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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Carbon Capture in New CA Climate Bill

8 hours ago
Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy

California's newly adopted climate change bill includes emphasis on carbon sequestration and other natural measures to remove it from the atmosphere. As Suzanne Potter reports,t hat has won the enthusiastic endorsement of several important conservation groups.

Sanchez Tops List In Missed U.S. House Votes

10 hours ago
Jazmine Ulloa /

ALSO: Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and events took place throughout California to encourage citizens to sign up this election season.

Today's reporting by Mary Plummer (KPCC,) and Marnette Federis.

What do the people of Santa Rosa think about homelessness in their city? A series of facilitated public conversations is about to get started in an effort to gauge public opinion—and ideas.

Each of the planned gatherings (see a partial schedule here) will open with a short informational video about their purpose and intentions. You can preview it below.

Manufacturing Efficiency Boosted with Clean Energy

Sep 27, 2016

Increased use of clean power would boost manufacturing in California, not hurt it, according to a pair of new studies. Suzanne Potter has details.

Hearing Seeks Road Map To Fix Foster Youth System Failures

Sep 27, 2016

ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown has decriminalized underage prostitution in California, starting next year. He also vetoed a measure that would have required county sheriffs to charge fees that cover the costs of issuing concealed carry permits.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Adler.

  Whether the motivation is political or religious, or just protective parenting, efforts to see certain books suppressed seem as persistent as the seasons. So Banned Books week is here again to remind us of that. 

The American Library Association has released the video below which lists the top ten banned books of the past year. 

Goodbye To Surprise Medical Bills, Not Orphan Oil Wells

Sep 26, 2016

Governor Brown also signed a bill allowing for CPR training to become a high school graduation requirement and vetoed a bill that would have added a diaper benefit for families who receive welfare.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Jonathan Bravo, LandPaths

For several years, LandPaths has been offering hikes and other outings for Sonoma County’s Latino residents. This weekend, they took that program a big step further.

Conflicting Poll Numbers In California's U.S. Senate Race

Sep 23, 2016

ALSO: Gov. Brown has signed a package of bills intended to speed up graduation rates at California State University campuses.

Today's reporting by Amita Sharma and Chris Nichols.

Islam vs. Feminism: the False Dichotomy was the topic of a talk given Thursday afternoon at Sonoma State, part of the feminist lecture series there. On her way to the campus, the speaker also visited KRCB to explain her topic and how she came to it.

This issue is hardly limited to Islam, notes Sabina Khan-Ibarra. She also contributed to an anthology that addressed it across multiple faiths.