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SF to provide $350K to help struggling nonprofit care for youth in crisis
A nonprofit serving children in distress is at risk of closure following sexual abuse allegations last year, but The City is proposing to help them out with $350,000 in “gap financing.” The grant funding legislation was introduced by Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Gordon Mar, whose district includes the location of the nonprofit Edgewood Center for Children and Families at 1801 Vicente St. in the Sunset. [Article]
by , San Francisco Examiner. 2020-02-21
 
Santa Clara County sees 95% success in helping residents avoid homelessness
AN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - For years, San Jose and Santa Clara County have struggled with helping and preventing homelessness. Thursday, government officials, along with nonprofit executives gathered to tout the success of the county’s Homelessness Prevention System, or HPS. [Article]
by , KTVU SF-Marin-Sonoma. 2020-02-21
 
Who are the San Francisco-Bay Area’s NIMBYs—and what do they want?
The caricature of a NIMBY is someone with a screw-you-I’ve-got-mine attitude, either a wealthy, white homeowner who thinks renters lower property values or a nostalgic progressive opposed to neighborhood change. [Article]
by , . 2020-02-21
 
Hotel occupancy dips in Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano counties in January, but revenue mostly up
The North Bay’s four most-visited counties finished January with occupancy rates that dipped from a year earlier, according to figures released today by STR, a hospitality industry data and analytics firm. [Article]
by , North Bay Business Journal. 2020-02-21
 
Farallon Islands mice eradication plan nearing review
A controversial proposal to spread rodenticide-laced bait on the South Farallon Islands to eliminate invasive mice for the benefit of birds is expected to return for the California Coastal Commissionís review in mid-June. [Article]
by , Marin Independent Journal. 2020-02-21
 
Marin Voice: Marin fire chiefs make their case for voting yes on Measure C
After a few months of intermittent rain and cooler temperatures, it is easy to forget that just a few short months ago we were all on edge during extreme fire conditions that resulted in a multi-day public safety power shutdown affecting nearly every home and business in Marin. Major wildfires were burning in neighboring counties, causing widespread evacuations. [Article]
by , Marin Independent Journal. 2020-02-21
 
Editorial: Marin sheriff needs to protect our data and privacy
Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle needs to clean up his departmentís operations when it comes to its use of automated license plate readers and abiding by a 2016 law aimed at protecting peopleís privacy. The Marin County Sheriffís Office uses plate readers and has been named by state Auditor Elaine Howle as one of four agencies that are failing to meet state law. In Marinís case, it shares the data it collects with more than 500 law-enforcement entities nationwide, but lacks effective iron-clad procedures who could have access or make use of that information. [Article]
by , Marin Independent Journal. 2020-02-21
 
Nonprofit leaders join new Sonoma Valley capacity building cohort
Leaders from six nonprofit organizations serving the Sonoma Valley gathered at the Lodge at Sonoma this month to mark the launch of a three-year team-building cohort. This grant program, in its second iteration since first launching in 2015, is an initiative of Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Sonoma Valley Fund. The goal of the grants program is to create a network of nonprofits that are deeply committed to strengthening themselves and one another in service of delivering quality programs and services to Sonoma Valley residents. [Article]
by , Sonoma Index-Tribune. 2020-02-21
 
Sonoma Valley housing crisis hits renters hardest
Dozens of home rentals are available in Sonoma Valley at any given time, which would seem to contradict the refrain that there is a lack of housing in the region. It’s not the number of rentals on the market as much as it is the paucity of housing for those with low or restricted incomes, said housing professionals and those who assist the financially challenged. “We currently manage 70 rental communities that house 10,000 people in Sonoma and Napa counties, which is amazing, except that there are 15,000 families on our wait list,” said Laurie Lynn Hogan, director of fundraising and communications for Burbank Housing. [Article]
by , Sonoma Index-Tribune. 2020-02-21
 
Local waste managers to Sonoma: It’s not all recyclable!
Just when it feels like people are habitual recyclers and the blue bins fill up faster than the gray ones, a new bin comes along — and the rules change. “It’s a process. We finally got people to the point where they don’t just drop (waste) where they are. Now they put it in a container, and that’s good,” said Ken Wells, who is a waste management expert and works with Sonoma Garbage Collection, the company which serves city residents. But which container to put garbage in has gotten more confusing, said Wells, the former executive director of Sonoma County Waste Management Agency. [Article]
by , Sonoma Index-Tribune. 2020-02-21
 
