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The North Bay Report is a daily in-depth look at an issue, event, person or activity in our region, prepared by KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson, a veteran journalist who has been covering Sonoma County since 1985. These reports provide another view of news and events in our area, a way to look beyond the headlines and hear directly from the people who are shaping the present and future of Sonoma County and northern California. Topics recently covered on The North Bay Report include the regional real estate market, offshore oil drilling on the Sonoma Coast, school testing, local theater projects, homelessness, affordable health care, women’s history, protecting the Tiger Salamander, and interviews with foreign exchange students, combating invasive weeds, the proposed Living Wage ordinance in Petaluma, grade school gardening projects, quarrels over gravel quarries in the west county, and election season political issues. The North Bay Report is heard Monday through Friday at 6:18 am and 8:18 am, repeating at 5:30 pm, on KRCB FM, 91.1 & 90.9 FM, and radio.krcb.org.

The North Bay Report is a daily in-depth look at an issue, event, person or activity in our region, prepared by KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson, a veteran journalist who has been covering Sonoma County since 1985. These reports provide another view of news and events in our area, a way to look beyond the headlines and hear directly from the people who are shaping the present and future of Sonoma County and northern California. Topics recently covered on The North Bay Report include the regional real estate market, offshore oil drilling on the Sonoma Coast, school testing, local theater projects, homelessness, affordable health care, women’s history, protecting the Tiger Salamander, and interviews with foreign exchange students, combating invasive weeds, the proposed Living Wage ordinance in Petaluma, grade school gardening projects, quarrels over gravel quarries in the west county, and election season political issues. The North Bay Report is heard Monday through Friday at 6:18 am and 8:18 am, repeating at 5:30 pm, on KRCB FM, 91.1 & 90.9 FM, and radio.krcb.org.

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Windsor, CA

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The North Bay Report is a daily in-depth look at an issue, event, person or activity in our region, prepared by KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson, a veteran journalist who has been covering Sonoma County since 1985. These reports provide another view of news and events in our area, a way to look beyond the headlines and hear directly from the people who are shaping the present and future of Sonoma County and northern California. Topics recently covered on The North Bay Report include the regional real estate market, offshore oil drilling on the Sonoma Coast, school testing, local theater projects, homelessness, affordable health care, women’s history, protecting the Tiger Salamander, and interviews with foreign exchange students, combating invasive weeds, the proposed Living Wage ordinance in Petaluma, grade school gardening projects, quarrels over gravel quarries in the west county, and election season political issues. The North Bay Report is heard Monday through Friday at 6:18 am and 8:18 am, repeating at 5:30 pm, on KRCB FM, 91.1 & 90.9 FM, and radio.krcb.org.

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English


Episodes

Crew Shortage Reveals California’s Reliance on Incarcerated Firefighters (Aired: August 27, 2020)

8/26/2020
California’s efforts to fight destructive fires across the state were hampered this year by an unexpected circumstance. Coronavirus precautions made inmate crews a less reliable source of labor. This system has long been criticized as their pay typically tops out at a few dollars per hour. Some describe it as “slave labor.” Nor Cal Public Assistant News Director Adia White spoke with KQED Science Reporter Kevin Stark about the issue. Read Kevin Stark’s article, “Shortage of Inmate...

Duration:00:03:49

Timely Film Tells Story of Napa, Sonoma Essential Workers (Aired: August 26, 2020)

8/25/2020
In a film now available on the web and through KQED’s series Truly, CA, Eva Rendle explores the aftermath of the 2017 Wine Country Fires, and their impact on agricultural workers and others at the bottom of the pay scale in our divided and unequal community. KRCB news director Steve Mencher spoke with the filmmaker about what she learned. She has moved to Colorado, where she continues to work on socially relevant...

Duration:00:03:59

Farmworkers Risk Hazardous Air to Continue the Harvest (Aired: August 25, 2020)

8/24/2020
The LNU Lightning Complex Fires broke out in Napa and Sonoma Counties during this year’s peak grape harvest season. Reports are now surfacing that vineyard workers are being asked to continue the harvest despite poor air quality. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with Omar Paz, Lead Organizer of North Bay Jobs with Justice about health and safety concerns for agricultural workers. Report workplace violations by calling the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health at (707)...

Duration:00:03:55

Board of Supervisors Rejects County Sheriff’s Request to Fund Legal Services (Aired: August 14, 2020)

8/13/2020
Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick requested $50,000 from the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday for legal services. Essick intended to explore the legality of a ballot measure aimed at strengthening oversight of his office. KRCB’s Adia White reports. Read more about the Board of Supervisors’ discussion in the North Bay Bohemian article, “Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff’s Association Mull Legal Action Over Ballot Measure.” Learn more about the Evelyn Cheatham Ordinance in this January interview...

Duration:00:03:49

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

8/12/2020
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 and Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro to share their thoughts. (Photo: A Black Lives Matter protest in Sonoma – Diane...

Duration:00:04:13

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

8/10/2020
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. You can hear the entire conversation with Joy Dehnert, Letitia Hanke, Amber Lucas, and Malia Anderson...

