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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

California Update for Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018
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• A key priority of California Governor Jerry Brown before he leaves office is regaining momentum at the Capitol after stalling last year.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford. 

California Update for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018
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• As high school students around the country prepare to walkout to protest for tighter restrictions on firearms, California lawmakers and policy advocates are preparing their own responses after the Parkland shooting.

• Donald Trump visited the U.S.-Mexican border and spoke to Marines at Miramar Air Station Tuesday in San Diego during his first trip to California as president. The president’s visit was fraught with political tension.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

California Update for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018
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• For the second consecutive election, two Democrats are positioned to advance to the run-off for a U.S. Senate seat in California.

• Supporters and protesters are making different kinds of plans to greet President Trump today when he visits San Diego to inspect border wall prototypes.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
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• An Ohio judge took away custody of a 17-year-old transgender teen away from her parents because the parents refused to authorize hormone therapy based on their religious beliefs.  The teen will live with her grandparents and continue her transition from female to male. 

• NBC news reports Santa Rosa has the 2nd highest percentage of same-sex married couples in the nation. 

• Sonoma County Pride is planning this year’s celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, June 1 through 3 and they are looking for volunteers.

California Update for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
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• The California Senate threatened to suspend or expel one lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct — but issued a letter of admonishment to another. The first senator, Tony Mendoza, resigned. The second, Bob Hertzberg, continues to serve.

• The cost of the bullet train just rose another 20 percent to $77 billion. The new CEO of the High-Speed Rail Authority also revealed in a biennial report that the time frame to complete the project has been pushed back to 2033.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, March 9, 2018

Mar 9, 2018
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• The California state Senator known as "Huggy Bear" is no longer allowed to initiate hugs, but can keep his job.

• This year's flu vaccine wasn't entirely effective against the early-season influenza A, but it may help with the influenza B strain that emerged more recently.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Sammy Caiola.

California Dream
Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

California prides itself on having the world’s sixth largest economy with a $2.75 trillion dollar G-D-P. But that impressive number disguises an economic fault-line: the decline of the state’s middle class.

As part of our statewide collaboration looking at the California Dream, KPBS’s Amita Sharma reports.

Find more stories from the statewide collaboration on the California Dream.

California Update for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mar 8, 2018
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• Some veterans are being blocked from using right to die law. Advocates for the law may bring a legal challenge to the California Department of Veterans Affairs if they don't change their policies.

• California added another 35,000 jobs in January according to new data out today – and the state’s unemployment rate has once again dropped to a record low.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

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
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• 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.

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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
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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
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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
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• 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
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• 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.

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