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California Update for Friday, January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

• Candidate for governor Delaine Eastin claimed California ranks 41st in the nation in per pupil K-12 spending, but "No.1" in per prisoner spending. PolitiFact California found her claim could have used some clarifications and rated it Mostly True.

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

A report this week in the San Francisco Chronicle said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement – ICE – is planning immigration raids in our area – in part to punish California for its recent decision to become a so-called sanctuary state.

North Bay Fire Town Hall
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Yesterday we heard from new Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore speaking at a Town Hall on fire recovery Saturday morning. Today, news director Steve Mencher brings us back to the meeting – where we’ll hear from Mark Ghilarducci, head of the California Office of Emergency Services.

Ghilarducci was the face of the state during the fire crisis, and earned high marks for his clear communication – and commitment. He took time off from marshaling forces in Southern California fighting to clear the mudslides there, to answer questions from fire survivors in our region. 

California Update for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jan 18, 2018
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• University of California President Janet Napolitano is backing the inclusion of border security measures as part of a DACA deal.

• The window for Californians to apply for new driver’s licenses and state IDs necessary to board airplanes opens on Monday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Graeme Jenkins
Santa Rosa Symphony

The Santa Rosa Symphony continues its series of very public job interviews. This past weekend, Graeme Jenkins conducted the orchestra in performances of music by Haydn and Bartok, with pianist Orli Shaham joining the group in Mozart's Concerto No. 21 in C major for Piano and Orchestra. Attendees received an email Tuesday asking them to rate the conductor's skills and rapport with the audience. He'll be compared to the previous three candidates, and the upcoming guest conductor Michael Christie, who arrives in February for a weekend.

California Update for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jan 17, 2018
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• California is both suing the Trump administration and advancing legislation after the Federal Communications Commission repealed its net neutrality regulations.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Local residents by the hundreds showed up at a town hall Saturday for updates on fire recovery and rebuilding. Local politicians were there, as well as representatives from FEMA, California Office of Emergency Services and the Army Corps of Engineers. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher has more. 

Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa run a joint website on fire recovery. Visit SonomaCountyRecovers.org for regular updates.

Santa Rosa City Council Chambers
Stacey Dennick

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced revised policies about marijuana earlier this month, but the City of Santa Rosa’s cannabis implementation program continues undaunted.

California Update for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• A proposal in the budget summary could restrict use of the federal 340B program, which gives hospitals serving low-income patients access to discounted drugs

• California parents who want to take time off work with their brand-new babies could soon be eligible for both a financial boost and some job security.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

Coffin
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Death Cafes are informal gatherings in public places where people meet to share their ideas -- and fears --about death and dying. Since the idea debuted in London 17 years ago, they have spread worldwide, and now number in the thousands. And beginning on Friday, there will be one more, this one at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center.

Bruce Robinson offers a preview.

New Public Service Announcement: Price Gouging Is Not Only Wrong, It's Illegal 

When: January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm  
Where: Santa Rosa High School Gymnasium 
1235 Mendocino Avenue - Santa Rosa, CA 95401
 

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• Wedding bells began to ring for same-sex couples in Australia last week.  Two couples tied the knot in ceremonies happening just moments after midnight. 

• Here in the U.S, the Human Rights Campaign released the 2017 state equality index report.  Many state legislatures across the country considered sweeping anti-LGBT laws to allow wholesale discrimination, including some that attack marriage equality and transgender youth. The good news is that California is among the 13 top rated states in the report. 

California Update for Monday, January 15, 2018

Jan 15, 2018
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• The first major debate in California's upcoming gubernatorial race took place over the weekend in Los Angeles. The town hall featured four Democrats, two Republicans, and more than a thousand people in the audience.

• Congress must vote on government spending by Jan. 19. They'll also decide the fate of about 1,300 community clinics in California that function largely on federal grants.

Today's reporting by Mary Plummer (KPCC), and Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
Sally Schilling / Capital Public Radio

• A bill that would have expanded the use of rent control in California fell one vote shy of passing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

• Three California gas-fired energy plants could be replaced with giant batteries. The proposal calls for PG&E to find clean energy alternatives for two Calpine-owned gas-fired plants in Sutter County and one in San Jose.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ezra David Romero.

Rep. Jared Huffman
Congress.gov

At a town hall meeting tomorrow about fire recovery and rebuilding in Sonoma County, officials will present updates and listen to citizens’ concerns. Among elected officials scheduled to attend are members of the Santa Rosa City Council and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, State Senators Mike McGuire and Bill Dodd, and Assembly Members Jim Wood, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Marc Levine.

