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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

California's Plastic Bag Ban Now In Effect Statewide

Nov 11, 2016
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ALSO: Now that this election’s over, there’s news about the next one: Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has entered the 2018 California governor’s race.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Long before this week’s election results came in, organizers of the annual Latino Health Forum in Santa Rosa had selected as this year’s theme, the health impacts of racism and Discrimination. But current events added new notes of alarm and urgency to the event.

Beyond her insights and analysis into the neurobiological “scripts” that contribute to perpetuating racial inequities, Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia says it is important for health care professionals to exercise their influence and authority to “interrupt” these longstanding social patterns, in schools and beyond.

Few Glitches At California Polls Despite Early Fears

Nov 10, 2016

ALSO: The passage of Proposition 64 legalizes recreational marijuana in California, but only some aspects take effect immediately.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

Can you remember what your school lunches were like? For many the thought can conjure up memories of bland sandwiches, dry meat meat patties and sugary juices. But with stricter food regulations and a general move towards healthy and nutritious eating those meals are poised to become a thing of the past. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi visited one North Bay school district offering a different kind of lunch.

ALSO: Props 63 and 64 among the winners last night.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter.

The electoral upheaval at the national level was not felt much in Sonoma County’s local races, where big money from Independent Expenditure Committees bought mixed results.

With both houses of Congress and the White House controlled by Republicans going forward, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman told KRCB Television that he and his colleagues in the Democratic minority will continue to exercise their role as the "loyal opposition," while stopping short of the disruptive tactics GOP lawmakers deployed to thwart the Obama administration.

California's Ballot May Seem Long, But...

Nov 8, 2016

ALSO: It’s perhaps the quietest race for an open Senate seat in the country, but for the first-time in nearly a quarter-century, California will send a new Senator to Washington.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

The die-off of starfish along the Pacific coast has disrupted the underwater ecosystem, with a radical impact on other sea life on the region’s ocean floor. 

  Kelp has an unusual two-stage life cycle, explains Fish and Wildlife environmental biologist Cynthia Catton, and the large plants we see are actually just a small part of that.


At End Of Senate Race, Harris Campaigning For Others

Nov 7, 2016
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California will elect its first new U.S. Senator in almost a quarter-century on Tuesday, and the candidates—both Democrats—are making their final pitches to voters. Well, one of them is.

Today' reporting by Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

Sausalito and Marin City’s  school district has been slowly gaining traction over the past 15 years by attracting parents and students back to the area’s two schools. But after disappointing test scores in recent years and a scathing report from a state agency accusing the district of diverting money away from its largely minority school parents, teachers and community members are looking for change. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports that change could come soon after voters in the district cast their ballot for two open seats on the school board tomorrow.

Scientists Use Nano-Tech In Plants To Detect Harmful Compounds

Nov 4, 2016

Scientists have found a way to embed very small particles in spinach plants to create a kind of environmental "early warning" system.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Who better to educate Americans than about Islam than a southern California girl who grew up to be a lawyer, scholar and writer on the subject?

Brown Hits Campaign Trail For Prop 57, Against Prop 53

Nov 3, 2016
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California Gov. Jerry Brown is blasting a measure on next week’s ballot that would require voter approval for projects financed by revenue bonds of $2 billion or more.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

John Perkins, the self-described “Economic Hitman,” says the problems he helped create-- before reforming--have gotten worse in recent years. But he’s got a recipe for turning things around.

John Perkins says he has been encouraged in his call for consumer activism to counter corporate overreach in private conversations with many top executives in the companies that are driving the debt economy.

Gov. Jerry Brown says in a new TV ad that Prop 53 increases the cost of roads, bridges and hospitals. PolitiFact California did not put a rating on Brown's statement, but found he ignored independent analysis that says 53 could lower some costs.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Tiffany Camhi

For years history buffs and archeologists have said Drakes Bay, in Marin County’s Point Reyes National Seashore, is the first North American landing site of the English sailor Sir Francis Drake. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Interior officially recognized the bay as a National Historical Landmark. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports now the site is getting attention again with a new plaque commemorating the historical event.

