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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

California Update for Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Feb 27, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• There’s now one fewer Republican in the California governor’s race. Former Sacramento area Congressman Doug Ose's departure Monday could change the dynamics of the entire campaign.

• California’s top court has ruled that sentencing juveniles to 50 years or more in prison violates the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Sonoma County Sifts Through Composting Proposals

Feb 26, 2018
Patrick Campbell, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
Bruce Robinson

For the past two and a half years, Sonoma County has been trucking roughly 80 tons of yard waste and other compostable materials to landfills in Mendocino, Napa and Marin Counties, at a cost of some $4 million per year. But the slow-moving process to establish a new composting operation for the county is now gearing up to choose a new site, as Bruce Robinson reports.

From KRCB's North Bay Bountiful, watch this video on "Carbon and Compost."

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018

• Canadian Eric Radford became the first out gay male athlete to take a gold medal at the Winter Olympics last week.  But Out and proud American skier Gus Kenworthy stole the headlines after NBC broadcast Kenworthy kissing his boyfriend after a qualifying run on the slopes. 

• A new dating website titled Trump Dating launched last week that prohibits gay and bisexual people from participating.  The site says that good relationships are founded on common patriotic and political viewpoints. 

California Update for Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
Denis Poroy / AP

• Delegates from the California Democratic Party over the weekend made no endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. But state Senate leader Kevin de León finished far ahead of longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

• Tony Mendoza sought the party's endorsement for the state Senate seat he resigned from days earlier. Meanwhile, pre-existing party rules forced an endorsement of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who's under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Today's reporting by Andrew Bowen (KPBS) and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

• An energized yet fractured California Democratic Party meets this weekend in San Diego for its annual convention. Tensions between the party’s establishment and progressive wings could shape races for governor, Senate and Congress.

• Democratic Senator Tony Mendoza resigned over sexual harassment allegations Thursday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

Today – the third and final part of our conversation with Army nurse Kate O’Hare-Palmer. She went from denying the trauma of her Vietnam experience to becoming an activist, fighting for women veterans from her time and ours, as she told news director Steve Mencher.

California Update for Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22, 2018
Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty

• The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it can NOT support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.

• Vanity may be a new funding source for more driver's education in California high schools. A bill in the state Senate would let Californians choose which photo ends up on their driver's license.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Steve Milne.

Kate O'Hare-Palmer
Kate O'Hare-Palmer

Last week we heard from former Army nurse Kate O’Hare-Palmer as part of our series of interviews with local Vietnam-era veterans. We heard how she saw intense action 50 years ago in two army field hospitals.

Today, she continues her conversation with KRCB news director Steve Mencher. She says that a book by a nurse who’d served in Vietnam convinced her that women, as well as men, came home transformed by their wartime experiences.

Read about the book Home Before Morning, by Lynda Van Devanter.

California Update for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018

• The Highway Patrol and UC San Diego researchers are working on an effective test for those driving under the influence.

• Activities like watering lawns to the point of overflowing could come become punishable of up to $500 across California. The state Water Resources Control Board heard comments on drought saving measures today but delayed action.

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

Fire rebuilding meeting
Stacey Dennick

The mood was serious with an undertone of frustration at the latest Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15 in Santa Rosa. About 300 people gathered, pen and paper in hand, to hear presentations on the labyrinth of fees and permits required for rebuilding after last October’s devastating wildfires.

“My experience with the insurance company has been very disheartening,” said former Coffey Meadow subdivision resident Lonny, who didn’t want to give his surname. “That’s why I’m here, to educate myself so I know what to ask and how to ask for it.”

La Escondida food truck

A new food truck appearing off the Sonoma Highway has some cool, tasty specialties. But it's more than just a truck. It's an example of a local organization supporting small business with a special kind of investment.

Read about the La Escondida food truck in the Sonoma Index-Tribune. Here's the truck's Facebook page.

California Update for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018

• California home cooks would be able to sell meals prepared in home kitchens directly to consumers under a bill that's passed the Assembly. Opponents say the move would create a public health risk.

• A new bill inching through the California legislature would make it illegal for sit-down restaurants to pair drinks with straws unless guests request them. Bars and fast-food aren’t included.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ezra David Romero.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018

• Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, the only two out gay male athletes from the U.S. competing in the Winter games, said they don’t plan to visit the White House for the customary celebration following this year’s games because of the administrations anti LGBT stance. 

• States across the country are considering new laws to restrict restroom access based on birth sex; in 3 states, these new laws role back existing protections for transgender Americans. 

California Update for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California’s recreational marijuana shops would be limited in their ability to sell customer data to other companies under a bill introduced at the state Capitol.

