North Bay News

California Update
7:08 am
Tue October 21, 2014

California Learning Lessons From Napa Quake

A FEMA spokesman says Napa and Solano Counties have been approved for government assistance. But the president hasn't yet acted on individual household assistance.
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  • California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Amy Quinton.

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The Exchange
6:43 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Candidates Quizzed on 'Citizens United' Stance

  “Citizens United” is the short-hand name for the controversial 2010 decision by the US Supreme Court . That ruling concluded that campaign contributions are a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, even when they are made by corporations and other large organizations. The backlash against Citizens United includes a broad campaign to overrule it through a nationwide constitutional amendment, an effort that is also focusing on local elections in Sonoma County this fall.

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The Business of Energy
7:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Creating Climate Wealth

  Forget fossil fuels and extraction technologies. Now there’s money to be made in developing and expanding renewable energy sources.

    Jigar Shah will be a keynote speaker at the “Business of Local Energy" Symposium in Petaluma on Thursday. See a full event agenda here.

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California Update
6:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Unemployment Continues to Fall in California

Did you know? A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political parties.
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  • October 20th Is Last Day To Register To Vote

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Amy Quinton.

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Dry Times
9:59 am
Sun October 19, 2014

On the Watch for Water Waste

During the warm months most water is used on outside plants, of that almost half is wasted, says water resource specialist Randy Barron of the City of Santa Rosa.
Credit City of Huntington Beach

When it comes to saving water, every drop counts. On today's North Bay Report, KRCB rides along with staff from the City of Santa Rosa, on the watch for water violations.

The Santa Rosa City adopted mandatory water restrictions on August 5, 2014 to comply with California's drought emergency regulations. Their goal is to reduce water usage by 20 percent compared to 2013. The restrictions and prohibitions on water-use include: 

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Latino Health Forum
8:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Addressing Latinos’ Mental Health Needs

Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola's talk at the Latino Health Forum Thursday morning was titled, ""If You Build It, Will They Come? Closing the Mental Health Treatment Gap for Latinos." He is seen here giving the same presentation to the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland last month.

  The overall health needs of California’s Latino population are widely underserved. That shortfall is even greater when it comes to mental health services.

Mental illnesses are not exactly contagious, noted Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis, but within families they can be readily shared, especially between parents and children.

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Parks Update
7:11 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Regional Parks Partners With Social Advocates for Youth

Credit SAY

  Sonoma County Regional Parks relies on its volunteer partnerships for support. Matt Reid is back with John Ryan to talk about one particular association whose volunteers are making a big impact in our parks.

Learn more about Social Advocates for Youth Sonoma County.

The Tolay Fall Festival enters its final weekend, October 17-19.

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California Update
6:55 am
Fri October 17, 2014

NOAA: California Drought To Persist, Even Worsen

The forecast predicts the drought will be less severe in the southern and northwestern parts of the state, but that improvement won't happen until December or January.
Credit National Weather Service

  • A new report shows young voters were mainly no-shows in California’s June primary.

Today's reporting by Ed Joyce.

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The Exchange
6:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fire Services: Many Districts, Tight funding

  Fire protection across Sonoma County is provided by 5 city fire departments plus 19 other independent fire districts, including 15 volunteer departments.  That provides a lot of cherished local control, but financially it’s a model carried over from the last century that may no longer be viable today.  A the direction of the county Board of Supervisors, a series of 10 public meetings to discuss the future of local fire services are being held at fire stations throughout the county.  Here’s what is expected to come out of all that.

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The Exchange
6:28 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Roller Derby Girls Boost Blood Drive

  “Make ’em Bleed” is the name for a series of public blood donation drive events that are being co-hosted by the Bay Area Derby Girls, the local league of women’s roller derby teams.  The last of their nine events is coming up on Saturday in Rohnert Park, and we have an actual roller girl lined up to tell us all about it.

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