California Hope Crisis Counseling Ends – July 16, 2019

The California Hope crisis counseling program ended on June 30th. The program was funded by FEMA to help survivors cope with trauma after the October wildfires. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with California Hope project manager Wendy Wheelwright about the work that remains to be done.

Survivors can still seek free mental health counseling through the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative, Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management and Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative. For a list of more free counseling services visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

Local Group Shares Hotline to Protect Undocumented Immigrants from Deportation – July 12, 2019

As deportations increase across the country, one Sonoma County group has a plan to protect undocumented immigrants.

The Trump administration is planning immigration raids in ten major cities across the U.S. starting Sunday. Local activist group, The North Bay Organizing Project is training residents to become legal observers and document any ICE activity in the area. KRCB’s Adia White attended a training in Santa Rosa and has this report.

To learn more visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

Half of Properties Inspected in Sonoma County are Not Ready for Fire Season – July 11, 2019

Sonoma County officials say only half of the rural properties they inspected are ready for fires season. Is your property fire safe?

Sonoma County is inspecting homes and properties to make sure that owners have cleared weeds and cut overgrown grass on their lots. This is the first time the county is doing “Defensible Space Inspections” to make sure that firefighters can best protect homes from wildfires.  Sonoma County Fire Chief James Marshall told the board of supervisors on Tuesday that about half of the properties inspected by officials so far are out of compliance with the county’s regulations and are not fire safe. KRCB’s Adia White took a walk through one neighborhood with James Marshall when inspections first started in June. She has more on what “out of compliance” looks like.

To learn more about how to protect your home from wildfire visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

Host of KPCC’s “The Big One Podcast” Shares Earthquake Preparedness Tips – July 10, 2019

Southern California was hit by two large earthquakes last week. One was a magnitude 7.1; the largest recorded in the state in twenty years. It’s a reminder that the next one could be centered in downtown Los Angeles or San Francisco. Southern California Public Radio station KPCC released a podcast called the “Big One” this year. It talks about what will happen if a major earthquake hits. Host, Jacob Margolis, visited Santa Rosa in April to give advice to a group of emergency managers on how to use storytelling to effectively share information. We’re sharing an excerpt from his talk and a taste of the podcast to encourage you to get your earthquake kit ready.

Go to norcalpublicmedia.org to find the fabulous preparedness resources this podcast is sharing with listeners.

Roseland Residents Give Input on 2050 General Plan – July 9, 2019

Now that the Roseland neighborhood has been annexed into the city of Santa Rosa, residents are able to give their input on the city’s general plan.

Many of us struggle with planning for the weekend, but cities must plan thirty years into the future to marshal the resources they need. The city of Santa Rosa is in the process of writing its general plan for 2050. The city sought the public’s input during a series of community meetings held in May and June. KRCB’s Adia White attended a meeting for Spanish speakers at the Roseland Neighborhood Center and tells us about their hopes for the future.

Learn more about the city’s 2050 general plan at norcalpublicmedia.org.

Book Tells Stories of Refugees Exiled ‘Home’ to Cambodia – July 5, 2019

Cambodian refugees who run afoul of U.S. law may be sent back to a country they may never have known.

“Exiled” is author Katya Cengel’s recent book about Cambodian refugees in California. In the light of current refugee policies, it’s instructive to learn how some of these residents face deportation and uncertainty if they commit even minor crimes. Hovering in the background of the story: the Cambodian genocide, in which millions perished in the late 1970s. Cengel spoke with KRCB news director Steve Mencher about the origins of her book.

Find a link to her book at norcalpublicmedia.org.

California on Independence Day: Fourth of July Special – July 4, 2019

What was it like to live in California on July 4, 1776?

This fourth of July, we take a look at what California was like on Independence Day in 1776. From our partners at North State Public Radio we’re proud to present this holiday special.

For a link to more episodes of “Up the Road” from our partners at North State Public Radio, visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

Loss of property taxes from 2017 wildfires is taking a toll on the Sonoma County budget – July 3, 2019

Mid-June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a $1.78 billion budget for the next fiscal year. The new budget resulted in $14 million in unfulfilled funding requests and cut nine county jobs of a staff of about 4,000. The county requested the state cover the property tax loss from the 2017 wildfires, but that backfill was unavailable from Sacramento this year. KRCB’s Adia White talked with chair of the board of supervisors, David Rabbitt about how the changes in the budget will affect Sonoma County residents.

To learn more about changes in the Sonoma County budget visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

State Bill to Boost Housing Density Stalls in the Legislature, So What’s Next? – July 2, 2019

This spring, there was strong support in the state legislature for senate bill 50. SB 50 would have rewritten zoning laws to allow for more housing to be built along transit lines and near job centers. But despite bipartisan support, the bill was delayed until at least 2020. San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener authored the bill. He spoke with KRCB’s Steve Mencher about his next steps.

To learn more about ongoing efforts to protect California’s renters and diverse communities; watch our recent news special Connect the Bay, on norcalpublicmedia.org

Sonoma County Interfaith Council Tackles Hate Crimes – June 28, 2019

Hate crimes are on the rise across the nation and here in the North Bay. In response, The Interfaith Council of Sonoma County started a campaign to spread kindness. KRCB’s Adia White talked with council chair Mohammad Jabbari and reverend Tara Steele to learn how faith-based groups are working together to fight hate. Jabbari starts the interview by reading a poem.

To learn more about the United in Kindness campaign visit norcalpublicmedia.org.