North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Homeless man
Sara Ristić

On a single night in January, volunteers all over the country participate in a federal program counting homeless people in their communities. This so-called “point in time” count occurs when the weather is at its worst in many parts of the U.S.

In Mendocino County, the count began at 5 a.m. on January 25 at a soup kitchen in the county seat. Reporter Sarah Reith was there.

California Update for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018
Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

• The California state Senate is attempting to circumvent a change in the federal tax overhaul that they say targets blue states.

• The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Paradise Ridge Winery
Courtesy of Paradise Ridge website

A new study from the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State describes the effects of the North Bay fires on local vineyards and wineries and related parts of the North Coast wine industry. In addition to surveying stakeholders, the authors also crunched the first available statistics.

Honore Comfort is Executive in Residence at the institute, part of the SSU School of Business and Economics. She talked with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher about the study. 

California Update for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

• The California Senate has voted to impose its own version of net neutrality on the state.

• The Department of Water Resources announced today that contractors who receive water from the State Water Project will get more than originally thought.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, January 29, 2018

Jan 29, 2018
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• Police in Cumbria England foiled a plot by 20-year-old Neo-Nazi Ethan Stables to slaughter LGBT people attending a scheduled pride event at a local pub. 

• Reports of violence against LGBT people in the U. S. were up sharply in 2017 with transgender women of color and gay men being targeted most frequently. 

• The Cadet Chapel at the West Point Military Academy saw its first same-sex wedding this month. 

• Sonoma County Pride Planning Committee needs your participation at its next meeting on February 7.

California Update for Monday, January 29, 2018

Jan 29, 2018
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• Several conservative websites erroneously claimed last week a new California law will register undocumented immigrants to vote. This claim has popped up before, and it's still wrong. 

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• California's longest-serving governor gave his final State of the State address to lawmakers Thursday. Capital Public Radio’s reporters have this round-up.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford, Ezra David Romero, and Sammy Caiola.

Governor Jerry Brown
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Thursday morning, KRCB presented Governor Jerry Brown’s last State of the State address. Born into politics, educated by Jesuits, Brown will stand, by any measure, as one of the most important leaders in California history. In Sonoma County, we were listening to hear what he’d say about the traumatic wildfire season – and that came early in the speech. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher listened along…

California Update for Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018
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• The U.S. Department of Justice is threatening to subpoena California and several cities within it over sanctuary policies.

• Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to strike less of the "resistance" tone he took in last year's State of the State just four days after President Trump's inauguration. Instead, look for Brown to focus on climate change and the criminal justice system.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Dan Wade
United Policyholders

Yesterday, we heard a presentation from “Conversations Around the Fire” – an initiative hoping to guide local residents to greener, safer and more just ideas about rebuilding our community. One speaker at the conversation Monday night represented a group that helps answer questions about insurance, advocating  for those seeking fair treatment.

United Policyholders is a nonprofit, formed after the Oakland Hills Fires of 1991. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher has more.

Sonoma County Clerk, William F. Rousseau, is urging residents displaced by the October 2017 wildfires to update their mailing address with the Registrar of Voters so that they receive voting materials for upcoming elections. 

“We want to help voters who may have been impacted by the wildfires understand how to update their voter registration. With thousands of voters displaced by the recent wildfires, we want to ensure that everyone who wishes to participate in the upcoming elections is given the opportunity to do so,” said William F. Rousseau, Sonoma County Clerk. 

Supervisors seek public input to guide recovery efforts at three upcoming workshops

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at three upcoming public workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different topic, including Housing, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, and Infrastructure. 

Topic areas will be discussed on the following dates:  

California Update for Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jan 24, 2018
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• The Trump administration launched a new tariff on the solar industry Tuesday over concerns that foreign imports of solar parts are taking away from business from U.S. manufacturers.

• University of California Regents are scheduled to vote on a 2.5 percent tuition increase Wednesday — the second consecutive hike after a six-year freeze.

Today's reporting by Ezra David Romero and Ben Adler.

Ray Krauss
KRCB/Steve Mencher

The meetings have a clever name – Conversations Around the Fire. The idea? That the recent wildfires might bring together people in the progressive community to work for change during these  post-fire months and years.