For more on the topic, visit

• New voter registration figures released Friday by the Secretary of State's office show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

Redwood Valley North Bay fires

When the fires moved on the Redwood Valley Rancheria on October 8, eleven members of the Little River Band of Pomo Indians stayed behind to fight the flames. Reporter Sarah Reith was at the annual Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority meeting recently, where the men were honored. 

This story originally was heard on KZYX radio in a longer version.

California Update for Friday, February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018
UC San Francisco

• A new report from the University of California, San Francisco shows that if current trends continue, there will be 41 percent fewer psychiatrists than needed in California by 2028.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Rosie Zuniga
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Sonoma State recently announced that 15 students have been awarded up to $10,000 each to continue their studies. The new Wine Industry Scholars Program joins the school’s Educational Opportunity Program and its Wine Business Institute to support students in the first generation of their families to attend college.

California Update for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
Wikipedia Commons

• The Immigrant Worker Protection Act went into effect back on January 1st. It was designed to help employers deal with ICE agents. However, there has been confusion on the part of employers about whether the Act forces them to break federal law.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

Sarah Tan

With the removal of fire debris moving quickly toward a conclusion, we checked in with EPA official Steve Calanog, who’s been helping oversee the cleanup. He spoke with reporter Sujata Shrivastav.

The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma encourage residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018. 

The joint City-County meeting will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Finley Community Center located at 2060 West College Avenue in Santa Rosa. 

California Update for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feb 13, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Five weeks into his run for California governor, former Republican Congressman Doug Ose doesn’t have much of a campaign yet. But he hopes his loyalty to President Trump and a moderate voting record in the House will propel him past the June primary.

Hear Ben Adler's full interview with Doug Ose HERE.

• On the one-year anniversary of the Oroville Dam evacuation order, California lawmakers have sent a dam safety bill to Governor Jerry Brown.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

• Violence towards members of the LGBTQ community continues to rise and a second report by the Anti-Defamation League said that murders of cisgender gay and bi sexual men rose 400% last year. 

• More young people today are identifying their gender in terms other than the traditional “boy” or “girl.”  When they lack support, these gender-fluid youth also suffer more from mental health problems. 

• Here locally, the Sonoma County Pride planning committee announced that this year’s pride celebration is returning to downtown Santa Rosa.

Last month, KRCB presented Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’ revealing history of the war in Vietnam. We also interviewed a number of veterans about their experiences. Today, we add one more veteran to that list.

Kate O’Hare-Palmer is a nurse who served in Vietnam 50 years ago. She’s chair of the Women Veterans Committee of the Vietnam Veterans of America and has become a leader in fighting for the rights of women who served in the military.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at a workshop on natural resources and economic development on Tuesday, February 13. Officials from the City of Santa Rosa and other local, state and federal officials will be taking part. 

California Update for Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• The chair of the California Legislature’s Women’s Caucus and an original signer of the We Said Enough letter that sparked the #MeToo movement at the state Capitol is now the subject of a sexual harassment investigation herself.

The former staffer who filed the complaint has connections to current and former lawmakers who Garcia has criticized. You can read more about that story HERE.

Recology Truck

In December, the waste management company Recology took over garbage collection from the Ratto Group in parts of the North Bay, affecting 55,000 residential and commercial customers.  Reporter Rhian Miller looks at how the switch is also a move to change the way we deal with trash.

Sonoma County Assessor, William F. Rousseau, is urging residents displaced by the October 2017 wildfires to update their mailing address with the Assessor’s office. 

“We are working with the Sonoma County Tax Collector, Erick Roeser, on insuring that all property tax mailings are up to date,” said William F. Rousseau, Sonoma County Assessor.  

California Update for Thursday, February 8, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

• Hearings about creating a single-payer health care system or universal coverage have wrapped up at the California state Capitol, for now. The final meeting of an Assembly committee was dominated by discussion of a single-payer bill.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

U.S. Army Corps cleanup Coffey Park, Santa Rosa
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In the wake of the October fires in Santa Rosa, residents of the Coffey Park neighborhood, which suffered devastating losses, have organized. The group Coffey Strong now numbers nearly 1000 residents who act collectively to pool information and save money.

Jeff Okrepkie represented the group on a recent edition of the KQED program Forum – with Michael Krasny.

California Update for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb 7, 2018
Charlie Neibergall / AP

• An initiative to fundamentally change how Californians elect their lawmakers will not appear on the 2018 ballot.

• California is once again suing the Trump Administration, joining New York and eight other states in a case about water.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.