North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Eight years into the process of creating the proposed southeast Greenway in Santa Rosa, ideas for what it will actually look like are taking shape. An online survey, reviewing three possible alternatives, is underway.

Follow this link to take the Greenway planning survey. Sign up for the Oct. 26 walking tour of the property here.

Steyer Gets In Front Of The Camera, Presaging Bid For Gov.

Oct 17, 2016

It’s common for political donors to bankroll campaign ads, but Silicon Valley Democrat Tom Steyer has taken the unusual step of appearing in them.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

Women farmers have been a backbone in agriculture for hundreds of years, but according to some their voices and stories are not being heard. Now a group in Sebastopol is trying to break that mold. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

The event included many local Bay Area farmers and food advocates. To find out more information about the speakers check out the Foundations and the Future website.

Strange Bedfellows Form Coalition To Increase Water Supply

Oct 14, 2016

ALSO:  California requires campaigns and their donors to disclose the money they spend and receive, but that information—while technically publicly available—can be difficult to track.

Today' reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

Thanks in large part to the widespread use of genetically modified corn, soy and other crops, herbicides containing glyphosate are being more widely used than ever before. At the same time, new concerns about the health and environmental damage that the chemical causes are prompting calls to restrict it.

ALSO: A state lawmaker has proposed ending a loophole allowing unlimited contributions by California political parties to candidates for office.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Almost 40 years ago, an unprecedented sit in at the Federal Building in San Francisco helped launch the nationwide disability rights movement.  A special exhibit coming to SRJC details that historic turning point.

The mid-70s were a time when political activism was gaining momentum among people with disabilities, recalls Stan Kosloski, driven in large part by a change in the way they viewed themselves.

Legal Challenges To Statewide Ballot Measures Inevitable

Oct 12, 2016

ALSO: It's renewal time for participants in California's health insurance exchange, which may mean cost savings for some consumers.

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

Tiffany Camhi

For nearly a decade Marin County’s Open Space District has been working on a plan to better manage the vegetation and biodiversity on its land. That includes more than 30 preserves and nearly 16,000 acres. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the plan gained approval from the county’s Open Space Commission this week.

You can find out more about the Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan here.

Film Credit Increases CA Production, But Economic Benefit Is Hazy

Oct 11, 2016
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ALSO: Climate change may benefit native California oysters according to a new UC Davis study. But that's only If invasive predators don't kill them first.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Amy Quinton.

California’s U.S Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez made questionable claims in last week's debate. PolitiFact California rated a claim by Harris about Sanchez's record Half True. And a Sanchez claim about Prop 57 as False.

Today's Reporting by Chris Nichols

The three-stage descent of the full length of the Russian River wrapped up this weekend with a public finale kayaking from Duncan’s Mills to Jenner. It was an extended prelude to a broad examination of the watershed and its future next year. 

By design, the on-the-water descent of the Russian River brought together stakeholders who hold sometimes conflicting views. Riverkeeper Don McEnhill says that shared experience holds the prospect of better working relationships going forward.

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ALSO: A record-setting $450 million could be raised for California's ballot measure campaigns this election. That would shatter the record for a single November election of $370 million set in 2012, according to MapLight.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Chris Nichols.

LInda Sartot

Santa Rosa resident Linda Sartor has traveled to many international hot spots, speaking out for peace, tolerance and understanding.  On Sunday, she was among the four new honorees added to Sebastopol’s Living Peace Wall.  Today, we revisit a 2012 interview in which she reports back on her then-recent visit to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Schwarzenegger, Brown Mark 10th Anniversary Of Climate Change Law

Oct 6, 2016
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

ALSO: Water conservation in California has dropped after regulators lifted mandatory restrictions.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Amy Quinton.

Sonoma County Supervisors this week signaled their intention to apply the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility to pharmaceuticals, through a new ordinance to require the safe collection of extra or unwanted medicines.

While industry resistance persists, there is clear public support for the Extended Producer Responsibility approach advanced by county supervisors. The Water Agency's Susan Keach provided some figures for that, too.

This comes as no surprise to the California Product Stewardship Council's Heidi Sanborn.

California Licensing Rules Create Too Many Barriers

Oct 5, 2016

ALSO: Rapidly increasing costs of fighting wildfires are causing the U-S Forest Service to burn through its budget.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Would You Rather Pay A Tax On Gas... Or How Far You Drive?

Oct 4, 2016

ALSO: A team of researchers say a study spanning 20 years shows the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog is adapting ways to survive harmful fungus and predatory fish.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Julia Mitric.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Efficiency and curiosity are fundamentally at odds with each other, says a Sonoma State liberal studies professor. And that basic conflict needs to be acknowledged in shaping our educational systems.

Curiosity and imagination are separate but closely linked qualities, says Wendy Ostroff. She cites a recent experiment that underscored their importance in problem solving.

The Deluge Of California Laws

Oct 3, 2016

ALSO: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills in response to the Brock Turner case.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Lauren Zelin, World Resources Institute

For years now, Sonoma County agencies and NGOs have been working together to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Now that work has been honored and promoted at the national level.


Questions have arisen around one of the judges hearing a significant current California court case regarding cell phone safety. Suzanne Potter reports.

California Creates New, Private-Sector Retirement Plan

Sep 30, 2016

ALSO: California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is updating its plan to regulate self-driving cars. 

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

California To Stop Some Deals With Wells Fargo

Sep 29, 2016

ALSO: Governor Brown signed a bill removing the statute of limitations on rape, and a bill requiring background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years which have moved it well away from its philosophical origins. A locally produced analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. 

Three of the authors will be on hand to talk about their contributions to Uncivil Liberties, at a special book event in Sonoma Friday evening. For details, click here.

With seven weeks remaining before it is due to open, there is still lots of finish work to be done at the new hotel attached to the tribal casino in Rohnert Park. But a media preview tour this morning showed off a lavish addition to the local scene. 

Tiffany Camhi

The San Rafael City Council wants to crack down on people living in recreational vehicles and cars. But some homeless advocates are saying a new city ordinance could push this population out on the streets. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Carbon Capture in New CA Climate Bill

Sep 28, 2016
Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy

California's newly adopted climate change bill includes emphasis on carbon sequestration and other natural measures to remove it from the atmosphere. As Suzanne Potter reports,t hat has won the enthusiastic endorsement of several important conservation groups.

Sanchez Tops List In Missed U.S. House Votes

Sep 28, 2016
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ALSO: Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and events took place throughout California to encourage citizens to sign up this election season.

Today's reporting by Mary Plummer (KPCC,) and Marnette Federis.

What do the people of Santa Rosa think about homelessness in their city? A series of facilitated public conversations is about to get started in an effort to gauge public opinion—and ideas.

Each of the planned gatherings (see a partial schedule here) will open with a short informational video about their purpose and intentions. You can preview it below.