North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Lucia Garay, Tara Sullivan, Dmitra Smith
KRCB/Steve Mencher

We recently brought you the story of how the Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights had created a survey showing that bullying and racial harassment is on the rise in Sonoma County schools. We’ve continued to learn more about the junior commission’s work – and wanted to hear from its advisor, Dmitra Smith, who had come to the studio to accompany the students. She talked with KRCB news director Steve Mencher.

California Update for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mar 7, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The director of the California Senate Fellows Program is no longer employed after an investigation into whether he failed to report sexual misconduct allegations against a student Fellow.

 

• The Trump administration will sue California over policies designed to protect immigrants who arrived illegally from deportation.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Sheriff candidate literature
KRCB/Steve Mencher

The Russian River Chamber of Commerce presented a debate among the three candidates for Sonoma County Sheriff Monday night at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio. John Mutz, Ernesto Olivares and Mark Essick all strove to convince the audience that their approach was right for the job. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher was there and has this report.

California Update for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mar 6, 2018
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• While the Supreme Court considers whether gerrymandering is unconstitutional, a California expert says the state's redistricting approach is generally fair and competitive.

• Snow levels across the Sierra Nevada are now about 37 percent of normal. Storms over the last week boosted the number by 15 percent.

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

Art Helps Illuminate and Heal After Fires

Mar 5, 2018
Fabric heart by Barbara Goodman
J. Mateo Baker

The phrase "second responders" has been used about artists, mental health professionals and others who have been helping our community cope with grief and loss since the North Bay fires.  An exhibition currently on view at the Chroma Gallery in Santa Rosa features work by artists processing their own reactions to October's events, and using art to help heal their community. J. Mateo Baker paid the gallery a visit and has this report.

• The Pentagon accepts the first transgender person into the United State military pursuant to a court order, despite an order by President Trump. 

• The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision in Arizona granting parental rights to a lesbian and said states could not limit rights of same-sex couples that are currently provided to opposite-sex couples. 

• And in New York, a court of appeals ruled that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 

California Update for Monday, March 5, 2018

Mar 5, 2018
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• An envoy from the California Farm Bureau traveled to Capitol Hill last week to voice its concerns about a controversial House immigration bill.

• Low-income parts of California could soon be designated “Opportunity Zones” by the Brown Administration. Individuals could invest in these zones and receive a tax break as outlined in new federal tax plan.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, March 2, 2018

Mar 2, 2018
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• Denti-Cal services were partially restored four years ago, but patients still couldn’t get white crowns, partial dentures and some types of root canals. A January first change makes those procedures and many more reimbursable.

• A bill introduced in Sacramento would eliminate the job of Sheriff/Coroner.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Rich Ibarra. 

Rafael Vazquez
Santa Rosa Junior College

Monday, March 5 was the original deadline set by President Trump for winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA – program. But courts have stayed President Trump’s order and the program is now in limbo.

At noon Monday students and community members will gather at Santa Rosa Junior College to march downtown to the Federal Building in Santa Rosa. The march supports a continuation of DACA as well as encouraging examination of the entire immigration system.

California Update for Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mar 1, 2018
County of Marin

• A judge ordered the California Department of Agriculture to stop spraying dozens of pesticides. Some environmental groups count this as a win but a University of CA researcher warns the move will hurt efforts to fight a damaging citrus disease.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Whale Watching Season Underway

Feb 28, 2018
Grey Whale
Courtesy of Sonoma County Parks

Whale watching season has arrived, and while the peak is still at least several weeks away, this year is already on track to be one of the best. Today’s North Bay Report comes from Bodega Bay overlooking a popular whale migration path.

Parking is free at the Bodega Bay trailhead, and docents will be available most days through the end of the northbound migration season in June. Find more information about whale watching at this Sonoma County Parks website.

California Update for Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 2018
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• Two weeks after federal customs enforcement agents detained more that 200 people in Los Angeles, agents have been in central and northern California conducting operations.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt.

Lucia Garay, Tara Sullivan, Dmitra Smith
KRCB/Steve Mencher

There’s turmoil in the nation’s high schools right now. This morning, Analy High School in Sebastopol was closed after threatening graffiti was found on its campus. The recent Florida shootings have inspired teen activists to make their voices heard about gun control and other issues.

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
NBC

• 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
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• 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
hightimes.com

• 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
Facebook

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
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• 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
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• 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 politifact.com/california.

• 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
KZYX

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.

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