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Affordable housing, sustainable living: Visions for Chico 2020 at The People’s State of the Union

Kimberly Morales

February 12, 2020

Members of the audience had the opportunity to speak to the panel about concerns such as the mobile home living situation in Paradise. Photo by Dayanna Negrete Following the State of the Union address delivered by President Donald Trump, Chico politicians and aspiring candidates for local office...

City council proposes sales tax increase

Bird in Hand owner Bob Malowney shares his thoughts on a sales tax increase. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

October 20, 2019

The Chico City Council discussed the possibility of increasing sales tax in Chico in a council meeting Tuesday. If successful, the change would make the sales tax in the city go from 7.25% to 8.25%.A voter survey was taken by EMC Research to decide if voters would approve a tax increase measure. The resul...

Community responds to incoming Oroville vape bans

The smoke shop Darkside sells multiple different vaping products. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Jessie Imhoff

October 7, 2019

Chico State's campus is usually lined with students tabling for different reasons, such as recruitment for clubs or Greek life. Others go to campus and table to share their ideas about the world with students.That's what Nick Bowman and Gabe Trujillo set out to do by setting up a table in front of the St...

City council denies appeal against Simplicity Village

A closer look at the tiny house. Photo credit: Mary Vogel

Ricardo Tovar

September 25, 2019

A special meeting was held Tuesday by the City Council in the Council Chambers to discuss the appeal to a prior decision on a housing facility for the homeless. The appeal was placed on a Planning Commission decision to uphold and make the east side of Notre Dame Boulevard and south of Morrow Lane a sp...

City council members vote 4-3 to form a cannabis committee

Nate Rettinger

March 11, 2019

Opinions clashed at the recent city council meeting where members moved to form a cannabis committee.City council members came together to vote on a proposed cannabis committee on Tuesday night at Chico City Hall. This committee would oversee the integration of the cannabis industry into Chico as a legi...

Chico City Council Election Guide: Meet the eight candidates running for three council seats

The eight Chico City Council candidates spoke on various issues including but not limited to local businesses, homelessness and public safety, local environmental preservation and the regulation of cannabis in Chico. Be sure to review the candidates' platform points before election day on Tuesday. Photo credit: Chris Godbout

Josh Cozine

November 2, 2018

The Chico City Council consists of seven council members each elected for four-year terms. Three of these council seats will be up for grabs this Tuesday, during the City of Chico's General Municipal Election. Voters will get the opportunity to choose between these eight candidates. *The candidate...

Council Candidates speak on police role in the community

Candidates from left to right; Alex Brown, Scott Huber, Rich Ober, Ken Rensink Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 26, 2018

Only half of the candidates running for Chico City Council appeared at a forum, Monday. Concerned Citizens 4 Justice organized the forum to discuss the role of policing in the community. https://www.youtube.com/embed/quN8VID4jhg Christian Solis can be reached at [email protected] or @joshcozine and @c_a...

Chico City Council candidates address student concerns

Council candidates left students out of the conversation on Wednesday. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 7, 2018

Eight city council candidates gathered at a forum, Wednesday, to discuss policy positions and local problems, but failed to mention one key topic.The public forum, hosted by the Chico Chamber of Commerce, focused on four main questions that focused on local issues. Each candidate also was able to give a...

Chico City council candidates speak on local issues at open forum

Andrew Coolidge (right) listens to fellow city council candidate Scott Huber (left) as Huber gives his final statement.

Dan Christian

September 6, 2018

The Chico Chamber of Commerce offered voters free coffee, Wednesday, and the opportunity to hear candidates speak on important issues facing voters in the upcoming election at the Chico Area Recreation and Development Community Center. The event was open to the public, but due to limited space attendees...

Chico City Council votes to further pursue reinstating sit-lie ordinance

Council Chambers were filled to standing room only, at Tuesday's city council meeting. 43 people requested to address the council over the talks of bringing back the sit-lie ordinance. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

September 5, 2018

Seats in the city hall council chambers were filled to standing room only at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Mayor Sean Morgan even addressed the crowd to inform anyone still looking for a seat, that there was a conference room next door with more seats and monitors live-streaming the meeting. The...

Photo of the day

Evan Annenson, Daniel, Brooke Houston, Steve Breedlove and Nick are pictured here after banning together at the Chico City Chambers to voice their disapproval of the sit and lie ordinance. They sing after a controversial night. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Daelin Wofford

September 5, 2018

Evan Annenson, Daniel, Brooke Houston, Steve Breedlove and Nick are pictured here after banning together at the Chico City Chambers to voice their disapproval of the sit and lie ordinance. They sing after a controversial night.

City council approves new team of emergency responders

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Tisha Cheney

February 8, 2018

The newly proposed Mobile Crisis Team was approved by Chico's city council with a 7-0 vote on Tuesday.According to city clerk Debbie Presson, the recommendation for the establishment of this team came from Chief of Police Michael O'Brien. O'Brien stated that this team will include two councilors from the ...

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