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Jul 26, 2021

Despite pandemic, hundreds do their part for new Santa Rosa mural

by Tessa Paoli
The pandemic hasn't slowed down Santa Rosa-based youth art organization ArtStart. In late March lead artists and young students painted a quarantine-themed mural in downtown Petaluma. And now the group is finishing up a second mural in a…
Jul 23, 2021

Local coalition calls for safety and respect for Sonoma County farmworkers

by Tessa Paoli
A local coalition called North Bay Jobs with Justice is leading the campaign for farmworker safety and respect during wildfires. And it started with intensive interviews with farmworkers about their needs. “As an organization, this work is worker…
Jul 21, 2021

New PG&E CEO vows to bury thousands of miles of power lines

by Marc Albert
In a dramatic shift, Pacific Gas & Electric Company has announced a new effort to bury powerlines underground in coming years. The company said, since 2018, it has completed demonstration projects aimed at converting overhead power lines to…
Jul 21, 2021

Sonoma County eyes further constraints on vacation rentals

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is a tourist destination for people from all over. But it's also a place with unpredictable, severe weather and a lack of affordable, permanent housing. "People are increasingly being priced out," Supervisor Lynda Hopkins said. "We are…
Jul 21, 2021

Loan fund pitched to speed housing construction

by Marc Albert
A multi-million-dollar revolving loan fund for housing construction will likely move a bit closer to reality Tuesday evening, as Santa Rosa officials work on finalizing agreements. If all goes smoothly, over the next four or so years, the funds…
Jul 19, 2021

PG&E opts to remove downed trees left behind

by Marc Albert
Pacific Gas and Electric has abruptly changed course and will remove logs burnt and cut down in 2019 and 2020 in Sonoma county. The giant Northern California utility has had an on-again, off-again policy concerning wildfire-damaged trees cut down by…
Jul 19, 2021

Wetlands improvements coming to Sears Point

by Marc Albert
A new phase of a wetlands restoration project is set to get underway at Sears Point in August. The 1,000 acre project, fallowed grazing land once eyed for a casino, is instead creating habitat for shorebirds, a refuge for salmon smolts and other…
Jul 17, 2021

How do COVID breakthrough infections occur? One expert explains

by Tessa Paoli
COVID numbers have doubled in Sonoma County this month and this week there has been a reported outbreak at Santa Rosa's Samuel Jones Hall Homeless Shelter, where over half the residents tested positive and almost half of those were fully vaccinated.…
Jul 15, 2021

Do your part." Coffey Park residents plead with city to complete fire recovery

by Tessa Paoli
More than 70 residents of Santa Rosa's Coffey Park neighborhood asked the council to spend the $27 million PG&E settlement money fixing streets damaged in the fire. Because FEMA denied the city's request to repair damaged sidewalks, these funds…
Jul 15, 2021

Ravitch recall floundering as no challengers emerge

by Marc Albert
The campaign fliers keep landing in local mailboxes, but unlike the gubernatorial recall, there aren't dozens of colorful characters angling to seize the office of county district attorney. "Interestingly enough the deadline for the district…
Jul 13, 2021

Despite improvements since Tubbs Fire emergency notifications remain imperfect

by Marc Albert
One of the most glaring lessons from the Tubbs Fire was the failure to warn those in its path. Concerned that blanket alerts would cause massive traffic jams, officials hesitated. The results were tragic. Much work has been done in the close to four…
Jul 09, 2021

Outrage, finger-pointing as redwoods fall to chainsaws

by Marc Albert
Even as firefighters fan out across California to battle new blazes, crews are still working in areas burnt in last year's fires. Along Mill Creek Road west of Healdsburg, where the Walbridge fire left devastation, there's also plenty of…
Jul 09, 2021

Local environmentalists call for reassessment of forest management

by Marc Albert
As local fire prevention and mitigation efforts race against collective fear of a season of flame, members of the Sonoma County environmental community are calling for priorities to be reassessed. After a century of fire suppression, authorities…
Jul 08, 2021

Petitioning for farmworker rights in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
North Bay Jobs With Justice is a growing coalition of 32 labor and community organizations working on economic, racial and climate justice. The group is circulating a public call to enhance protections for farmworkers ahead of late summer harvests…
Jul 08, 2021

COVID cases and hospitalizations rise in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County's current case rate is fluctuating between five and six cases per 100,0000 residents, increasing from four on June 15. And Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase says unvaccinated, young people make up the majority of new cases. "Yes I'm…
Jul 06, 2021

Sonoma County launches river revitalization project

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County and the Russian River Confluence launched a revitalization project to improve the health of the river this summer. The idea is to collaborate with organizations, businesses, residents and visitors to all be good stewards of the beloved…
Jul 02, 2021

A rise in COVID hospitalizations across Sonoma County concerns local doctors

by Tessa Paoli
Countywide, there are currently 33 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The average number of COVID hospitalization rates has almost doubled from last week. And so have the number of patients admitted to the ICU. “For a week or two it was really…
Jul 02, 2021

