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Jun 21, 2013

June 23 – Outbeat News In Depth

Celebrate LGBT Pride with Outbeat News in Depth as we talk with two local women who met 44 years ago in a bar across the street from the Stonewall Inn and were there to witness the riot that started it all. We will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the rainbow flag.

 

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The move follows media outcry from a provision that would make complying with parts of the act optional.

ALSO: Federal Judges to Gov. Brown: Stop Delaying Prisoner Release.

Ugly Dogs Vie For Crown

Jun 21, 2013
Photos by Kira Stackhouse, Courtesy World's Ugliest Dog (R) Contest

On Friday the Sonoma-Marin Fair hosts the 2013 World's Ugliest Dog contest. Roughly 30 mutts, pugs and Chinese crested dogs will vie for the title and $1,500. KRCB reporter Danielle Venton visited one of the dogs preparing for the contest, Grovie of Santa Rosa, and files this report.

The event, in its 25th year grabs headlines from around the world and was recently the subject of a documentary "Worst In Show." 

Credit Bob Moffitt / Capital Public RadioSanta Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (left), Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson talk with reporters after meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown at the Capitol Wednesday.Edit | Remove

Topics included high-speed rail, pension reform, and the California Environmental Quality Act.

ALSO: California elected officials to get pay raise.

Revisiting the Rules for Medical Marijuana

Jun 19, 2013

When Sonoma County supervisors unexpectedly considered sharp reductions in how much medical marijuana patients could legally possess, they re-ignited a debate that continues to simmer up and down the length of California. Bruce Robinson has an update on the issue in Sonoma County.

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The GOP friendly California Chamber of Commerce is also urging Congress to act.

ALSO: Youth incarceration rates fall in California.

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Environmentalists and State water contractors have sued for very different reasons.

ALSO: California classrooms implement a new way of teaching.

Teaching Permaculture

Jun 17, 2013
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Practicing sustainability in small scale farming is a good start. But an even bigger impact can be had by teaching it. That’s what a new enterprise near Sebastopol is out to do.  Reporter Kelly Ryan takes a closer look.

Fracas in Lagunitas Creek

Jun 17, 2013
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Homeowners and environmentalists in Marin are at odds over measures to protect endangered coho salmon. KRCB reports residents are worried about losing property rights, while some environmentalists say the proposed measures don't go far enough.  

The proposed stream conservation ordinance will be considered at the Marin County Supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 18. Access audio and video from supervisors meetings through the County of Marin's website.

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Governor Brown has until the middle of next week to sign the budget and issue any line-item vetoes.

ALSO: CA Community Colleges Expand Summer Class Offerings.

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Hosted by County Ranger Jeff Taylor, this week's focus is the development of the Tolay Lake Regional Park property.

Hear about a series of upcoming public hearings on how to develop the park, and a Father's Day Hike!

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Environmentalists say the maneuver neglects polluted communities.

ALSO: California Insurance Commissioner wants Anthem out of group health exchange.

Jack London, Sportswriter

Jun 13, 2013
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The craft and cunning of competition, age versus youth, and “the allure of the game”—these were recurring themes in Jack London’s writing, especially when the subject was sports.

Only once, says Doc Stull, did London’s writing incorporate a scene that could be seen as a team competition—and seeing it that way is a bit of a stretch.

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More new fuels can replace or blend with gasoline and diesel.

ALSO: California drops from the top five states with the highest foreclosure rates.

Climate Change at the South Pole

Jun 12, 2013
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Melting ice at the North Pole gets more attention than conditions at the high altitude land mass on the opposite end of the Earth, but climate change is making itself felt there as well, though in some less obvious ways.

There are dramatic differences between the North and South poles, explains Sune Tamm. The North Pole lies at sea level and has no land beneath it, so it is comparatively accessible. By contrast, the South Pole stands high atop a remote but substantial continent.

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Brown says it’s not just a balanced budget, but a step forward for the state.

ALSO: Budget includes some restored funding for dental care and mental health services.


 

Mapping Sudden Oak Death

Jun 11, 2013
Center for Invasive Species Research, UC Riverside

  First identified in Marin County nearly 20 years ago, Sudden Oak death is now epidemic in Northern California, especially in coastal forests, such as those near Jenner and Guerneville. Simply tracking the disease is a huge undertaking, so volunteers are being sought to help out in a mapping “blitz” on Saturday.

The annual SOD blitzes in Sonoma and Napa Counties are scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at the following locations:

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Democrats are reluctantly accepting Brown’s lower revenue estimates.

ALSO: Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon returns to work.

Resources for Readers

Jun 10, 2013

These are hard times for book lovers. Both the Sonoma County Book Festival and the county’s Public Libraries need additional funding, and are calling for public support to meet those needs.

Greenberg’s mission is to make funding the libraries a higher priority for the county, and he questions whether some other spending choices have been carefully weighed. Such as the local war on drugs, for instance.

 

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Lawmakers will discuss the issue once again this week.

ALSO: President Obama touts the Affordable Care Act in California.


 

Midnight in Mexico

Jun 7, 2013

It’s not easy being a reporter in a sometimes lawless land with a limited history of a free press. But that’s what Alfredo Corchado has done, as he recounts in his first book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.

  Corchado explains that he chose the title of his book carefully, to imply a glimmer of optimism through the darkness of the events he recounts.

 

Splitting the 415 Area Code

Jun 6, 2013

 

From 1947 to 1959, Sonoma County and points north were part of the 415 Area Code. Now that area—comprised of just Marin County and San Francisco— is again dealing with numerical growing pains, but now there are no more easy splits available.

  Even though any given area code can mathematically contain more than 6.8 million numbers, CPUC staffer Katherine Morehouse says the demand for new 415 area numbers is overtaking the remaining supply at an accelerating rate.

 

Forecasting Earthquakes Before they Hit

Jun 6, 2013

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A top California union leader says “the fight is on.”

ALSO: FBI searched two Calderon offices, not Latino Caucus office.

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The F-B-I has searched the Capitol office of California State Senator Ron Calderon.

ALSO: FBI raid reminiscent of "Shrimpscam"

Silencing Whooping Cough

Jun 4, 2013
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For adults, whooping cough--also known as pertussis-- is an annoying, but not dangerous, respiratory infection. For young infants, however, the cough can be dire, even fatal. KRCB examines local efforts to eradicate the disease.

 

Need a community immunization clinic? Here's where to go: 

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California’s smaller political parties say the system is depriving voters of alternative choices.

ALSO: A new commission to recommend changes to CA state parks system.


 

Children’s Museum to Break Ground

Jun 3, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

First it was a dream. Then it was a campaign. Now the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is becoming tangible, with the ground-breaking for an elaborate garden and outdoor learning center held over the weekend.

    

Entrepreneurship at Sonoma State

Jun 3, 2013

The new Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University hasn’t been residing there long, but he’s hoping to make his presence felt in short order. He spoke with KRCB's Bruce Robinson.

  Not everyone thinks they are entrepreneurial, yet Mark Nelson believes the seeds for that approach to life lie in each of us—and is it more necessary now than ever to nurture them.

 

A key part of the entrepreneurial spirit is a willingness to take chances, says Nelson, and in the new economy, that’s becoming increasingly essential.

The measure failed twice on the Assembly floor this week.

ALSO: Democrats in the California legislature see a chance to increase funding for numerous projects in this year’s budget.

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