ap21068The generation of power from offshore wind turbines is set to see major gains under plans introduced by President Joe Biden, but California might miss out on the early opportunities from this initiative.

Story by Ed Fletcher.

(Photo: Three of Deepwater Wind's turbines stand off Block Island, R.I., in 2016. The Biden administration is pushing for a sharp increase in offshore wind energy development along the East Coast - Michael Dwyer / AP).




A state audit says the California Department of Public Health’s pandemic spending has had mixed results. While the department has exceeded its testing expectations, it’s struggled in other areas. The number of trained contact tracers remains well below the state’s original target.

Story by Scott Rodd.


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    California Update for Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    California is aiming to fully reopen its economy on June 15. Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement Tuesday as the state hit 20 million vaccine…
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    After success in Stockton, two bay area communities to launch basic income pilots. Oakland’s pilot will give low-income families of color $500 a…
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    California Update for Monday, March 29, 2021

    More and more Central Valley farmers are working to revive populations of bees and other pollinators, using a state program and the expertise of…
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    California Update for Friday, March 26, 2021

    Farmers south of the San Joaquin Delta are facing dry times with their water supplies frozen amid a worsening drought. Story by Richard Ibarra.…
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    California Update for Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Popular Facebook posts are blaming President Biden for the spike in gas prices. CapRadio’s PolitiFact California fact-checked those claims in this…
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    California Update for Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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    April 16, 2021

    Santa Rosa parents ask district to fully reopen

    At least 250 parents in Santa Rosa city schools this week signed a letter asking the district to open full time, in accordance with the state’s updated reopening plan. On April 1st, the district began in-person instruction two shortened days a week for elementary aged children. Next will be…
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    April 15, 2021

    As vaccine eligibility opens, hesitation is the next hurdle

    As of today, all adults in Sonoma County are eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, but there’s still a lot of hesitancy about whether to get the shot. Sonoma County has successfully vaccinated 36 percent of the adult population, and is surpassing other counties of similar size. But vaccine…
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    April 14, 2021

    J&J pause slows down vaccinations of vulnerable residents

    Because the new J&J vaccine didn’t arrive in the county until March, so far it only makes up about three percent of those administered. But the single-dose vaccine has been important in getting shots to unsheltered and homebound folks. Now, a few hundreds of doses intended for those hard-to-reach…
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    April 13, 2021

    Businesses have more options in orange tier

    After spending six months stuck in the state's most restrictive purple tier, Sonoma joined the majority of the Bay Area in the second least restrictive orange tier last week because of low COVID numbers in the county. Being in the orange tier means COVID spread is moderate and businesses can…
  • April 12, 2021

    Windsor mayor under sex-crimes cloud

    Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli is refusing to step down despite sex-crime allegations from half a dozen women, including a fellow city council member. An increasingly isolated Foppoli is rejecting calls to resign from just about every North Bay political leader after accusations emerged late last…
    April 07, 2021

    Sonoma County enters orange tier

    Sonoma County's virtual community COVID-19 briefing.Less than a month after moving out of the state’s most restrictive purple tier, the County made it into the more relaxed orange tier Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s aim to fully open up the…
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    Apr 06, 2021

    Health Fair vaccinates hundreds of residents

    Art about the COVID-19 vaccine by Santa Rosa art nonprofit Raizes Collective at the Cesar Chavez Health Fair. People waited in line starting at 9…
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    Apr 01, 2021

    Santa Rosa hands out weather radios to boost alert system

    A NOAA Weather Radio. (photo courtesy of the City of Santa Rosa's website)Santa Rosa is boosting its ability to notify residents when a fire breaks…
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    Mar 31, 2021

    Sonoma County teens design quarantine mural

    Santa Rosa-based art organization Artstart's Shelter in Place Mural. (photo courtesy of Jennifer Tatum). COVID has affected everyone, old and young.…
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    Mar 29, 2021

    COVID-19 easing, while vaccine distribution hits bottleneck

    By Marc Albert Improving data suggests vaccines are gaining the upper hand and COVID-19 related restrictions across Sonoma County may be eased as…
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    Mar 24, 2021

    New Data Shows an Uptick in Fatal Drug Overdoses

    COVID-19 numbers are on the decline after Sonoma County moved into the state’s red tier a week and a half ago, but communities are facing other types…
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    Mar 19, 2021

    Abalone season cancelled, at least until 2026

    By Marc Albert With wild abalone populations decimated by a string of environmental setbacks, besides over-fishing. State officials reiterated Friday…
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    Mar 19, 2021

    Sonoma likely facing challenging drought

    One of the driest winters on record locally, may cause serious water issues this summerBy Marc Albert The rainy season has hardly been generous.…
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    Mar 17, 2021

    Sonoma County schools planning April return to campus

    About 70,000 school students across Sonoma County are heading back to classrooms in April. So far, 47 schools across Sonoma County have the green…
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    Mar 12, 2021

    Covid Restrictions to Ease Sunday

    As predicted, declining new COVID-19 infections and other metrics will allow Sonoma County to ease pandemic-related restrictions this weekend. KRCB's…
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    Mar 12, 2021

    The Power of Art for Vaccine Outreach

    Advocates, artists, healthcare professionals and residents gathered in Santa Rosa's Roseland Neighborhood on Valentines Day to showcase and pass out…

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