Bill would require feds to disclose more data when cellphones, landlines, internet fail
Four California Democrats in Congress want to require federal officials to increase the information they disclose on communications network outages like those that arose when PG&E imposed several blackouts in late 2019. A bill sponsored by Congresswoman Doris Matsui of Sacramento and co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman of San Rafael, Mike Thompson of St. Helena and Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto would require more from the Federal Communications Commission after the agency activates a key tool for communications providers to report outages during times of crisis. The FCC switched on that system in late October in response to PG&E’s string of intentional blackouts aimed at preventing wildfires amid the onset of the Kincade fire, which ignited around the same time and place as a PG&E transmission system’s malfunction in northern Sonoma County. [Article]
by , Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2020-02-21
 
PD Editorial: Our long and public record of supporting rail
Some of our readers are asking about a scurrilous flier that implies a connection between The Press Democrat’s endorsement of Measure I, the SMART rail sales tax extension on the March 3 ballot, and other business interests of one of the paper’s owners. There is no connection. The Press Democrat’s support for commuter rail in the North Bay started more than two decades before Sonoma Media Investments returned the paper to local ownership in 2012. [Article]
by , Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2020-02-21
 
Homeowners offered state grants to shore up homes against earthquakes
Petaluma homeowners are eligible for the first time this year to apply for grants of up to $3,000 toward reinforcing houses against earthquakes. Registration for the 2020 Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program opened Wednesday and closes March 19. Petaluma’s addition means the city joins Santa Rosa and Sonoma, which became eligible for the program last year. [Article]
by , Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2020-02-21
 
With relaxed rules, Calfornia North Bay developers embrace 'granny units'
Easing restrictions by state and local governments is triggering a rise interest in accessory dwelling units. Sometimes called “granny units,” they are usually built on the same lot as a large, primary dwellings. And while some are designed for use by family members, others are being built to provide rental income. Or units are being built by those downsizing after two devastating wildfires. [Article]
by , North Bay Business Journal. 2020-02-21
 
Recession unlikely in California Wine Country, US in the next 2 years, economist says
The San Francisco North Bay area’s economic future may not be gangbusters, but thus far it doesn’t look like it is headed for a recession, according to an economist’s forecast Thursday at the 27th annual Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference. [Article]
by , North Bay Business Journal. 2020-02-21
 
Halstead appointed the Napa County Library's new director
Anthony Halstead has been appointed Napa County’s director of Library Services & Community Outreach, replacing Danis Kreimeier who retired in December. Halstead has been with Napa County since May 2009, when he was hired as the Library’s Support Services manager. He later became assistant director of Library Services and Community Outreach, his most recent position. [Article]
by , Napa Valley Register. 2020-02-21
 
Public Health officer: Despite regional coronavirus case, Lake County risk remains low
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Despite a confirmed case of novel coronavirus being reported in neighboring Napa County this week, the risk of the virus making it to Lake County remains low, according to Lake County’s Public Health officer. [Article]
by , Lake County News. 2020-02-21
 
Alameda County Measure C: Care For Kids | KALW
Are Alameda County voters willing to increase the sales tax to help fund young children’s healthcare and education? That’s what drafters of Measure C want to know. If passed, Measure C — or the Care for Kids initiative — would raise the county’s sales tax by one-half of one percent. This would last for 20 years and generate about $150 million annually.  [Article]
by , KALW Radio News. 2020-02-21
 
Alameda County creates online portal to help previously incarcerated establish new life
OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) - A new Alameda County online portal is now live to help people who were previously incarcerated reestablish their lives after incarceration, county officials said. [Article]
by , KTVU SF-Marin-Sonoma. 2020-02-21
 
News Digest: Disaster Preparedness Training, Amador club's gear drive & County fair wins awards | News | PleasantonWeekly.com |
The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is hosting its first Disaster Preparedness Training of the year this Saturday at the Pleasanton Senior Center from 10 a.m. to noon. [Article]
by , Pleasanton Weekly. 2020-02-21
 
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