The Orion

Community advocacy can create city changes

Community advocacy can create city changes

March 8, 2016
The Orion editorial is the collaborative opinion of the entire editorial board.
City council is thinking about expanding the Public Property Ordinance city wide Photo credit: Catalina Friz

Chico police rethink city ordinance and homeless resources

Michelle Zhu // 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...

From left: Tina, Charles and Chiquita relax on their blankets as the sun sets in City Plaza. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

December 8, 2015

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...

Map of furniture-related fires in Chico. Photo courtesy of Chico Fire Department.

New ordinance to reduce couch fires

December 7, 2015

Chico City Council passed a new city ordinance proposed by the Chico Fire Department that could reduce the amount of couch and furniture-related fires. The ordinance bans residents and Chico State students...

“Digger,” a local homeless man, sits with his cat, Spot, across from 7/11. Photo credit: Emily Teague

City Council passes new sit-lie ordinance

Kindra Robinson // September 21, 2015

  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...

Jay, a local homeless man, stands outside of businesses in hopes of compassion Photo credit: Emily Teague

Downtown businesses struggle with homeless

Madison Holmes // April 15, 2014

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...

Chico dehumanizes homeless population

Zachary Phillips // February 4, 2014

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...

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