North Bay Week in Review 10/21/11
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I’m Michelle Olivera, and this is your North Bay Week in Review for October 21st, 2011
The Occupy SR demonstrators remained visible and vocal at Santa Rosa City Hall all week, vowing to stay there until Christmas or even longer. They also pressed the city council to move all municipal accounts from large corporate banks to smaller, community-based institutions. No immediate response there, but the protesters did get permission to set up a porta-potty on the grounds they are occupying. They’re also planning another large gathering on Saturday afternoon.
More than half of all home mortgages in Solano County are “underwater,” or owe more than the value of the home, according to figures released this week. Napa County, at 35% had the second highest rate in the Bay Area. In Sonoma County, 27 percent of home mortgages are “upside down,” while Marin’s 16% was the lowest in the region. Overall, 23 percent of bay area home loans are underwater, compared to 31% for the state as a whole.
A reward fund has been set up for information leading to the vandals who prematurely released thousands of young, pen-raised Chinook salmon into San Francisco Bay. Animal rights groups have applauded the slashing of the open water pens near Tiburon, but stopped short of claiming responsibility.
A plan to create a county-backed utility that would develop and distribute electricity from local renewable sources was endorsed in concept by Sonoma County Supervisors Tuesday. The idea is modeled partially on the Marin Clean Energy program that was launched last year.
Longtime Marin County Supervisor Hal Brown was roundly praised for his 30 years of public service in an informal tribute at this week’s board meeting. Brown, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was not able to attend; he will retire from public office at the end of this month.
That’s all for this Week In Review, I’m Michelle Olivera. See you next week with more!