Santa Rosa

Tastes and Tips at the Fermentation Festival

Aug 21, 2014


Fermentation is an essential part of the brewing of beer and other alcoholic beverages, but that process is also involved in the making of a wide variety of foods. They’ll be on display and, in many cases, available for both sampling and instruction at the Farm to Fermentation Festival in Santa Rosa this weekend. Here’s a preview.

Find a full schedule of festival events here.

Sonoma County Museum to Become Two Facilities

Aug 10, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  History and art have shared an awkward co-existence within the Sonoma County Museum in downtown Santa Rosa. Now each subject area will soon be getting a separate space in side-by-side facilities at the current site.

An Ancient Artform in the Modern World

Jul 9, 2014

  A 4,000 year-old art form is alive and well in a Santa Rosa Orthodox church. In this story from the KRCB archives, the North Bay Report visited an artist who was applying that ancient technique to a contemporary building in Santa Rosa, in December, 2005.

Challanges Face Universal Preschool Goal

Jun 22, 2014

  Making preschool available to all Sonoma County’s 3 and 4 year olds is a noble goal, but getting there will be both expensive and complicated. 

Unusual Speakers at Santa Rosa TEDx Event

Jun 12, 2014
Eric Larsen

  TED talks have become a big deal. There are hundreds of them online now, and of course KRCB airs NPR’s weekly TED Radio Hour on Sunday mornings at 9. And there is also a local Ted-type event in Santa Rosa which is happening on Saturday.

That local TED-x event is coming up on Saturday afternoon, June 14th, starting at 1 pm in the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. For a full list of the presenters, click here.

Are We Seeing a Spike in Santa Rosa Bike Thefts?

Apr 17, 2014

Jim Keene, partner at The Bike Peddler and NorCal Bike Sport in Santa Rosa, says he's seen a spike in bicycle theft in Santa Rosa and he's grown tired of responding to 3 a.m. burglary alarms. 

"Santa Rosa seems to be becoming the bike theft capital of the Bay Area," says Gary Helfrich of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. Now, Keene, Helfrich and other members of the local cycling community are forming a task force to address the problem. 

Input Invited in SR City Manager Search

Apr 15, 2014

  Cathy Millison, who has been the City Manger for Santa Rosa for the past three and a half years, has announced her retirement, effective in the fall, so the search is on for her successor. As part of that process, the city council has invited the citizenry to share their ideas of what criteria should be part of that recruitment effort. We get more on the whole process in this conversation with the city’s other top official.

That public input session is scheduled for 3 o’clock this afternoon in the Santa Rosa City Council chambers.

SAY's Dream Center Advances

Mar 26, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The SAY Dream Center, a new housing and service center for homeless youth in Santa Rosa’s Bennett Valley, has been controversial in the neighborhood around the former Warrack Hospital site. But it received unanimous support from the city’s Planning Commission two months ago, and further undivided backing from the Santa Rosa City Council last night.  To find out what happens next, KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with the man behind the project.

Talking with 'Tom Tomorrow'

Mar 12, 2014

  For some cartoonists, their medium is about more than entertainment. Even before Thomas Nast, there were artists who used their pens to make political points, and today they are legion. Among the most acerbic, literate and unflinchingly liberal is Dan Perkins. But readers know him by an altogether different name.

Black History Month Film Series Continues

Feb 13, 2014

  February is Black History Month, and one way that is being observed locally is with a mini-film festival, being held on three consecutive Thursday evenings at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. The second of those three films is being shown tonight, and we get further details on today’s Exchange segment.

The showing of the film “Freedom Riders” is at 7 o’clock this evening, with a discussion to follow. Admission is just $5.

For details on the entire film series, see the flyer posted below.

Latino Voting Patterns in Santa Rosa

Feb 10, 2014

 Santa Rosa’s Latino population has been growing markedly over the past 20 years, yet they remain sharply under-represented in local government. A new study digs into the reasons behind those results.

Kelly Wurtz (Visiting Assistant Professor International Relations at Lehigh University) co-authored the report with Dr. Selby.

Even by California standards, Sonoma County is a strongly liberal and Democratic region. And that regional context, found David Selby, also affects the political inclinations of the local Latino population.

Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Worries

Feb 9, 2014

  Remember NAFTA, The North American Free Trade Agreement? There was a lot of controversy surrounding its passage 20 years ago. Now a wider successor agreement is quietly moving toward approval, but it’s quite possible that there’s not much controversy this time, because many people don’t know much about it yet. Today’s Exchange segment may help correct that a bit.