Film delves into 2013 Lopez case; 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy killed by Sonoma County deputy

by Marc Albert
Nationwide outrage following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police didn't occur in a vacuum. Dozens of questionable deaths at the hands of authorities had primed the pump for a reaction last summer that played out in cities across the US.…
Jul 01, 2021

FEMA fire safety grant welcomed by local officials

by Marc Albert
Locally, the announcement a bit of a surprise, but not entirely out of the blue. Officials say the money helps fund crucially needed work, and arrived just in time. Sonoma County officials weren't exactly astounded by Wednesday's announcement. They…
Jun 30, 2021

Restarting Sonoma County’s tourism engine

by Tessa Paoli
"Sonoma County is roaring back after the COVID-19 closures without question," said Sonoma County Tourism CEO Claudia Vecchio. Vecchio said last year travel to the county was down by 50 percent because of the pandemic. And the hospitality industry…
Jun 30, 2021

Petaluma sets priorities for next 12-months

by Marc Albert
Petaluma officials met Monday to finalize an exhaustive list of more than 100 local priorities into goals achievable within the year. Most of the items--like fixing tennis courts--are among the typical and mundane operations of local government.…
Jun 29, 2021

PG&E burying lines in Rincon Valley

by Marc Albert
When noise disrupts the typical suburban quiet in Rincon Valley, there will probably be few complaints. The area, just east of Santa Rosa, is perhaps where the most visible utility strengthening work going on in the county, is underway. The burying…
Jun 28, 2021

A new, highly transmissible COVID-19 variant explained

by Tessa Paoli
Just when it seems the coronavirus pandemic is waning in California, we hear about new variants. But what does that mean? To learn about one variant that’s been identified in Sonoma County, we asked Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert…
Jun 25, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: Lockdown thwarts privacy and connection for therapists working with kids

by Tessa Paoli
“It's been a roller coaster,” said Meghan Nunez, clinical supervisor at Social Advocates for Youth. Social Advocates for Youth, or SAY, is a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit that provides counseling, housing and career services to children, teens and…
Jun 25, 2021

Ag insurers recalculation of wildfire risk leaving growers in the lurch

by Marc Albert
The chaos, stress and anger many fire survivors have endured trying to re-up their home insurance following mega-fires that have ripped through California the last five years are stories pretty well known. But, there's also parallel crisis locally…
Jun 25, 2021

Receding Sonoma Valley aquifers could prompt big changes in how wells are used

by Marc Albert
There's likely a vast, unseen reservoir beneath your feet, built by centuries of rain percolating through the earth. Problem is, it's not limitless. In the Sonoma Valley, one of the county's three basins, that invisible supply has sunk 10 feet in…
Jun 24, 2021

Many Bodega Bay restaurant workers are still keeping their masks on

by Tessa Paoli
It's been a week since Governor Gavin Newsom signed the executive order allowing fully vaccinated employees to ditch their masks. But some businesses are still treading cautiously. "I think it's ridiculous. We have been careful all this time, to…
Jun 23, 2021

The days of 'freeways' could be numbered

by Marc Albert
A long range plan could add tolls on many local highways. It's far from a done deal, and officials anticipate widespread displeasure, but sometime in the future, driving down 101 could cost you. A half million dollar Caltrans grant will allow the…
Jun 23, 2021

Using open space for fire resiliency

by Tessa Paoli
The Greenbelt Alliance is an organization that advocates greenbelts, or open spaces like parks, preserves and agriculture lands to create natural buffers between communities and wildlands. "We believe that there is huge potential for the Bay Area…
Jun 22, 2021

Delta coronavirus variant emerges in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Data shows there are currently nineteen reported cases of the delta variant in the County, which has been shown to be more transmissible by 50 percent. And it's becoming more widespread in the United States. "The virus does exactly what we expect it…
Jun 22, 2021

New app to speed notification, aid evacuees in an emergency

by Marc Albert
When conditions align, California wildfires are terrifying and catastrophic. But a San Francisco-based startup named Zonehaven is harnessing technology and smart phone apps to give evacuees and rescuers an edge in an emergency. Launched with the aid…
Jun 21, 2021

City of Sonoma likely adding new development fee for fire services

by Marc Albert
The price of a new home in the city of Sonoma will likely to get more expensive soon. Sonoma city officials are considering a proposed fire protection development fee. It would bring Sonoma in line with ones approved for nearby unincorporated areas.…
Jun 18, 2021

Readying for the worst

by Marc Albert
Distinct, European-style high-low sirens will penetrate the redwoods around Occidental and Camp Meeker Saturday morning, the latest in a series of evacuation drills ahead of fire season. The exercises are designed as much for first responders as…
Jun 18, 2021

