North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Training Veterans to Aid Salmon

May 23, 2013
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

On remote tributaries of the Eel River , unemployed army veterans are learning new skills to benefit the local environment, and boost their standing in the job market.

The NOAA-CCC Veterans Corps pilot program is explained in fuller detail in this video produced by San Francisco filmmaker Kevin White.

Senate Democrats have proposed their own funding plan that eliminates the concentration grants.

ALSO: Brown remains skeptical of LAO's higher revenue projections.

Ben Adler

Governor Brown opposes any new spending, but Assembly and Senate Democrats have different programs in which they'd like to invest.


Air Quality and Asthma

May 21, 2013

Sonoma and Marin Counties are a clean air oasis in the Bay Area, but statewide, asthma and related health impacts associated with air pollutants remain a huge concern.

  One reason the air is so clear in the coastal North Bay Counties, explains the American Lung Association’s Jenny Bard, is because the prevailing winds carry our locally-generated pollution to other areas.


Fracked Nation

May 21, 2013

Climate One Forums
May 23 – Fracked Nation

With a thriving natural gas market in the U.S., oil and energy companies are in a race for fracking rights across the country. The fracking bonanza has led to concern about the oversight of hydraulic fracturing practices. Join a conversation with three experts on the state of hydraulic fracturing and regulation in America.

The bill would protect dispensaries that follow California law from federal prosecution.

ALSO: "Two-tiered" community college courses bill passes assembly.

Transition Nursing Care

May 20, 2013
SSU School of Nursing

Getting released from a hospitalization is only the first step; then you have to stay out. Care Transitions is a pilot program to help make that happen.

So, what does participation in the Transition Care program involve? Sue Pearce, a Manager of Care Management for Memorial Hospital, outlines the steps.

Ben Adler

Brown’s latest budget proposal could be short by more than three billion dollars.

ALSO: Good news and bad news for CA job market.

Cycling excitement races through Santa Rosa

May 19, 2013

Cycling fans were out in force yesterday for the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. After leaving San Francisco's Marina Green early Sunday morning,  cyclists finished in downtown Santa Rosa shortly before noon. Sprinter Peter Sagan, from Slovaia, pulled away in the final moments to secure the lead. 

As expected, American cyclist Tejay van Garderen secured the overall tour title.  It was van Garderen's first professional stage race, won in the home town of his team, BMC Racing. His newborn daughter joined him on stage for the awards ceremony.

After About a year and a half in place, California’s policy of prison realignment is still controversial.

ALSO:  The California Assembly has again passed the TRUST Act

What you should know about surveillance drones

May 16, 2013

At the mention of drones—remotely guided un-piloted aircraft—many people think of war-torn lands… but what about over Wine County? On Friday, May 17 Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco will address the Sonoma County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He will discuss how how enforcement agencies and private companies around the country are expressing interest in drone technology and what concerned citizens are doing about it.

FDA OKs Day-After Contraceptive for Teens

May 16, 2013
Teva Women's Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded access to one type of emergency contraception to women as young as 15 without a prescription. Lori Abbott has more.

"Plan B One-Step" does not terminate a pregnancy; it prevents fertilization of an egg if taken within a few days after intercourse.

Supporters of the property tax limiting measure are digging in to fight back.

ALSO: Brown’s revised budget proposal shows clear intent for a state-based Medi-Cal expansion.

RP Woman Applauds Jolie

May 15, 2013

Actress Angelina Jolie made headlines yesterday with her announcement that she had proactively undergone a double mastectomy, after testing positive for a gene that carries high risks for breast and ovarian cancers.

Grace Slick's New Medium

May 15, 2013
Joel Lipton

For much of her life, the White Rabbit has been an iconic image for Grace Slick. Once the central metaphor for her huge hit with the Jefferson Airplane, the rabbit now serves as a signature element in her prolific paintings.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

There's more money for schools, but less spending overall next year.

ALSO: Lawmakers react to Brown's budget.

