North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Immigration Law Group

Over the past few days, leaders in business and tech, and even Speaker Paul Ryan urged President Trump to keep or modify the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which allows young people who were brough

Drug Price Transparency Bill Faces Crucial Committee Vote

Sep 1, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers could take the first steps Friday towards passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state’s soaring housing costs, with up to a dozen different bills coming up for votes.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

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The Santa Rosa City Council moved ahead this week with a dramatic change–members voted unanimously to begin a transition to election by district, rather than at large. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with Mayor Chris Coursey and Council Member Julie Combs about the vote and the big changes coming in Santa Rosa politics.

Air Education and Training Command

Temperatures in our area will be headed for the stratosphere this weekend, so here are some resources to know about.

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ALSO: A federal judge issued summary judgment that the Department of the Interior has illegally suspended an Obama-era rule that could increase costs for the coal industry

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

When a tree falls it’s often chopped up and hauled away. Some might use it as firewood or it could end up in a wood chipper. But for one woodworking couple in Marin County, a fallen tree offers artistic inspiration. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Several pieces of Barbara Contini and Patrick McDonnell's work will be showcased at this years Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. Find more of their handmade boards, bowls and vases at Nicasio Woodworks.

City of Santa Rosa

At its meeting August 29, the Santa Rosa City Council voted to move forward with changing representation on the city council from "at large" to a district-based system. This will strengthen representation of all citizens in the city, especially those in the southwest, according to city council member Julie Combs. News director Steve Mencher spoke with Combs about the vote.

Proposal Would Extend Provisional License to Drivers Under 21

Aug 30, 2017
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ALSO: County government officials are strongly opposed to a bill they say would severely limit their ability to contract with health care and social service providers. We'll look at the goal of the bill and the opposition it's created.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

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Last week, we visited a Congressional forum convened by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) to consider President Donald Trump’s executive order on Marine Sanctuaries. We promised to revisit the event this week, and hear from some of the experts who gathered in Sausalito at the Bay Model to bolster opponents of downsizing the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones Sanctuaries. 

California Needs To Invest Billions For Flood Protection

Aug 29, 2017
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ALSO: A California Supreme Court ruling paves an easier path for new city and county taxes.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

13 Reasons Why
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This summer, actors and crew members returned to Sebastopol’s Analy High School to film scenes for season two of  "13 Reasons Why," a Netflix drama about high schoolers. The story sprang from the young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher.

Will California Legislature Act On Housing This Week?

Aug 28, 2017
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ALSO: Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon convened a committee to tackle universal health care.

Today' reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

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According to Sonoma County officials, fear and anxiety among its immigrant communities are at an all-time high. But the county is working to make these communities feel safe and secure. As KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports, the county-sponsored Immigration Initiative kicks off tonight with a town hall in Roseland.

California's Top Court Upholds Expedited Death Penalty

Aug 25, 2017
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ALSO: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has laid out a path forward for universal health care legislation – but not the single-payer bill he sidelined earlier this year.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

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Regularly scheduled SMART Train service kicks off Friday. After a morning ceremony and Grand Opening celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, trains will leave the Santa Rosa airport station at 12:49 pm  headed to San Rafael.  

It’s been a long and winding road for the service, which will be free tomorrow– and half price until Labor Day. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with the CEO of the group providing concession service on the trains about its innovative partnership with SMART. 

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ALSO: State lawmakers are considering a tax to help poor rural communities provide safe drinking water. Agricultural and environmental groups are backing the bill—but water companies, not so much...

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

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This morning in Sausalito, Representative  Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) convened  a packed meeting that had the look and feel of a Congressional hearing. Several hundred people listened to politicians and ocean activists discuss President Trump’s threat to make local marine sanctuaries, vastly expanded by President Obama, shrink by about half. This would remove protections against drilling and mining that a bipartisan group of leaders has long agreed were important. Reporter Steve Mencher was there.

CalRecycle Report Shows Dip In Statewide Recycling Rate In 2016

Aug 23, 2017
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ALSO: Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Steve Milne.

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This week students at College of Marin headed back to the classroom to start a new school year. One thing they might not have noticed is a change in what kind electricity the college is using. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

The College of Marin has been a long-time leader in sustainability efforts in Marin County. MCE has been providing alternative energy sources to the county since 2010.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

The county board of supervisors has appointed Rob Giordano to be the county's sheriff-coroner to fill the vacancy created when Sheriff Steve Freitas resigned effective August 1. In recent days, Giordano sent memos to the community, promising "less cooperation" with federal immigration agents, alleviating concerns that he wouldn't uphold county wishes in that regard.

His appointment will run until January 2019.

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ALSO: Pedestrians in California may be surprised to learn when using a crosswalk, once the timer begins ticking down, it’s illegal to start crossing the street. State lawmakers are considering changing that.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Daniel Potter.

Judy Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University
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Last week, we talked about Sonoma State’s new approach to remedial learning in English and Math. Today we return to the Rohnert Park campus, to listen in on remarks by SSU President Judy Sakaki. Her address yesterday to the opening convocation for the academic year emphasized plans to broaden access to the school for underrepresented groups. Steve Mencher has more.

Cal EPA Moves Toward Tighter Pesticide Restrictions

Aug 21, 2017
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ALSO: California's use-of-force data for 2016 includes serious injuries, deaths, and any occasion when an officer fired a gun, even if the bullet didn't hit anyone.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Bob Moffitt.

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No city official wants to wake up to a big headline in the paper about rates for trash and recycling soaring sixty percent. But although Santa Rosa's trash and recycling rates are going up, people may be more willing to pay the higher fees if it brings better, more earth-friendly service, which is also more respectful and fair to workers.

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The California campaign finance watchdog agency has lifted a long-held cap on how much money state lawmakers can give to colleagues facing recall elections.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

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A new report, entitled Beyond Combustion: Electric Vehicle Trends, Goals and Recommendations for Sonoma County (pdf download), from the Center for Climate Protection in Santa Rosa, makes a startling prediction: if the current rate of adoption of electric vehicles in Sonoma County continues, the sale of internal combustion vehicles here could essentially end by 2030 – just 13 years from now.

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ALSO: Three bills moving through the California Legislature seek to catalog and raise money to address a backlog of untested rape kits.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

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Harvest season is in full swing for vineyards in the North Bay but many winegrowers are seeing a shortage of laborers to work in their fields. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Karissa Kruse of Sonoma County Winegrowers to find out what’s causing the labor crunch and what growers are doing to make sure no grape goes unpicked.

California Lawmakers Ask Feds To Stop Alt-Right Rally In SF

Aug 16, 2017
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ALSO: The Democratic and Republican leaders of the California Assembly are both facing revolts from party activists after their actions on high-profile issues infuriated grassroots liberals and conservatives.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Earlier this month, the California State University system announced some significant changes in its approach to teaching, to take full effect in the fall semester of 2018.

The focus is on improving outcomes for students who arrive at school with deficits in English or Math. Steve Mencher sat down with one of the administrators at Sonoma State charged with implementing the new direction.

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