North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Historian Kevin Starr, known for his 8-volume chronicle of the state of California, died last weekend. One of his last books was a short but comprehensive history of the Golden Gate Bridge, which he discussed in this archival North Bay Report from the summer of 2010.

As a native San Franciscan, Kevin Starr spent most of his life within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, and saw it from just about every possible perspective, even from below while swimming beneath the span. But there is one vantage point he never tried.

POLITIFACT CA: Could Obamacare Repeal Cost California 200K Jobs?

Jan 18, 2017
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ALSO: An unforeseen deficit now projected for the next California budget is due, in part, to a math error.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Bradford.

Read full versions of all fact checks at politifact.com/California

Surrounded by thousands of years of native history, the burned out ruins of a 196os commune in northern Marin County have yielded an unexpected glimpse into the details of “hippie” life  from that era.

While the extensive and varied collection of damaged vinyl records was perhaps the most interesting thing he found in the wreckage of the Burdell Mansion, State Parks archeologist Breck Parkman says there were some other things that were more surprising.

How Recent Storms Could Affect State's Salmon Populations

Jan 17, 2017
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ALSO: California's flu season is in its early stages and state officials say it's going to be around for awhile.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ja'Nel Johnson.

A Life in Animation

Jan 16, 2017

Back in 1965 and 66, there was a Saturday morning kids show watched by up to 2/3s of the televisions in America. It was the Beatles Cartoons, which Australian animator Ron Campbell helped create-- among many other shows, before and since.

The Yellow Submarine film is known, among other things, for its bright palette of colors. But animator Ron Campbell says his contributions to the landmark movie were all done in basic black and white, with the colors added by others later in the process.

Counties Fear State Cutting $500M+ IHSS Funding

Jan 16, 2017
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ALSO: The presumptive next California Attorney General is half-way through his confirmation process.

Today's Reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

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With rents continuing to rise and available housing stock dwindling, finding affordable housing in the Bay Area is increasingly difficult. Two North Bay groups have come up with creative ways to help more people keep a roof over their head. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports. 

Learn more about how to legally build additional dwelling units in California at Lilypad

Information on how to apply to SHARE Sonoma County's programs are available online.

Staff reductions, failed computer systems, funding cuts and unpopular spending priorities have all contributed to some serious morale problems for the workers in Sonoma County’s Superior court system. They are also impeding negotiations for a new contract.

Court reporter Carlos Martinez, speaking on behalf of his co-workers, says they question the budgetary priorities of the court’s administration.

He points to a failed, costly computer service program as another misplaced priority.

Have California Storms Ended The State's Drought?

Jan 13, 2017
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ALSO: Air regulators have found another 14,000 vehicles on California roads that they say violate state pollution standards.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

Sonoma County Regional Parks

Even before the latest series of cold and wet winter storms raked the North Bay, some 1000 homeless people were living outdoors in the elements across Sonoma County. And service providers have been able to offer little more to help them as the weather worsened.

Highway 101 overpasses near downtown Santa Rosa. That has upset nearby homeowners and residents, which is understandable, says Heidi Prottas, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. But the homeless there have no other options.

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Even before the November election, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign generated scores of worried conversations among the Latino workforce in Sonoma County. In a sober press conference Tuesday morning at the Graton Day Labor Center, they shared their conclusions.

Brown To Introduce 2017 Spending Plan

Jan 10, 2017
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ALSO: New LAO report finds one decade after California voters authorized $42 billion in bonds for housing & transportation projects, about $6 billion in bonds still remain.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

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It’s been over six months since Measure AA passed in the Bay Area with a two-thirds majority. The ballot measure, which will soon impose a parcel tax throughout the nine counties, is tasked with restoring wetlands and wildlife habitat. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi brings us an update on the agency in charge of allocating restoration funds.

Find out more about the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, including when and where to attend meetings here

What If We Could Breed Cows That Like To Hike?