Representatives Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman will be there – and KRCB News Director Steve Mencher talked with Huffman about the meeting.

California Update for Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan 11, 2018
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• Leaders from the Department of Water Resources and the Independent Forensic Team that looked into last year's Oroville crisis answered questions from an Assembly committee.

• The California Community College system would launch its own, online school next year, under Governor Jerry Brown’s budget plan.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

Decorations in Santa Rosa neighborhood of Coffey Park
Diane Askew

Yesterday, KRCB News Director Steve Mencher brought us some excerpts from a conversation about rebuilding the North Bay first broadcast on KQED’s Forum program. Today, part two.

One of the callers to the show asked whether unions would play a big part in the rebuilding effort. Keith Woods, CEO of the North Coast Builders Exchange, responded:

Participants in the discussion included:

California Update for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jan 10, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• The former top Republican in the California Assembly is doubling down on the strategy that got him deposed last year.

• This flu season started early, and it's killed 27 people under age 65 so far.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Sammy Caiola.

Coffey Park
U.S. Army/Edward Coffee

Rains will slow construction activities that have started in areas destroyed by the fall fires. But the real slowdown will come from lack of materials and workers as building gears up. A recent episode of KQED’s Forum program hosted by Michael Krasny addressed those concerns, and our News Director Steve Mencher has some excerpts.

  Here's a link to the original program at KQED.

California Update for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jan 9, 2018
Andrew Harnik / AP

• Long-time California Republican Congressman Ed Royce will retire this year, giving Democrats better odds of winning a seat they were already contesting.

• Removable plastic bottle caps could become a relic of the past if a bill inching its way through the California legislature becomes law. It would require all single-use plastic bottles to have an attached cap.

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

Rains Bring Relief, Worry

Jan 8, 2018
Rain
Stacey Dennick

This winter’s first major rainstorm is expected to bring 1 1/2 to 4 inches of necessary rain to Sonoma County, along with gusting winds. Local rivers are predicted to remain below critical stages, but areas affected by October’s wildfires are at high risk for flash flooding, mudslides and debris flow.

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Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave leeway to federal prosecutors to enforce federal laws against cannabis. That’s even in states where medical and adult use is legal. News Director Steve Mencher spoke with Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and the county’s Cannabis Program Manager Tim Ricard about the Sessions announcement.

Listen to the unedited conversation below.  

Community meeting will be held Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 a.m. 

Federal, state, county and city leaders will all come together next week for a Recovery & Rebuilding Town Hall in Santa Rosa on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Town Hall will be an opportunity for residents to receive updated information on debris removal and what to expect during the rebuilding process in the months to come. 

Topics that will be covered at the Town Hall include:

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, January 8, 2018

Jan 8, 2018
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• Iraqi forces captured a terrorist who has appeared in numerous execution videos where gay and bisexual men were thrown from buildings. 

• A federal judge in Illinois rules in favor of a school district policy allowing transgender students to access bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity rather than birth sex. 

• LGBTQ youth and elders are invited to participate in the collection of oral histories, find out about the workshops being provided by Listening For A Change in Sonoma County.

California Update for Monday, January 8, 2018

Jan 8, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California’s recreational marijuana law marks a milestone for the industry. But it doesn’t offer the complete freedom to smoke, buy and transport cannabis anywhere you please. 

Capital Public Radio’s PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined some of the restrictions Californians still face.

Find more on this story plus other Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Presentation of a Gold Resolution and Challenge Coins will be held Tuesday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m.  

Jeff Sessions
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We talked with Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and the county's cannabis program manager Tim Ricard about statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week, which threatened prosecution under federal law of cannabis activities in California and other states that have legalized marijuana for recreational

California Update for Friday, January 5, 2018

Jan 5, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• The California Department of Insurance says growing number of homeowners aren't able to renew their homeowners insurance policies and the problem is expected to worsen in the wake of 2017 wildfires.

• Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy that once protected state-sanctioned marijuana operations from federal prosecution

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Sammy Caiola.

Robert Siegel
NPR

One of public radio’s most familiar voices is signing off this week. Robert Siegel is hanging up the mic, and retiring from his gig hosting All Things Considered after 30 years. Siegel chatted with our News Director Steve Mencher. They started by talking about Robert’s colleague Susan Stamberg, whose voice changed radio in the U.S.

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