North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Small Uptick Coming To California Minimum Wage

Dec 22, 2016

ALSO: The California Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a November ballot measure that seeks to streamline the state’s death penalty system to consider a lawsuit filed by Proposition 66 opponents.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Adler.

All around us, there are edible plants, growing wild. The trick is knowing which ones they are, where to find them, and how best to make use of them.  On today’s North Bay Report, we hear from someone who not only knows all that, she wrote the book on it.

  For Margit Roos-Collins, foraging has been a part of her lifestyle since childhood, a sort of family tradition.

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  Police and Sherriff’s departments in California and beyond have long included gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender officers. But now those individuals are increasingly willing and able to let their presence be known, some with the help of a local writer and instructor.

  The Rolling Stones’ infamous 1969 free concert at the Altamont speedway has become mythologized as “the end of the 60s,” a symbolic counterweight to the romanticized images of peace, love and Woodstock. But a detailed new book from veteran San Francisco music writer Joel Selvin shows that the full story of the event is much more complicated.

New Laws 2017: Gun Control

Dec 19, 2016
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ALSO: California’s largest public pension fund needs money. So the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is mulling something it hasn’t done in 16 years: Buy stock in tobacco.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

 

   Is it possible to fight poverty and climate change at the same time? The answer is emphatically yes, and Rocky Rohwedder has examples to prove it.

  Rohwedder, who has now retired from his position at Sonoma State, found some important allies in his Ecological Handprints project. One was South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, who wrote an introduction for the book. Others included top-flight photographers who donated their images.

Capitol Park Gets Drought-Inspired Retrofit

Dec 16, 2016
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ALSO: California energy regulators have now authorized all three of the state’s major electric utilities to enter a new business—electric vehicle charging.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford. 

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 64, it is now legal to grow, possess or transport small amounts of marijuana. But the measure also can roll back the convictions of people who were jailed for doing those things before November 9th,  a process that is now getting started.

Santa Rosa attorney Joe Rogoway has discovered that in some cases, old efforts to minimize the legal consequences of past marijuana law violations have now complicated the new process of getting those old convictions undone.

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ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown fired up his rhetoric – and his Latin – to reassure scientists fearful of changes under President-elect Trump.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Tiffany Camhi

Anyone that has ever visited one of Marin County’s crown jewels, the headlands, knows that there is only one of two ways to get there: A scenic two-lane road that winds along the hills or through the Baker-Barry Tunnel shortcut. But soon one of those two main arteries will be shutting down for a lengthy amount of time. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

High Speed Rail Board Looks To Tap 2008 Bond Funds

Dec 14, 2016
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The California high speed rail project is seeking to begin tapping the 10 billion dollars in bonds voters approved eight years ago.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

History Museum of Sonoma County

As the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's “Summer of Love” approaches, a new exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum examines that how era played out in the North Bay.

The North Bay was a low-key, out-of-town "incubator" for musicians from the San Francisco scene, observes Eric Stanley, curator for the History Museum of Sonoma  County.

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Wild pigs cause serious damage to grazing lands and watersheds. UC Cooperative Extension scientists have developed a GIS-based tracking app to assess wild pig damage to figure out how to mitigate the creatures' impacts.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

The process of setting up a new composting operation in Sonoma is finally taking its first steps. But in the meantime, both residents and compost users are paying significantly more.

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ALSO: Field Research will no longer release findings from its public opinion survey known as "The Field Poll."

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

  Fishing has long been a major industry on the Pacific coast, but surprisingly little of what is caught here winds up on local tables. A recent documentary examines that paradox.

 The genesis for the project that became Of The Sea was a series of shorter profiles of contemporary fisherfolk along the North Coast. In the longer documentary, says director Mischa Hedges, they concentrated on five to represent differing aspects of the profession.

House passes water package with controversial CA amendment

Dec 9, 2016
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ALSO: California's top pollution regulator says she thinks President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have limited influence in California.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

There are plenty of Democrats, union members, and environmentalists in Sonoma County, who often find common cause on local issues and candidates. Collectively, in those cases, they are the Blue-Green Alliance.

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ALSO: Democratic state lawmakers in Sacramento have introduced the California Values Act, a bill to further limit state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officers.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

Cultivators of cannabis breed their plants for specific characteristics—potency, medicinal efficacy, even appearance. Today we meet someone whose emphasis is primarily on flavors—which can be manipulated in some divergent directions.

Cannabis has long been combined with other things in foods—brownies being a classic example. But Jay Michaels says his cross-breeding efforts have been able to simulate the tastes of some other foods—and quite a range of them.

 

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ALSO: A new statewide campaign aims to shed light on the consequences of driving while high on drugs. The campaign starts a month after California legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

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Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors are close to making a decisive decision on where and how much medical marijuana can be grown in parts of the county. It’s a step towards bringing this largely unregulated industry into compliance. But as KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the process has pitted small cannabis growers against their neighbors in rural, residential communities.

California Lawmakers Declare They Will Fight Trump Policies

Dec 6, 2016
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Monday's typically-ceremonial session included the sharpest call of defiance yet from the state’s Democratic leaders against the Trump Administration.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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For 50 years, Jim Doerkson has managed and maintained a small mountainside covered in fir and redwood, and narrow footpaths. His Rancho Mark West is becoming an increasingly popular place for nature education and family outings.

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Speculation over how the incoming Trump Administration may handle immigration issues has civil rights organizations in California planning for the possibilities.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as abuse and neglect, have life-long effects on both mental and physical health. But recognizing, and working to prevent them, can begin to break that pattern. That’s what a new educational program in Sonoma County hopes to do.

Programs similar to the local ACES Fellowship have been offered on a statewide basis elsewhere, but Sonoma County Public Health Director Ellen Bauer says this is the first one to focus just on a single county.

Gov. Jerry Brown Appoints Xavier Becerra As New Attorney General

Dec 2, 2016
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The unexpected pick opens an appealing House seat and complicates several political futures.

An hour after the announcement, former Assembly speaker John Pérez announced he will seek Becerra’s open Congressional seat. The governor will call a special election for that district.  

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

The 2016 Wine Industry Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday included workshops on marketing to Millennials, legislative issues, and harvest methodologies. But the panel discussion on “Marijuana and Wine” may have drawn the biggest crowd.

Trump Treasury Nominee's Stint At California Bank Draws Scrutiny

Dec 1, 2016
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ALSO: Thousands of California National Guard soldiers could benefit from a deal reached in Congress this week to forgive the repayment of improper reenlistment bonuses. A former state guardsman says, however, there are still unknowns in the deal.

IMDB Sues California Over Age Law

Today's reporting by Ben Bergman (KPCC,) Chris Nichols, and Ben Bradford.

Public Banking Institute

A municipal public bank wouldn’t pay bonuses and dividends, and could have a more flexible relationship with federal regulators. All good reasons, says a local supporter of the alternative fiscal businesses, for creating one to serve the region’s cannabis industry.

Marc Armstrong co-founded the Public Banking Institute.

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