Duration:00:03:59

Local High Schoolers Are Finalists in NPR Podcast Contest (Aired: August 6, 2020)

8/5/2020
Back for its second year, the NPR Student Podcast Challenge wrapped up in June. Among two thousand entries in grades 5 thru twelve, the story of Popo the Clown, a local entertainer, rose to be one of only 25 finalists, although it didn’t win one of the two top awards. NPR’s website celebrates the work, produced by students at St. Helena High School, as a “witty and poignant conversation” that “helped the students say goodbye to high school in preparation for life beyond.” The production...

Duration:00:03:51

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

8/4/2020
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 to take advantage of their unparalleled expertise and access. For example, when we wanted to find out about the current state of school...

Duration:00:03:45

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

8/3/2020
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 will be used to investigate these events and hold officers accountable. In today’s report, KRCB’s Adia White asks Smith what she hopes will...

Duration:00:03:49

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

7/30/2020
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. Read Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro’s response to the report HERE....

Duration:00:04:05

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

7/29/2020
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 of the Sonoma County Growers’ Alliance, spoke with KRCB’s Adia White about the industry’s offer of help. Listen to the full-length interview at...

Duration:00:03:48

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

7/23/2020
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 norcalpublicmedia.org/escuchando https://feeds.feedblitz.com/-/631322164/0/krcbnorthbayreport.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android...

Duration:00:03:50

Lawyer in Voting Rights Cases Faces Death Threats (Aired: July 23, 2020)

7/23/2020
Today marks our first in-depth story as part of an election initiative we’re calling Escuchando – Spanish for “listening.” We’ll be listening to the residents in District One in Santa Rosa as they elect their first city council representative in November. The reasons that Santa Rosa is switching from an at-large system of voting to one by district are complex. But one Southern California lawyer is the catalyst for this enormous change – and over the next two days we’ll meet attorney Kevin...

Duration:00:03:48

Hundreds of Healthcare Workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Strike Over Safety Concerns and Benefits (Aired: July 22, 2020)

7/21/2020
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Workers are on strike for the week to demand a safer workplace. They say Providence St. Joseph Health, which owns the hospital, is proposing to cut their health care benefits and sick leave. They also say the hospital is not providing adequate personal protective equipment in the midst of the pandemic. KRCB’s Adia White reports from the picket line. Learn more about healthcare workers’ demands on the National Union for Healthcare Workers website. Read a...

Duration:00:03:44

Santa Rosa Activist Describes What Defunding the Police Could Look Like (Aired: July 21, 2020)

7/20/2020
The national movement for racial justice following George Floyd’s killing has found a stage in Sonoma County. Libby is a local activist working with the grassroots group Love and Light. Libby, who is biracial, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming, asked us to not use their full name. Camille Escovedo spoke with them in June about what an alternative to policing could look like. Here’s an excerpt from their conversation. For more information about the origins of policing and the...

Duration:00:03:57

Board of Supervisors to Discuss Strengthening Law Enforcement Oversight Office on August 4th (Aired: July 16, 2020)

7/16/2020
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to delay a decision about strengthening the county’s law enforcement watchdog agency. The board heard about an hour of public comment at this week’s meeting. The vast majority of speakers were in favor of putting an ordinance on the November ballot that would expand law enforcement transparency and oversight. KRCB’s Adia White Reports. To learn more about the Evelyn Cheatham Ordinance, the community leader who it’s named after, and the...

Duration:00:03:48

San Francisco Mime Troupe Pivots to Radio This COVID Summer (Aired: July 15, 2020)

7/14/2020
For more than 50 years, one of the pleasures of summer life in the Bay Area has been the outdoor performances of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This summer, of course, the season is cancelled. And so the Mime Troupe brings its progressive politics and guerilla theater to the radio, as lyricist/composer Daniel Savio told KRCB news director Steve Mencher. We wanted to have Daniel Savio remind us about the importance to Bay Area history of his father, Mario Savio, so we asked him about his...

Duration:00:03:59

Redwood Empire Foodbank Works To Increase Food Security (Aired: July 14, 2020)

7/13/2020
Amid the pandemic, layoffs, and fire-season the need for food security in Sonoma County has sky-rocketed. On Monday Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all wineries, bars, restaurants, and a host of other businesses to shutter indoor operations. The order comes as hospitalizations and coronavirus related deaths continue to climb statewide. More layoffs are expected as a result of the order. Throughout the pandemic, The Redwood Empire Foodbank has been making sure that Sonoma County residents do...

Duration:00:04:04

Sonoma County Reports 14 COVID-Related Deaths with Five Tied To Skilled Nursing Facilities (Aired: July 10, 2020)

7/9/2020
Many indoor businesses in Sonoma County are expected to be shut down again on Monday. The county is currently out of compliance with several of the state’s metrics, including having over 100 cases per 100,000 residents. As of Thursday evening, 14 people have died in Sonoma County and cases have surpassed 1,500. KRCB’s Adia White reports. Find more reporting at norcalpublicmedia.org. (Photo: A surgical nurse preparing a patient in the ICU in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic –...

Duration:00:03:14

Man Files Lawsuit Against Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Over Use of Force, Part 2 (Aired: July 8, 2020)

7/8/2020
Man Files Lawsuit Against Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Over Use of Force, Part 2 (Aired: July 8, 2020) A Winsdor man is suing the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office over unnecessary use of force during a 2019 arrest. But the suit goes further in alleging a pattern of abuse in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. 35-year […]

Duration:00:03:17