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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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The accounting changes will not affect what employees pay toward their benefits.

ALSO: Lawmakers blast public utilities commission head for anti-safety attitude.

The Mulberry Village Vision

Apr 17, 2013

Many developmentally disabled youth don’t fit in at conventional colleges. So a west county man is leading a drive to create a new school that’s designed to fit them. Bruce Robinson spoke with him.

A community orientation meeting to introduce the Mulberry Village concept will be held on Saturday morning, April 20, from 10:30 to noon at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex on Morris Street.

americandebtproject.org

Critics say the sky high interest rates trap people in a cycle of repeat borrowing.

ALSO: Governor Brown likely won't be able to change CEQA.

Kim Ingram

  Ask most youth what they think about wildfires in forests and they will usually respond with "they kill trees and animals" or "it’s bad – they burn down homes and put out lots of smoke." They are partially right.Or you could ask youth about considering a career studying the history of fire from a tree cookie--a slice of tree branch that shows the rings--or lake bed sedimentation. Or what role wind plays in how a fire jumps from treetop to treetop or how wildfire can help open pine cones and produce a huge flower show.

Winemakers Prep for Climate Change

Apr 16, 2013
Flickr user Jessica Wilson

The art of making wine is tied intimately to land and the climate. Changing weather patterns, with hotter, drier growing periods, will call on North Coast growers to adapt. As KRCB’s Danielle Venton reports, wine makers are already experimenting with techniques that will enable them to make great wine for many years to come. 

palmbeachpost.com

New state law could effectively outlaw hunting in California.

ALSO: The Franchise Tax Board extends payment deadline after lengthy web delays.

kpel965.com

A bill to tax ammunition in California gets its first legislative hearing Monday.

ALSO: Lowest-income families in California pay the largest share in state and local taxes.

Baja Resort Approvals Challenged

Apr 12, 2013

A coalition of 11 conservation groups has submitted a petition to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to investigate the Mexican government's approval of four massive tourism projects in Baja California. Lori Abbott reports.

SAY Expanding Into Warrack Hospital

Apr 12, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Social Advocates for Youth currently operates an emergency shelter for young teens and a transitional home for youth who have aged out of foster care. Soon, they hope to expand their services to meet more of the needs of Sonoma County’s growing number of homeless young people. Bruce Robinson has details.

csmonitor.com

CA has 21 days to submit a plan to reach the 137% cap on prison population, or face contempt of court chages.

ALSO: A bill to prevent private college loan lenders from garnishing 25-percent of a student’s wages heads to CA Senate committee.


 

Project Censored Documentary

Apr 11, 2013
Hole in the Media Productions

Project Censored publishes a book each year, produces a weekly radio show, maintains an active website, has created several video projects, and is regularly featured in newspaper and magazine articles. Now it’s the subject of a documentary film as well. Bruce Robinson offers a preview.

Project Censored:  The Movie is being shown twice this week at the Sonoma International Film Festival, including a featured Friday evening screening at the Sebastiani Theater.

Hotel Petaluma Evictions Prompt Protests

Apr 11, 2013
KRCB photo by Danielle Venton

Big changes are underway at the venerable Hotel Petaluma, as a new owner implements upgrades. But evicted tenants and others contend that the former occupants have gotten a raw deal in the process. Bruce Robinson reports.

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California finally dropped out of the top ten in March.

ALSO: The Boy Scouts of America could lose tax exempt status in CA.

The Covers Story

Apr 9, 2013

A 12-inch square offers artists a flexible frame for all kinds of artistry, so it’s little wonder that many record album covers have become such memorable images. A new documentary examines the stories behind some of those covers, and KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talked with the film-maker.

The Cover Story is being shown twice this week at the Sonoma International Film Festival, at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 11 (at Murphy's Pub) and at 9 pm on Saturday, April 13 (at the Vintage House). 