Reservoir Levels Rising In Northern California

Nov 1, 2016

ALSO: Doctors, hospitals and health care advocacy groups are hoping two November ballot measures will do what they’ve been unable to do at the state Capitol: Bring more money to California’s health care program for the poor.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Adler.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

When local opposition scuttled plans for an atomic energy plant on Bodega head in the early 1960s, the seeds were sown for subsequent no-nukes protests throughout California and beyond. Members of the Abalone Alliance, an early protest group, reunited in the coastal town over the weekend, to review their shared past, and consider their part in shaping a nuclear-free energy future.

Proposition 64 Avoids Its Predecessors Late October Drop-Off

Oct 31, 2016

ALSO: If approved on Election Day, when would California's ballot measures go into effect? Some would start right away -- including Proposition 64's decriminalization of marijuana. Others like Proposition 63 would be phased in over several years.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

Social Advocates for Youth’s new Dream Center in northeast Santa Rosa opened its doors last spring, and saw its available beds for homeless youth filled immediately. Now they are staging an unusual pubic event to call attention to the needs they are working to serve.

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ALSO: A political consultant sees the campaign against soda following the same blueprint as environmentalists who opposed the use of disposable plastic bags in grocery stores.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

Political issues and positions are of secondary interest to comedian Will Durst. He zeros in on their personalities and foibles to, in his words, “put the ‘mock’ in democracy.”

Will Durst’s shows are, for the most part, carefully scripted—albeit with frequent updates. But he relishes the moments of ad lib interaction with the audience.

Will Durst brings his “Elect to Laugh 2016” show to the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma on Sunday night at 7:30.

New PPIC Poll on CA Senate Race, Ballot Measures

Oct 27, 2016

ALSO: California Republicans are campaigning hard to block Democrats from reclaiming supermajorities in the state Legislature after Democrats lost seats in the 2014 midterms. But Donald Trump’s unpopularity isn’t helping their cause.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.


Notwithstanding the earthquake that struck downtown Napa a little more than 2 years ago, our state as a whole has been enjoying an overall lull in significant seismic activity. So the California Earthquake Authority is intensifying its calls for homeowners to take protective steps.

The DIY Earthquake Insurance Premium calculator is on the California Earthquake Authority website here. Watch the video below for additional tips on home earthquake safety.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise in California

Oct 26, 2016

ALSO: If voters decide to legalize recreational marijuana on Election Day, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will take lead role in licensing and regulating growers of California's 401st commodity.

Today's reporting by Ja'Nel Johnson and Julia Mitric.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

For his summer vacation his year, Alan Soule took a trip around the world—literally—behind the wheel of his electric car.

This was a full circuit of the Northern Hemisphere, beginning and ending in Spain. But in between, says Alan Soule, the lone American participant, his passport got a workout.

Along the way, the EV drivers visited many remarkable landmarks and found charging opportunities fairly readily when they were needed. The biggest automotive challenge, says Soule, was the condition of the roads in Kazakhstan.

Agencies Warn Of Flooding Potential In California

Oct 25, 2016

ALSO: California voters who oppose the plastic bag industry may accidentally cast ballots against their views.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ben Bradford.

For a dozen years, volunteers have been working diligently to restore the historic gardens on Alcatraz Island. Now the results of those efforts have been documented in a series of details, full-color drawings by dozens of botanical artists.

The idea for the florilegium arose in 2012, explains Sebastopol artist Nina Antze, when another artist took some visitors to see the historic island prison, which is now a national park site.

It’s been half a century since the Beach Boys were at their peak in the 1960s, yet their music endures and surviving members of the band maintain a busy concert schedule. One of them is founding singer Mike Love, whose new autobiography charts the often rocky history inside the band.

With dozens of books about the Beach Boys already published, why another one? Love says he wanted to offer his own unique perspective.

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Fact checks from Rep. Ami Bera and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones during this week's 7th Congressional District debate. Bera got a Mostly True for his claim about an election fraud case. Jones received a Half True on a marijuana claim.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.