Toni AtkinsThe leader of the California state Senate says negotiations over whether gig economy workers at companies like Lyft, Uber, and Postmates should be classified as employees will likely continue into next year.

Story by Ben Adler.

(Photo: Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins - Rich Pedroncelli / AP / via Capital Public Radio)







770px Coal fired Power PlantThe Trump administration’s new Endangered Species Act regulations released this week could breathe new life into a twice-defeated effort to grandfather Obama-era environmental rules into California law.

Story by Ben Adler.

More of the interview can be found HERE.

(Photo: Rennett Stowe from USA [CC BY 2.0])







Early Childhood EducationCalifornia spends more on health treatment than prevention. Advocates are pushing for more investment in housing, early childhood education and other environmental factors that could prevent chronic disease.

Story by Sammy Caiola.

(Photo credit: University of the Fraser Valley [CC BY 2.0])


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California Update

  • Sep 05, 2019

    California Update for Friday, September 6, 2019

    California Republicans gather for their state party convention starting Friday, with new leadership and nowhere to go but up. But the party faces a…
  • Sep 04, 2019

    California Update for Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Assembly Bill 5 is headed to a vote at the California State Senate next week and is expected to pass. Many drivers for Uber and Lyft welcome the…
  • Sep 03, 2019

    California Update for Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    Mental health experts and advocates are weighing in on a California strategic plan for suicide prevention. Story by Sammy Caiola. (Photo: Hendrike -…
  • Sep 02, 2019

    California Update for Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Nearly 40% of California 18-to-34-year olds still live with their parents. What is it like to date when you're in your twenties and live down the…
  • Aug 30, 2019

    California Update for Monday, September 2, 2019

    Gov. Newsom offered a confusing response this week on his plans to hire a homelessness czar. Two newspapers reported he’s dropped those plans. Then…
  • Aug 29, 2019

    California Update for Friday, August 30, 2019

    Zoning rules in California’s suburbs, especially those in wealthy areas close to job centers, are severely limiting the growth of multi-family…
  • Aug 28, 2019

    California Update for Thursday, August 29, 2019

    Primary caregivers (for children under 18) who are charged with a crime could be allowed to enter a rehabilitation program rather than being locked…
  • Aug 27, 2019

    California Update for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    Some California health professionals want to be excluded from a labor-backed bill that would require some businesses to take on independent…
  • Aug 26, 2019

    California Update for Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Truckers warn dynamex bill could cause disruptions in supply chain. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez authored the bill and says she is working with…
  • Aug 24, 2019

    California Update for Monday, August 26, 2019

    Sanders discusses ambitious climate change policy in Northern California. The plan calls for the U.S. to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030 and…

NorCal News

  • laguna high
    September 19, 2019

    West Sonoma County Teachers May Strike Over Salaries

    The West Sonoma County Teachers Association is currently in negotiations with the West Sonoma County Union High School District over teachers’ salaries. KRCB’s Isabella Bloom talked with Brian Miller, a math teacher at Analy High School and the chair of the teachers’ union bargaining team. She…
  • Martin Zuniga Mural
    September 18, 2019

    Roseland Mural Welcomed into the Community

    Martín Zúñiga created a vibrant mural this summer with about a dozen young women from the Santa Rosa community. It's at Roseland Elementary: A Leadership Academy, and it represents the movement of the young people there toward education and giving back. We talk with the artist and Michelle Leisen,…
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    September 17, 2019

    Educators Work To Prevent Chronic Absenteeism After Fires

    Driving to Paradise, you will pass a memorial for the 86 people who died in the Camp Fire. The crosses sit on a small knoll off Skyway, the four-lane road between Paradise and Chico. Almost everyone in town used this road to evacuate last November. The students in Paradise Unified School District,…
  • IMG 1790
    September 16, 2019

    Paradise Elementary Counselors Support Students Through Loss

    Clinical social worker Laura Besser points to a mural outside the administration office at the new Paradise Elementary School. Two elementary schools in Paradise were destroyed in the Camp Fire and the students were relocated to this campus, which used to be the middle school. In the center of the…
  • Kids writing
    Sep 14, 2019

    Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma

    Kids at Schaefer Elementary write their poems. Credit: Margo Perin. Third grade teacher, Tracy Henry, points to an American flag hanging in her…
  • Hopkins
    Sep 09, 2019

    Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Sexism in Politics During Panel

    Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is tired of being asked: “how can you do your job with kids.” She talked about why this question is problematic during a…
  • IMG 1777
    Sep 06, 2019

    Study Shows Climate Change Could Threaten Oyster Habitat

    Research from the University of California at Davis published last month shows that climate change could dramatically shrink oyster habitat. KRCB’s…
  • The Terrorist Hunter 2
    Sep 06, 2019

    Director Ann Shin Examines Intelligence Industry in New Film

    September 7th on KRCB TV 22, we are premiering Reveal TV, from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The first documentary episode tells the story…
  • irwin keller jpg
    Sep 03, 2019

    Local Jewish Leader Questions Trump's 'Disloyalty' Claim

    In late August, President Donald Trump said this to American Jews: “If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and…
  • IMG 1653
    Sep 03, 2019

    Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

    Miranda Hernandez and her mom, Adelina, stand inside their new home. Credit: Adia White Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the…
  • Cannabis grow
    Aug 29, 2019

    Three Years In, Legal Cannabis Still Causing Fights

    California voters approved the adult use of cannabis in 2016. But pot remains subject to a crazy quilt of local ordinances and rules. Supervisor…
  • Pepperwood preserve
    Aug 29, 2019

    Controlled Burns Could Help Prevent California's Megafires

    Over the past two years, California has been devastated by the worst wildfires in its history. As those fires continue to grow in frequency and…
  • IMG 1626
    Aug 27, 2019

    Rainer Navarro Becomes New Police Chief of Santa Rosa

    On August 1st, Captain Rainer Navarro started his new role as chief of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Navarro replaced former Chief Robert…

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