Sonoma County celebrates Juneteenth

by Tessa Paoli
"It really didn't start as a festival at all, it started as a kind of protest," said Nancy Rogers, chair of the Sonoma County Juneteenth Committee. The committee was started by Santa Rosa Junior College students over half a century ago. This is the…
Jun 17, 2021

Continued mask use varies in Cloverdale as economy reopens

by Tessa Paoli
Until clear guidance was handed down today by the state's workplace regulators, this week businesses all around Sonoma County have been making their own rules for mask wearing. "It felt freeing and it felt like we were breaking the rules," said…
Jun 17, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: Mental health workers on the frontlines of the pandemic

by Tessa Paoli
Brad LaBass started his job as a clinician on the mobile support team in Santa Rosa a few weeks before the pandemic hit. "There's so much unknown in general about COVID," LaBass said. "The anxiety for all of us was high too." The mobile support team…
Jun 16, 2021

Frustration and comradery as alumni vow to save faltering west county schools

by Marc Albert
Part political organizing, part reunion, about 80 people gathered Wednesday evening in Sebastopol; vowing to block the planned consolidation of two local high schools. Greg Jacobs, a 1966 graduate of Analy High, says the controversy isn't a…
Jun 16, 2021

Is it really safe? Some locals continuing to mask-up, despite restriction roll-back

by Marc Albert
With temperatures perfect for ice-cold beer, there were still vacant tables at the height of Wednesday's lunch rush at Russian River Brewing in downtown Santa Rosa. Between a quarter and a third of those spotted along Third Street were masked.…
Jun 16, 2021

Sonoma County plans distribution of $96 million dollars in post pandemic relief

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is moving forward with the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, that would provide ninety-six million dollars for post-pandemic relief. During the first budget hearing of the year, the same day the economy has fully opened up in over a…
Jun 15, 2021

Russian River to ebb as emergency measures approved

by Marc Albert
With the region's reservoirs dipping to historically lows, locals are being recruited into a water saving army--whether they like it or not. Within days, flows on the Russian River will drop nearly 60 percent, while 600,000 residents in Sonoma and…
Jun 14, 2021

Theater operator sees moviegoers slowly, but gradually returning

by Marc Albert
After taking it on the chin for more than a year, the operator of a local movie theater sees a slow return to normality. Though he's in the business of make-believe, Rialto Cinemas owner Ky Boyd doesn't expect a dramatic turn starting Tuesday.…
Jun 11, 2021

Drought so severe, even water 'royalty' could run dry within a month. 

by Marc Albert
Holders of the most senior water rights in the upper Russian River drainage, typically spared during shortages, could soon face a new reality. State water officials meeting Tuesday will get knee deep in a process that could force even those with the…
Jun 11, 2021

Sonoma County teens go the distance for climate change

by Tessa Paoli
Dozens of people, young and old, created an aisle to welcome the Sonoma County teens who have been walking hundreds of miles for the past two weeks to spread a message about the urgency of climate change. They are part of the Sonoma County hub of…
Jun 09, 2021

Despite recent setbacks, Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit is confident it can deliver

by Marc Albert
Just as its Larkspur station opened, making San Francisco commutes viable, half a world away, a mysterious ailment started sending people to hospitals. After an initial jump, ridership faltered, then plunged. "We just opened that segment in January…
Jun 09, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: One teacher gets through another abnormal school year

by Tessa Paoli
Samantha Kim is 25 and started teaching at Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa, right after she graduated from Sonoma State in 2017. She now teaches a combination class of fifth and sixth graders. “These kids are starting to form their own…
Jun 09, 2021

Sonoma County to revisit ban on disposable food containers

by Tessa Paoli
The proposal for a county-wide ban on products containing polystyrene foam as well as non-recyclable and non-compostable items, like Styrofoam, isn't new. Six jurisdictions including Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor and Healdsburg have already adopted an…
Jun 08, 2021

Santa Rosa considers extending, weakening eviction protections

by Marc Albert
As Santa Rosa officials consider extending a COVID-related eviction moratorium, housing advocates worry changes will leave tenants with few real protections. The urgency proposal would extend protections beyond the end of June, but essentially roll…
Jun 07, 2021

Compost facility could be years away

by Marc Albert
Compostable trash will continue making a long haul out of Sonoma County for at least another year and a half, after a proposed local facility fell through. 100,000 tons. That's about the weight of 581 empty 747 jetliners---equivalent to how much…
Jun 07, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: One mom's journey through distance learning

by Tessa Paoli
“Everybody knew James and they accepted him,” Larkin O’Leary, a mom and co-founder of the nonprofit Common Ground Society, said in a zoom interview last January. O’Leary’s seven-year-old son James started at Madrone Elementary School in 2019. She…
Jun 04, 2021

Newest Windsor council member on barriers to office

by Tessa Paoli
"People I was running against knew that the residents of Windsor are definitely interested in Rosa. But I thought they were doing anything and everything possible to keep me out of the council," Windsor City council member Rosa Reynoza said. Reynoza…
Jun 04, 2021

