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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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” …

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 …

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 …