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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

La Escondida food truck
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A new food truck appearing off the Sonoma Highway has some cool, tasty specialties. But it's more than just a truck. It's an example of a local organization supporting small business with a special kind of investment.

Read about the La Escondida food truck in the Sonoma Index-Tribune. Here's the truck's Facebook page.

California Update for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018
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• California home cooks would be able to sell meals prepared in home kitchens directly to consumers under a bill that's passed the Assembly. Opponents say the move would create a public health risk.

• A new bill inching through the California legislature would make it illegal for sit-down restaurants to pair drinks with straws unless guests request them. Bars and fast-food aren’t included.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ezra David Romero.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
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• Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, the only two out gay male athletes from the U.S. competing in the Winter games, said they don’t plan to visit the White House for the customary celebration following this year’s games because of the administrations anti LGBT stance. 

• States across the country are considering new laws to restrict restroom access based on birth sex; in 3 states, these new laws role back existing protections for transgender Americans. 

California Update for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California’s recreational marijuana shops would be limited in their ability to sell customer data to other companies under a bill introduced at the state Capitol.

For more on the topic, visit politifact.com/california.

• New voter registration figures released Friday by the Secretary of State's office show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

Redwood Valley North Bay fires
KZYX

When the fires moved on the Redwood Valley Rancheria on October 8, eleven members of the Little River Band of Pomo Indians stayed behind to fight the flames. Reporter Sarah Reith was at the annual Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority meeting recently, where the men were honored. 

This story originally was heard on KZYX radio in a longer version.

California Update for Friday, February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018
UC San Francisco

• A new report from the University of California, San Francisco shows that if current trends continue, there will be 41 percent fewer psychiatrists than needed in California by 2028.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Rosie Zuniga
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Sonoma State recently announced that 15 students have been awarded up to $10,000 each to continue their studies. The new Wine Industry Scholars Program joins the school’s Educational Opportunity Program and its Wine Business Institute to support students in the first generation of their families to attend college.

California Update for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
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• The Immigrant Worker Protection Act went into effect back on January 1st. It was designed to help employers deal with ICE agents. However, there has been confusion on the part of employers about whether the Act forces them to break federal law.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

Sarah Tan

With the removal of fire debris moving quickly toward a conclusion, we checked in with EPA official Steve Calanog, who’s been helping oversee the cleanup. He spoke with reporter Sujata Shrivastav.

The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma encourage residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018. 

The joint City-County meeting will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Finley Community Center located at 2060 West College Avenue in Santa Rosa. 

California Update for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feb 13, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Five weeks into his run for California governor, former Republican Congressman Doug Ose doesn’t have much of a campaign yet. But he hopes his loyalty to President Trump and a moderate voting record in the House will propel him past the June primary.

Hear Ben Adler's full interview with Doug Ose HERE.

• On the one-year anniversary of the Oroville Dam evacuation order, California lawmakers have sent a dam safety bill to Governor Jerry Brown.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

• Violence towards members of the LGBTQ community continues to rise and a second report by the Anti-Defamation League said that murders of cisgender gay and bi sexual men rose 400% last year. 

• More young people today are identifying their gender in terms other than the traditional “boy” or “girl.”  When they lack support, these gender-fluid youth also suffer more from mental health problems. 

• Here locally, the Sonoma County Pride planning committee announced that this year’s pride celebration is returning to downtown Santa Rosa.

Last month, KRCB presented Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’ revealing history of the war in Vietnam. We also interviewed a number of veterans about their experiences. Today, we add one more veteran to that list.

Kate O’Hare-Palmer is a nurse who served in Vietnam 50 years ago. She’s chair of the Women Veterans Committee of the Vietnam Veterans of America and has become a leader in fighting for the rights of women who served in the military.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at a workshop on natural resources and economic development on Tuesday, February 13. Officials from the City of Santa Rosa and other local, state and federal officials will be taking part. 

California Update for Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• The chair of the California Legislature’s Women’s Caucus and an original signer of the We Said Enough letter that sparked the #MeToo movement at the state Capitol is now the subject of a sexual harassment investigation herself.

