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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Measuring and Improving Corporate Citizenship

Jul 18, 2017

In an era of expanding corporate hegemony, a growing number of smaller businesses are seeking to boost their image—and revenues—through good behavior, as “benefit corporations.”  Bruce Robinson reports on the standards that have been developed to encourage and measure those efforts.

Benefit corporations offer an alternative to the conventional corporate model, which, Heather Paulsen observes, is virtually compelled to consider little but its own interests.

Cap-And-Trade Deal Passes California Legislature

Jul 18, 2017
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A bipartisan supermajority extended the state’s cap-and-trade program yesterday evening.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

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As the thermometer rises this summer, North Bay rivers and lakes might seem like a good place to cool off. But these warmer temperatures can also bring the threat of blue-green algae to our waterways. It contains a toxic bacteria harmful to people and animals. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

What Is Cap-And-Trade?

Jul 17, 2017
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ALSO: Activists and farm workers are urging state regulators to ban a pesticide that President Trump has decided to allow farmers to continue to use.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Bradford.

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Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen recently claimed California’s taxes “are among the highest in the nation.” PolitiFact California examined the state’s key tax categories and rated this Mostly True.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Find more fact check HERE.

Tiffany Camhi

Point Reyes National Seashore is home to one of the most historic morse code radio stations in the United States. In 1999, it became the last commercial station to send and receive morse code messages. But a group of dedicated volunteers are keeping the tradition, and the station, alive. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

KPH opens its doors to visitors every Saturday from Noon - 4p.m. Check the Maritime Radio Historical Society website for upcoming events at the station. Night of Nights occurs only once a year on July 12th.

Poster with cast of Angels in America, National Theatre
National Theatre

Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" is a huge hit in London this summer. There are no more tickets available to see Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in this powerhouse production at the National Theatre. But you can see the show in Sebastopol starting July 20 at the Rialto Cinemas. It's part of a series of events "captured live" and streamed to movie theaters, as Steve Mencher reports.

Study: GPS Rules Too Tough On Juveniles

Jul 13, 2017
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ALSO: Democratic leaders in the Legislature have postponed a vote on extending the climate change program, cap-and-trade.

Today's reporting by Steve Milne and Ben Bradford.

Baby tree planted in Tahoe National Forest
Trees for a Change

You're invited to a birthday party July 14 -- and the site is perfect: Armstrong Woods. The celebration recognizes a decade of work by a Santa Rosa-based company that honors and memorializes friends and loved ones with a unique and sustainable gift. Steve Mencher talked with Kim Isley, "treehugger in chief," about her brainchild.

Find out how you can give the gift of a tree at the Trees for a Change website.

Support Lacking For California Cap-And-Trade Extension

Jul 12, 2017
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ALSO: Backers of increasing the time it takes California school teachers to earn tenure are trying again after several failed attempts in previous years.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Expanding Collaboration Between Disparate Arts

Jul 11, 2017

  Sonoma County sculptor Bruce Johnson is known for his massive redwood and metal structures. But he has also been central to some unexpected collaborations with artists from quite different fields. 

Sculptor Bruce Johnson’s name for his Poetry House provided a parallel for Elizabeth Herron’s long poem, The Poet’s House.  But she says the finished space was also rich in inspiration.

Choreographer Nancy Lyons says she and her colleagues in the SoCo Dance Theater also drew inspiration from Johnson’s work—in a very tactile way.

CA Could Limit Drug Company Gifts To Doctors

Jul 11, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers attempting to address the state’s housing crisis are taking two approaches. They’re passing bills to subsidize housing for low-income residents and looking to encourage more building.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Bradford.

Information about trash and recycling at recent meeting
Steve Mencher

It's easy to forget about trash. We bring it to the curb once a week, or send it down a chute, and it disappears. But trash is becoming an increasingly important subject in our region, as we try to figure out how we can avoid creating ever-higher mountains of garbage near our towns and cities. Steve Mencher reports on a recent gathering where trash and jobs were the central focus.

Learn more about "Don't Waste LA," an inspirational model for dealing with the stuff we generally throw away.

Battle for the Net Tweet
ACLU

July 12th is being promoted across the Internet as a “Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.” The forces on the other side of this issue proclaim their allegiance to what they call an “Open Internet.” But as Steve Mencher reports, these two things are not the same.

