How to Address the Impacts of Cannabis

Aug 18, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  With new legislation at last providing uniform statewide guidelines for medical marijuana in California, and the possibility of legalizing recreational use on the November ballot, cannabis is attaining new visibility in the business community. But that is accompanied by a great deal of uncertainty, which was a big part of the discussion at a Cannabis Impact conference in Rohnert Park this week.

Landscaping Guidelines Boost Native Plants

May 10, 2016

  California’s updated landscaping ordinance encourages wider use of native plants, to promote water savings and also limit the spread of invasive species.

Lynda Wilson

  The imposition of a strict limit on how many people can attend the fund-raising Funky Friday concerts at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has left the future of the highly successful events in jeopardy.

The central issue beneath the procedural snafu is one of capacity—how many people can attend the concerts without harming the park environment? Bill Meyers, a lead organizer of the Funky Friday events sees a huge variance between the fixed seating in the park amphitheater and the crowds that the space has been accommodating.

Reborn Palm Drive Hospital Awaits Re-opening

Aug 12, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

How much longer until the former Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol reopens? It could be before the end of the month, but even now, that’s not yet a certainty.

There are still lingering issues to be resolved around the old Palm Drive Hospital's bankruptcy. But Ray Hino, the new CEO for the Sonoma West Medical Center, says those issues will not get in the way of the hospital's reopening and renewed operations.

EPA to Expand Pesticide Ban

Jul 2, 2015
Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice

  The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it plans to ban the commonly-used agricultural pesticide, chlorpyrifos. But, as Suzanne Potter reports, the decision is not quite final yet. 

Medicine Disposal Requirements Upheld

May 28, 2015

In a decision reaching from Washington to your medicine cabinet, the US Supreme Court has held that local governments can require pharmaceutical companies to take responsibility for the collection and disposal of their excess products.

Heidi Sanborn,  Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council, says laws such as the Alameda ordinance, are advancing the concept of “Extended Producer Responsibility,” which is a critical component of overall efforts to reduce consumer waste.

Implementation of Riparian Corridor Rules Begins

May 27, 2015
Sonoma County Department of Agriculture

  Sonoma County’s Riparian Corridor ordinance is the culmination of an effort that began 25 years earlier. But a late addition to the new rules is causing some grumbling among growers.

Sebastopol Hospital’s Reopening Delayed

May 6, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

More than a year after it closed, the former Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol is pushing hard to reopen. But no one is certain yet just when that will happen.

A Net Neutrality Victory for Consumers

Feb 5, 2015

  In an industry dominated by a very few big corporations, the FCC’s new move to support net neutrality may restore some balance, and reflects widespread public demand that their interests be protected.

'Gluten-free' Labeling Standards Now In Effect

Aug 8, 2014

  Nearly 10 years in the making, new FDA rules governing what is required for products to be labeled as “gluten-free” took effect this week. That’s become a popular dietary preference for many consumers, but for some, it can literally be a matter of life and death.

The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California has more information about the gluten-free labeling issue on their website.

State Studies Flow-Level Trigger for River Fishing Bans

Jul 28, 2014

  Coho and Chinook salmon are officially endangered species, even before the drought further complicated their ability to spawn. That was why the Russian River was closed to fishing altogether this past winter, on an emergency basis. Now the state Fish and Wildlife department is considering adopting a mechanism that would regulate and automate such closures in the future, by tying them to the water level in the River.