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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

House passes water package with controversial CA amendment

Dec 9, 2016
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

ALSO: California's top pollution regulator says she thinks President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have limited influence in California.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

There are plenty of Democrats, union members, and environmentalists in Sonoma County, who often find common cause on local issues and candidates. Collectively, in those cases, they are the Blue-Green Alliance.

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ALSO: Democratic state lawmakers in Sacramento have introduced the California Values Act, a bill to further limit state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officers.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

Cultivators of cannabis breed their plants for specific characteristics—potency, medicinal efficacy, even appearance. Today we meet someone whose emphasis is primarily on flavors—which can be manipulated in some divergent directions.

Cannabis has long been combined with other things in foods—brownies being a classic example. But Jay Michaels says his cross-breeding efforts have been able to simulate the tastes of some other foods—and quite a range of them.

 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

ALSO: A new statewide campaign aims to shed light on the consequences of driving while high on drugs. The campaign starts a month after California legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

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

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Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors are close to making a decisive decision on where and how much medical marijuana can be grown in parts of the county. It’s a step towards bringing this largely unregulated industry into compliance. But as KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the process has pitted small cannabis growers against their neighbors in rural, residential communities.

California Lawmakers Declare They Will Fight Trump Policies

Dec 6, 2016
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Monday's typically-ceremonial session included the sharpest call of defiance yet from the state’s Democratic leaders against the Trump Administration.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

For 50 years, Jim Doerkson has managed and maintained a small mountainside covered in fir and redwood, and narrow footpaths. His Rancho Mark West is becoming an increasingly popular place for nature education and family outings.

Randol White / Capital Public Radio

Speculation over how the incoming Trump Administration may handle immigration issues has civil rights organizations in California planning for the possibilities.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as abuse and neglect, have life-long effects on both mental and physical health. But recognizing, and working to prevent them, can begin to break that pattern. That’s what a new educational program in Sonoma County hopes to do.

Programs similar to the local ACES Fellowship have been offered on a statewide basis elsewhere, but Sonoma County Public Health Director Ellen Bauer says this is the first one to focus just on a single county.

Gov. Jerry Brown Appoints Xavier Becerra As New Attorney General

Dec 2, 2016
latimes.com

The unexpected pick opens an appealing House seat and complicates several political futures.

An hour after the announcement, former Assembly speaker John Pérez announced he will seek Becerra’s open Congressional seat. The governor will call a special election for that district.  

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

The 2016 Wine Industry Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds yesterday included workshops on marketing to Millennials, legislative issues, and harvest methodologies. But the panel discussion on “Marijuana and Wine” may have drawn the biggest crowd.

Trump Treasury Nominee's Stint At California Bank Draws Scrutiny

Dec 1, 2016
Evan Vucci / AP

ALSO: Thousands of California National Guard soldiers could benefit from a deal reached in Congress this week to forgive the repayment of improper reenlistment bonuses. A former state guardsman says, however, there are still unknowns in the deal.

IMDB Sues California Over Age Law

Today's reporting by Ben Bergman (KPCC,) Chris Nichols, and Ben Bradford.

Public Banking Institute

A municipal public bank wouldn’t pay bonuses and dividends, and could have a more flexible relationship with federal regulators. All good reasons, says a local supporter of the alternative fiscal businesses, for creating one to serve the region’s cannabis industry.

Marc Armstrong co-founded the Public Banking Institute.

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. 

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