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University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph
November 6, 2019

In the year following the most catastrophic event to ever occur in Butte County, it is disappointing to see Chico State struggle to acknowledge how the fire impacted the town it sits in.First, how the...

University urging ‘relocation’ of low-barrier shelter a disappointment

April 22, 2019

If students weren't already concerned about the housing crisis in Chico before the Camp Fire, they should be now. The city of Chico certainly has to be as well. Based on letters shared with students on...

Who is Matthew Mitchell?

Matthew Mitchell is a Northern California native who struggled with homelessness and a sense of community for a year in Chico, CA.  Here is what he had to say.
February 14, 2019

Matthew Mitchell is a Northern California native who struggled with homelessness and a sense of community for a year in Chico, CA. Here is what he had to say.

Video: Chico City Council candidates voice their opinions on the reinstatement of the Sit-Lie Ordinance

Be sure to vote Tuesday for the three city council candidates that best represent you and your values!
November 5, 2018

Seven of the nine candidates sat down to talk about how they feel about the recent passing of the Sit-Lie ordinance. Kasey Reynolds and Jame Aguirre are the only two candidates that weren't included in...

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

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
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....

Chico’s homelessness solutions are going nowhere

Photo credit: Diego Ramirez
October 31, 2017

Homelessness in Chico is one of the city’s most salient problems. Yet as we adopt increasingly aggressive policies towards the homeless population, it becomes more evident the problem is only getting...

Conversations with cops held around town

Officer Mark Hoffman, was available to conversate with community members. Photo credit: Christian Solis
October 4, 2017

The Chico Police Department hosted their 2nd Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day, Wednesday. The officers were able to meet face-to-face with community members to build a more inclusive and connected...

Community contributes to clean local parks

Trucks were loaded with piles of trash. Photo credit: Christian Solis
September 16, 2017

Chico locals and students participated in 30th Annual Bidwell Parks and Creeks Cleanup, Saturday morning.The event combats environmental damage done in parks and creeks from encampments and littering....

Life happens: Stories beneath the surface

Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues
September 21, 2016

Everyone has a story, but not everyone has someone to listen to it. I was the listener this time. I went out with the intentions of photographing random homeless people that I assumed were homeless because...

Homelessness deserves real solutions

Photo credit: Helen Suh
April 7, 2016

Here in Chico, a homeless aid program called Stairways Empowered Living helps homeless and the mentally ill, but a few factors separate them from most charity programs. Firstly, they help teach people...

Chico police rethink city ordinance and homeless resources

City council is thinking about expanding the Public Property Ordinance city wide Photo credit: Catalina Friz
March 2, 2016

The Chico Police Department may be able to establish more trust and resources among the homeless community. The Chico City Council and the the Chico Police Department are considering installing a 24-hour...

Students debate politics at Town Hall

Ryan Patten, Chair of the political science department spoke at the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday Nov. 13 Photo credit: Jovanna Garcia
November 17, 2014

Students, faculty and community members gathered to discuss and find solutions to contemporary issues like homelessness and human trafficking at the 15th biannual Town Hall Meeting last Thursday. Approximately...

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