Hopkins 2Lynda Hopkins is defending her District 5 seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hopkins holds a master's degree in land-use policy from Stanford and is running for her second term as supervisor. She joined KRCB’s Steve Mencher at the end of January to talk about her accomplishments and priorities. 
 
Listen to the full-length interview below:
 
(Image: Supervisor Lynda Hopkins speaking on a panel about women in leadership at the Paradise Ridge Winery. Credit: Steve Mencher.)  
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March 2020 Vote

  • March 13, 2020

    Democratic Debate: Biden And Sanders Face Off One-On-One – Sunday at 5pm

    Only two candidates will be on stage for Sunday's Democratic primary debate: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The CNN-Univision debate was relocated from Arizona to Washington, D.C., and will not have an in-person audience due to coronavirus concerns. Follow live coverage of the debate, with real-time analysis from NPR reporters. (Photo: Angela Hsieh/NPR) Loading...
  • March 03, 2020

    Super Tuesday Live Video

  • March 03, 2020

    Super Tuesday

    Fourteen states hold contests today, with about a third of all delegates for the Democratic nomination at stake. The field has narrowed, after Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out. Both endorsed Joe Biden, while Bernie Sanders says he wants to “open the door” to their supporters. Follow the latest news here. We’ll have live results tonight. Loading...
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    March 02, 2020

    The Developer Bonus Tucked Into the School Bond on Your Ballot

    By Matt Levin, CalMatters California voters are being asked to approve a controversial measure making it easier for developers to build apartment buildings within a half-mile of public transit. Most will think they’re only voting on whether the state should borrow more money to fix broken air conditioners in schools. On its face this new Proposition 13 —the only statewide ballot measure to appear on the ballot for California’s March 3 presidential primary—asks voters for $15 billion in state…
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    March 02, 2020

    Spending on Measure I Exceeds 2 Million Dollars

    The March 3rd election is just around the corner, and perhaps the most contested measure on the Sonoma County Ballot is Measure I. The measure would extend the quarter-cent sales tax to fund the SMART train for an additional 30 years. KRCB’s Adia White tells us why the measure has been so controversial. (Image: The SMART train pulls into the Rohnert Park station. Credit: Adia White)
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    February 24, 2020

    Proposition 13 Seeks $15 Billion for California's Schools

    Proposition 13 is the only statewide initiative on the ballot March 3rd. The proposed bond would funnel 9 billion dollars into the state's k-12 schools, and a total of six billion for community colleges, the 23 campuses of the State University system, and the 10 branches of the University of California KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with Lisa Vollendorf, the executive vice president of Sonoma State University. He asked about educators’ arguments in favor of Proposition 13 and other big changes in…
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    Feb 20, 2020

    David Cook Challenges Gorin For First District Seat

    City of Sonoma Councilmember David Cook is challenging Susan Gorin for the first district seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. He spoke with KRCB’s Steve Mencher about his previous experience and how his priorities would differ from his opponent’s. Listen to the full-length interview: (Image: City of Sonoma Councilmember David Cook. Credit: City of Sonoma)
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    Feb 20, 2020

    Gorin Runs for a Third Term on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

    Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin, is running for a third term on the board. Her opponent for the district one seat is City of Sonoma Councilmember, David Cook. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with Gorin about whether the County has done enough to address homelessness during her time on the board and what she would accomplish if reelected. Listen to the full-length interview below: (Image: Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin. Credit: Regional…
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    Feb 18, 2020

    Former Mayor Chris Coursey Challenges Zane for District 3 Seat

    Former Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey is challenging incumbent Shirlee Zane for her seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with Coursey about his priorities and how his approach to homelessness would differ from his opponent’s. Listen to the full interview below: (Image: Former Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey. Credit: Wikimedia.)
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    Feb 14, 2020

    Shirlee Zane Defends Her Seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

    Shirlee Zane is squaring off with former Santa Rosa mayor Chris Coursey in the district 3 Sonoma County Board of Supervisors race. Zane is hoping to win a fourth term as supervisor. She spoke with KRCB’s Steve Mencher about her record and how the board handled the encampment along the Joe Rodota Trail. Listen to the full-length interview below:
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    Feb 11, 2020

    Mike Hilber Challenges Lynda Hopkins for District 5 Seat

    Mike Hilber is challenging incumbent Lynda Hopkins for the District 5 seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hilber has a master's in electrical engineering from Stanford and worked in the defense industry in Southern California. In the early 1990’s he moved back to his childhood home in Roseland to care for his mother. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke with him about his priorities and previous experience in Sonoma County politics. Listen to the full-length interview below: (Image: Mike…
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    Feb 10, 2020

