North Bay News

News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties


• An LGBT activist from Columbia who traveled to Moscow for the World Cup was detained for over 15 hours by Russian authorities after he and 5 others took pictures showing the LGBT rainbow pride flag in violation of the country’s propaganda laws. 

• Not every conservative group is happy about President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 


• In California, reported hate crimes are up for the third year in a row following six years of a steady decline.  Hate crimes victimizing LGBT people were up by over 18%.

California Update for Monday, July 16, 2018

Jul 16, 2018
Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

• It was hot at Cal Expo the past two years. Fair organizers have added places to cool down and some other new things they hope people will find cool too.


• Gun rights groups say a state website crash could turn thousands of gun owners into felons after they unsuccessfully tried to register their firearms to comply with a new state law. 

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018
Politifact California

• Did Gavin Newsom separate families and deport children as San Francisco mayor? PolitiFact California examined this claim by GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, and found there's some truth, but it's also missing some important context.

Pregnant woman
Alick Sung via Flickr

Were you pregnant at the time of the fires, or are you currently pregnant with a due date no later than October 31, 2018? If the answer to either question is yes, then a study at UC Davis may be looking for you.

KRCB news director Steve Mencher talked with Rebecca Schmidt, assistant professor of public health sciences and the MIND Institute at UC Davis about the study.

Study participants must have been living or working in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Solano, Sonoma or Yuba County in October 2017. They also must be:

California Update for Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP file photo

• California hits key climate change target early.


• Several bills have advanced in the California state Legislature in recent weeks that are expressly designed to mitigate a change in the federal tax code that will cost higher-income Californians.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Kevin Jorgeson

Kevin Jorgeson, who with his climbing partner Tommy Caldwell, free climbed the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 2015, stopped by the KRCB studios the other day to talk about a film we're presenting next week called "El Cap Report." 

It chronicles not only their climb but the ascents and stories of others.

Charley Wolk

• It's harvest season for avocado growers in California, but many don't have enough workers to pick the fruit.

Today's reporting by Nadine Sebai.

Steve Mencher / KRCB - Northern California Public Media

Erin Brockovich was in town this week – she spoke at a breakfast organized by a couple of local law firms. They’re seeking to sign people up to sue PG&E for their suspected role in causing the October wildfires.

KRCB news director Steve Mencher went up to the home of lawyer Michael Fiumara where more than 100 people had come to see the woman who had become a superstar consumer advocate for suing PG&E for contaminating the water in the Southern California town of Hinckley.

Among those in the audience: Myke Judd.

California Update for Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
Andrew Harnik / AP

• A federal judge in Sacramento has upheld California’s law shielding immigrants in the country without legal documentation.


• BLM says there are 127 million dead and dying trees in the state. The agency hopes to begin removing those near high traffic areas and power lines after the new year.


Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Bob Moffitt.

Meet Two More of Our Unhoused Neighbors

Jul 9, 2018
Homeless camp
Sarah Reith

To better understand the housing crisis in our region, KZYX in Mendocino County has created a project that puts a human face on homelessness. Reporter Sarah Reith is listening to people living on the streets and sharing their stories with us.

Today we’ll begin in Fort Bragg, where Sarah met one woman who had just gotten a job as a live-in caregiver.

The Advocate

• British Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to create a national ban on the use of gay conversion therapy. 


• A new HRC Foundation study that shows LGBTQ teen athletes overwhelmingly remain closeted from fear and a lack of acceptance by their coaches and teammates. 


• The Vice Mayor of Dixon, California, faces a recall campaign after he published a column in the local paper calling for a “Straight Pride Month” in July and referred to LGBTQ people as having an “inferiority complex.”

California Update for Monday, July 9, 2018

Jul 9, 2018
Reform Califronia

• Construction signs around the state have caused a backlash as the debate over repealing the gas tax increase heats up.


• California is nearly done counting votes from the primary election a month ago, and it’s now possible to accurately estimate the number of ballots cast.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Sally Schilling.

COUNTY FIRE Incident Information:
Last Updated:  July 06, 2018 @ 6:12 am   

Date/Time Started:  June 30, 2018 2:12 pm
County:  Napa County, Yolo County
Location:  County Road 63 and Highway 16, Rumsey Canyon
Acres Burned:  88,375 acres
Containment:  37% contained

California Update for Friday, July 6, 2018

Jul 6, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• A couple of weeks after gutting a California net neutrality bill over the objections of its author, a state Assemblyman and that author announced a deal to restore the measure’s restrictions on Internet providers.

• Favorable weather has helped crews fighting the County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties.

Find current information for County Fire HERE.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

Shirlee Zane and Peter Kingston
Photo provided

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane is introducing a documentary called "The S Word" on Wednesday July 11 at 6 p.m. in the Supervisors Chambers in Santa Rosa. The film follows a young woman who survived a suicide attempt and travels around the U.S. meeting other survivors and documenting their stories. It includes statistics meant to shock audiences out of their complacency about this growing problem.