Sonoma County Drought Townhall Raises Fears

by Chris Lee
Two county supervisors hosted an online drought meeting June 3. Supervisors Hopkins and Gore presented some dire predictions from water experts and warnings for well owners. More from Chris Lee
Jun 03, 2021

Every drop counts in this year's historic drought

by Tessa Paoli
"Everyone’s water use matters, it all adds up. We are going to get through this drought drop by drop," Barry Dugan, Principal Program Specialist at Sonoma Water, said. "There's a lot of ways we can all reduce our water use." Two consecutive years of…
Jun 03, 2021

D.A. settles with MoviePass over bait & switch, fraud

by Marc Albert
Officers of a company offering deep discounts on movie theater seats, will pay $400,000 after the firm, MoviePass, descended into a legal drama of its own. Prosecutors, including Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, say numerous plot twists…
Jun 02, 2021

Fire risk danger growing, spreading

by Marc Albert
A fire season like no other seems to be developing, with the latest predictions from long range forecasters showing a convergence of ominous news. A normal June would seem lush by comparison. Typically, by late spring, vegetation would be drying,…
Jun 02, 2021

Windsor attempting to turn page on Foppoli

by Marc Albert
Windsor's town council will plot a course forward tonight, following the resignation of Mayor Dominic Foppoli in the face of sexual assault allegations. Several options are before the council Wednesday evening: set a special election for a new…
Jun 01, 2021

Clock ticking on recall with candidates yet to emerge

by Marc Albert
Candidates hoping to unseat Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch have about a month left to file their candidacies. Sonoma County voters will face two questions on a September 14th special election ballot. Whether to recall Ravitch, who has…
Jun 01, 2021

Hundreds of new apartments could rise in Santa Rosa

by Marc Albert
Part of California's big push to build more housing, plans for close to 400 new apartments go before Santa Rosa officials this evening If approved, the three separate proposals would build 371 apartments, 271 of them either meeting the definition of…
Jun 01, 2021

Pride celebrations begin in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Organizers from Sonoma County Pride raised the rainbow flag today on top of the Rosenberg building in downtown Santa Rosa. This kick-off to Pride month was extra special, after in-person events, like the annual parade, were done virtually last year.…
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May 27, 2021

State Lawmakers to Attorney General: Probe PG&E Fire Victim Trust

by Lily Jamali
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has asked for California Attorney General Rob Bonta to probe the spending and administration of the PG&E Fire Victim Trust. The request comes after a KQED investigation into overhead costs of the Trust, which…
May 27, 2021

Sonoma County to waive health fees for local businesses

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County small businesses forced to close during the pandemic now have access to $2.8 million in grant money. Nick Rodin took over Petaluma Tattoo a few months before shelter-in-place. The shop has struggled through the pandemic as a brand new…
May 26, 2021

Sonoma Water to revive old well during historic drought

by Tessa Paoli
A $400,000 plan is in motion to revive an old well as a way to conserve water during one of the worst droughts in Sonoma County's history. One of the three dormant wells that Sonoma Water owns, which were built in the late 1970's in the Santa Rosa…
May 26, 2021

PG&E settles Kincade suit with Sonoma County & cities

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County and four local cities will receive $31 million after settling with Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., over the 2019 Kincade Fire. The deal was announced this morning. KRCB's Marc Albert has the details... Announced a month after Sonoma…
May 26, 2021

Frustration and Tears as Paradise Turns out to Protest the PG&E Fire Victim Trust

by Lily Jamali
PARADISE, Calif. -- Teri Lindsay said she had no intention of speaking at a fire survivors’ rally that drew about a hundred people to the Skyway in Paradise Saturday. But as her daughter, Erika, stood by her side — tears streaming down the young…
May 25, 2021

County unveils new evac zones, maps

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County hopes new evacuation zones and maps will speed egress in an emergency. The maps chop unincorporated Sonoma County into 210 different zones. Incorporated cities have their own, though Sonoma and Windsor rely on the county's map. Misti…
May 24, 2021

Decades-old clergy abuse cases inching through courts

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County residents victimized decades ago by Catholic priests are still awaiting their day in court. Public outcry following a Boston Globe investigation--popularized by the movie Spotlight led California lawmakers... in 2019... to reopen the…
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May 21, 2021

Sonoma County shifts to pop-up vaccine clinics

by Tessa Paoli
So far, over half a million vaccine doses have been administered throughout the county, and local vaccine clinics have given out about a fifth of those doses. Because of that progress, most clinics will close down by the end of June and shift their…
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May 20, 2021

Regulations coming for winery events

by Marc Albert
credit: 'goingslo'A long-awaited plan to regulate events at Sonoma County wineries will go before the public next month, one of the final steps before facing the board of supervisors. Six and a half years in the making, the proposed ordinance won’t…
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May 20, 2021

