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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Plan To Provide More Water For Fish Gets Public Hearing

Nov 30, 2016
California Department of Water Resouces

ALSO: California's Medi-Cal program has provided preventative health care to children living in the state illegally since this past spring. That preventative coverage could be in jeopardy once Donald

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

Tiffany Camhi

Over the next 20 years, sea levels along California’s coast are expected to rise by at least a foot, according to the National Research Council. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports on how Sonoma County is preparing a plan to deal with the looming reality of sea level rise.

Check out more of Permit Sonoma's Local Coast Plan events here.

No Evidence To Back Trump's Claim Of California Voter Fraud

Nov 29, 2016
Ben Adler

ALSO: California cities and farms that depend on water from the State Water Project will receive just 20 percent of what they requested for 2017. But the initial allocation is likely to change.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Amy Quinton.

From big tests to small slights, teenagers encounter potential sources of fear, worry and even panic almost constantly. Some skills to deal with those anxieties are the core of a “survival guide” written specifically for adolescents.

Perfectionism is another common source of anxiety--for people of all ages.  a good way to ease those worries, suggests Jennifer Shannon, is to broaden the idea of success.

Christmas came early for the Sonoma County Library system, which is now setting priorities for the additional sales tax revenues voters authorized by passing measure Y. First up: reopening on Mondays. 

In addition to meeting restoring hours and meeting some basic needs, Sonoma County Library Director Brett Lear says the revenue boost for the system will also support some new programs that he is eager to implement.

There is also discussion about reopening at least some of the library branches for limited hours on Sundays, but no timetable has been set for that.

Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

You can see the trailer for Symphony of the Soil below. And watch the entire documentary on KRCB television Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26 at 3 pm, or next Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 pm.

Jeff Chiu / AP

ALSO: Donald Trump’s promises to make hard-line immigration reforms have raised numerous concerns and questions in California. PolitiFact California spoke with immigration experts to sort through the facts and answer some of the most pressing questions.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Should California Cities Tax Netflix and Hulu Like Cable TV?

Nov 24, 2016

ALSO: Diesel Volkswagen owners across California will soon begin choosing whether to get rid of their cars, or bring them in for repairs. A federal judge recently approved a nearly $15 billion settlement for the carmaker’s emissions scandal.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter.

SEIU Sets Strike Date, Transportation Deal Stalls

Nov 23, 2016

ALSO: Two weeks after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the final two unresolved California ballot measures.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Sebastopol artist Harold Wallin had a vision for a simple but solid shelter for homeless individuals. Now he’s leading a team of volunteers who are building ten of them. But where they will go remains to be determined.

Why It Takes So Long To Count California's Ballots

Nov 22, 2016
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Two weeks after Election Day, California still has more than two million ballots left to process. One reason counting votes takes so long is that many vote-by-mail ballots must be remade to fix damages from rips to corrections to coffee stains.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

For more than 60 years, Canine Companions for Independence has been providing trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities. A pilot program now underway at their Santa Rosa headquarters is now preparing dogs specifically to work with veterans who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Randy Wright has had his Canine Companion, Neo, for four years now.  When they are out together in their hometown of Monterrey, White says he often has to correct mistake assumptions about their respective roles together.

Legislature's Road Repair Package Stuck In Traffic

Nov 21, 2016

ALSO: The head of Covered California says despite talks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the state's health insurance exchange is focusing on enrolling people in coverage

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Tiffany Camhi

For over a decade, Sonoma County 4-H and Slow Food Russian River's Heritage Turkey Project has been teaching local kids how to raise, butcher and sell Heritage Turkeys. That’s the colorful and longer-living turkeys that were nearly wiped out due to the commercial popularity of the traditional broad-breasted white turkey. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited a budding turkey farmer at his Santa Rosa home to find out more.

State Bar Looks To Ban Attorney-Client Sex

Nov 18, 2016

ALSO: The California budget is now in strong enough shape to withstand a mild recession, according to a new report out Wednesday from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

In both novels and a memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande examines her own past as an illegal immigrant, arriving,  assimilating and succeeding in modern California. She shared her story in person with students at a Santa Rosa middle school yesterday. 

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

ALSO: Rising home prices throughout California mean more homeowners are earning equity...and fewer are underwater.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Steve Milne.

Tiffany Camhi

A fight over how to best use public open space land in Marin County is coming to a head. Caught in the middle is the Northern Spotted Owl, a federally listed endangered species. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports. 

What Will Happen to People Insured through Covered Cal, MediCal?

Nov 16, 2016

ALSO: The members of California’s largest state workers union have authorized a strike if negotiators can't reach a labor deal with Governor Jerry Brown’s administration.

Today's reporting by Ja'Nel Johnson, Ben Adler, and Julia Mitric.

If there is a silver lining in the national epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction, it may be the existence of an effective antidote for overdoses. Local health officials are working to boost its availability for emergency situations.

The “Opioid Epidemic” we are now experiencing was the unwitting result of the American medical establishment’s efforts to prioritize pain management, explains Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Karen Milman.

Ag Industry Optimistic On Trump's Future Trade Policy

Nov 15, 2016
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California exports 20 percent of the agriculture it produces. Federal trade policy has a huge impact on state agricultural exports. Despite unknowns, one AG industry leader is optimistic about trade policy under president-elect Trump

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

The epidemic of opioid addiction across America has triggered a surge in the use of other, related drugs, including heroin, and it’s more potent synthetic relative, fentanyl. That’s a trend that may now be reaching into Sonoma County.

California Leaders Prepare To Fight Trump Administration

Nov 14, 2016

ALSO: Leaders of the independence campaign Yes California say Gov. Jerry Brown has boldly declared the Golden State a separate country. PolitiFact California found this greatly distorts Brown’s comments on the topic. We rated it Pants On Fire.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

Ishi, the so-called “Last Yahi” may be the most famous Indian in California history.  But much of what has been taught about him over the past century has turned out to be wrong.


California's Plastic Bag Ban Now In Effect Statewide

Nov 11, 2016
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ALSO: Now that this election’s over, there’s news about the next one: Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has entered the 2018 California governor’s race.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Long before this week’s election results came in, organizers of the annual Latino Health Forum in Santa Rosa had selected as this year’s theme, the health impacts of racism and Discrimination. But current events added new notes of alarm and urgency to the event.

Beyond her insights and analysis into the neurobiological “scripts” that contribute to perpetuating racial inequities, Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia says it is important for health care professionals to exercise their influence and authority to “interrupt” these longstanding social patterns, in schools and beyond.

Few Glitches At California Polls Despite Early Fears

Nov 10, 2016

ALSO: The passage of Proposition 64 legalizes recreational marijuana in California, but only some aspects take effect immediately.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

Can you remember what your school lunches were like? For many the thought can conjure up memories of bland sandwiches, dry meat meat patties and sugary juices. But with stricter food regulations and a general move towards healthy and nutritious eating those meals are poised to become a thing of the past. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited one North Bay school district offering a different kind of lunch.

ALSO: Props 63 and 64 among the winners last night.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter.

The electoral upheaval at the national level was not felt much in Sonoma County’s local races, where big money from Independent Expenditure Committees bought mixed results.

With both houses of Congress and the White House controlled by Republicans going forward, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman told KRCB Television that he and his colleagues in the Democratic minority will continue to exercise their role as the "loyal opposition," while stopping short of the disruptive tactics GOP lawmakers deployed to thwart the Obama administration.