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City hears audit results

City hears audit results

Bill Hall

March 26, 2014


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Community members are asking for answers and accountability after an audit of Chico’s finances confirmed the mismanagement that has led the city’s dire fiscal situation.The City Council heard the final audit presentation at its meeting on Tuesday. The accounting firm identified two material weaknesses in...

Students feel targeted by drinking ordinance

Students feel targeted by drinking ordinance

Madison Holmes

March 12, 2014


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The social host ordinance unanimously passed at the Chico City Council meeting on March 4. The new law is receiving mixed responses from students. The social host ordinance will punish those hosting private parties where alcohol is consumed by people younger than 21 years old. The law was developed to address alcohol abuse in the Chico communi...

Chico adopts social host ordinance

Chico adopts social host ordinance

Bill Hall

March 5, 2014


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Chico has added another weapon to its arsenal in the battle to combat underage drinking with the adoption of a social host ordinance. Already active throughout many communities in the country, social host laws allow the city to impose fines on individuals who are responsible for hosting large house parties on private property at whic...

Underage drinking ordinance in talks

Madison Holmes

February 24, 2014


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A proposed social host ordinance, which would punish those hosting private parties where alcohol is consumed by people under 21, will return to the City Council for review March 4.The ordinance was discussed during Monday night's monthly International Town and Gown Association meeting.The ordinance would not sp...

City financial audit delayed

City financial audit delayed

Bill Hall

February 5, 2014


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An external audit of the city’s finances has been delayed to resolve issues surrounding how deficit numbers should be categorized. The Chico City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 4 to approve an extension of up to six weeks. The audit findings will be presented to the council no later than March 18. Large d...

Community rallies to keep cleanup crew

Community rallies to keep cleanup crew

Jessie Haynes

January 23, 2014


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The Jesus Center and R-Town Downtown Coalition are in the planning stages of making the Cleanup Brigade a permanent solution to keeping downtown Chico clean. In November 2013, four individuals from the Jesus Center were hired to clean the streets of Chico early in the morning. This was in connection to a larger plan by R-Town to make th...

City approves deficit reduction plan

City approves deficit reduction plan

Bill Hall

December 18, 2013


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Chico is taking steps to put its financial house in order with a long-term plan to address the city’s daunting fiscal situation. The city has about $15.2 million in deficits within six funds where revenue sources have been depleted. The City Council approved a plan on Tuesday that would pay $1.52 million over 10 years to addr...

City approves holiday parking forgiveness

City approves holiday parking forgiveness

Bill Hall

December 5, 2013


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Chico is implementing a parking meter forgiveness program aimed at bolstering commerce for downtown businesses during the holiday season.The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the program, which will take place on Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, and Monday, Dec. 23. It is not meant to provide amnesty for parking infractions and parking services specialists will sti...

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 City Council budget update reveals increased deficit

Bill Hall

September 18, 2013


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The city of Chico is facing further staff reductions after deficit numbers for the capital projects fund were revised from an expected $2.5 million to $3.2 million.The fund accounts for capital projects are sourced from different elements of the city’s budget. Direct costs and indirect costs, o...

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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