Barlow Tenants Question Why Flood Plan Didn’t Work – March 19, 2019

Village Bakery at The Barlow suffered catastrophic losses from flooding.
Credit: STEVE MENCHER

Tenants of the Barlow in Sebastopol are working to reopen their businesses after flooding in late February devastated the open-air shopping center. The center had an extensive flood protection plan, leaving many wondering how this happened in the first place. Reporter Adia White visited the Barlow last week and has the story.

We have more stories about the flooding and a list of resources for those still grappling with recovery. You’ll find it all at norcalpublicmedia.org.

Meet Miss Sonoma County for 2019 – March 15, 2019

This year’s Miss Sonoma County is breaking new ground in more ways than one.

Miss Sonoma County 2019 was crowned on the second of March. She’s different from every other winner of the contest. She spoke openly about being a survivor of sexual assault, has embraced the idea of sharing the fact that she’s gay and won even though she skipped the swimsuit portion of the competition. All of which made KRCB reporter Adia White eager to talk with the 21-year old Sonoma State student, Rhiannon Jones.

There’s more at norcalpublicmedia.org.

Garden Society, A Woman-Centered Cannabis Company, Launches Podcast – March 14, 2019

Their company is a bit of a mash-up – they sell cannabis products aimed at women through retail outlets and the equivalent of Tupperware parties.

Garden Society is a female-centric local cannabis company, started by two women. They sell products like low-dose chocolates and pre-rolled joints. When KRCB news director Steve Mencher found out the company was producing a podcast, he invited co-founder Erin Gore to the studio…

Garden Society, a cannabis company with a podcast about pot, motherhood, women entrepreneurs – and many other things. Learn more at norcalpublicmedia.org.

City of Healdsburg Considers Passing an Ordinance to Protect Tenants – March 13, 2019

Every tenant in one Healdsburg apartment building received an eviction notice. Now, the city is looking at how to protect its renters.

The city of Healdsburg stalled on an urgency ordinance that would have required landlords to pay up to 7,000 dollars in relocation fees when evicting residents without just cause or when increasing the rent by more than ten percent. The ordinance was brought to the council after five families were evicted from the Piper Street apartment complex. Reporter Adia White tells us more about the evictions that sparked the ordinance and why it was tabled.

You can listen to more stories about affordable housing throughout Sonoma County on our website, norcalpublicmedia.org. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

A Landslide Threatens Several Homes in Forestville’s Hacienda Neighborhood – March 12, 2019

Not all of the damages from the rainstorm two weeks ago were due to flooding. This makes the recovery effort even more complicated.

The sun came out yesterday and local residents enjoyed one of the most beautiful days of winter this year. It’s an important time to remember that many are still struggling to recover from the heavy rainfall and flooding two weeks ago. KRCB’s Adia White visited a small community in Forestville last week, where residents are living with uncertainty after the saturated ground beneath their homes began to slip.

Sonoma County is sending geologists to measure the movement of the slide in the Hacienda neighborhood. We have several more stories about the flooding and a list of resources for those still grappling with recovery. You’ll find it all at norcalpublicmedia.org. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Newsmaker Interview with Tribal Leader Greg Sarris, Part Two – March 7, 2019

It’s not every writer and professor who gets to help spend tens of millions of dollars to improve his community.

Yesterday, we talked with Sonoma State professor Greg Sarris about his newest book. Today, we move on to his role as tribal chairman. There, he helps direct millions of dollars from the Graton Resort and Casino to environmental and social justice causes. Sarris spoke with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher about the increased giving planned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

To hear part one of our interview with Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris, visit us at norcalpublicmedia.org. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Newsmaker Interview with Greg Sarris, Part One of Two – March 6, 2019

This week brings the paperback release of a story collection from writer and teacher Greg Sarris. You may know Sarris from his other job – Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher has a special 2-part interview with Greg Sarris. Today – Sarris the author. Tomorrow, we’ll focus on his leadership role with the tribe. To begin, Greg Sarris reads the introduction to “How a Mountain Was Made.”

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are planning to ramp up their giving in Sonoma County. Tomorrow, Chairman Greg Sarris tells us where the tribe’s many millions of dollars are headed. Learn more at norcalpublicmedia.org. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Emergency Management Director Christopher Godley Speaks to Resident’s Top Recovery Concerns – March 6, 2019

Another atmospheric river hit yesterday, fortunately for us in the North Bay, it was concentrated well to south of us and should not significantly affect the Russian River. Still, residents have their hands full with other concerns.

Although the Russian River has receded below flood stage, those affected are still struggling to get their lives back in order. At a community meeting in Forestville Sunday night, around 200 people showed up to learn more about the recovery and pose questions to Sonoma County leaders. After the meeting, reporter Adia White spoke with emergency management director, Christopher Godley, about some of resident’s top concerns

Learn more about the recovery effort at norcalpublicmedia.org. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

Sonoma County Residents Search for Assistance to Help with Flood Recovery – March 5, 2019

After the worst flooding since 1995, residents along the Russian River are eager to learn whether they can get help from government at any level.
Nineteen hundred homes and 578 businesses were damaged by the Russian River flooding and record rainfall last week. Sonoma County officials estimate the total damages at 155 million dollars. Reporter Adia White travelled to Guerneville and Forestville on Sunday to find out whether recovery resources available are enough to meet the needs.

We’ll hear more from Sonoma County Emergency Manager Christopher Godley on the North Bay Report tomorrow. Visit norcalpublicmedia.org for recovery resource information. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.

New Sonoma State Executive Gets Personal Discussing Diversity – February 28, 2019

Jerlena Griffin-Desta, the new chief of staff at Sonoma State, had some concerns about working and living in Sonoma County. Today, Why she’s thrilled she’s making the move.

Yesterday we heard part one of an interview with Sonoma State’s new chief of staff, who is also Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Diversity. Today, Jerlena Griffin-Desta talks about ongoing initiatives to diversify the Sonoma State campus with KRCB News Director Steve Mencher.

To hear part one of our interview with Jerlena Griffin-Desta, the new chief of staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Diversity at Sonoma State, visit us on the web at norcalpublicmedia.org. Hear this story on demand with our free KRCB mobile app. You can also find this and past stories on our new North Bay Report Facebook page. Comment, share and give us a like there. Follow the North Bay Report on Twitter @KRCBNews.