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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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Living with Fire in California’s Coast Ranges – that’s the title of a symposium at Sonoma State beginning Monday May 7. For three days, experts from throughout the West will converge on Rohnert Park and talk about fire in the region – its history, its impact, and ways we can mitigate the damage it causes during catastrophes like October’s Wine Country fires.

Outbeat News for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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• The Trump administration is set to reverse a rule that protected transgender people from discrimination by healthcare workers in favor of protecting religious freedom.  This could make getting health care more difficult for transgender people. 

• In California, the State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill last week declaring conversion therapy to be fraud and illegal to practice in the State. 

• Disney has created a new rainbow version of the famous Mickey Mouse ear hat, just in time for pride season.

California Update for Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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• New campaign finance figures show Gavin Newsom raised $4.6 million from January through late April and has $20 million in cash on hand, far more than any other candidate in the race for governor.

• Scientists think they’ve found the reason why amphibian populations across the Western United States are in decline. The culprit: imported bullfrogs used for food and pets.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Friday, April 27, 2018

Apr 27, 2018
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• Many people are tuned into the evolving case of the East Area Rapist, who terrorized dozens of women in the 1970's and 80's. But experts say that for survivors of sexual abuse, this is much more than a fascinating story.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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J. Mateo Baker

Napa County may not have been hit as hard as Sonoma by the October fires, but the Napa Valley Community Foundation took lessons learned from the 2014 South Napa earthquake and moved quickly into action to aid its neighbors. On today’s North Bay Report, we continue the Fire Recovery Series by looking at how that recent disaster provided a template for fire recovery. J. Mateo Baker filed this report.

California Update for Thursday, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018
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• Authorities say they've arrested the man suspected of killing a dozen people and raping more than 50 women in California in the 70s and 80s.

• The first campaign this election season has now has turned in enough voter signatures to qualify a water bond for the November ballot in California.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• An audit released Tuesday shows that the California State University system exposes students and employees to on-campus hazards such as faulty laboratory equipment, unsafe drinking water, asbestos and chemical spills.

• California officials are trying to prevent a possible undercount of the state’s population in the next Census.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018
Andrew Bowen / Special to Capital Public Radio

• Two weeks before vote-by-mail ballots go out – and six weeks before the June 5th primary – the California governor’s race is coming to your television set. (Do people actually say that anymore?)

• Federal investigators are looking for the origin of an E. coli outbreak stemming from romaine lettuce from Yuma, AZ that's sickened 53 people in 16 states. A food safety expert says an Alaskan prison contains a clue to the origin of the pathogen.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, April 23, 2018

Apr 23, 2018
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• The death last week of First Lady Barbara Bush is a reminder that the Republican party once had a more socially liberal side. In 1990, Barbara Bush sent a letter to the then PFLAG President saying that no person or group should ever suffer discrimination. 

• California Assembly Member Evan Low introduced Assembly Bill 2504 which proposes training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers on sexual orientation and gender identity. A similar bill requiring training for teachers is also making its way through the legislature. 

California Update for Monday, April 23, 2018

Apr 23, 2018
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• California does a poor job of sheltering its largest-in-the-nation homeless population and should provide more funds to solve its growing crisis. Those are findings from California’s top auditor in a report this released last week.

• California political campaigns must submit hundreds of thousands of signatures to the state in the next few days to qualify their initiatives for the November ballot. That’s created a bidding war for the people who collect signatures.

California Update for Friday, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018
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• The California Endowment is classifying police killings as a public health issue that must be addressed.

• The Trump administration has pointed to a 200 percent spike in arrests along the Southern border in March compared with the same month a year ago. How many of took place along the California border with Mexico and how significant is this increase?

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apr 19, 2018
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,• A new kind of poaching is taking place in California. Thieves are stripping succulents from cliffs near the ocean, boxing them up and sending them to countries like Korea, China, and Japan.

• California cities dominate the list of places with the most polluted air in the United States according to an annual report by the American Lung Association.

Today's reporting by Ezra David Romero and Randol White.

California Update for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018

• A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.

• When you eat eggs from your friend's backyard coop, those yolks are connected to the soil hens scratch around in. After last year's fires, UC Davis researchers are testing backyard eggs statewide to see if contaminants ended up in those eggs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

California Update for Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018
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• The battle to save net neutrality comes to California today – after the Trump administration repealed Obama-era rules designed to make sure internet service providers can't play favorites.

Today's reporting by Suzanne Potter.

Outbeat News for Monday, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018
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• The caravan of immigrants that president Trump says threatens security at the U.S.-Mexico border is reported to include a large number of LGBTQ people seeking asylum from South American countries.

