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Feb 05
2010

Farmworker Health Risks

Posted by Bruce Robinson in vineyards , research , public safety , jobs , Health , farms , employment , chemicals , California , business , air quality , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

California’s 1 million farmworkers are at increased risk for respiratory diseases and other health problems, according to a new report, in large part due to poor air quality where they are working.

 

Pesticides and other chemicals are part—but only part—of the air quality issues that affect farm workers, especially in California’s Central Valley. So even the most basic measures to shield workers from the worst of the dust and smog can make a significant contribution to protecting their respiratory health, says Marc Schenker (right),  Director of the Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at the University of California at Davis.

The study cited in this North Bay Report was published in the current issue of the quarterly journal, California Agriculture. You can access a summary or the full text of that article here.

 

 

Feb 03
2010

Transportation for Adults with Disabilities

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wheelchair , transportation , Sonoma County , nonprofit orgs , jobs , families , employment , disability , budget

Bruce Robinson

More expensive gasoline and other rising costs have left some disabled people in rural Sonoma County without transportation to their jobs and other programs.

When it became clear that Pride Industries would not be continuing the bus service beyond the end of January, Executive Director Bob Hamilton says North Bay Regional Center still expected to be able to find another vendor to take over those routes. But they also tried to let the affected families know that the situation was up in the air, even though that effort fell short in quite a few cases.

Becoming Independent already provides transportation for many of their clients, and Executive Director Cami Weaver says they are now looking at ways to expand those services to meet the needs of at least some of their clients who have lost their buses from North Bay Regional Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 21
2010

2010 Economic Forecast

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , research , jobs , international , government , farms , employment , economy , construction , coast , California , business , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

The economic forecast for 2010 in California and Sonoma County suggests a sluggish recovery for at least the first three quarters, with hopes for a brighter forecast in the following year.

Housing, construction, retail and government are all sectors of the California economy that can be expected to continue struggling in 2010, says economist  Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg (left) with UCLA Anderson Forecast. But there is one key sector that has already begun to rebound.

 Large as it is, the California economy is still partially dependent on other players, including its trading partners around the Pacific Rim.

 

Jan 20
2010

State of the County 2010

Posted by Bruce Robinson in tourism , speaker , Sonoma County , resources , public safety , politics , planning , legislation , jobs , housing , government , events , employment , education , economy , construction , California , business , budget , alternative energy , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

Each January, the chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors presents a Report to the community that reflects on the year just past, and looks ahead into the year just beginning. For the past several years, KRCB has been pleased to broadcast this annual State of the County address, a tradition that continues with this online posting of the audio from the event, as introduced by News Director Bruce Robinson.