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Chico City Council Building on Sept. 2, 2020

City council explores new approaches to homelessness, lethal force

Kelsey Ogle, Arts & Entertainment Editor // April 9, 2021

Several approaches to the mental health aspects of homelessness, police brutality and lethal force were discussed and debated in Tuesday night's city council meeting. However, the only specific decisions...

This mural was created by muralist Siana Sonoquie on the side of the 1078 Gallery on Park Avenue. Photo by Erin Holve.

Environmental recovery means helping the underprivileged

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // February 25, 2021

Recent evictions of Chico’s homeless encampments are facing heavy criticism. While some argue that evictions are a good solution, others like myself would prefer a care-based system. Self-care, along...

A homeless camp near Mulberry Street in Chico, Feb. 3 2021

Cold weather creates problems for Chico homeless

Melvin Bui, Reporter // February 4, 2021

Uncertain weather conditions have caused the homeless and transient population in Chico  to hunker down in peril. In addition to COVID-19 complications, the possibility of catching cold-related illnesses...

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

Natalie Hanson // 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

Natalie Hanson // 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...

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.

Who is Matthew Mitchell?

Christian Solis, Visuals Editor // 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.

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

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

Alex Grant // 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...

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

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

Josh Cozine // 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....

Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Chico’s homelessness solutions are going nowhere

Grayson Boyer // 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...

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

Conversations with cops held around town

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...

Trucks were loaded with piles of trash. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Community contributes to clean local parks

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....

Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Life happens: Stories beneath the surface

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...

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