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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...

Chico State lecturer elected mayor of Chico

Chico State lecturer elected mayor of Chico

Molly Sullivan

December 7, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

Sean Morgan, a lecturer at Chico State, and Reanette Fillmer were elected as mayor and vice mayor of Chico at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. Morgan was unanimously elected after the current mayor, Mark Sorensen, nominated him. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business from C...

Firefighter jobs safe for two additional months

Firefighter jobs safe for two additional months

Katia Berg

November 7, 2016


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

Newly-employed firefighters approach a hazy future as grant money runs out.The $5.3 million SAFER grant employed 15 firefighters in 2014, but as money runs low the Fire Department must decide if staff has to be cut. Options were presented to City Council on Nov. 1, which included:-Option 1: Adding no add...

Fire department cuts personnel, 15 face layoffs

Fire department cuts personnel, 15 face layoffs

Katia Berg

October 31, 2016


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

Fifteen Chico firefighters face losing their jobs as federal grant funding is lost. In early 2014, a $5.3 million grant was approved by City Council to fund over a dozen positions for the Fire Department. In two years, the grant money diminished significantly, forcing local firefighters to come to th...

Candidates running for Chico City Council

Candidates running for Chico City Council

Lucas Moran

October 24, 2016


Filed under 2016 Election, Community, News

Four members of the Chico City Council are up for re-election this year. Incumbent councilmembers Ann Schwab, Tami Ritter, Randall Stone and Sean Morgan must defend their council seats against seven challengers. Each voter will choose their top four candidates and the four candidates with the highest...

City Council candidates mingle at mixer

City Council candidates mingle at mixer

Katia Berg

October 20, 2016


Filed under Community, News

The Young Professionals of the Chico Chamber hosted the first-ever mixer Oct. 19 at Two Twenty Restaurant, where Chico residents mingled with 2016 City Council candidates. The event gave citizens of all ages the chance to meet one-on-one with candidates, socialize and talk local politics. "This...

City Council forum at Great Debate

City Council forum at Great Debate

Molly Sullivan

October 15, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

The Great Debate, an annual event for communication students, will have a forum for Chico City Council candidates on Oct. 21 at noon at the City Council Chamber. "Being in Chico for a majority of the year each year, students are impacted by the City Council decisions in their day-to-day lives, but often ...

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