The termination of federal unemployment benefits last month halted payments to 3,086 Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino county residents totaling about $936,000 in the first week, according to state figures.
A lifeline that helped many people who lost their jobs during the recession stay afloat could be cut at the end of the month.
North Coast lawmakers are continuing to be paid during the federal government shutdown despite a growing list of members of Congress who said they will voluntarily forgo their salaries while government workers are furloughed.
Natalie Manning packed up some paperwork from her office in downtown Santa Rosa and headed home Tuesday morning not sure when she would be able to work again or, more importantly, when her next paycheck would arrive.
If the country heads over the fiscal cliff Tuesday, Californians will be slapped simultaneously with a slew of federal tax increases and higher state income and sales taxes from Proposition 30. Absent a last-minute deal, the federal tax increases alone will hit the average family with more than $3,500 in higher taxes in 2013.
With her time in Congress running short, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is pursuing a new approach to protecting more of the North Coast from oil drilling — one that doesn’t require a vote in the Republican-controlled House.
Democrat Rep. Lynn Woolsey is seeking a 10th term in the Nov. 2 election. Republican Jim Judd, a Rohnert Park businessman making his first run for public office, said he offers voters a clear alternative. Libertarian Joel Smolen and Eugene Ruyle of the Peace & Freedom Party also are on the ballot.