California Update for Thursday, July 5, 2018

Jul 5, 2018
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

• Firefighters in California are scrambling to control the state’s largest wildfire of the year that has ravaged nearly 86,000 acres.


• The White House made the baseless claim California Sen. Kamala Harris is "supporting MS-13." PolitiFact California rated this Pants On Fire.

Find all Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Nadine Sebai and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Jul 4, 2018

• Protests at ICE facilities in California are expected to continue as demonstrators and politicians speak out against current Trump Administration policies.


• All the fires burning in Northern California have health officials on alert. Air quality agencies want everyone to reduce the time they spend outdoors when smoke is present.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ezra David Romero.

Laurie Johnson
Photo provided

Yesterday we met Laurie Johnson, a specialist in disaster recovery. She was speaking at a meeting of SoCo Rises, a group committed to equitable recovery from October’s fires. She says she learned a lot from researching the aftermath of earthquakes that shook New Zealand in 2011, killing 185 people.

SOCO Rises
SOCO Rises

SoCo Rises is one of several groups active in the county’s recovery from last October’s fires. The group pulls together many constituents of the progressive community to consider rebuilding and resilience. The goal is to make sure nobody is left out of plans to build a new Sonoma County on the ashes of the old – both literally and figuratively.

California Update for Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jul 3, 2018

• As Republicans attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Democrats in Congress are looking for ways to protect Californians who’ve come to rely heavily on the landmark health bill.

• CAL FIRE worries about hot temperatures and fireworks as the number of acres burned this year doubles in just the last three days.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Bob Moffitt.

Magail Telles
Los Cien Facebook

The Latino leadership group Los Cien has hired its first executive director, Magali Telles. She comes to the organization from Sonoma State and promises to expand the activities of the organization to include an increased commitment to youth. She was joined by founder Herman Hernandez in KRCB's studios, where they talked with KRCB news director Steve Mencher.

Outbeat News for Monday, July 2, 2018

Jul 2, 2018
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP file photo

• Last Tuesday June 26th marked the anniversary of three landmark LGBT civil rights cases, but last week’s announcement by Justice Anthony Kennedy of his retirement from the court opens the door for those rights to be taken away by a conservative majority on the court. 


• LGBTQ Connection is offering free LGBTQ best practices training all in Spanish and local colleges are offering courses in LGBT Studies this fall.

Outbeat News can be heard Sunday nights at 8 as part of Outbeat Radio on KRCB FM Radio 91.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• A breakdown of the propositions that will appear on the November ballot.

Find a complete list of all twelve ballot initiatives HERE.


• California has some tricky regulations around products containing CBD, an ingredient derived from the marijuana plant. A bill on the governor’s desk could make a newly approved epilepsy medication easier to access.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Sammy Caiola.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11:00 pm Friday to 11:00 pm Saturday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures are either occurring now or will shortly.

California Update for Friday, June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018
vox efx / Flikr

• California cities and counties are now banned from new soda and sugary-drink tax increases for the next 12 years after state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown rushed a bill into law Thursday in exchange for the withdrawal of a November ballot measure.


• Californians will vote on abolishing Daylight Saving Time.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Drew Sandsor.

EVIO labs in Berkeley tests cannabis products
Corinne Smith

New rules come into effect on July 1 mandating testing of cannabis sold at dispensaries around California. Shops are getting rid of untested products before the deadline, resulting in big sales through the end of Saturday.

Many worry that these new rules will worsen the business climate for smaller players and accelerate the move toward consolidation. Corinne Smith reports.

California Update for Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The California budget signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s homelessness crisis.


• An often overlooked part of retiring U-S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s legacy is the mark he made on California’s prison system. 

Today's stories written by Ben Adler.

Fred Rogers
Focus Features

KRCB presents "Won't You Be My Neighbor," about the life and career of kids TV icon Fred Rogers on Sunday, July 1 at noon in Sebastopol at the Rialto Cinemas. Director Morgan Neville spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about the new film.

California Update for Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

• The Supreme Court struck down California’s Reproductive Fact Act Tuesday, siding with anti-abortion groups who argued the policy tread on free speech.


• An initiative that would allow Internet users to learn what companies like Facebook and Google know about them — and stop the sharing or selling of their data — has qualified for California’s November ballot.


Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola

Homeless Portraits: Mendocino County

Jun 26, 2018
Homeless camp
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

Our neighbors at KZYX, Mendocino County's Public and Community Radio have started an essential project. They’re talking to homeless people in the county – with the goal of putting a human face on this social catastrophe. Reporter Sarah Reith talked with three people who are currently living on the streets in Ukiah. The first one, James Hoffman, is a bit difficult to understand – but worth the effort.