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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Some of the young people who most need mental health services have been conditioned to avoid them. A new youth-led initiative hopes to use peer outreach to overcome that.

This new collaboration, says VOICES Director Amber Twitchell, is especially timely, as the need for these services continues to mount.

VOICES—an acronym for the organization’s founding name  “Voice Our Independent Choices for Emancipation Support” –is more than 10 years old now. In that time it has welcomed and served hundreds of transition youth, and Twitchell says most of them have stayed in touch.

Snowpack Survey Has Farmers And Water Managers Optimistic

Feb 3, 2017
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ALSO: The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court has reacted to President Donald Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

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ALSO: The California state Senate has begun passing measures to shield immigrants from new federal policies.

Find full fact checks at  http://www.politifact.com/california/

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Bradford.

Once prolific in San Francisco Bay, but now scarce, Olympia oysters are getting some human help in building new reefs—and helping their benefactors, too.

Linda Hutner, Executive Director of The Wild Oyster Project in San Francisco, says this area is following in the footsteps of other like-minded efforts elsewhere.

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The head of the agency tasked with providing permits for sellers of recreational pot told lawmakers this week the agency will "phase in" licensing starting January 1, 2018.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

 

A call to radically rethink how homeless services are structured and provided locally found a generally receptive audience in Santa Rosa this week.  Now the challenge is to implement those ideas.

The Homeless Solutions Summit was well attended by a full spectrum of people concerned about homelessness in Sonoma County. Jennielynn Holmes of Catholic Charities says she thinks the event will mobilize changes.

Trump Refugee Ban Sparks Fierce Debate At California Capitol

Jan 31, 2017
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ALSO: A plan by the Trump administration to turn Medicaid into a block program could mean higher costs for the state and less access to health care.

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

To cure homelessness, give priority to the most challenging individuals. That radical rethinking of the issue served as the starting point for the two-day Summit on Homeless Solutions that began Monday  in Santa Rosa.

 Using a triage process--similar to that employed in a hospital's emergency room-- to determine who among the homeless is in the greatest need may seem like a resource-intensive approach.  And in some ways it is. But in the big picture, says Iain De Jong, it is also surprisingly cost-effective.

Assembly Speaker: Trump Doesn't Understand Separation Of Powers

Jan 30, 2017
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Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler spoke with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Saturday night after Rendon joined the protest at Los Angeles International Airport against President Trump's executive order on refugees.

Lawmakers, Calif. AG React (Or Don't) To Trump Travel Ban

Jan 30, 2017
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ALSO: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says Trump's suspicions are "false" and federal and state election databases have eliminated almost all voter fraud.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Bob Moffitt.

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Sausalito’s harborside restaurant FISH specializes in serving fresh and local seafood. But recently they have added fish shipped in from Florida and Kentucky to their menu. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi explains why.

The Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program has several recommendations for sustainably caught and environmentally friendly fish to eat.

California Tree Die-Off Prompts Review Of Management Policies

Jan 27, 2017
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ALSO: California residents may have the chance to vote on whether the state should break off from the rest of the country and become its own nation.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton, Sandsor, and Ben Adler

George Lakoff is a founder of the science of cognitive linguistics—how language functions within our brains. Understanding that led him to predict the election of Donald Trump last summer—and now to offer ideas on how to process and debate what the new president says.

Hardly anyone is entirely conservative or progressive in their worldview, Lakoff says, but repeated exposure to messages of one type of the other can and does shift the balance within individuals over time.

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ALSO: California Democrats are expediting legislation in response to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

The fatal shooting of 13 year old Andy Lopez was shocking and polarizing. But documentary filmmaker Ron Rogers is more interested in what has happened in the neighborhood afterward.

When an editor comes on board to help complete the “Andy” film project, producer Ron Rogers says he or she will have plenty to work with.

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ALSO: If California Governor Jerry Brown sought to motivate Democrats anxious about President Trump, his State of the State address may well have done the trick.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Trump's Move On 11-Nation Trade Deal Could Hurt California Exports

Jan 24, 2017
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President Trump made good on a campaign promise by abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade pact negotiated by former President Obama involved eleven Pacific Rim nations.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

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What do you think of when you imagine your local landfill? Piles of trash? A foul stench? How about visions of peacocks? At Marin Sanitary Service those colorful birds, plus chickens and hogs are a part of the scene. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited the garbage service’s small farm, called the Flying Can Ranch, to bring us this report.

 

 

Legislators Eye Self-Driving Car Proposals

Jan 23, 2017
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ALSO: December was a disappointing month for the California labor market. The state added just 3,700 jobs last month, and nearly 70,000 people left the labor market.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Adler.

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The thousands of marchers who filled the streets of downtown Santa Rosa early Saturday afternoon were there in common cause—but for a multitude of individual reasons.

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ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown has called for greater oversight of the nine billion dollars voters approved in school construction bonds before any of the money is spent.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Chris Nichols.

Water Conservation Would Continue Under Proposal

Jan 19, 2017

ALSO: Governor Jerry Brown’s nominee for California Attorney General continues to breeze through the confirmation process.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Adler.

Historian Kevin Starr, known for his 8-volume chronicle of the state of California, died last weekend. One of his last books was a short but comprehensive history of the Golden Gate Bridge, which he discussed in this archival North Bay Report from the summer of 2010.

As a native San Franciscan, Kevin Starr spent most of his life within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, and saw it from just about every possible perspective, even from below while swimming beneath the span. But there is one vantage point he never tried.

POLITIFACT CA: Could Obamacare Repeal Cost California 200K Jobs?

Jan 18, 2017
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ALSO: An unforeseen deficit now projected for the next California budget is due, in part, to a math error.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Bradford.

Read full versions of all fact checks at politifact.com/California

Surrounded by thousands of years of native history, the burned out ruins of a 196os commune in northern Marin County have yielded an unexpected glimpse into the details of “hippie” life  from that era.

While the extensive and varied collection of damaged vinyl records was perhaps the most interesting thing he found in the wreckage of the Burdell Mansion, State Parks archeologist Breck Parkman says there were some other things that were more surprising.

How Recent Storms Could Affect State's Salmon Populations

Jan 17, 2017
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ALSO: California's flu season is in its early stages and state officials say it's going to be around for awhile.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ja'Nel Johnson.

A Life in Animation

Jan 16, 2017

Back in 1965 and 66, there was a Saturday morning kids show watched by up to 2/3s of the televisions in America. It was the Beatles Cartoons, which Australian animator Ron Campbell helped create-- among many other shows, before and since.

The Yellow Submarine film is known, among other things, for its bright palette of colors. But animator Ron Campbell says his contributions to the landmark movie were all done in basic black and white, with the colors added by others later in the process.

Counties Fear State Cutting $500M+ IHSS Funding

Jan 16, 2017
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ALSO: The presumptive next California Attorney General is half-way through his confirmation process.

Today's Reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

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With rents continuing to rise and available housing stock dwindling, finding affordable housing in the Bay Area is increasingly difficult. Two North Bay groups have come up with creative ways to help more people keep a roof over their head. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports. 

Learn more about how to legally build additional dwelling units in California at Lilypad

Information on how to apply to SHARE Sonoma County's programs are available online.

Staff reductions, failed computer systems, funding cuts and unpopular spending priorities have all contributed to some serious morale problems for the workers in Sonoma County’s Superior court system. They are also impeding negotiations for a new contract.

Court reporter Carlos Martinez, speaking on behalf of his co-workers, says they question the budgetary priorities of the court’s administration.

He points to a failed, costly computer service program as another misplaced priority.

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