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Sonoma County Wine

A Sonoma county wine will be featured during a state dinner tonight at the White House. According to the Press Democrat, a 2019 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley will be poured. A 2018 Newton Chardonnay from Napa Valley and a Roederer Estate Brut Rosé from Mendocino also made the list.

World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day. First recognized in 1988, World AIDS Day falls on December 1 each year. Today is dedicated to spreading awareness of the AIDS pandemic, and to mourning those who have died of the disease. An estimated 40 million people worldwide have died of AIDS since 1981.

Mobile Home Rent

The Santa Rosa City Council took the first steps last night to protect renters in mobile home parks with stronger rent control rules. The council will impose a stricter cap on how much rents can increase. The ordinance will have a final vote next week.

SF Robot Cops

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors by an 8 to 3 vote approved a plan to use potentially lethal, remote-controlled robots in emergency situations. The San Francisco Police Department was asking for the option to deploy robots equipped with explosive charges to disable suspects when lives are at stake. {photo courtesy of The Guardian}

Same Sex Marriage

This morning the country is celebrating the Senate passing legislation that would grant gay unions federal protection under law. The vote to pass the Respect for Marriage Act was bipartisan – 61 to 36 – with a significant bloc of Republicans joining every Democrat in approving the landmark bill. It now heads to the House where it's expected to pass as early as next week.

Oath Keepers

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other charges tied to his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Four other co-defendants were also convicted. The Oath Keepers were seen as the ringleaders of the mob that resulted in multiple deaths and more than 100 injured law enforcement officers. {photo courtesy of Politico}

Warming Centers

With the very cold temperatures, Santa Rosa has opened a warming center at the Caritas Center on Sixth street. Up to 78 unhoused residents can take refuge from 7pm to 7am from now through Thursday. In addition, a warming centers will be open in Petaluma at the Salvation Army and in Guerneville at the Veterans Building. {photo courtesy of the Petaluma Argus Courier}

Santa Rosa City Council

We now know who will be joining the Santa Rosa City Council representing District 4, incumbent Victoria Fleming, as her main opponent Terry Sanders has conceded. Fleming holds a lead of 40.1% to Sanders 37.3%. Sanders congratulated her in a meeting on Friday.


A woman in Florida is suing Kraft Heinz foods over what she claims is false advertising on it's Velveeta shells and cheese. Amanda Ramirez says the containers say ready in 3 and 1/2 minutes, but that, according to her, is not true, so she is suing for $5 million dollars. Kraft has responded claiming the suit is frivolous. {photo courtesy of Today}

Hawaii Flights Canceled

If you are flying to the Big Island soon, better check with your carrier, as many flights into Hilo have been cancelled. The eruption of Mauna Loa has prompted Southwest to cancel most of it's flights, but Hawaiian Airlines is for the moment still flying. Ash and VOG, or volcanic smog are making flying difficult. All flights were cancelled yesterday.

Sheriff Sanctioned

A lawsuit against the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office will proceed after judge determined that the jail deliberately failed to preserve evidence of an in-custody suicide. Nino Bosco was found deceased in his cell in 2019. His family filed suit after 14-minutes of footage showing what happened was deleted from a thumb drive.

PG & E Helicopter

Those who live in Western Sonoma County will see the PG & E helicopter flying overhead tomorrow inspecting lined. Areas west of Geyserville from Guerneville to Salt Point State Park will be the primary focus.

Plane into Wires

Authorities say two people have been rescued more than six hours after their single-engine plane crashed and got stuck in some live power lines in Maryland. The crash caused widespread power outages. The plane needed to be secured to the power towers after the lines were de-energized before they could be rescued. Both people on board suffered serious injuries. {photo courtesy of CBS}

Lead Poisoning Recall

If you have a bottle and cup for toddlers manufactured by Green Sprouts, they are being recalled over possible lead poisoning. The base of the bottle can come off, and expose a lead solder, a potential poison hazard. The bottles come in aqua, green, navy and pink in 6 and 8 ounce sizes. You can contact Green Sprouts directly for a refund.

Mauna Loa

After a 38-year nap.... the massive Mauna Loa volcano on the big island in Hawaii has roared to life. Lava flows can be seen inside the caldera atop the 13,000 foot volcano. While lava is not expected to flow down the mountain, gas and ash are expected to be blown by wind over nearby communities. {photo courtesy of USA Today}

Henry 1

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Helicopter Henry 1 was quite busy over the weekend making 2 rescues. On Saturday, 2 adults and a child were in Kayaks being pushed out of Tomales bay by large waves. They made it to shore, where the helicopter was able to pick them up and transport them to safety. The day before the helicopter was needed to rescue a bike rider who was seriously injured in Shiloh Regional park.

Santa Rosa Fire

A Santa Rosa family is lucky no one was injured when an fence caught fire and spread to the attic of their home Sunday morning. The fire department arrived at the home on Wild Bill Circle just before 4am to find the family and their dog had all escaped safely. While the fire was extinguished quickly, the family cannot occupy the house until repairs are finished.

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