North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

Report: Childhood Obesity Rates Declining

Feb 6, 2013

  There's a glimmer of good news in the latest studies of child obesity rates, at least in two large US cities. Lori Abbot has details.

Social Justice Posters

Feb 6, 2013

A history of social activism in the bay area can be found in a Berkeley man's collection of thousands of political posters, newly documented in the book, All of Us or None by Oakland archivist Lionel Cushing. Today's North Bay Report takes a peek inside.

• Like auto insurance, gun owners would be required to have liability insurance.

• Texas Governor Rick Perry attempts to lure CA businesses to the Lone Star state.

• California’s growth more than two percent to just under one percent for the Nation.

• ARCO and British Petroleum sued by CA for thousands of safety violations.

Restoring Cullinan Ranch

Feb 4, 2013
California Department of Fish & Wildlife

  A network of dikes and dams has kept seawater away from an old hay farm near the mouth of Napa River for nearly a century. Now it's close to being returned to its natural condition.

• Few CA businesses plan to hire in 2013.

• New bill would protect gun permit holders' private information.

• A new PPIC poll puts Brown’s approval rating at 51 percent.

• CA Lawmakers Propose Arming School Teachers.

Capitol Public Radio

• Standard and Poor’s has upgraded the state from an A-minus to an A.

• A bipartisan group of California lawmakers support push for a federal immigration bill in Congress.

Violence and Video Games

Jan 31, 2013

Predictably, a San Francisco video game developer opposes any moves to restrict violence in those games' content. But not for the reasons you might expect.

Jason Shanke addressed a computer science colloquium at Sonoma State University Thursday afternoon on the topic, "Interactive Entertainment and Social Responsibility." You can read the paper on which he based that talk here.

EPA Limits Rat Poisons But Leaves Wildlife at Risk

Jan 31, 2013
Photo courtesy of WildCare, by Melanie Piazza.

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban a number of highly toxic rat poison products. But critics say the agency is not moving fast enough. Lori Abbott has this report.

Non-point pollution plagues Russian River

Jan 30, 2013
Courtesy of Flickr/Steve Shupe

On yesterday's North Bay Report we heard about some of the projects underway this year for the Russian River. The watershed is home to many state and local efforts to bring back threatened and endangered fish. In the final part of our series, KRCB's Danielle Venton reports on the river's water quality and finds that while things have improved, there is still a long way to go.

Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

• Medi-Cal changes may mean a simpler process for consumers.

• LA Senator Wants Statewide Early Earthquake Warning System.

Steve Yeater / Associated Press

• Gun rights advocates, law enforcement, and gun violence prevention experts appeared before California lawmakers at a joint legislative hearing.

Employment, business optimism up for Sonoma County

Jan 28, 2013
Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Sonoma County leads the state in job growth right now, but will need to make adjustments as much of the current labor force turns toward retirement. Bruce Robinson summarizes the news from the 2013 State of the County breakfast presentations.

"Shift Change" documentary examines coops worldwide

Jan 28, 2013

  A new documentary examines worker-owned cooperative businesses, from a huge complex in Spain to small start-ups here in the Bay Area.

Orcas' protection is endangered, too

Jan 28, 2013
Photo: National Marine Fisheries Service

Protection for endangered orcas or "killer whales" off the Pacific Coast may be about to disappear. Lori Abbott reports.

• All bills would be in print and online for 3 days before a final vote in either chamber.

• Special Legislative Session on Health Care Starts Monday.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Brown melds a victory lap with Bible stories and California history as he urges lawmakers to advance his agenda.

• Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers praise Brown’s State of The State address.

• Look for Different Tone in Brown's State of the State Address

• Foreclosure Starts at Lowest Level Since 2006

Frederick Larson / The Chronicle

• CSU: No Tuition Increases to Make Up $250 Million Funding Gap

• California groups on both sides of the abortion debate look back on the 40th anniversary of  Roe v. Wade.

• Lawmakers say more revenue from Proposition 30 should go toward freezing tuition at the state’s colleges and universities.

• In new CA legislature, moderate Democrats hold leverage.

Brain Tumors Found in Sick Raccoons

Jan 17, 2013
UC Davis/Photo used with permission

Sick raccoons are nothing new in northern California, where distemper is fairly common among them. But some don’t fit that pattern for raccoon deaths, and new laboratory studies have found out why.


Sometimes, researchers have an idea of what they will find when they begin their investigations. This was not such a case, says Dr. Patricia Pesavento, a pathologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In fact, their findings surprised everyone involved.

• Yudof promises to meet Governor Brown’s challenges to keep tuition down and add online courses.

• Steinberg to Push for National Version of Mental Health Services Act

Randy Panfilio

• New jobs would help protect the environment and oversee logging in the state.

• Governor Brown praises online college course program.

Ben Adler

• LAO: Brown's Fiscal Restraint "Commendable" but Risks Remain.

• California Lawmakers Want to Close Rape Law Loophole.

• Governor Brown’s proposed budget changes the way schools would receive funding.

• California Chamber of Commerce Pleased With Balanced Budget

Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio Network

• Governor Brown says the state still faces uncertainty in costs from federal health care reform.

• Brown commits to Medi-Cal expansion, but questions remain about getting there.

• As part of his budget, Governor Brown announces major changes to the state’s education funding system.

• Lobbying organizations spent at least $61 million dollars influencing health policy over the past two years.

• Governor Jerry Brown is rejecting a federal court order to further reduce California’s prison population.

• Brown says his Prostate Cancer Treatment "Finished"

• Despite being surrounded by a Democratic supermajority, most Republicans don’t feel sidelined.

• A California lawmaker introduces a bill to regulate ammunition sales, aimed at reducing gun violence.