North Bay News

Local Energy Symposium
6:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Encouraging EV Adoption

Renewable power sources and wider use of electric cars are radically reshaping the energy business, in ways that are just beginning to take hold, with California and the North Bay at the forefront.

Tourism could be another avenue toward wider adoption of electric vehicles. Plans to support that in Sonoma County have been gradually getting rolled out for some time now, says David Worthington, the county's vehicle fleet manager. But right now, electric car rentals are an important missing link.

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California Update
6:37 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New PPIC Poll on Propositions, Support for Governor

The poll also found Democratic Governor Jerry Brown continues to lead Republican Challenger Neel Kashkari 52 to 36 percent.
Credit inlandpolitics.com

  • California Still At Risk for Floods During Drought

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Amy Quinton.

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Sustaining Tradition
4:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Indian Basket Weaving in the 21st Century

  

 Native Americans have been weaving baskets for generations, and while their methods have changed little over time, access to the indigenous materials they use has grown much more complicated.

   The "Tending the Wild" workshops are being held on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Pepperwood Preserve on Franz Valley Road northeast of Santa Rosa. Linda Navarro, Executive Director of the sponsoring California Indian Basketweavers Association, tells attendees what to expect:

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Waste to Riches
12:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Closing the Waste Loop with Compost

Bob Cannard, farmer at Green String Farm in Petaluma feeds his vegetables with compost made from San Francisco food scraps
Credit KRCB

Farms in Sonoma County are part of an innovative program to close the waste loop. It’s “Farm to table, back to Farm.”

After bottles and cans are separated out for recycling, food scraps are the largest section of household waste that enters landfills. But as KRCB finds, several local cities like San Francisco and Oakland are working to change that and Sonoma County farms are cashing on the benefits. 

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California Update
6:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Kashkari Steps Up Attacks On Governor Brown

Credit businessweek.com

  Down in the polls and way down in the fundraising game, Kashkari isn't backing down.

 

Today's report by Katie Orr.

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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.
Credit sfgate.com

  • 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.
Credit democracy.com

  • 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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