California Update for Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jan 23, 2018
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• The number of Valley Fever cases in California has reached its highest since the state began tracking the disease. Public health officials, patient groups and now lawmakers are looking for new ways to prevent and diagnose it.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Eli Melrod
Sarah Tan

California officially opened cannabis sales to all adults at the start of the new year. That’s after voters passed Proposition 64 back in November 2016. Local dispensaries are slowly getting up to speed on permits and paperwork. They’re adjusting to a new flow of customers.

And they're finding that a growing clientele consists of older folks. Some are returning to marijuana after trying it in their youth. Others are using it for the first time. Some are attracted because they can buy it for their health without needing a doctor’s note.

Women's rally Jan. 20 2018
Stacey Dennick

Thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Sebastopol to support women’s rights and to indulge in cathartic Trump bashing.  The events commemorated last year’s record-breaking women’s marches in the United States and worldwide.

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• Police are investigating a violent hate crime in Los Angeles involving a 19-year-old and a former high school colleague.  The victim was found in a park with more than 20 stab wounds. 

• The LGBTQ Connection of Napa launched a new LGBT support group for young people in Calistoga this week.

• Sonoma County Pride organizers want your involvement.  Attend the next planning meeting on February 7.

Outbeat Radio News is a service of KRCB FM Radio 91 and can be heard as part of Outbeat Radio, Sunday nights at 8 pm.

California Update for Monday, January 22, 2018

Jan 22, 2018
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• Dueling efforts to ask voters to overturn California’s new transportation funding law – and its fuel tax and vehicle fee increases – have consolidated into one.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

• Candidate for governor Delaine Eastin claimed California ranks 41st in the nation in per pupil K-12 spending, but "No.1" in per prisoner spending. PolitiFact California found her claim could have used some clarifications and rated it Mostly True.

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

A report this week in the San Francisco Chronicle said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement – ICE – is planning immigration raids in our area – in part to punish California for its recent decision to become a so-called sanctuary state.

North Bay Fire Town Hall
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Yesterday we heard from new Board of Supervisors Chair James Gore speaking at a Town Hall on fire recovery Saturday morning. Today, news director Steve Mencher brings us back to the meeting – where we’ll hear from Mark Ghilarducci, head of the California Office of Emergency Services.

Ghilarducci was the face of the state during the fire crisis, and earned high marks for his clear communication – and commitment. He took time off from marshaling forces in Southern California fighting to clear the mudslides there, to answer questions from fire survivors in our region. 

California Update for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jan 18, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• University of California President Janet Napolitano is backing the inclusion of border security measures as part of a DACA deal.

• The window for Californians to apply for new driver’s licenses and state IDs necessary to board airplanes opens on Monday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Graeme Jenkins
Santa Rosa Symphony

The Santa Rosa Symphony continues its series of very public job interviews. This past weekend, Graeme Jenkins conducted the orchestra in performances of music by Haydn and Bartok, with pianist Orli Shaham joining the group in Mozart's Concerto No. 21 in C major for Piano and Orchestra. Attendees received an email Tuesday asking them to rate the conductor's skills and rapport with the audience. He'll be compared to the previous three candidates, and the upcoming guest conductor Michael Christie, who arrives in February for a weekend.

California Update for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jan 17, 2018
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• California is both suing the Trump administration and advancing legislation after the Federal Communications Commission repealed its net neutrality regulations.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Local residents by the hundreds showed up at a town hall Saturday for updates on fire recovery and rebuilding. Local politicians were there, as well as representatives from FEMA, California Office of Emergency Services and the Army Corps of Engineers. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher has more. 

Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa run a joint website on fire recovery. Visit SonomaCountyRecovers.org for regular updates.

Santa Rosa City Council Chambers
Stacey Dennick

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced revised policies about marijuana earlier this month, but the City of Santa Rosa’s cannabis implementation program continues undaunted.

California Update for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• A proposal in the budget summary could restrict use of the federal 340B program, which gives hospitals serving low-income patients access to discounted drugs

• California parents who want to take time off work with their brand-new babies could soon be eligible for both a financial boost and some job security.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

Coffin
Ann Larie Valentine via Flickr

Death Cafes are informal gatherings in public places where people meet to share their ideas -- and fears --about death and dying. Since the idea debuted in London 17 years ago, they have spread worldwide, and now number in the thousands. And beginning on Friday, there will be one more, this one at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center.

Bruce Robinson offers a preview.

New Public Service Announcement: Price Gouging Is Not Only Wrong, It's Illegal 

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