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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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ALSO: Rising home prices throughout California mean more homeowners are earning equity...and fewer are underwater.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Steve Milne.

Tiffany Camhi

A fight over how to best use public open space land in Marin County is coming to a head. Caught in the middle is the Northern Spotted Owl, a federally listed endangered species. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports. 

What Will Happen to People Insured through Covered Cal, MediCal?

Nov 16, 2016

ALSO: The members of California’s largest state workers union have authorized a strike if negotiators can't reach a labor deal with Governor Jerry Brown’s administration.

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

If there is a silver lining in the national epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction, it may be the existence of an effective antidote for overdoses. Local health officials are working to boost its availability for emergency situations.

The “Opioid Epidemic” we are now experiencing was the unwitting result of the American medical establishment’s efforts to prioritize pain management, explains Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Karen Milman.

Ag Industry Optimistic On Trump's Future Trade Policy

Nov 15, 2016
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California exports 20 percent of the agriculture it produces. Federal trade policy has a huge impact on state agricultural exports. Despite unknowns, one AG industry leader is optimistic about trade policy under president-elect Trump

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

The epidemic of opioid addiction across America has triggered a surge in the use of other, related drugs, including heroin, and it’s more potent synthetic relative, fentanyl. That’s a trend that may now be reaching into Sonoma County.

California Leaders Prepare To Fight Trump Administration

Nov 14, 2016

ALSO: Leaders of the independence campaign Yes California say Gov. Jerry Brown has boldly declared the Golden State a separate country. PolitiFact California found this greatly distorts Brown’s comments on the topic. We rated it Pants On Fire.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

Ishi, the so-called “Last Yahi” may be the most famous Indian in California history.  But much of what has been taught about him over the past century has turned out to be wrong.


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.

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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.