Teens signing up for COVID vaccine in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Omé Gael Zúñiga, 14, getting vaccinated last Sunday at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. (Photo courtesy of Martín Zuniga) When eighth grader Omé Gael Zúñiga went to get his first shot last Sunday, he was prepared for the worst because he has a…
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May 19, 2021

Supes scrap cannabis plan; vow thorough process

by Marc Albert
May 19, 2021 - Under pressure from all sides, Sonoma County officials today decided unanimously to head back to the drawing board for a local cannabis ordinance. Following hours of aggrieved public testimony, the board of supervisors voted five to…
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May 19, 2021

COVID-19 restrictions to end next month

by Marc Albert
Barring a major outbreak of variants, Sonoma County, along with the rest of California, will end restrictions, including facial masks June 15. Although the county again missed benchmarks that would have bumped it into the least restrictive tier,…
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May 19, 2021

Santa Rosa to move forward on safe overnight parking sites

by Tessa Paoli
(photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr)This week Santa Rosa's city council discussed spending money on safe parking for unhoused people living in their cars, something advocates have suggested for years. The plan is to create an overnight safe…
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May 17, 2021

Officials awaiting word on emergency cutbacks to Russian River.

by Marc Albert
Governor Gavin Newsom and Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources ponder dried mud that should be deep beneath Lake Mendocino in this April 21, 2021 file photo, courtesy California DW Sonoma County officials are…
May 14, 2021

Help Us Investigate PG&E’s Power Lines

by Aaron Glantz and George LeVines/NPR, Lisa Pickoff-White/KQED, Chris Hagan/CapRadio, and KRCB’s Marc Albert
California’s public radio stations are investigating the safety of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s power lines ahead of wildfire season. We want your help. Email pictures of the lines in your area to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pacific Gas and Electric Company…
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May 13, 2021

State, insurers & homeowners cooperating to reduce fire risk

by Marc Albert
Image courtesy CalFireAs Sonoma County's fire season starts, state and local officials are pitching strategies and programs aimed at making homes more fire resistant. When fire rages out of control, few things survive. But smartly-built homes with…
May 13, 2021

Small uptick in cases keeps Sonoma County in orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
Although the county was eligible to move into the yellow tier last week, a small increase in cases keeps Sonoma stuck in the second least restrictive orange tier for at least a couple more weeks, along with the majority of other Bay Area counties.…
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May 13, 2021

Each Sonoma County school district reopens differently

by Tessa Paoli
As state guidelines have shifted to allow schools to begin reopening, officials said nearly every district in Sonoma County is offering either hybrid or in-person learning. But each district is making their own decisions about how many days and…
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May 12, 2021

Fire season outlook suggests serious challenges ahead

by Marc Albert
Thirty wildfires have been contained or extinguished by CalFire since New Year’s Day. That’s six times the total on this date five years ago. There are signs that California could be in for a very trying summer. To learn what experts foresee, KRCB’s…
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May 12, 2021

Ominous signs suggest epic fire season on its way

by Marc Albert
On dry land that should be beneath Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties in April. Photo courtesy Calif. Department of Water ResourcesComing off back-to-back miserly rainy seasons,…
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May 07, 2021

Santa Rosa residents call for more police accountability

by Tessa Paoli
During this week’s special Santa Rosa city council meeting, spanning almost two full days, the public heard three reports interrogating Santa Rosa officers’ responses to the 2020 protests. They say Santa Rosa police used an unparalleled amount of…
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Apr 30, 2021

Context is important when choosing J&J vaccine

by Tessa Paoli
Before the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was paused, Dr. Brian Prystowsky, a pediatrician and vaccine expert at Sutter Health in Santa Rosa, was excited about the one-dose shot. "I think that two weeks ago, I was primarily recommending Johnson and…
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Apr 29, 2021

Gripped by drought, California could face epic fire season

by Marc Albert
Standing on the dried out bed of what should be Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties April 21More than half of California has slipped into extreme drought, according to the federal drought…
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Apr 27, 2021

Sonoma County resumes use of J&J vaccine

by Tessa Paoli
In accordance with recommendations by federal and state health officials, Sonoma County is once again distributing the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a two week pause. In a statement Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said the vaccine is…
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Apr 22, 2021

County holds its first COVID-19 briefing in Spanish

by Tessa Paoli
Instead of offering Spanish translations online during the meeting, like they’ve been doing for the past year, officials switched to Spanish as the primary language this week, with English translations available on Youtube. The change is an effort…
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Apr 22, 2021

Residents react to the Chauvin verdict

by Tessa Paoli
Photo of a Black Lives Matter Protest in 2020. (Photo by Adia White)Santa Rosa Jr. College student and activist Caitie Ferro cried when she first heard the news that Derek Chauvin was guilty of murder, and thought the dozens of marches she went to…
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Apr 22, 2021

