The state of California is planning for a minimum wage hike
to 15-dollars an hour. But it won’t fully take effect until 2023.
Marty Bennett has been organizing workers and teaching
history in Sonoma County for decades. His current fight? Accelerating the
minimum wage hike in Sonoma County to take effect sooner than the state’s
timeline. He talked with News Director Steve Mencher.
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to us at news at norcalpublicmedia.org.
School is in full swing. Meanwhile, the West Sonoma County Teachers Association is currently in negotiations with the West County Union High School District over salaries and benefits. KRCB News Director Steve Mencher talked with Paul Nicholas Boylan, special legal counsel for the district, about the state of negotiations and the district’s current offer.
You’ll find the first part of this story, an interview with
Brian Miller, chair of the teachers’ union bargaining team, on our website at
Kids are back in school now. But in at least one district,
the teachers’ union is still battling over salaries and benefits, as
administrators offer what amounts to a pay cut.
The school year is fully underway, but the West Sonoma
County Teachers Association is still in negotiations with the West County Union
High School District over salaries and benefits. KRCB’s Isabella Bloom talked
with Brian Miller, a math teacher at Analy High School and the chair of the
union bargaining team.
Fact-finding documents will be released October 7th and in
the coming days, we’ll hear the district’s point of view.
Studies show that dropping out of high school can shorten
your life expectancy. Disruptions to daily life caused by recent wildfires have
made getting to school harder. On the North Bay Report, find out how far some
school administrators will go to keep kids in the classroom.
Following a disaster, students tend to miss more school days
to cope with loss and find time to recover. But studies show that missing
school can affect graduation rates and dropouts can have worse health outcomes
later in life. KRCB’s Adia White tells us how school administrators are
fighting to keep students in the classroom
This story was produced for the USC Annenberg Health
Journalism Fellowship. For more on wildfire and health visit
(Photo: Director of student services, Dena Kapsalis – Adia
White, Nor Cal Public Media)
Counselors at Paradise Elementary worked with students with
high rates of trauma before the Camp Fire happened. Now, they are trying to
find ways to help already struggling students cope with the loss of their town.
Ten months after the Camp Fire, Counselors at Paradise
Unified School District are working with kids who are experiencing ongoing
trauma. High rates of poverty in the County have made their work harder. KRCB’s
Adia White visited Paradise Elementary to find out how school-based counselors
are supporting students.
This story was produced for the USC Annenberg Health Journalism
Fellowship. For recovery resources visit norcalpublicmedia.org
How can art help heal trauma? We talk to a class of third
graders to find out.
The timeline for recovery after a disaster is different for
everyone. Educators in Santa Rosa are noticing that many elementary students
are just now beginning to process their trauma from the 2017 wildfires. KRCB’s
Adia White tells us how teachers — and visiting artists — are using the
classroom as a space for healing.
This story was produced for the USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship. For more recovery resources visit norcalpublicmedia.org.
At the end of August, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted a
forum in Mountain View to celebrate women leaders. In this excerpt from the
event, Wendy Okolo, a NASA Aerospace Engineering Researcher and Hannah Gordon,
a former journalist and now the Chief Administrative Officer of the San
Francisco 49ers share lessons they’ve had to teach – or learn. Wendy Okolo
starts the conversation with a story about being a young black woman in the
For more on this topic, watch our show
Connect the Bay: Erasing the Gap, Conversations with Women Leaders, this
Sunday at 5 p.m. on KRCB TV Channel 22. Find out more on norcalpublicmedia.org/ConnectTheBay.
How progressive is Sonoma County? Barbie Robinson, Director
of the Department of Health Services, shares her opinion during
a panel discussion.
The local non-profit, California Human Development held a panel
discussion with North Bay Women leaders last month. In this excerpt from the
panel, Barbie Robinson, the Director of the Sonoma County Department of Health
Services, was asked how she disrupts the status quo.
Two of the participants from that panel, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins
and Karen Demarest of the Sonoma County Community Foundation will be joining us
on Sunday night for our next edition of Connect the Bay — Closing the Gap,
Conversations with Women Leaders. We will also be joined by School Board
Trustee Stephanie Manieri and Sonoma State Chief of Staff Jerlena Griffin-Desta.
Send questions for these guests to email@example.com.
The show will also feature Co-founder of United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta and
Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is tired of being asked, “How can
you do your job with kids?” She talked about why this question is problematic
during a panel discussion about women in leadership at the Paradise Ridge
Winery at the end of August. The panel was hosted by the non-profit California
Human Development and moderated by Karen Demarest from the Community Foundation
of Sonoma County. In this excerpt from the panel, Demarest talks with Hopkins
about how to overcome sexism in politics.
Lynda Hopkins and Karen Demarest will be joining us for our
live TV show Connect the Bay: Erasing the Gap, Conversations with Women
Leaders. Watch the show this Sunday at 5 p.m. on KRCB TV Channel 22.