    Interview: Reporter Will Houston Lays Out the Pros and Cons of Measure I

    Marin and Sonoma County voters will soon decide whether to extend a sales tax supporting the SMART train until 2059. Campaigns on both sides of the issue have each received over a million dollars in support of their positions. Reporter Will Houston from the Marin Independent Journal has been following the issue closely. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with him over the phone to find out why this measure is so controversial. (Image: The SMART train at the downtown Santa Rosa station. Credit: Wikimedia) I

NorCal News

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    February 24, 2021

    The County is Nervous about Blue Shield's Vaccine Takeover

    On March 7, Blue Shield of California will start administering Sonoma County’s vaccine rollout. The nonprofit insurer will take over the data collection and decide how many doses each provider receives. They’ll also streamline the sign-up process, making most appointments available through…
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    February 19, 2021

    County Shifts Vaccine Priority to 65 and Up and Food Workers

    On Monday, residents 65 and older, along with food manufacturing, grocery store and restaurant workers will be eligible for a vaccine at one of the county-supported clinics. Prioritization will be given to those with server illnesses, such as cancer or kidney disease. The decision to expand…
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    February 17, 2021

    The County Still Faces a Vaccine Shortage

    Two months into Sonoma County’s vaccine rollout, 19% of the adult population has received at least one dose. The county is keeping up with other Bay Area counties in vaccinating residents and has opened up dozens of clinics, but the biggest problem has been the same since day one: the county isn’t…
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    February 10, 2021

    The County Reaches for More Vaccine Data

    Officials say Sonoma is administering vaccine doses at a faster rate than similarly sized counties. On February 10, officials announced the county has vaccinated nearly 50 percent of its residents who are 75 and older. But because of holes in statewide and local data collection, knowing exactly…
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    February 09, 2021

    The County Compromises on Eviction Limitations

    On February 9, Sonoma’s Board of Supervisors voted to place more limitations on evictions during COVID-19. The amendment limits evictions to extreme circumstances, like when landlords can prove their tenants pose an imminent threat or danger, or when they’re taking the property off the rental…
  • February 06, 2021

    Sonoma County Extends Stay-At-Home Order

    State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County. The move comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and ICU capacity for the larger Bay Area region remains below 15%. The order will remain in effect until the state’s four-week…
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    Feb 03, 2021

    The County Promises an Equitable Vaccine Rollout

    Earlier this week Sonoma County reaffirmed its commitment to vaccinate the oldest seniors first, those 75 and older. Younger seniors were told to be…
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    Feb 03, 2021

    What We Need to Know: COVID in Sonoma County

    What are the current county restrictions? Sonoma County is currently in the most restrictive purple tier of the California’s Blueprint for a Safer…
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    Jan 31, 2021

    Santa Rosa Nurses Demand Safe Staffing

    UPDATE: Earlier this week California’s Department of Public Health halted the staffing waivers. The State says they will not accept any new…
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    Jan 27, 2021

    Sonoma County Opens its First Clinic for Oldest Seniors

    Sonoma County is following the state’s guidance to prioritize seniors ages 75 and up in its vaccine rollout. While there’s progress and hope in the…
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    Jan 21, 2021

    County Strategizes Reopening Schools

    Covid-19 is rampant in Sonoma County and spreading faster than ever, which means kids are still stuck at home. While vaccines are being rolled out,…
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    Jan 13, 2021

    PBS Employee Makes Controversial Statements on Hidden Camera

    Julian Wyllie of CURRENT news reports in a story entitled "PBS Distances Itself from Former Staff Attorney Ensnared in Project Veritas Sting," that…
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    Dec 06, 2020

    Understanding the New Regional Stay-At-Home Orders

    Regional Stay Home Orders will go into effect within 24 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability, and prohibits private gatherings of any…
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    Nov 20, 2020

    Radio Special: Democracy In Santa Rosa's First District

    In 2020, for the first time, residents of Southwest Santa Rosa voted for a city council member to represent their community. The election gave more…
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    Nov 11, 2020

    Rohnert Park Welcomes Three New Council Members

    Rohnert Park has three new city council members. The wins also mean there will be more diversity on what was formerly an all-white council. One of…
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    Nov 09, 2020

    ‘She’s From Oakland!’ Photos Capture Bay Area Celebrations of Biden-Harris Win

    By Anne Wernikoff November 8, 2020 In the corner of California where Vice President-elect Kamala Harris grew up and launched her political career,…

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