• A Texas Federal Judge ruled that Title VII includes protections for gay and transgender people because discrimination based on those identities is a form of gender discrimination. 

California Update for Monday, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018
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• Some California Democrats are trying to pass their own Internet laws in response to the Trump Administration's rollback of Net Neutrality rules enacted under President Obama.

• Lawmakers seek to alleviate emergency room overcrowding by sending people in mental health crisis or under the influence of drugs and alcohol to destinations other than the hospital.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Friday, April 13, 2018

Apr 13, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The California governor’s race is heating up, just weeks before vote-by-mail ballots go out for the June 5th primary, with a new $7 million donation the first sign that the big money is starting to move.

• Republican Congressman Paul Ryan announced earlier this week he is not seeking reelection and has made suggestions that Republican Marjority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield will succeed him as House Speaker.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sally Schilling.

California Update for Thursday, April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018
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• A new statewide agreement in California will make it easier for community college students to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

• Mayors from 11 California cities are continuing to make a big ask for investments in solutions to their homelessness crises.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

California Update for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Apr 11, 2018
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• A controversial bill to increase the number of tall housing developments near transit stops in California, has been amended in response to a chorus of concerns.

• California’s largest water district has given key support to a 17-billion-dollar water project, long sought by Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

• An opioid prescription database that was supposed to be a required part of physician practice two years ago still isn’t ready to use. Patient advocates say it’s costing lives.

• We’re still waiting for word from Gov. Jerry Brown about whether he’ll agree to President Trump’s request to deploy California National Guard troops to the Mexican border. What would Trump's options be if Brown says no?

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

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• A man in the United Kingdom has been infected with the world’s worst case of treatment-resistant gonorrhea after a sexual encounter with a woman in Asia.  Health officials are worried about a spread of the infection immune to traditional antibiotics. 

• Vice President Mike Pence says he is happy to see high school students engaging in the civic process after it was announced a group was organizing a Pride celebration in his hometown. 

• Santa Rosa Gaydar is hosting a cornhole tournament at the Jaded Toad in Cotati next Sunday.

California Update for Friday, April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018
Ross D. Franklin / AP

• Every border state governor has embraced President Trump’s requested deployment of National Guard troops to the Mexican border — except in California.

• President Trump says voter fraud rampant in California.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Drew Sandsor.

California Update for Thursday, April 5, 2018

Apr 5, 2018
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• California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration says it’s reviewing President Trump’s proclamation deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

• The two Democratic leaders of the California state Legislature threw their support behind California State University administrators, faculty and students calling for more state funding.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, April 2, 2018

Apr 4, 2018

• The shooting of Palm Spring gay man in Puerto Vallarta has LGBTQ tourist rattled.  The man was walking with his husband home to their condominium last Sunday when the shooting happened.

• 2018 is becoming the deadliest year yet for members of the transgender community.  The latest victims was found shot to death in a motel room in Louisiana.

• In response to an outbreak of syphilis, Sonoma County health authorities are partnering with Face 2 Face to provide free testing and treatment for syphilis this week.

California Update for Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Apr 4, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• The latest police shooting of an unarmed black man – the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento – has spurred the proposal of a new California law. It would change the almost 150-year-old definition of when an officer can apply deadly force.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018
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• Following President Trump's move to place tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum exports, China says it may retaliate by levying 2 billion dollars in tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports.What does that mean for California pistachio growers?

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
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• President Trump’s legal team tried to recruit top attorney Ted Olson to help defend the president in the Russia Investigation.  While Olson won the fight against Prop 8 in the Supreme Court, he won’t be defending Trump. 

• A man on PrEP in Washington State became infected with a drug-resistant form of HIV despite taking Truvada daily.  Health officials continue to say though that Truvada remains a highly effective defense against HIV infection.  

• And in California, the first lesbian woman was elected to the office of Senate President.

California Update for Monday, March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• Flags at the California state Capitol are flying at half-staff in honor of the most influential advisor to Governor Jerry Brown since he returned to the office.

• More than a million cigarette butts were collected in the US this year. That’s why Democratic Assembly member Mark Stone is trying to make them illegal for the third time.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Friday, March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• POLITIFACT CALIFORNA: Gavin Newsom's True Claim: California Ranks 49th In Per Capita Housing Supply

Find more on this and other PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

• Lieutenant Governor Newsom said he wants to change how higher education is funded during a Q&A Thursday afternoon in Sacramento.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Pilobolus Brings Motion, Joy to Anova Students

Mar 22, 2018
Diane Askew

This winter, the world-renowned dance company Pilobolus came to Santa Rosa to perform at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. They were well aware of our recent fires, and wanted to provide some service to the community above and beyond the performance.

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