Toy drive for Bay Area farmworker families off to slow start

The beginning of May brings with it the start of the farming season in many parts of Northern California. But many of the families that perform this work have been hit especially hard, by the COVID pandemic, to inflation, to outbreaks of violent crime.

Only 1 in 5 kids ready for kindergarten in county, report finds

Communities all over the state are reporting impacts on enrollment and test scores for school-age children in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Sonoma County has released a sobering, detailed report focusing on kindergartners there and how they are faring post-pandemic.     

First Republic Bank plans for massive layoffs

First Republic Bank, headquartered in San Francisco, announced plans to layoff up to 25% of its staff. The layoffs come after the bank also announced that its depositors pulled out nearly $100 billion in recent months, leading many to speculate the bank could be the third major bank to collapse this year.