North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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• California lawmakers hope voters will free up $2 billion in housing bonds for the homeless that have been stalled in court.

 

• The Red Cross has set up a shelter due to the Pawnee Fire in Lake County that has forced three-thousand people to evacuate.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

Andy Lopez Park
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

The Supreme Court decided Monday not to hear an appeal from Sonoma County that would have ended a civil suit brought against the county by the parents of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old boy shot by sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus in 2013. The decision opens the way for a trial to begin this fall or winter. KRCB news director Steve Mencher talked with filmmaker Ron Rogers about the decision. 

Rogers is at work on a documentary about the aftermath of the Lopez shooting.

Thursday, June 28th, marks 49 years since the Stonewall riots launched the modern day LGBT civil rights movement.  They weren’t the first riots of their kind to happen in the country, but they were the first to make headlines.

Sunday’s LGBTQ pride celebrations commemorated the riots at Stonewall and all the others that fueled the movement.  Today’s Outbeat News segment takes a look back when it all started.

Outbeat News can be heard inside Outbeat Radio Sunday nights at 8:00 pm on KRCB FM Radio 91.

California Update for Monday, June 25, 2018

Jun 25, 2018
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP file

• Californians will vote this fall on whether to strengthen the state’s laws governing how farm animals are confined and raised.

 

• A new report from the state health department shows that more than half of people who requested lethal drugs under California's aid-in-dying law last year died after taking the medication. The policy is currently tied up in a legal battle.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018
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• Proponents of an initiative headed for the November ballot that would give Californians new Internet privacy rights have reached a deal with state lawmakers.

 

• A bill that moves California toward eliminating daylight saving time is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Proponents of the change say shifting the clock is bad for our health.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

Jim Downing
Adia White

What does storytelling have to do with wine? Wineries across the globe use stories to market their products. Chico State Professor Jim Downing recently published a study with his Family Business class that analyzed stories from 175 wineries in Napa.

His surprising finding: some wineries are on the wrong track.

Reporter Adia White sat down with Downing to find out what impact this research could have on the industry.

California Update for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018
Ricardo Calegari / Flikr

• A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated."

• The hostile takeover of the net neutrality bill isn’t the first time the California Legislature has obliterated a measure without an author’s consent. But similar power plays in recent years haven't always worked.

Happy First Day of Summer, Said the Mosquito

Jun 21, 2018
Nizza Sequeira
Adia White

Happy first day of summer. Mosquitoes are expected to be worse than usual this season, and you may be surprised about how that is connected to October's wildfires. Adia White has a report.

Learn about controlling mosquitoes from the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District

California Update for Wednesday, June 30, 2018

Jun 20, 2018
ACLU of California

• A bill that would change when California police officers may choose to use deadly force is moving forward in the state Senate, despite opposition from law enforcement.

 

• Just as the Thomas Fire—the largest wildfire to burn in the California's modern history—is fully cleaned up, state agencies are preparing for the upcoming fire season.

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

What a Chicken
Marty T via Yelp

In Petaluma, a town known for its 150-year history of poultry farming – and more recently for its reputation as an often unforgiving foodie community where restaurants are lucky to last more than a couple of years – a husband and wife from Michoacan, Mexico have opened an oddly named barbecue chicken restaurant with two exclamation points in its name that is making its mark  – with help from the community.

Delfin Vigil reports.

California Update for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018

• After a noisy push for single-payer health care divided California Democrats last year and spawned months of hearings and discussions, the new state budget contains little to mark that debate.

 

• A voter initiative that would repeal California's rent control law, and allow cities to craft their own, more expansive rent control rules, has qualified for the November ballot.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

Outbeat News for Monday, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018

• The owner of a hardware store in Tennessee wants everyone to know that he doesn’t like gay people and that they are not welcome in his store. 

 

• Following this month’s Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, the Human Rights Campaign launched a new “Open To All Campaign” for business owners to welcome LGBTQ people into their stores. 

 

• Locally, Pride celebrations continue with the San Francisco Pride celebration happening this weekend

Outbeat News can be heard Sunday nights at 8:00 pm as part of Outbeat Radio on KRCB FM Radio 91.

California Update for Monday, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Californian’s next budget does not include a new charge on water users to fund safe drinking water in rural communities. But that proposal is still alive.

 

• The California Legislature is unveiling a sweeping new overhaul of how it would investigate sexual harassment complaints against everyone from lawmakers to interns.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Chris Smith
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

A few weeks ago, some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat travelled to New York City to accept the paper's award for its outstanding coverage of the North Bay wildfires. PD columnist Chris Smith visited our studio that day, and talked with Corey Hudson about the paper's pride in its achievement, and about the future of print journalism.