Organic Farmers Seek Federal Suport

May 14, 2013
Sarah Hackney

  As Congress begins work on a new farm bill, California farmers want to make sure it includes funding to restart the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, which helps pay for a grower's annual certification costs. Lori Abbott reports.

Renewing Redwood Forests

May 14, 2013

The redwood forests of the North Coast evolved over many thousands of years, but it takes a small fraction of that time to remove them. Now the question is, how long is needed to regenerate the logged forests, and are we willing--or even able-- to grant it?


May 14, 2013

Climate One Forums
May 16 -

“It’s essential for China to be on a low emissions growth pattern,” said Jian Lin, Chairman of The China Sustainable Energy Program. China’s cities are growing at a breakneck pace and city planners are struggling to keep up. Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning at SOM, says that the money the Chinese government spent on building out transit infrastructure “is one of the best things that they have done.” The question, she said, is “how do you make higher density livable?”

California is officially appealing a ruling to further reduce prison overcrowding.

ALSO: County-based Medi-Cal expansion may be off the table.

Spreading the Maker Movement

May 13, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  First there was MAKE magazine. Then there were the Maker Faires. And there’s still more making on the way. Bruce Robinson has a sampling. 

  Described as "The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," the 8th annual Bay Area Maker Faire will be held at the San Mateo Events Center May 18 & 19, 2013. Get more information here, or click here for tickets.

Most of the extra money will likely go straight to schools.

ALSO: Governor Brown proposes sending 1250 more inmates to state fire camps.

The Magazine that 'Made' a Movement

May 11, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Dale Dougherty had a hunch he was onto something when he launched MAKE Magazine, but he had no idea what a responsive chord he’d be striking.

MAKE is now published in five foreign-language editions, all in Asia, with an English-for-Europe version in the pipeline. Maker Media also produces a digital edition, and has posted many how-to videos online. And CEO Dale Dougherty says they are also branching out into another once-popular area of merchandising.

Phoning in a fake 9-1-1 call as a prank or for retaliation would get a lot more costly under the new bill.

ALSO: California schools may soon accommodate transgendered students.

Seniors Pass Up Free Health Subsidies

May 9, 2013
Flickr user Nicoli Barea

Millions of struggling seniors are paying more than they need to for their health care… effectively turning down free money. Local advocates say seniors are overwhelmed and missing out on many of the benefits they’re entitled to. 

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

That will likely be a cornerstone of Maldonado’s all-but-declared campaign for governor.

ALSO: Speaker Pérez proposes alternative "rainy day fund" for 2014 ballot.

Planning Ahead at SRJC

May 8, 2013

Students at Santa Rosa Junior College may be headed for a university, training for a career, or simply taking classes for self-improvement. Meeting their disparate needs is just part of the strategic planning process currently underway at the JC. Bruce Robinson takes a closer look. 

  Many SRJC students have had little or no opportunity for foreign travel or exposures, notes college President Frank Chong. So part of the school’s planning involves recruiting students from abroad, to bring more international interactions to the local educational experience.

The proposals likely wouldn’t ease the state’s prison population.

ALSO: New grant money helps the fight against illegal dumping and storage of old ties.

Anticipating New Economic Realities

May 7, 2013

Say goodbye to cheap oil, high-wage manufacturing jobs, and rampant consumerism, says energy analyst Richard Heinberg. The coming new economy will get along just fine without depending on them.

As the era of inexpensive fossil fuels wanes, so too will big agribusiness go into decline, Heinberg predicts. But already he sees a resurgence of family farming rising to take over the critical role of providing sustenance for local communities.

Clean Communities

May 7, 2013

Climate One Forums for May
May 9 – Clean Communities

The California Bay Area is wrestling with a challenge as it tries to develop sustainably to accommodate a growing population in a warming world. One way to deal with population rise and reduce emissions is to create high density zones in traditionally suburban environments. The experts agree that the key to sustainable growth in the Bay Area is rebuilding for a more walkable and livable urban environment.