Sonoma County officials are working to track down anyone who
may have come into contact with a county resident who tested positive for the
new coronavirus. The patient recently returned from a cruise to Mexico and had
been in the county for ten days when the diagnosis was reported. KRCB’s Adia
White has more on the County’s plan to mitigate further spread of the virus.
(Photo: Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors,
Susan Gorin, addresses reporters Monday afternoon – Adia White/NorCal Public Media)
For employers and independent contractors in California, AB5
has sparked some confusion and controversy. The new gig worker law went into
effect January 2020 and many independent contractors are still unsure how the
law will affect their business. Pamela Lorence went out in search of some
(Photo: An Uber car in San Francisco. Increased benefits
for ride-share drivers are at the center of the controversy – Wikimedia Commons)
Crack open a bottle of wine for Valentine’s Day today. Local
grape growers, faced with declining production, will thank you.
David Cook, who manages vineyards for a number of local
producers, was in our studios on other business this week. But we took the
opportunity to ask him about a headline we’d seen – that the 2019 grape harvest
was down significantly in the county. He didn’t seem too concerned, as he told
KRCB News Director Steve Mencher. But he has a theory about the decline…
David Cook will be back with us next week – as he advocates
for his candidacy for Sonoma County Supervisor from District One.
Lynda Hopkins is defending her District 5 seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hopkins holds a master’s degree in land-use policy from Stanford and is running for her second term as supervisor. She joined KRCB’s Steve Mencher at the end of January to talk about her accomplishments and priorities.
Mike Hilber is challenging incumbent Lynda Hopkins for the
District 5 seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Hilber has a
master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford and worked in the defense
industry in Southern California. In the early 1990’s he moved back to his
childhood home in Roseland to care for his mother. KRCB’s Steve Mencher spoke
with him about his priorities and previous experience in Sonoma County
Marin and Sonoma County voters will soon decide whether to
extend a sales tax supporting the SMART train until 2059. Campaigns on both sides
of the issue have each received over a million dollars in support of their
positions. Reporter Will Houston from the Marin Independent Journal has been
following the issue closely. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with him over the phone to
find out why this measure is so controversial.
(Photo: The SMART train at the downtown Santa Rosa
station – Wikimedia)
Lisa See launched her literary
career with the non-fiction book “On Gold Mountain.” The story chronicles
her great-great grandfather’s journey from China to California and follows
She’s written ten novels since
then. See spoke at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library about her latest work,
“The Island of
Sea Women“. The book takes place on Jeju island in South Korea
and spans multiple decades. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with about her inspiration
for the novel.
Fair housing laws can mandate change. But they must also
take into account historic discrimination in real estate and banking, and other
ways people of color have been disadvantaged.
Last week a group of public policy makers and advocates
gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to learn about new fair
housing laws that went into effect this year in California.
The meeting was hosted by the Bay Area Regional Health
Inequities Initiative and the nonprofit law firm Public Advocates. Pamela
Lorence went to find out about these new laws and what they mean for local
governments in the Bay Area.
(Photo: Alex Bierwagen on Unsplash – used with permission)
2017, some Sonoma County schools have lost more than three dozen instructional
days due to wildfires, floods, power shutoffs or other disasters. New
legislation being proposed by State Senator Bill Dodd, could help students
make up that time during the summer. In part two of the interview, KRCB’s Adia
White spoke with Ricardo Cano about how the legislation could help schools
recover funding and lost instructional time in the wake of disasters.
beginning of the school year, over 360 schools in California had to close
for at least a week due to power outages, wildfires, or other crises.
That’s according to Ricardo Cano, an education reporter at the state-wide news
outlet CAL Matters. Cano published a series of articles on school closures
called Disaster Days. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with him about how
wildfires are affecting students’ education in the North Bay and around