The former staffer who filed the complaint has connections to current and former lawmakers who Garcia has criticized. You can read more about that story HERE.

Recology Truck
Recology

In December, the waste management company Recology took over garbage collection from the Ratto Group in parts of the North Bay, affecting 55,000 residential and commercial customers.  Reporter Rhian Miller looks at how the switch is also a move to change the way we deal with trash.

Sonoma County Assessor, William F. Rousseau, is urging residents displaced by the October 2017 wildfires to update their mailing address with the Assessor’s office. 

“We are working with the Sonoma County Tax Collector, Erick Roeser, on insuring that all property tax mailings are up to date,” said William F. Rousseau, Sonoma County Assessor.  

California Update for Thursday, February 8, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

• Hearings about creating a single-payer health care system or universal coverage have wrapped up at the California state Capitol, for now. The final meeting of an Assembly committee was dominated by discussion of a single-payer bill.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

U.S. Army Corps cleanup Coffey Park, Santa Rosa
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In the wake of the October fires in Santa Rosa, residents of the Coffey Park neighborhood, which suffered devastating losses, have organized. The group Coffey Strong now numbers nearly 1000 residents who act collectively to pool information and save money.

Jeff Okrepkie represented the group on a recent edition of the KQED program Forum – with Michael Krasny.

California Update for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb 7, 2018
Charlie Neibergall / AP

• An initiative to fundamentally change how Californians elect their lawmakers will not appear on the 2018 ballot.

• California is once again suing the Trump Administration, joining New York and eight other states in a case about water.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Prescribed burn
U.S. Army

Today, we’ve got two reports about the aftermath of October’s fires. They come to us through our partnership with KQED’s California Report.

First, an independent state watchdog called the Little Hoover Commission says California needs to re-examine how it manages the state’s forests to minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

California Update for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

• California would require automated accounts, known as bots, to be identified on social media platforms under in a bill proposed last week.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Jerry Nickelsburg
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Last week we visited the State of the County event and heard from some key voices representing our diverse community. Visit our website to hear from Ana Lugo, President of the North Bay Organizing Project, Reno Franklin, Chair of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, and Beth Brown, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sonoma County.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input at the Housing Recovery Workshop TOMORROW - Tuesday, February 6th, 2018. 

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Burbank Housing, North Coast Builders Exchange, City of Santa Rosa, County of Sonoma, Sonoma Clean Power, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Sonoma County Transportation Authority, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development will present information on a number of topics. 

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• Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from entering the country of Jamaica because of his extreme anti-LGBTQ views.  

• Two married men are suing the U.S. State Department after one of their twin babies was denied citizenship despite being born from the same surrogate just minutes apart. 

• The State of Indiana, one of only 5 states with no hate crime laws, voted down again this week proposed hate crime legislation.  This almost guarantees that the state will loose their bid to be host of Amazon’s new HQ2 facility.

California Update for Monday, February 5, 2018

Feb 5, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Four current California lawmakers, including a candidate for governor, are named in sexual harassment claims released Friday by the state Legislature.

Find the full story from Capital Public Radio, with details about many of the claims and the lawmakers’ responses HERE.

James Gore
KRCB/Steve Mencher

From the Doubletree Sonoma Wine Country – we present highlights from the State of the County breakfast, presented by Sonoma County Economic Development Bureau.

The Black Sheep Brass Band kicked off the morning event.

California Update for Friday, February 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2018
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• California farmers and ranchers have until Monday to be counted by the USDA Census of Agriculture. The data could impact funding for agricultural research and nutrition programs.

• The California Senate has finally approved a bill to provide whistleblower protection to legislative staff – after killing the effort in each of the last four years. It’s a protection other state employees have had for years.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Adler.

Coffey Strong
Diane Askew

Coffey Park was the subject of a recent edition of KQED’s Forum program with Michael Krasny.  KRCB News Director Steve Mencher has some excerpts from the discussion…

California Update for Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018
AP file photo, 2015

• President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he supports a national Right to Try policy, which would help terminally ill patients access experimental drugs more easily.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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