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Chico Scrap Metal remains at its 20th Street location despite city rezoning ordinances. February 2, 2021.

Chico Scrap Metal controversy continues

Ian Hilton, Reporter // February 4, 2021

Citizen protests and ongoing litigation remain a nuisance for Chico’s sole remaining scrap metal and recycling center, suggesting an uncertain future for the city’s disposal service needs. Chico...

Citizen Charles Withuhn criticizes the councils handling of the Homeless Oppurtunity plan.

City Council discusses marijuana sale fees; tensions among council members run high on election night

Chloe Curtis and Alex Martin // November 5, 2020

Citizens of Chico gathered in City Hall on the night of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and two key issues stood out — the acceptance of California Alcohol and Beverage grant and the establishment...

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...

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

City council proposes sales tax increase

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...

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

Community responds to incoming Oroville vape bans

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...

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

City council denies appeal against Simplicity Village

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...

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...

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

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

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....

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

Council Candidates speak on police role in the community

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...

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

Chico City Council candidates address student concerns

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,...

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

Chico City council candidates speak on local issues at open forum

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...

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

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

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...

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