Healdsburg ponders 'granny-flat' red tape, incentives

by Marc Albert
Ordered by Sacramento to encourage more so-called granny flats, Healdsburg has gone a step further in hopes of encouraging a mini building boom. Officials predict new, less onerous rules will spur more homeowners into becoming small-scale landlords.…
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Apr 16, 2021

Santa Rosa parents ask district to fully reopen

by Tessa Paoli
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…
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Apr 15, 2021

As vaccine eligibility opens, hesitation is the next hurdle

by Tessa Paoli
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…
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Apr 14, 2021

J&J pause slows down vaccinations of vulnerable residents

by Tessa Paoli
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…
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Apr 13, 2021

Businesses have more options in orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
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…
Apr 12, 2021

Windsor mayor under sex-crimes cloud

by Marc Albert
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…
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Apr 07, 2021

Sonoma County enters orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
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…
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Apr 06, 2021

Health Fair vaccinates hundreds of residents

by Tessa Paoli
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 a.m. to get one of the 200 Moderna vaccines given out at last weekend’s Cesar Chavez Health Fair in…
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Apr 01, 2021

Santa Rosa hands out weather radios to boost alert system

by Tessa Paoli
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 out through weather radios. The battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio is common in the Midwest for…
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Mar 31, 2021

Sonoma County teens design quarantine mural

by Tessa Paoli
Santa Rosa-based art organization Artstart's Shelter in Place Mural. (photo courtesy of Jennifer Tatum). COVID has affected everyone, old and young. But for teenagers, being stuck at home has been especially challenging and often painful. That's why…
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Mar 29, 2021

COVID-19 easing, while vaccine distribution hits bottleneck

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert Improving data suggests vaccines are gaining the upper hand and COVID-19 related restrictions across Sonoma County may be eased as soon as next week. Yet troubling signs elsewhere suggest the pandemic is far from over. Among those 75…
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Mar 24, 2021

New Data Shows an Uptick in Fatal Drug Overdoses

by Tessa Paoli
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 of loss since the start of the pandemic. Sonoma County’s made progress in keeping case numbers low…
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Mar 19, 2021

Abalone season cancelled, at least until 2026

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert With wild abalone populations decimated by a string of environmental setbacks, besides over-fishing. State officials reiterated Friday that recreational abalone fishing will be entirely forbidden this year. And that the fishery will…
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Mar 19, 2021

Sonoma likely facing challenging drought

by Marc Albert
One of the driest winters on record locally, may cause serious water issues this summerBy Marc Albert The rainy season has hardly been generous. California’s two largest reservoirs are less full than they should be. While the statewide situation is…

Why Are Key California Affordable Housing Bills Bottled Up?

BYMANUELA TOBIAS, CalMatters Encouraging housing to be built in place of abandoned big box stores and strip malls. Making it easier to build student…

A Group Of Michigan Lawmakers Used Coronavirus Relief Funds For $65,000 In Bonuses

Lawmakers in a Michigan county are vowing to return $65,000 in bonuses they gave themselves using federal coronavirus relief funds. During a July 15…

The Last Victim Has Been Identified In The Florida Condo Collapse, A Relative Says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The final victim of the condo building collapse in Florida has been identified, authorities said Monday, more than a month…

The Last Victim Has Been Identified In The Florida Condo Collapse

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The final victim of the condo building collapse in Florida has been identified, authorities said Monday, more than a month…

Male Survivors Of Sexual Abuse Struggle To Find Treatment

Male victims of sexual trauma face a lot of obstacles to getting help. They have trouble finding people to believe their stories, even when they find…

New York City Mandates Municipal Workers Be Vaccinated By Mid-September

New York City announced that government workers, including teachers and police, must be vaccinated by mid-September. Those who refuse will have to…

Britney Spears' Lawyer Files Request For New Conservator Of Her Money

Britney Spears' recently named lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, promised when he came aboard on July 14 that he would act speedily towards setting a new…

As Immigration Courts Face Backlogs, Advocates Say It's Time To Overhaul The System

Immigration courts are facing massive backlogs because of the COVID-19 pandemic and long-standing structural issues. Advocates say it's time to…

Infectious Disease Specialist Discusses Whether The U.S. Is Over-Testing For COVID-19

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Dr. Monica Gandhi, who studies infectious diseases at the University of California San Francisco, about whether the…

USA Basketball Is Stumbling In Tokyo After Dominating The Olympics For Years

New York City announced that government workers, including teachers and police, must be vaccinated by mid-September. Those who refuse will have to…

Florida Gov. DeSantis Is Fighting For Fewer Health Restrictions On Cruise Ships

In Florida, the restart of cruises is complicated by lawsuits and politics. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is challenging the CDC over regulations as his…

Dr. Zeke Emanuel On His Call For Healthcare Employers To Require Vaccines For Workers

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who organized an effort backed by over 50 medical groups for healthcare and long-term care employers…

