politics

New Life for Alternative Parenting Publications

Feb 6, 2014

  Parenting and progressive politics didn’t coexist, at least in print, until the emergence of a pair of Bay Area-based publications that made a point of speaking to that audience.  Hip Mama, addressed to mothers, came first, and inspired a counterpart for fathers, called Hip Dad. Both magazines have recently gone through some internal changes, and are doing a series of re-launch events, including one in Santa Rosa this weekend. Here’s Bruce Robinson with more.

New Life for Alternative Parenting Publications

Feb 6, 2014

  Parenting and progressive politics didn’t coexist, at least in print, until the emergence of a pair of Bay Area-based publications that made a point of speaking to that audience.  Hip Mama, addressed to mothers, came first, and inspired a counterpart for fathers, called Hip Dad. Both magazines have recently gone through some internal changes, and are doing a series of re-launch events, including one in Santa Rosa this weekend. Here’s Bruce Robinson with more.

Commercial Fishing Fears the Drought

Jan 28, 2014

While farmers and residential water users watch reservoirs drop lower and lower, commercial fishermen are already bracing for poor catches in the coming years, as low river flows and dry streambeds devastate spawning runs. 

   Agriculture is not the only competitor for the water that salmon need for spawning, notes Chuck Cappotto, President of the Bodega Bay Fishermen’s Marketing Association. He fears another, potentially more voracious water use.

Full-time Work and the Affordable Care Act

Jan 20, 2014

  The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health care for employees working 30 hours per week or more. But some members of Congress want to raise that threshold to 40 hours per week, a change that could have profound consequences.

Read Ken Jacobs' policy brief on this issue here.

North Bay Young Dems Form New Club

Jan 3, 2014

A new group of politically active young people is emerging in the North Bay, with plans to raise their public profile in the coming year. We get a preview on today's Exchange segment.

Find out more about the Wine Country Young Democrats on their Facebook page.

Environmental Grades for Elected Officials

Dec 16, 2013

  Every year, Sonoma County Conservation issues a report card on local elected officials, grading them on both their environmental votes and their accessibility and responsiveness to constituents. The latest round of evaluations are now out, and are the subject of the Exchange today.

 You can see Conservation Action's full report card for all Sonoma County Supervisors and City Council  members, with comments, posted online here.

Councilman Faces Lopez Protestors

Dec 12, 2013
Juile Combs

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus, the man who fatally shot Andy Lopez, was returned to desk duty this week, a move that triggered a new round of protests on Tuesday. One group of demonstrators poured into the Santa Rosa City Council meeting that evening, disrupting it and prompting a majority of the council members left the room. Gary Wysocki was one of the two who stayed, and he recounts the events as he saw them unfold on this edition of The Exchange.

Sonoma Rejects Hotel Limits

Nov 20, 2013

  There was an election in the town of Sonoma yesterday—just a single ballot initiative on the ballot. To bring us up to date on the outcome, News Director Bruce Robinson spoke with David Bolling, the Editor and Publisher of the Sonoma Index Tribune.

Norman Solomon on Harnessing Progressives

Nov 12, 2013

Norman Solomon ran for the North Coast congressional seat in 2012 as an unabashed progressive Democrat. Since placing a close third in that year’s primary, he’s been assessing the lessons from that race, and spoke with KRCB’s Bruce Robinson about how those lessons might be put into action moving forward.

A Freshman Legislator Looks Back

Nov 4, 2013
San Rafael Patch

  The Top 2 primary vaulted Marc Levine into office last year. Halfway through his first term as the 10th District Assemblyman, he’s pleased by the increased collaboration he found in Sacramento, and proud to have been part of it.

One of the most important tasks of his first year in the state Assembly, says new North Bay representative Levine, was beginning the process of building professional relationships with his colleagues in Sacramento.

The Black Panthers Share Their History

Oct 15, 2013

The history of the Black Panther Party will be on full display in Santa Rosa this week, as the Oakland-based activist group holds its yearly reunion in Sonoma County for the first time.

The Anniversary gathering of the Black Panthers is much more than a social event for its members, explains one-time Deputy Minister of Information Elbert “Big Man” Howard. A primary focus is educational, sharing their history with those who may not know much about it.

Living with the Affordable Care Act

Oct 10, 2013
Sonoma County Health Department

  Health care reform—officially the Affordable Care Act—is just getting started, in California and across the nation. But the effects of the new program will ripple out widely—which stimulated much of the dialog at this year's 21st annual Latino Health Forum. 

A Move to Amend Proposition 13

Oct 6, 2013

A campaign to exclude commercial properties from the property tax protection of Prop 13 is getting underway, with one local school signing on early.

When the West Sonoma County Union High School District’s Board of Directors took up the issue last month, it passed, 4-0, with minimal discussion. Superintendent Keller McDonalds says that’s because it had been talked about extensively well before their Sept. 11 meeting.

Martin Lee's "Smoke Signals"

Sep 3, 2013

  The recreational use of marijuana goes back thousands of years, around the world, and medicinal uses of the cannabis plant are just about as ancient. It’s all documented in, Smoke Signals, a new book by another local Sonoma County writer.

Roy Zimmerman’s Wake Up Call

Jul 18, 2013

There is serious intent and a compositional pedigree behind the musical political satire of Roy Zimmerman. Bruce Robinson helps peel back the process behind his topical comedy.

Roy Zimmerman performs Friday night, July 19 at 8 pm at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa.  The videos below offer a preview.

Haslam’s Hayakawa Biography

Jul 4, 2013

  Dr. S.I. Hayakawa was a colorful and polarizing figure in California politics in the 1960s and '70s. But an award-winning biography of the noted semanticist traces an unexpectedly complex history before that notoriety enveloped him.

Hayakawa’s academic credentials were established early on, says his biographer, Gerland Haslam. But in the 1940s and ‘50s, Hayakawa’s Japanese-American status stood in the way of his career advancement.

 

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.

 

Climate One for April

Apr 23, 2013

Climate One for April
Thursdays at 7 pm

April 25 – Game Change
   Join Democratic strategist Chris Lehane and Republican operative Steve Schmidt for a candid conversation about bridging the bitter partisan divide over how to grow America’s economy without frying the planet.

Deconstructing Libertarianism

Feb 27, 2013

Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years that have moved it well away from their philosophical origins. A new analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. Bruce Robinson has more.

All six authors will be on hand to talk about their contributions to Uncivil Liberties, at a free book launch party hosted by the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma on Friday evening, March 1. 

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.

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