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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Andy's Unity Park
KRCB/Steve Mencher

On what would have been Andy Lopez's 18th birthday June 2, a park opened in the Moorland neighborhood  to commemorate the thirteen-year-old shot by a sheriff's deputy in 2013. KRCB news director Steve Mencher has this audio postcard.

Outbeat News for Monday, June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018

• The State of Connecticut became the first to legally require that transgender inmates be housed and housed based on their gender and to be clothed and addressed using the name and pronouns corresponding to the prisoners gender identity. 

• The California Assembly passed a bill this week requiring LGBT awareness training for law enforcement officers and dispatchers in the State. 

California Update for Monday, June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• A California lawmaker faces a recall election Tuesday that could strip Democrats of their supermajority in the state Legislature.

 

• No proposition currently in front of California voters has a stranger story than Proposition 70. It would amend the state constitution to change one vote in the Legislature next decade.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Friday, June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018
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• A new law signed by President Donald Trump Wednesday gives dying patients the right to request experimental drugs. Opponents say the policy gives patients false hope and interrupts the government's drug-vetting process.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Saturday June 2 would have been the 18th birthday of Andy Lopez, who died 4 1/2 years ago in Sonoma County when a sheriff's deputy mistook his toy gun for a real one. His life and death still hang over the county today, as filmmaker Ron Rogers tells KRCB news director Steve Mencher. A park created in his honor opens Saturday.

California Update for Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Families of children with disabilities say they aren’t getting the nursing care that they’re entitled to through Medi-Cal. They filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of California last week.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Signs on Joe Rodota trail
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

Fences went up Wednesday morning on the Joe Rodota Trail between Dutton and Roseland Avenues in Santa Rosa, closing the trail to the public and blocking off an encampment of homeless men and women who were cleared from the area. 

Earlier this week we talked with residents of the trail and homeless advocates. Wednesday we followed a few of the social service providers and public safety officers working to assist and move residents.

Felicity Gasser of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission explained who was working the trail Wednesday morning.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• The California governor’s race is in its final week before next Tuesday’s primary. The candidates are hitting the road as campaign ads swarm voters’ screens and mailboxes.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

This is the final part of our interview with candidate for Sonoma County Sheriff, Capt. Mark Essick. He’s the only candidate who’s currently part of the Sheriff’s office. In two dozen years with the department, he’s held a variety of positions – and he has been endorsed by the current sheriff, Rob Giordano.

In this series, we’ve also heard from John Mutz, a former station commander in the Los Angeles Police Department, and Ernesto Olivares, who serves on the Santa Rosa City Council after a long career with the Santa Rosa Police Department.

California Update for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018
Ezra David Romero / Capital Public Radio

• Cows don’t usually eat seaweed. But researchers at UC Davis want to change that in an effort to get the animals to burp smaller amounts of greenhouse gases.

• California has 13 new state laws on the books so far this year. They range from minor technical changes to responses to some of the year’s most prominent issues.

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

Outbeat News for Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
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• Winter Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon became the first openly gay man to win the latest season of Dancing with the Stars. 

• A 22-year old gay Latino man was found severely injured by the train tracks in downtown Truckee.  His family believes he was victim of a hate crime. 

Aaron Salazar’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account at https://www.gofundme.com/bv5cn-justice-for-aaron.

California Update for Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
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• Republican candidate for governor John Cox levied three attacks at GOP rival Travis Allen in a recent TV campaign ad. PolitiFact California examined those claims and placed ratings on each.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Renee Patterson
Corinne Smith

An estimated 100 homeless residents camping on the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa are packing their things in advance of yet another mass eviction by Sonoma County authorities citing a recent assault of a bike commuter as well as health and safety concerns.

California Update for Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018
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• A San Francisco brewery is one of a few California breweries ordered to stop production of beer with hemp-based ingredients.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

Mark Essick
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Yesterday, we met candidate for Sonoma County Sheriff Capt. Mark Essick. He’s a veteran of two dozen years in the department. He tells news director Steve Mencher why voters should see him as an agent for change, not an upholder of the status quo.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

  With less than two weeks until California’s June 5th primary, the governor’s race is all about who will come in SECOND. The top two primary finishers, regardless of political party, advance to the November general election. With first place all but set, the candidates — and outside groups — are going all-in … either to make the race competitive in November or effectively end it next month.

Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler reports.

 

 

California Update for Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Muslims often aren't represented in American politics, but early this week, hundreds of Muslims packed into the State Capitol to break their fast for Ramadan.

• California’s cap-and-trade program generated almost $700 million for the state in the last quarter.

Today's reporting by Ahditi Bundlamudi and Ben Bradford.

Mark Essick
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(editor's note: It appeared that Capt. Essick was coasting to a victory Tuesday night and avoiding a runoff for the position of sheriff.)

Capt. Mark Essick is the closest thing to an incumbent running in the Sonoma County Sheriff race. He told KRCB news director Steve Mencher what his current responsibilities are in the sheriff's department and how he will use lessons learned from the Andy Lopez shooting to improve the force.

California Update for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018
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• Technology company IBM is proposing to get into the education business in California.

• Legislative Democrats have settled on their top priorities in California budget negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

Diane Askew

A few weeks back, we covered a meeting on the Sonoma State campus about our October wildfires and lessons to be learned. In coming days, we’re going to make some of the sessions from "Living with Fire in California's Coast Ranges" available via YouTube.

California Update for Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018
Seth Perlman / AP

• After the latest school shooting, the California Assembly has passed a bill that would allow coworkers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders.

• The House of Representatives continues to debate the Farm Bill, which failed to pass last Friday. Democrats and Republicans voted against it because of changes to food stamp programs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

John Mutz
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As election day approaches, we're talking with candidates for Sheriff of Sonoma County. On the campaign trail, John Mutz frequently cites his experience as a station commander in Los Angeles.

Today we learn more about how he plans to use that experience to transform the sheriff's office into a responsive and culturally aware organization. He told KRCB news director Steve Mencher what the department might look like under his leadership.

Outbeat News for Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
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• The Trump administration is rolling back the policy for housing transgender prisoners to be based on birth sex rather than gender identity. 

• Here in California, next Tuesday is Harvey Milk Day and Stoli Vodka is honoring this year’s event with a special Harvey Milk tribute bottle. 

• In Guerneville, a 55-year-old man was arrested for twice stealing the rainbow flag from the pole in the town square. 

• OutWatch Film Festival will be showing a series of LGBTQ short films as part of this year’s pride celebration on Sunday, June 3.

California Update for Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
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• The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money.

• Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that gives immigrants living in California illegally new protections in court cases.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• A California Assembly investigation into complaints of sexual harassment by Democrat Cristina Garcia has found the most severe allegations to be unsubstantiated.

• A new voter initiative that would allow Baby Boomers in California to save thousands of dollars in property tax if they move to pricier homes is now eligible for the November ballot.

  

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

John Mutz and family
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Today, part two of our conversation with candidate for Sonoma County sheriff John Mutz. After Mutz left the Los Angeles Police Department, he became a consultant and coach – working both with law enforcement and with private business clients to improve their leadership skills, focus and efficiency.

He spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about how he plans to turn around the culture of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office  by providing leadership to the force.

California Update for Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

• Cal State and UC students and faculty are calling for more funding for higher education. Turns out, they're getting more funding, just not as much as they asked for.

• California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed charges against four people behind mugshots.com.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Drew Sandsor.

John Mutz
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Today, we meet John Mutz, a candidate for sheriff of Sonoma County. Mutz served for 25 years on the Los Angeles Police Department, where he says he worked to change the culture of station houses where he was assigned as Captain after the Rodney King beating.

As he told news director Steve Mencher, he plans to transform many aspects of the Sonoma County sheriff’s office, starting with training…

California Update for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Two bills in the California legislature seek to tackle a backlog of rape kits in the state.  One will count and track untested kits, the other makes the testing and submitting of kits mandatory.

• With more Californians receiving ballots in the mail this election cycle, voters might wonder what happens if they send one in without the required postage.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Ben Adler.

A new documentary about elders who maintain meaningful and rich lives is playing around town. Lives Well Lived is directed by Cal Poly professor Sky Bergman.  In the film, photographer and first-time-filmmaker Bergman interviews 40 men and women ages 75 to 100.

She told KRCB news director Steve Mencher what inspired her to make the film.

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