Jan 9, 2017
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California rangeland stretches over 38 million acres. Most cows graze in the lowlands. So many hilly areas are left untouched while lowlands are at risk for over-grazing. UC scientists are researching whether we could breed cows that like to hike.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

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Bottlenose dolphins have become increasingly frequent visitors along the north coast, as their range and numbers appear to be expanding.

The first bottlenose dolphin was spotted in San Francisco Bay more than 15 years ago, but Bill Keener of Golden Gate Cetacean Research it took them some time to begin venturing farther northward.

Marin County artist Tom Killion has spent his life applying Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques to his views the region’s landscapes. Now he has received that county’s highest honor for his works.

Tamalpais Walking--first published in 2007 and reissued as a paperback in 2013 -- is the most recent in a series of collaborations between Killion and poet Gary Snyder. Their previous joint effort was The High Sierra of California in 2002.

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The Legislature and governor will contend with two in-state issues that proved intractable last year: transportation and affordable housing.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

CA Lawmakers Hire Former AG Holder To Fight Trump

Jan 5, 2017
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ALSO: Recreational pot use is legal for adults in California but it's illegal to have an open container of marijuana in your vehicle.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

According to a recent study, Latinos trail other segments of the California population in understanding mental illnesses and how they can be treated. But the gap closes as they become acculturated.

Naranjo’s study interviewed 100 subjects, statewide, during the summer of 2014. She explains that her survey asked a series of questions to gauge each person’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses and their symptoms and treatments.

Lawmakers Will Return To CA Capitol For A Busy January

Jan 4, 2017
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ALSO: Republican leaders in the legislature want Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that would allocate $200 million to fix the state's Denti-Cal program.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Roots of Peace

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the beginnings of the San Rafael-based humanitarian non-profit Roots of Peace. The group, founded by fifth-generation Marin County resident Heidi Kuhn, converts war-torn land in countries all over the world into rich and bountiful farmland. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports that with new federal funding, the organization can now take their efforts further.

Repeal Of '90s Welfare Rule Took Effect January 1st

Jan 3, 2017
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ALSO: A new state law taking effect on January 1st affects California’s community colleges. It requires campuses with existing shower facilities to let homeless students use those showers.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Steve Milne.

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ALSO: California’s sales tax will drop by a quarter of a percent in the new year. The reduction comes from the partial expiration of a statewide ballot measure that helped end California’s budget crisis.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

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ALSO: A new law will prevent young people from losing out on jobs because of past, non-violent crimes, or due to their involvement in legal proceedings, like family court.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Bob Moffitt.

New California Law Further Restricts Smartphone Use While Driving

Dec 29, 2016
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Starting January 1st, drivers in California will be banned from operating their smartphone -- unless it’s mounted to a dashboard or windshield – and can be activated with one finger tap or swipe.

For a complete list of new laws taking effect in 2017, click HERE.

Todays' reporting by Chris Nichols.

New Law Aims To Protect Rights Of Surviving Homeowners

Dec 28, 2016

A new state law requires loan servicing companies to talk to homeowners directly and tell them about programs that help avoid foreclosure.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

CA Immigrants Scramble to File Documents by Jan. 20

Dec 27, 2016
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Some Californians are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January. They are immigrants, concerned about President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people.

Today's reporting by Logan Pollard.

Collectibles Law Threatens Used Book Stores

Dec 26, 2016
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Used booksellers say a new California law set to take effect at the first of the year could hurt their businesses. It’s designed to make it easier to track the authenticity of famous signatures.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

New Law Bans Tobacco Products At Youth Sports Events

Dec 23, 2016
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ALSO: Some Californians could soon taste test what the astronauts drink. Not Tang. Purified recycled wastewater. A new law going into effect allows water districts to bottle 1000 gallons a year of purified recycled wastewater for taste tests.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Amy Quinton.

Dragonflies aren’t just old—they date back to the age of the dinosaurs—they’re strange.  Also colorful, pest-eating, non-threatening to humans, and still surprisingly unstudied.

Among all the strange and unusual things that have been learned about Dragonflies, there is one that stands out above everything else, says Kathy Biggs:  their mating practices.

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