Behind the Scenes at one of the Nation’s Largest Cannabis Manufacturing Facilities – September 25, 2019

Ever wonder how vape oil or cannabis candies are made? On the North Bay Report, we take a tour inside one of the nation’s largest cannabis manufacturing facilities.

One of the nation’s largest cannabis manufacturing facilities is right here in Santa Rosa. KRCB’s Adia White took a tour inside and tells us what happens behind the scenes.

To see photos of the Canna Craft facility, visit norcalpublicmedia.org.

Jobs with Justice Fights for $15 in Santa Rosa – September 24, 2019

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.

If you have a different point of view on this issue, write to us at news at norcalpublicmedia.org.

(Photo: Joint Base Charleston Child Care)

District Firm in Teacher Negotiations – September 20, 2019

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 norcalpublicmedia.org.

Teachers Union in Fight for Its Life – September 19, 2019

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.

School Administrators Work to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism After Wildfires – September 18, 2019

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 norcalpublicmedia.org

(Photo: Director of student services, Dena Kapsalis – Adia White, Nor Cal Public Media)

Counselors at Paradise Elementary Work to Support Students Through Loss – September 17, 2019

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

Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma – September 13, 2019

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.

Conversations with Women Leaders at NASA’s Ames Research Center – September 12, 2019

 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 workplace.

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.

Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Challenging the Status Quo – September 11, 2019

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  news@norcalpublicmedia.org. The show will also feature Co-founder of United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

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(Photo: Elizabeth Gore listens as Barbie Robinson makes a point – Steve Mencher)

Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Sexism in Politics During Panel – September 10, 2019

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.