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What happens when a poorer, unincorporated section of Sonoma is annexed by a wealthier neighboring city? Two editors share what they learned from telling stories of how annexation is impacting a community's health.
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The reporting is supported by a grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.  
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In the Northern California city of Santa Rosa, two radio stations are teaming up to cover the story of a low-income neighorhood's annexation in an unconventional way.
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This reporting is supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.   
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This story is supported by a grant from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's Impact Fund.
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This reporting is supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.   
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The government framework set up to protect Sonoma County renters from unsafe and unhealthy living conditions has developed such extensive cracks that it has left many tenants without public recourse save for the court system, where help often comes too late to make fixes or fight evictions.

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In California's Sonoma County, some families face living conditions that include high levels of dangerous mold and other asthma triggers. When landlords don't act, problems can fester for years, leading to a host of health problems.

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In California's Sonoma County, an alarming number of tenants live in housing so run down that it poses a risk to their health and safety. For Karla Orozco's family, the hazards included mold, rats and cockroaches, a broken heater, and sewage backups.

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