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Hundreds of Chico citizens show up for needle protest

A sign that reads, “Would u give a suicidal persona gun? Then why give an addict a syringe?

Grayson Edgemon, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

A deafening crowd of protesters clogged the sidewalk and steps around the Chico City Council chambers to show discontempt for the North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition on the corner of East Fourth and Main streets last Tuesday.   The bulk of the protestors encouraged their elected officials to m...

Mayor Randall Stone calls special meeting on need for warming centers

Mayor Stone called for a special council meeting Tuesday to address the issue of warming centers in harsh temperatures. Photo credit: Jack Lewis

Jack Lewis

December 10, 2019

Chico Mayor Randall Stone and council members Karl Ory and Scott Huber ordered a controversial special council meeting to address the issue of setting up warming centers Tuesday. The meeting, which took place in the Council Chambers in downtown Chico at 5:30 p.m., sought to provide a strategy to set th...

Man resists arrest at ampm store

34-year-old Jeremy Underwood. Photo provided by CPD. Photo credit: Angelina Mendez

Angelina Mendez

December 3, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, Chico Police Department officers were dispatched to the ampm store located on Esplanade. The police addressed a report that an AG Security Officer was involved in a physical fight with the subject that took place on the property. The subject was identified as 34-year-old Jeremy Underwoo...

Butte County Youth Advisory holds candlelit vigil to remember homeless youth

People congregate together and had a candlelit vigil. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Kimberly Morales

November 19, 2019

On Tuesday night a candlelight vigil was held at the steps of ‪the Chico City Council Chambers honoring and remembering homeless youth‬. Hosted by the Butte County Youth Advisory Council, the vigil was intended to teach the community about the 1 million estimated youth nationwide during No...

Homeless shelter to open near campus, Chico State administration in opposition

The new shelter which is projected to open in June will be on the corner of 4th and Orange streets, right across from the train station. Photo credit: Kendall George

Kendall George

April 13, 2019

President Gayle Hutchinson sent out a campus-wide email Friday explaining the university’s opposition to a new low-barrier homeless shelter on the corner of 4th and Orange streets. In this email, she attached two letters that she wrote to the city council, expressing her priority for student’s safety...

Cruzando Fronteras and Humanity for the Homeless on The Orion Newscast 3/13/19

Christian Solis, Visuals Editor

March 13, 2019

This week on the Orion Newscast students meet and share their stories about “Cruzando Fronteras” or “Crossing Borders” to address anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S. and we sit down with Benson who is an advocate for the homeless community in Chico, CA. Full audio interview with deM atlaS Fu...

Video: Chico City Council candidates voice their opinions on the reinstatement of the Sit-Lie Ordinance

Be sure to vote Tuesday for the three city council candidates that best represent you and your values!

Alex Grant

November 5, 2018

Seven of the nine candidates sat down to talk about how they feel about the recent passing of the Sit-Lie ordinance. Kasey Reynolds and Jame Aguirre are the only two candidates that weren't included in the video below. I tried reaching out to Reynolds and Aguirre via phone call and email but I was unable...

Man seriously injures homeless woman at Jesus Center

The homeless woman was pushed from the balcony of the Jesus Center and sustained serious head and neck injuries. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Josiah Nicholl

March 29, 2018

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday morning after he pushed a homeless woman off a balcony at the Jesus Center.According to a press release from the Chico Police Department, the initial report was that a woman had fallen. Police received a call around 3:50 a.m. requesting medical assistance at 1297 P...

University course encourages students to learn from locals

Lisa Brockus holds up the whiteboard with a meaningful message. Photo credit: Sabrina Lee

Alex Grant

November 13, 2017

University 105I is a self-identity and sustainability class that encourages students to learn about identity misconceptions and stereotypes. A large requirement of this class is the project, “Sense of Place,” which asks students to respectfully intervene in a public setting. One group decided...

Tiny house homeless village in progress

2016 Tiny House Club gives tour of award winning tiny house on campus. Photo credit: Crystal Jinkens

Victoria Rohrer

May 8, 2017

Chico State’s award-winning Tiny House Club is back at it again this year, creating yet another sustainable tiny house.Tiny House Club is a student-run organization that's mission is to design and build sustainable, off-grid housing.At last year’s competition, Tiny House Club came back with t...

Chico residents need compassion for the homeless

Photo credit: Kristina Judy

Kyra Stemplinger

March 16, 2017

When walking around Chico, it's not unusual to see a person pushing a shopping cart or asking for spare change. However, it is rare to see someone actually give money to the homeless. There are conflicting views about the homeless population in Chico. While some people want to help the 1,127 afflicted people, most just avoid making eye contact with the...

Spare the time to spare change

Photo credit: Katia Berg

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

January 30, 2017

We are all guilty of walking past a donation box or skipping on giving the extra dollar at the checkout line. That guilt might not sit with us for long, but we should not lose sight of trying to assist those in need. I understand that as college students we regularly break our piggy banks to find extra 3...

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