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Chico adopts revised plastic bag ban

Chico adopts revised plastic bag ban

Bill Hall

April 2, 2014


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Chico is back on the path to banning the use of plastic bags with the adoption of an ordinance that would impose regulations on retailers beginning next year.The City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the newest version of the ordinance by a 4-2 vote. Previous versions of the ban were adopted in 2013 but then p...

Art advocates concerned by cuts

Art advocates concerned by cuts

Madison Holmes

February 14, 2014


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After a year of tough budget cuts and layoffs, community members are worried that Chico will soon cut funding to local arts programs. The city's dire financial challenges have been an issue for a while now and members of the Chico community believe cuts are inevitable when the City Council approves a new budget in June, said Mark Orme, assistant city ma...

City faces sewer strife

City faces sewer strife

Bill Hall

January 22, 2014


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Chico is facing potential litigation related to properties outside of city limits being connected to the sewer system without authorization. The Butte Local Agency Formation Commission oversees boundary changes to cities and local districts. In a letter to the city manager, the commission said that 62 properties were illegally con...

City seeks public input on vagrancy

City seeks public input on vagrancy

Bill Hall

October 23, 2013


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Hundreds of people crammed into the city council chambers on Tuesday night for a special study session geared toward finding solutions to homelessness and rising crime in downtown Chico.The session began with a brief presentation by Clean and Safe Chico, a campaign started last year that brings busines...

Inmates to take over Caper Acres clean up

Inmates to take over Caper Acres clean up

Bill Hall

October 16, 2013


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The City Council approved a plan on Tuesday to have inmates on home detention perform park maintenance to keep a children’s playground open. Alternative Custody Supervision personnel are non-serious offenders who are supervised by the Butte County Sheriff’s office through an electronic ankle ...

Chico grapples with budget cuts

Chico grapples with budget cuts

Bill Hall

September 18, 2013


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Suffering under the weight of staggering financial deficits, Chico is experiencing difficult times and painful decisions for city officials. During the last six months, city leaders have restructured various departments, laid dozens of workers off and reduced services to the community. City Ma...

Faculty, alumni join city’s green committee

Bill Hall

September 4, 2013


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Chico State faculty and alumni were among those up for consideration as the City Council selected seven committee members for the newly reconstituted Sustainability Task Force on Tuesday night. Fourteen applicants were reviewed for the seven-member committee. After a ballot in which each of the...

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