California Update for Friday, June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The final California budget that Gov. Jerry Brown will ever sign is heading for his desk after the Legislature approved a nearly $140 billion general fund spending plan Thursday.
 

• During a visit to Sacramento on Thursday, the Prime Minster of Portugal met with Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a climate agreement. Portugal is the latest country to join Brown's Under2 Coalition.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Randol White.

Two local nonprofits in Sonoma County are taking part in a pilot project funded by California's Medi-Cal program. They aim to demonstrate that special meals and education provided to patients with congestive heart failure can improve patient outcomes and reduce hospitalizations and health care costs.

California Update for Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018
Jeff Chiu / AP

• The fight over whether PG&E is liable for the wine country fires is ongoing. Cal Fire blames the utility for causing at least 16 of them.

Today's reporting by Ezra David Romero.

Wine Spectator Learning Center
TLCD Architecture

The new Wine Spectator Learning Center is open on the Sonoma State campus in Rohnert Park. The facility aims to introduce a new generation to skills needed for the wine business, while sharpening the capabilities of those in mid-career.

California Update for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jun 13, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• California political campaigns are preparing for the increase of the gas tax to be this year’s preeminent campaign issue, after the successful recall of a state Senator focused on it.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

wendy
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

In the second part of our conversation with Wendy Wheelwright, she explains how the California HOPE program helps survivors and other community members heal after October's wildfires. Find more information about the program here.

Among other things, the program encourages people to

  • Eat Well
  • Move Daily
  • Hydrate Often
  • Sleep More
  • Love, Laugh, and Connect.

California Update for Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jun 12, 2018

• Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert – a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk. Now, schools and parents have a new tool to investigate this critical problem.

The report uses an interactive map to pinpoint the type of schools that struggle with chronic absences.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

• An openly gay former Marine won a primary in the State of Alabama for a seat in the state legislature.
 

• Last Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Colorado baker and religious freedom may have encouraged a gym owner in Indianapolis to cancel an LGBTQ pride event. 

 

• Locally, a transgender woman from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies will begin a 3 day residency at Ner Shalom talking about your journey to become her authentic self.

Outbeat News can be heard Sunday nights at 8 pm as part of Outbeat Radio on KRCB FM Radio 91.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Among the biggest winners in the state budget deal that lawmakers will vote on this week are University of California and California State University students. Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to more money to prevent tuition increases and boost enrollment.

• There’s half a billion dollars in emergency money to help cities and counties fight homelessness in the California budget deal announced Friday by Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Advocates for non-English-speakers pose at Sonoma County offices
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Thursday, a group of activists met with Sonoma County’s disaster planning team.

They presented their findings that October’s fires had uncovered severe shortcomings in the county’s communication strategy. Those who couldn’t speak English, the group says, did not have the same access to life-saving information, especially in the chaotic first moments of the fire. Those problems have continued during the recovery.

News director Steve Mencher spoke with some members of the group who will be presenting recommendations June 11 to the county Board of Supervisors.

California Update for Friday, June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018
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• A California budget proposal would cut a program which provides discounts to hospitals that serve low income patients.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bundlamudi.

• California has the highest number of LGBTQ elected officials in the country, and following last night's primary, at least ten more advance to November - or won their race outright. Three of the candidates could make history.
 

• California’s legal marijuana policies are changing. Starting today [Wednesday], businesses only need one license to sell both medical and recreational pot.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Sammy Caiola.

Black Women March in Sacramento in 2017
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Thousands of Black women will march to the California Capitol in Sacramento June 9 for the second annual Black Women's March. Organizers say this march gives Black women a safe space to empower one another.

Ja'Nel Johnson reports.

California Update for Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Jun 6, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• It’ll be Democrat Gavin Newsom against Republican John Cox this fall in the California governor’s race. It's the general election contest that both candidates wanted.

Find more local election results HERE.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Ceremonies at first Coffey Park house in Santa Rosa to be given a certificate of occupancy after fire rebuilding
KRCB/Steve Mencher

The last week of May, a milestone was reached in Coffey Park – elected officials and neighbors gathered to celebrate the completion of Dan Bradford’s home – the first to gain a certificate of occupancy in the fire-devastated area.

KRCB News Director Steve Mencher was there as the festivities got underway.

• Voters will cast ballots in national, state, and local races today, as well as on state propositions and local measures.

• Tuesday’s primary elections in California hold unusual national importance.

Today's reporting by Drew Sansor and Ben Bradford.

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