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More homeless on streets due to largest shelter closing

More homeless on streets due to largest shelter closing

February 2, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

  The Torres Shelter for the homeless will be closing its doors due to a lack of financial resources. The staff and management are working to prolong operations for another six to eight weeks and have described this situation as a, “perfect storm of financial hits.” “The shelter closing...

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

December 8, 2015


Filed under Community, News

Dakota Youpeè, a homeless individual, died early in November on the streets of Chico. He struggled with alcohol addiction. What many may not know is that Safe Space has provided a place for homeless individuals in any condition to have warmth during the cold and rainy months, and will continue to operate this winter with ...

Man exposes himself, yells at drivers and runs into traffic

Man exposes himself, yells at drivers and runs into traffic

Brandon Eiges

October 10, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, Police Blotter

Chico Police Department Call Type: Suspicious Subject 6:55 a.m., Robailey Drive A female ran up to a school bus yelling that someone was chasing her. After the bus left, the woman was seen hiding in a bush. The cousin of the woman was called because she got a message from a passerby saying she saw th...

Naked drunk woman hides in bushes

Naked drunk woman hides in bushes

Kindra Robinson

October 4, 2015


Filed under Police Blotter

Chico Police DepartmentCall Type: Drunk in Public, 3:31 a.m., Neal Dow AvenueA man called police about a naked female in his backyard. She left but returned and hid in nearby bushes.Call Type: Refusing to Leave, 7:59 p.m., Notre Dame BoulevardThe manager of McDonald's reported a man parked in a handicap ...

Speaking up for the voiceless

September 29, 2015


Filed under News

The homeless population is considered a lot of things in Chico: a problem by business owners, a hassle for the city and even a concern for parents. Very rarely do you hear the homeless population considered as a community. However, that's exactly what it is and that is exactly how we need to star...

Ordinance outrages, excludes homeless in community

Ordinance outrages, excludes homeless in community

Eve Dixon

September 27, 2015


Filed under Community

Many members of the homeless community are upset due to the effects of a new ordinance passed by the Chico city council, feeling that it infringes upon their first amendment rights. The ordinance deals with the removal of personal items and "camps" from parks and public areas and addresses everyth...

City Council passes new sit-lie ordinance

City Council passes new sit-lie ordinance

Kindra Robinson

September 21, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, Community

  City Council passed a new ordinance on Sept. 15 that instills harsher punishments for individuals found sleeping, camping or other obstructive behavior in public places throughout Chico. The city's current sit-lie ordinance restricts people from sitting or lying in public places, such a...

Red-top meters to help homeless

Red-top meters to help homeless

Lauren Anderson

September 15, 2015


Filed under Community, News

  An increase in complaints about aggressive panhandling has caused the Downtown Business Association to take action and provide shelters for the homeless. Melanie Bassett, executive director of the Downtown Business Association, said panhandling has been discouraging people from going d...

Recovery group volunteers clean up homeless camps

Recovery group volunteers clean up homeless camps

Michael Mcclurg

March 18, 2015


Filed under Community, News

The homeless problem in Chico regularly leads to encampments where refuse such as old bottles and used syringes not only clutter the landscape but also pose safety concerns. But one group is working to help. Christbridge Ministry, a local Christian organization that runs a recovery program...

Downtown businesses struggle with homeless

Downtown businesses struggle with homeless

Madison Holmes

April 15, 2014


Filed under News

Katie Vaclavik, the owner of Katie’s Corner, was used to cleaning up urine and trash left by the homeless before opening her store each morning, she said. Before changing store locations from Third and Main streets to the Chico Mall on East 20th Street, Katie’s Corner was often the resting place...

Homeless remain outdoors in the rain

Homeless remain outdoors in the rain

Nathan Lehmann

April 7, 2014


Filed under News

Even in under the recent rainy weather, some homeless in Chico remain outdoors. “I’ve stayed wet,” said Dove Story, a transient in Chico since 1987, in response to the heavy rainfall in the past several weeks. Story said she doesn't fit well in shelters. If she and her friends get ill ...

Chico dehumanizes homeless population

Zachary Phillips

February 4, 2014


Filed under Columns

In “Purgatorio,” part one of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” the fourth level of purgatory is reserved for those afflicted by sloth — a lack of action in response to others’ needs. The men and women occupying this terrace are eternally tasked with constant movement, damned to never a...

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