Community Action Partnership Hosts Discussion on Law Enforcement Accountability (Aired: August 13, 2020)

We’re in the midst of a national debate about law enforcement oversight and accountability. That was the subject of this week’s edition of the virtual “Community Conversations on Race”. These interactive panels have been presented by local nonprofit Community Action Partnership. In this excerpt, Moderator Mary Watts Sparks asks Black Lives Matter organizer Amber Lucas […]

CEO Discusses Racism and Starting a Sonoma County Business (Aired: August 11, 2020)

Every Monday, the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County hosts a community conversation on race. On July 27, the conversation focused on the experience of local Black business owners and influences. In this excerpt, moderator Joy Dehnert asked Letitia Hanke about the barriers she’s faced as CEO of her own roofing company in Santa Rosa.  […]

School Re-Openings Around the County (Aired: August 5, 2020)

Our friends at Sonoma West publishers are a unique local resource. For years, they produced newspapers that reflected life in the towns of Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Windsor and West Sonoma County. Now only the Healdsburg paper continues in print, while the others live as digital information sources.  At NorCal Public Media, we’re partnering with Sonoma West […]

Sonoma County Report Finds Santa Rosa Police Violated Protesters’ Rights – Part Two (Aired: August 4, 2020)

On Friday we spoke with D’mitra Smith, the chair of the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission. The commission recently released a report on human rights violations during the Santa Rosa Black Lives Matter Protests. In Friday’s interview, Smith described numerous allegations of excessive use of force by local law enforcement. It’s unclear how the report […]

Sonoma County Report Finds Santa Rosa Police Violated Protesters’ Rights (Aired: July 31, 2020)

At the beginning of July, The Sonoma County Human Rights Commission published a 40-page report titled, “Human Rights Violations in Santa Rosa California – Policing the Black Lives Matter Protests.” The report alleges numerous violations by law enforcement against protesters.  KRCB’s Adia White spoke with commission chair D’mitra Smith. Smith describes the tactics used by police and how the commission evaluated them.  […]

Sonoma County Cannabis Industry Claims Looser Permit Requirements Could Help Boost Tax Revenue (Aired: July 30, 2020)

When Sonoma County shut down this spring, cannabis businesses, deemed essential, were allowed to stay open. Now that the county is wrestling with a plunge in tax revenues, marijuana growers and sellers see an opportunity. Loosen permitting and other restrictions, they say, and we can guarantee a boost in cash for the county. Alexa Wall, chair […]

Local Organization Works to Get Everyone Counted On The 2020 Census (Aired: July 29, 2020)

The State of California is suing the Trump administration over an order that aims to block undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census. The effort is likely to fail. But some fear the attempt alone may discourage immigrants from being counted.  The Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County is working to ensure everyone fills out the […]

Kevin Shenkman – Part Two (Aired: July 24, 2020)

Yesterday, we met Kevin Shenkman. He’s the lawyer whose challenges have caused many California cities to move from at-large elections to contests by district. His reward for this campaign has included anti-Semitic slurs and death threats. Shenkman talks about his work in Sonoma County with news director Steve Mencher.  For more, visit