Hands-on Jazz Education

Feb 4, 2014

  Learning by doing is a time-tested educational technique. It was put into practice for a group of Santa Rosa middle school students Tuesday, in a hands-on master class with the Metta Quintet, a visiting jazz band from New York.

Local Actions Aid Sonoma County's Homless

Feb 3, 2014

  It hasn’t rained significantly, but the continuing cold weather at night is still a hardship for the growing number of homeless families and individuals in Sonoma County. Recognizing this problem, Santa Rosa and the county have taken a series of actions to help, and we get an update on those measures in today’s program. 

Opening the 2014 Season of Nonviolence

Jan 30, 2014


  It’s still midwinter, but the annual Season for Nonviolence is underway again. This 64-day period, observed all over the world, explains, teaches and promotes non-violent principles as tools for personal growth as well as international conflict resolution. Local observations begin tomorrow evening, as Bruce Robinson reports.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Within tiny subsets of four Santa Rosa high schools, academically struggling student find the personalized support to help them graduate—and more.

At Grace School, on the Piner High School campus, the smaller school-within-a-school is structured to provide a supportive environment where students can quickly make up the credits they need to graduate. Principal Tony Negri outlines the differences.

  There are four Necessary Small schools within the Santa Rosa H9igh School District:

·       Grace School at Piner High

·       Midrose School at Else Allen High

SE Greenway Campaign Advances--Slowly

Jan 22, 2014
Southeast Greenway campaign

  A key decision on the fate and future of the abandoned highway corridor in southeast Santa Rosa is getting closer, and proponents of converting the property into a public “greenway” are poised to take advantage if and when that opportunity becomes real.

A public event—“Moving the Southeast Greenway Forward” is coming up at the Glaser Center on Saturday, Feb. 8. You can find details about it here.

Celebrating MLK's Birthday in Santa Rosa

Jan 17, 2014

  Even before it was a national holiday, Martin Luther King’s Birthday was an occasion for celebration in Santa Rosa. That tradition will continue on both Sunday and Monday coming up, and we get a preview of some of those activities on today’s Exchange.

The Civic Role of Public Art

Jan 15, 2014

  The City of Santa Rosa is working on a Public Art Master Plan—for the downtown area and beyond--that will is due to be completed later this year. In connection with that, the city’s Art In Public Spaces program and the Sonoma County Museum are hosting a presentation and discussion this evening that looks at how the city of Oakland has incorporated public in in their downtown revitalization efforts.

SRJC Adds Scholarships

Dec 29, 2013

  2013 was a good year for Santa Rosa Junior College, which was able to restore a long list of course offerings and resume their Doyle Scholarship program. And as enrollment for the new semester begins, the school has added some expanded financial aid opportunities. We hear more about them today on The Exchange.

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.

New Year's Resolutions for Santa Rosa

Dec 3, 2013

  Some of us a just getting our holiday shopping underway, but Julie Combs, a member of the Santa Rosa City Council, is already thinking ahead to New Year’s resolutions—not for herself, but for the city. So we asked her about that.

Add your suggestions to Julie's list here (scroll down as necessary).

Jeju Island

Oct 23, 2013
Nicholas Sismil

 One of Santa Rosa’s Sister Cities is actually an island, where construction of a big new naval base has drawn persistent protests.

While the protests outside the Jeju Island naval base persist, filmmaker Regis Tremblay holds scant hope they will change anything, especially as the South Korean government cracks down on the dissenters.


Gang Prevention in Santa Rosa

Oct 17, 2013

Gang prevention efforts in Santa Rosa have reduced violence and improved the situation, but it remains an issue that will not go away. Bruce Robinson talks with the new head of the city’s anti-gang program.

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.

A Permanent 'Temple of Remembrance'

Oct 14, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Applying delicacy and detail to 50,000 pounds of sheet steel, Petaluma artist David Best has created a new, metal Temple of Remembrance that is being permanently installed in a Sonoma County sculpture garden.

Community Media Center Enters New Era

Sep 19, 2013

  Having narrowly survived Santa Rosa’s budget axe, the city’s media center is charting a new course as an entrepreneurial and financially independent non-profit.

  More information about the programs, classes, and production facilities offered at the new CMedia Labs can be found on their website, which also features the introductory video embedded below.

Interior Makeover Races Deadline at Arts Center

Aug 7, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  From floor to ceiling, backstage to the back rows, Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is undergoing a major interior remodeling. The race is on to get all the work done before the next scheduled show there next Friday.