090820 nails pCalifornia officials explained how the state came to the surprising decision of lifting stay-at-home orders in all 58 counties but also said don't get comfortable as counties exit shutdown.

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Advocates for immigrants’ rights renewed their call Tuesday for Medi-Cal - the state's healthcare program for low-income people - to be available for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Story by Steve Milne.

Soil experts warn that mudslides are possible this week in parts of Northern California scarred by recent wildfires.

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California Update

  • Feb 17, 2021

    California Update for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    California officials say short supplies are getting in the way of a widespread inoculation campaign. But Governor Newsom says some counties could…
  • Feb 16, 2021

    California Update for Tuesday, February 16, 2021

    The number of Black and Latinx Californians receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is low, compared to the prevalence of these residents among priority…
  • Feb 12, 2021

    California Update for Friday, February 12, 2021

    A bill introduced in the state Senate would allow all public school kids to get free meals regardless of family income or circumstances. Story by Ed…
  • Feb 11, 2021

    California Update for Thursday, February 11, 2021

    GOP Minority Leader and Calif. Rep. Kevin McCarthy greatly exaggerated the estimated number of jobs that could be lost if the national minimum wage…
  • Feb 10, 2021

    California Update for Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    With a limited supply of vaccines and no state guidance on which essential workers to prioritize, farmworker advocates say these vulnerable residents…
  • Feb 09, 2021

    California Update for Tuesday, February 9, 2021

    California health officials issued new rules for churches after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on indoor religious services over the…
  • Feb 05, 2021

    California Update for Friday, February 5, 2021

    Last week’s atmospheric river that poured heavy rain across Northern California was a long-awaited opportunity for the people trying to manage the…
  • Feb 03, 2021

    California Update for Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    California wants to scrap vaccine categories in favor of an age-based system. After people 65 and older and certain frontline workers are vaccinated,…
  • Feb 02, 2021

    California Update for Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    California lawmakers want sexual assault victims to be able to track the status of their DNA evidence kit online. Story by Nicole Nixon. (Photo: via…

NorCal News

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    March 02, 2021

    Santa Rosa Clears a Large Homeless Encampment

    Dozens of people living in Santa Rosa’s largest homeless encampment were forced to pack up and leave Tuesday morning. It marks Santa Rosas’s second encampment clearance in the past week. Activists showed up before sunrise to protest the clearing of Santa Rosa’s biggest homeless encampment on…
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    February 26, 2021

    County Postpones Vaccine Appointments Due to Scarcity

    Next week, Sonoma County is suspending all first dose vaccine appointments due to supply shortage. But the county will keep second dose appointments for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Sonoma County has been allocated 7,680 doses for next week, five percent fewer than this week. This…
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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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    Feb 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…
  • Feb 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…
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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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