Karina Ioffee


San Francisco, CA

Karina Ioffee

Karina Ioffee is a journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work has appeared in Huffington Post, Reuters, Patch, NY Daily News and other publications. Contact her at



Reviving the Long Lost Art of Barter

It takes time to find someone willing to part with what you want and even longer to find something of equal value in return. But that’s just fine for hundreds of locals who have joined Petaluma Trading Post, a Facebook group committed to the ancient form of payment. Started last month by Heidi Margocsy, a 39-year-old Petaluma photographer, the group has grown to more than 300 members, who have traded homegrown veggies, baby clothes, books and many other items with fellow Petalumans.

FrogSong Co-Housing Celebrating 10 Years

Homeowners spend years living next to neighbors without getting to know them, cut off from contact once they drive into the garage and close the door. Not so at FrogSong, a co-housing community in downtown Cotati, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Here homes are clustered closely together and connected by winding pathways shaded by apricot, pear and persimmon trees.

Multiple Violations Found at Petaluma Nursing Homes

Cited for bevy of issues, including not having proper care plans for residents, not attending to patients in a timely manner and letting elder residents wander out of facilities, federal health inspection reports show.

Relative of Tribal Chairman: "I'm Not Indian and Neither Is He"

The second cousin of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Chairman Greg Sarris says the tribal leader's claims to Native American heritage are false.

Novato Public Access Struggling to Stay Afloat Amid Budget Crisis, Layoffs

Novato Public Access Television is in turmoil, with only $7,500 in available funds, an executive director recently fired, the studio closed and most employees laid off. The community station held an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss its future, following the sudden departure last month of Executive Director Rick Tucker.

Netting Under Bridge Killing Birds, Say Local Environmentalists

Calling on Caltrans to find alternate ways of keeping swallows from nesting under Petaluma Bridge and say the agency's methods have resulted in hundreds of dead birds.

From Grocery to Speakeasy to Neighborhood Dive Bar, DeBorba's Interwoven into Novato's History

Want a chill spot for after work drinks without the pomp? Downtown watering hole DeBorba's is a solid bet. There's booze, billiards, a jukebox, even fresh salami for sale.

OccupyPetaluma Will Test to What Extent City, Activists Can Find Common Ground

Group says they want to be very respectful, including to downtown merchants, but will proceed with event even if not granted a permit.

Long Wait Times The Norm At Kaiser Mental Health, Study Finds

Says company posting record profits while patients being denied the care they need.

Historic Silk Mill Looking for New Buyer

The Petaluma city council approved a hotel at the site in 2008, but redevelopment has lagged because of the economy.

Deer Creek Developer, Residents Reach Settlement

Under terms of agreement, Merlone Geier will donate money to two community groups, pay for "traffic calming" measures and new trees.

More than Half of People Deported from County Not Convicted With Any Crime

Trend points to collaboration between police and immigration enforcement, say advocates, who are pushing for a new ordinance that would bar local law enforcement from assisting immigration authorities in any way.


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