar Medina (Santa Rosa).

 Regardless of the results in this year’s election, the modest increase in Latino candidates in local school board races this fall is seen as an encouraging development by Latino community leaders in Sonoma County.

   Demographic diversity is helpful among the elected members of local school boards, says Laura Gonzales, a second-term trustee for Santa Rosa City Schools. But she places an even higher value on cultural sensitivity.

 

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Parks Update
7:06 am
Fri October 31, 2014

4 Great Opportunites for Fun This Saturday

Credit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

  Most weekends, there are plenty of free activities in our Regional Parks. This weekend is no exception. From trail maintenance in Hood Mountain Regional Park, to a Dia de los Muertos family kite flying event in Gualala, John Ryan gives us an overview.

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REI-Ridge Trail Service Day at Hood Mountain Regional Park.

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California Update
6:28 am
Fri October 31, 2014

New Field Poll on Propositions 1, 45, 46, 47

Propositions 1 and 47 appear to be in good shape in a new Field Poll out Friday. But, Props 45 and 46 continue to stumble.
Credit californiahealthline.org

  • Brown, Kashkari Getting Nearly All Their Campaign Money From Big Donors.

Today's reports by Ben Adler.

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Digital dangers?
5:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Examining 'Techno-creep'

  New digital technologies are already listening in on your daily life and intruding into your wallet. What’s coming next may be even creepier.

   Some of what Thomas Keenan writes about in Technocreep may seem like science fiction. Yet his carefully annotated book abounds with concrete examples, such as the way one major retailer is already processing the customer purchase data it routinely collects to target those customers with special offers.

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The Exchange
10:18 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Roads Report Cites Mounting Repair Needs

  Sonoma County Supervisors have decided to hold off on a special election for a bond to fund road reports until next June. Meanwhile, an updated statewide report shows that this is an issue throughout California.

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California Update
8:23 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Opposition to Health Care Measures Outspend Any Other State Propositions

Credit watchdog.org

  • New Field Poll: State Schools Race Is Tightest

Today's reporting by Pauline Bartolone and Alan Ray.

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Corporate Responsibility
6:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Local Push for Medical Waste Disposal

  Just about everyone agrees that pharmaceutical manufacturers should pay for the collection and disposal of unused medicines—except for the pharmaceutical manufacturers.

As they expected, Alameda County was promptly sued to invalidate their ordinance requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to pay for the collection and disposal of unused prescription medicines. But after the local law was upheld twice, most recently by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Heidi Sanborn of the California Product Stewardship Council says the matter should be settled.

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California Update
6:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Swearengin, Yee Both Tout Experience In Controller's Race

Ashley Swearengin (R,) pictured left, and Betty Yee (D,) are candidates for state controller.

  Republicans don’t often win statewide races in California these days. But their best shot this year could be the campaign for state Controller.

Today's report by Ben Adler.

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The Exchange
6:04 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Unusual Perspectives on Mount Tamalpias

Remnants of an abandoned military installation still scar the westernmost peak of Mt. Tamalpias, as shown in the documentary film, "The Invisible Peak."
Credit Gary Yost

  Mount Tamalpias may be the most visible feature of the North Bay landscape, but we mostly see it from a distance. Tomorrow night, KRCB television will show a pair of short documentary films that take a closer look at the mountain and its vistas. They are titled The Invisible Peak and Full Moon Pacific Blanket, both created by Mill Valley filmmaker Gary Yost.

The Invisible Peak and Full Moon Pacific Blanket will be shown together on Channel 22 Thursday night. Oct. 30, beginning  at 10:30 pm. 

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Pictures of Preservation
3:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Camera Traps Track Rare Wildlife

Mountain lion at Pepperwood, spotted with a motion-activated camera
Pepperwood Preserve

Local ecologists are using an innovative tool for studying wildlife. Motion activated cameras, that trigger when an animal passes by, are helping researchers track migration corridors and monitor the effects of climate change.

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