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City council approves new team of emergency responders

City council approves new team of emergency responders

Tisha Cheney

February 8, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Community, Mobile Headlines, News

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 ...

Committee created to address lack of arts funds

Committee created to address lack of arts funds

Latisha Cheney

January 21, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Community, Mobile Headlines, News, Showcase

The Chico City Council voted 7-0 to form a committee focused on the lack of funding for the arts in Chico Tuesday. Funding for the arts has experienced a devastating decline and has nearly dissolved in Butte County, according to Debbie Presson, city clerk of the Arts Commission. “Funding wen...

Chico council votes to regulate the use of marijuana

Chico council votes to regulate the use of marijuana

Christian Solis

November 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council voted 4-3 to pass a city ordinance strictly regulating the use, sale and growing of marijuana Tuesday night.Ordinance 19.75 prohibits commercial cannabis activity, sets up a permitting process for indoor personal grow only and prohibits use within designated areas of the city.Councilwoman Ann Schwab voted against the ordinance and said, "64 percent of vot...

Off The Record | Episode 6 | Getting better grades, parking meters and Betsy DeVos

Off The Record | Episode 6 | Getting better grades, parking meters and Betsy DeVos

Roberto Fonseca

September 21, 2017


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Editorials, Multimedia, Opinion, Showcase

This revived series takes a look at what’s new in The Orion's opinion section. Columnists discuss current events, local news and columns that can be found at theorion.com. This week, writers Kendall George and Grayson Boyer talk about grades, the student impact on city council and Betsy DeVos.     ...

The Silent Government Dismantling Chico

The Silent Government Dismantling Chico

Grayson Boyer

September 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

When chaos unfolds on the national stage, it can be easy to miss the disruption that occurs right next to you. Chico’s City Council, like many city councils across the United States, are making massive decisions that are radically changing the policies of the city. A silent form of governing is...

City Council talks possible property and business improvement district for downtown Chico

City Council talks possible property and business improvement district for downtown Chico

Alejandra Fraga

May 18, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council discussed the possible adoption of a resolution of intent to establish a Property and Business Improvement District for downtown Chico Tuesday."The business and property owners got together and came up with the idea of doing what many other cities have done," said Chris Constantin Assistant...

Chico City Council talks Oroville Dam crisis

Chico City Council talks Oroville Dam crisis

Alejandra Fraga

May 3, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council approved to sign a letter regarding the Oroville Dam crisis Tuesday. The letter highlighted many issues that the Butte County region has raised in community meetings, all issues relating to the Oroville Dam crisis. "We want to get one voice for the region," said District Coordinator...

City Council approves firefighters staffing request

City Council approves firefighters staffing request

Alejandra Fraga

March 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council voted on a proposition made by the Chico Fire Department to bring on three full-time positions for the remainder of the fiscal year. The proposal was approved on a 4-3 vote.The positions will be supported by the existing department operating budget, coming from internal department sav...

City council moves to prohibit commercialized pot

City council moves to prohibit commercialized pot

Daniel Wright

March 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council voted to prohibit commercialized pot at their meeting March 7. On Nov. 9, California legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over the age of 21. Under proposition 64, outlined by the City Attorney, Chico cannot: · Prohibit the recreational use for adults of 21 · Pro...

Safety camera expansion project approved

Safety camera expansion project approved

Alejandra Fraga

March 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Campus, Community, Crime, News

A request proposed by the Chico Police Department regarding the bike path safety cameras was approved at the Chico City Council meeting March 7.In February 2016 the police department was able to implement safety camera's on the bike path near campus. The cameras were funded by donations and the project...

City council rejects sanctuary city proposal

City council rejects sanctuary city proposal

Daniel Wright

February 22, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Residents of Chico were denied making the city a sanctuary at the council meeting Feb. 21. People ranging from doctors to Chico State students came to support this resolution. “I would like the city as a whole to be a reflection of the campus’s diverse community,” said attendee Da...

$96,000 project in place to decrease traffic issues

$96,000 project in place to decrease traffic issues

Alejandra Fraga

February 22, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council approved a proposed plan by the Chico Police Department designed to provide the city with traffic enforcement and relief from burglaries and thefts Tuesday. “The City of Chico has gone without a dedicated traffic unit for nearly five years, since then traffic collisions have...

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