Gender Pay Gap Persists

Apr 9, 2013
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Women breadwinners still aren't bringing home as much "bread" as men, even when they do the same jobs, according to a new annual tally by the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF). In California, the report says the average wage for a full-time female worker is $41,817 per year, compared with $49,281 for a man – and that nationally, virtually no progress has been made on pay equity by gender.  Lori Abbott has more.

ektaxservice.com

Students should now the difference between federally and privately backed loans.

ALSO: Taxes are due next Monday. Don't get caught off guard.
 

Personal Security App

Apr 8, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Every second counts in an emergency, so a new cell phone app has been designed to expedite alerts to both emergency responders, and the people who most care about you. Bruce Robinson has details.

Initially created for personal use, variations on Guardian on the Go are now being developed for other applications, including retailers, explains Protego co-founder Ray Kryzek.

dallasobserver.com

A new bill would require credit card issuers to verbally communicate with college students the risks of credit card debt.

ALSO: Voice-operated texting while driving could be made illegal.

Understanding Weeds

Apr 5, 2013
U.C. Davis

  Native plants that grow where we don’t want them are one sort of weed problem. Escaped exotics from other climates can be quite another. The University of California’s leading weed expert discusses both sorts with KRCB’s Bruce Robinson.

You can find links to a weed identification database here, and tips on home weed control techniques in the video below.

dailyinternetdigest.com

Enrollees may want to double check the family members they’ve signed up for coverage.

ALSO: CA DMV wins award for social media.

Wappo Indians, Then and Now

Apr 4, 2013

The biggest thing standing between the small Wappo tribe of North Bay Indians and their goal of regaining official recognition from the federal government could be a potential casino they’re not sure they would ever build.

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the numbers need perspective.

ALSO: A new bill would prevent a repeat of last year's California State Parks scandal.

Connecting Faith and Food

Apr 3, 2013

Food, faith, and sustainability go hand in hand with the support and encouragement of a new initiative that is taking root in Sonoma County.

Although he is coordinating the local effort, Steve Schwartz points out that it is modeled on some like-minded national initiatives.

Learning New Tricks Together

Apr 3, 2013
KRCB

Almost 20 percent of American’s – about 54 million people -- live with disabilities, running the gamut from poor eyesight, difficulty hearing, trouble in getting around, emotional or physiological problems. For many, the companionship of a specially trained dog is key to living a fuller life. 

ivn.us

Opponents say the bill could prevent parents from teaching their children how to shoot.

ALSO: Sale of live animals could soon be illegal at CA flea markets and swap meets.

  Respondents to an online survey regarding the condition of Sonoma County’s roads, and possible ways to fund improvements confirmed the scope of the problem, but offered mixed reactions to a series of suggestions for funding improvements.A total of 624 anonymous Sonoma county residents responded to the survey, posted by Save Our Sonoma Roads.Sonoma County supervisors have been evaluating several taxes and other measures to expand the number of roads to be maintained in good condition.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

The ruling is a relief to Stockton leaders who get a fresh chance to negotiate with creditors.

ALSO: Lawmakers consider bill to create health care interpreters program.

Tall Ships Return to Bodega Bay

Apr 1, 2013
historicalseaport.org

They’re back! Following a wildly successful debut visit last spring, a pair of tall-masted wooden sailing ships will return this afternoon to Bodega Bay, one year to the day after their local debut.

  Ticket information, reservations and a schedule of activities are all available from the Tall Ships website. The two vessels will visit Bodega Bay April 2-8, before sailing on to Eureka.

The new law affects women with “dense breast tissue,” which makes cancer harder to spot on a mammogram.

Also: The plastic bag ban debate is back...

Jobs Made Real

Mar 29, 2013

YouTube videos offer far more than casual entertainment. Corralled and curated on a new, locally developed website, they can also help teens explore career options they might never have otherwise considered.

Although the Jobs Made Real website was designed with teens in mind, Chops Teen Club Executive Director Diana Curtin says she got an unexpected demonstration of its wider demographic appeal…in her own home.

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