Tuesday Could Be A Dramatic – And Pivotal – Day For America's Gold Medal Hopes

Two U.S. women's teams will compete for gold early Tuesday, as the gymnastics and softball squads try to put their mark on the Tokyo Olympics. They…

California Will Require Vaccination Or Testing For Health Care, State Workers

California will require health care workers and state employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be tested weekly and wear masks at work. The…

NYC Will Require Vaccines Or Weekly Tests For Hundreds Of Thousands Of City Workers

Across the country, officials are rolling out new requirements for mandatory vaccines for public employees — and the possibility of penalties if they…

New Vaccine Mandates Are Coming For Government Employees And Health Care Workers

Across the country, officials are rolling out new requirements for mandatory vaccines for public employees — and the possibility of penalties if they…

California Coronavirus Updates: Fauci Says US Is Heading In 'Wrong Direction' On COVID-19

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates Fauci says US is heading in 'wrong direction'…

How Some Districts Are Trying To Get Anxious Families Back Into School Buildings

Paullette Healy isn't sure yet where her 13-year-old son, Lucas, will go to school this fall. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and says New York City…

At Least 7 People Die In A 20-Car Pileup In A Utah Sandstorm

KANOSH, Utah — At least seven people were killed in a 20-vehicle pileup crash during a sandstorm Sunday afternoon, Utah Highway Patrol said. The…

Florida Now Leads The Nation In New COVID-19 Cases

NPR's Sarah McCammon talks to Dr. Peggy Duggan, chief medical officer at Tampa General Hospital, about the increase in patients. CDC data indicates…

Drew And Kayla Gottfried Thought Their Wedding Video Had Been Erased

It turns out, 14 years later, that a video was hiding among old boxes at their church. Drew surprised Kayla with the video by screening it at local…

Many Airlines Are Ill-Prepared For The Wave Of Returning Passengers

As millions of Americans return to the skies, some airlines are struggling to meet demand, and deal with a spike in unruly behavior by passengers —…

Atlanta's Scandal-Plagued Ex-Mayor Is Trying To Make A Comeback

The increase in violent crime that has hit cities across the country has dominated the non-partisan November race to be Atlanta's city's next mayor.…

Rise In Crime May Help Atlanta's Ex-Mayor's Campaign, Despite Cloud Of Corruption

The increase in violent crime that has hit cities across the country has dominated the non-partisan November race to be Atlanta's city's next mayor.…

Marlboro Maker CEO Says The Company Plans To Stop Selling Smokes In The U.K.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International says it will stop selling cigarettes in the United Kingdom within the next decade — including the company's…

Amid Massive Hospital Sell-Off, Corporate Giant Continues Suing Patients

Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon doesn't exist anymore as a hospital. But it still sued Hope Cantwell. A knock came on the door of Cantwell's East…

Civil Rights Activist Bob Moses Dies At 86

Veteran civil rights activist and educator Bob Moses has died at the age of 86. Moses spent the early 1960s working for the Students Nonviolent…

Censorship Scholar On Book Bans And Critical Race Theory

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Richard Price, author of the Adventures In Censorship blog, about trends in censorship and book banning.

After 18 Months, Sutter Antitrust Settlement Finally Poised for Formal Approval

By Jenny Gold More than 18 months after Sutter Health agreed to a tentative settlement in a closely watched antitrust case joined by the California…

UC Tuition Hike: Regents To Vote On ‘Forever’ Increase

The proposal is a complicated one, stippled with tuition hike estimates pegged to inflation and studded with various exemptions meant to cap what…

Outgunned: Why California’s Groundbreaking Firearms Law Is Failing

During his recentconfirmation hearings, State Attorney General Rob Bonta was peppered with questions from lawmakers on how he planned to fix the…

Sacramento Businesses Create Their Own COVID-19 Protocols In Face Of Delta Variant

If you want to dance to live blues at Torch Club, be prepared to show proof of vaccination. If you want to enjoy a laugh at The Comedy Spot, be

California Coronavirus Updates: Some Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Are Finding It Difficult To Get Back Home

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates You can get COVID-19 even if you’re…

Residents Of Upstate New York Eagerly Await Reopening Of U.S-Canadian Border

People in Plattsburgh, New York are looking forward to the August 9th reopening of the nearby U.S.-Canadian border to fully vaccinated Americans.

What's Next At The Site Of The Surfside Condo Collapse

The search effort in Surfside, Fla., has ended. Residents and officials are debating what will happen to the site of the condo collapse, including if…

Montana Wildfire Fight Draws Help From Other States As Much Of The West Burns

Out-of-state crews are headed to Montana to help fight massive fires there as the western part of the country continues to be ravaged by flames and…

Montana Wildfire Fight Draws Help From Other States

Out-of-state crews are headed to Montana to help fight massive fires there as the western part of the country continues to be ravaged by flames and…

In Texas, A Struggle To Preserve Historic Duranguito Neighborhood

The U.S. has thousands of National Historic Landmarks, but few commemorate Latino heritage. The Duranguito neighborhood of El Paso, known as the…

Chicago Outreach Coordinator Works To Stop Violence Through Intervention

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Marcus Mitchell, community outreach manager with the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, about his work to prevent gun…

Gun Violence In Austin, Texas, Reflects Broader National Pattern

As homicide rates spike nationwide, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Steve Adler, mayor of Austin, Texas, about how his city is handling violent crime…

Some State Officials Say Landmark Opioid Settlement Doesn't Do Enough To Help

A $26-billion settlement has been reached for companies involved in the prescription opioid epidemic. But what happens next?