Find more on Net Neutrality from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And visit Battle for the Net.com to find out what you can do about keeping Net Neutrality.

Affordable Housing Fee Passes California Senate

Jul 7, 2017
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ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown is again pledging an end-run around the Trump administration on climate change.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Sheriff Steve Freitas
Sonoma County

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas announced today that he will be leaving office August 1. A recall effort had sought to end the sheriff's term early, but it has been withdrawn due to the new circumstances. Steve Mencher has an "exit interview" with the sheriff.

Listen to Bruce Robinson's story about the recall effort.

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My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County

My Care, My Plan, Speak Up Sonoma County is a local initiative promoting the idea of advance health care planning. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with two of the volunteers driving this effort, and learned why everyone over 18 should update their plan regularly to fit changing circumstances. 

Find out what to include in an advance health care directive in this KRCB video.

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ALSO: One year after California’s End of Life law went into effect, the bill’s authors say it is working as expected but can be improved.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

Tiffany Camhi

Lake Berryessa was once a popular destination for boaters, fishermen and families looking for a day of fun at the lake. It brought in millions of annual visitors. Now it attracts just a fraction of that. In part because several of its resorts were demolished or severely downsized in 2009 by the Bureau of Reclamation. But as KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports, a proposal for Napa County to take over resort management could bring tourists and revitalization back to the lake.

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ALSO: Unpaid traffic fines are no longer a reason to lose your California driver's license, under a provision Governor Jerry Brown signed into law as part of the state budget package.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Julia Mitric.

No More Surprise Medical Bills in California

Jul 5, 2017
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ALSO: Hate crimes in California increased by more than 10 percent for the second year in a row.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Bradford.

Sonoma Vineyard Doubles as Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jul 3, 2017
Steve Mencher, KRCB

Micro-grids are scaled-down versions of the giant network that delivers electricity across huge distances to thousands of customers. They hold great promise for both utilizing renewable power and serving remote or isolated populations. And an important testing ground for this emerging technology is a local vineyard.

Stone Edge Farm is part of a group of related businesses that are each exploring ways to adapt renewable energy technologies to their operations. Ryan Stoltenberg runs through the various applications.

California Creates New Tax And Fee Collection Agency From Scratch

Jul 3, 2017

ALSO: It was a tough week for backers of California’s new, tighter gun restrictions approved by lawmakers and voters last year.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Cannabis growing in field
Pavel Ševela / Wikimedia Commons

For wine consumers, appellations provide useful information about conditions where the grapes in a given bottle  were grown.  In Mendocino County  and elsewhere, cannabis growers  are now getting ready to apply the same philosophy to their products, as reporter Steve Mencher explains. 

Find out more about the Mendocino Appellations Project at their Facebook page. 

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While It's unclear what if any enforcement will come from the federal government, a bill in the state Legislature would limit state and local law enforcement teaming up with the Feds.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

First-day Riders Delight in SMART Preview

Jun 29, 2017
Steve Mencher, KRCB

It’s been a long wait for the SMART Train to start rolling through Sonoma and Marin Counties, and while the official launch of the commuter service is still pending, there was a large and enthusiastic turnout for the first day of free preview rides yesterday.

There was a wide span of ages aboard the SMART Train preview ride that KRCB joined, from seniors who remembered regular rail service many years ago to an infant, who made the trip easier for her parents, Kalila Nosker and Sean Hogue, by sleeping through a good bit of it.

Supreme Court Won't Decide California Cap-And-Trade

Jun 29, 2017
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ALSO: A tax break intended to help low-income, working Californians is set for an expansion when the new state budget takes effect next month.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

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  The town of Sonoma will welcome the largest exhibition of public art in its history this summer. Metal sculptor Albert Paley will be represented by nine monumental yet fanciful artworks, installed in locations near the center of town. The exhibition is organized by the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Steve Mencher reports.

 

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Central Valley Congressman Devin Nunes claimed last week President Trump had signed more bills than any other president at this early point in office. 

Find more Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

North Bay Bike Sharing Seeks Grant Funding

Jun 27, 2017

Bicycle sharing hubs could be installed at central points, from Santa Rosa to Larkspur, under a bi-county proposal being submitted to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Bruce Robinson takes a look ahead.

Details about how the program will work will depend on which one of several vendors is selected to operate it for the counties. But Bjorn Greipenberg of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition says there are two primary models currently in use.

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