LA County Public Health Director On Area's Spike In COVID-19 Cases

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer about her county's recent surge in COVID-19 cases and what's being…

Forever Chemicals: California Unveils Health Goals For Contaminated Drinking Water

BYRACHEL BECKER, CalMatters California took a major step today towards regulating dangerous “forever chemicals” in drinking water by proposing new…

California Recall Candidate Kevin Faulconer Wants To Tackle Homelessness. What Did He Do As San Diego’s Mayor?

Recall candidate Kevin Faulconer says his record on homelessness as San Diego’s mayor is a model for how he would tackle California’s crisis as…

No, California Does Not Have A Personal Belief Exemption For COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids

A prominent California anti-vaccination group recently posted an image on Instagram falsely claiming that the state has a personal belief exemption…

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Beats New Zealand In A Much-Needed Olympics Comeback

The U.S. women's soccer team bounced back in a big way Saturday, beating New Zealand 6-1. The win came after a disappointing and surprising loss to…

California Coronavirus Updates: You Can Get COVID-19 Even If You’re Vaccinated—But It’s Rare

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates You can get COVID-19 even if you’re…

As An Army Chorus Member, He Didn't Carry A Weapon. His Job Was To Sing

Master Sgt. Alvy Powell Jr. didn't enlist in the Army to be a soldier in combat — he was there to sing. With the U.S. Army Chorus, Alvy performed

What Can The IRS Do To Enforce Tax Laws?

NPR's Scott Simon discusses the ability of the IRS to enforce tax laws with Chye-Ching Huang of the Tax Law Center at the NYU School of Law.

New Illinois Law To Require Asian-American History In Public Schools

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Illinois State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz about a new law that would make Asian-American history a mandatory part of…

Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Worry They Can't Come Home

When the pandemic hit, Keri Smith and her family fled with what they could fit in their car. They spent the past 15 months in Canada, where she was

Viva Las Vegas! The City's $2 Billion Wedding Industry Is Back

Branden Paul has got the look. The dyed black pompadour. The bedazzled suit. The sunglasses. He's an Elvis impersonator and, on a recent Wednesday,…

Interview: Push To Decriminalize Some Psychedelics Working Its Way Through California Capitol

There’s a push at the California State Capitol to decriminalize the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs like LSD, psilocybin and…

The Search for Victims Comes To An End At The Florida Condo Collapse Site

The search for victims in one of the deadliest building collapses in U.S. history has come to an end after four weeks. Firefighter crews have scoured…

After 106 Years, Cleveland's Baseball Team Will Have A New Name

After 106 years with a name many found offensive, Cleveland's baseball team will have a new moniker after this season. They will become the…

CIA Director On America's Biggest Challenges

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with CIA Director William Burns about Russia, China and what keeps him up at night.

'This Is Much Worse': Florida Hospitals Handling New Covid Surge

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, about the worst surge of COVID-19…

China Issues Counter-Sanctions After U.S. Warned Against Doing Business In Hong Kong

China is imposing fresh counter-sanctions on United States entities just days ahead of a visit by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

In A Major Step For Chicago Police Reform, Civilians Gain Oversight Of Department

The Chicago City Council approved a plan to give civilians oversight of the city's police department: the result of a years-long effort to allow…

A Manhattan Judge Has Allowed An Inquiry Into Eric Garner's 2014 Death

The court released a list of people expected to testify in the judicial inquiry of Eric Garner's 2014 death. Garner's family says not enough was done…

Drastic Drop In Life Expectancy Is Far Steeper For Black And Latino Populations

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Dr. Alicia Fernandez of UC San Francisco about new figures showing a steeper decline in life expectancy for Black and…

Frito-Lay Strike Could End As Workers Vote On A New Labor Agreement

Frito-Lay workers are voting on an agreement that could end the strike. It would boost wages, guarantee a weekly day off and end "suicide shifts" —…

A Drift-Prone Weedkiller Still Damages Crops And Trees, Despite Attempts To Stop It

A drift-prone herbicide called dicamba continues to plague the Midwest, despite promises to end the problem from the chemical's backers. A top seed…

Mental Health Response Teams Yield Better Outcomes Than Police In NYC, Data Shows

A New York City pilot program that dispatches mental health specialists and paramedics instead of police for certain nonviolent emergency calls has…
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