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City council proposes sales tax increase

Bird in Hand owner Bob Malowney shares his thoughts on a sales tax increase. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

October 20, 2019

The Chico City Council discussed the possibility of increasing sales tax in Chico in a council meeting Tuesday. If successful, the change would make the sales tax in the city go from 7.25% to 8.25%.A voter survey was taken by EMC Research to decide if voters would approve a tax increase measure. The resul...

Downtown Christmas event brings joy to community and relief to Camp Fire victims

Children happily run up to greet Santa as he pulls up in a vintage firetruck to help light the Christmas tree in the downtown plaza. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

December 4, 2018

Members of the community gathered in Downtown Chico during the cold weather Sunday night to enjoy the 40th Annual Christmas Preview, where a portion of proceeds went toward Camp Fire relief efforts. The event was originally scheduled for Nov 18, but after the events of the Camp Fire, the holiday event was rescheduled for Dec 2...

Chico City Council votes to further pursue reinstating sit-lie ordinance

Council Chambers were filled to standing room only, at Tuesday's city council meeting. 43 people requested to address the council over the talks of bringing back the sit-lie ordinance. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Josh Cozine

September 5, 2018

Seats in the city hall council chambers were filled to standing room only at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Mayor Sean Morgan even addressed the crowd to inform anyone still looking for a seat, that there was a conference room next door with more seats and monitors live-streaming the meeting. The...

Chico City Council introduces community court plan

The City Council further discussed plans for a community court at Monday's Town and Gown Meeting. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Joey Nicholl

January 29, 2018

The Chico City Council proposed a plan to create a community court Friday.Mayor Sean Morgan unveiled the plan at the annual state of the city address.A community court would allow misdemeanor offenders to get their charges dropped by participating in community service and getting assistance from service pro...

Chico may face lawsuit over Chico Scrap Metal debate

A look inside Chico Scrap Metal Photo credit: Allison Clark

Allison Clark

February 17, 2017

According to Chico Mayor Sean Morgan, the city of Chico may have to pay a few million dollars to move Chico Scrap Metal if a proposed referendum is voted through to force the move.Chico State professor and spokesman for "Move the Junkyard," Mark Stemen, said “this is a campaign to uphold Chico Pla...

Chico State lecturer elected mayor of Chico

The Chico city council approved an amendment to the noise ordinance that allows for citations to second offenders. Photo credit: Lauren Anderson

Molly Sullivan

December 7, 2016

Sean Morgan, a lecturer at Chico State, and Reanette Fillmer were elected as mayor and vice mayor of Chico at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. Morgan was unanimously elected after the current mayor, Mark Sorensen, nominated him. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business from C...

Candidates running for Chico City Council

(left to right) Tami Ritter, Randall Stone, Ann Schwab and Karl Ory pose for a photo at the Labor day breakfast on Sept. 5. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Lucas Moran

October 24, 2016

Four members of the Chico City Council are up for re-election this year. Incumbent councilmembers Ann Schwab, Tami Ritter, Randall Stone and Sean Morgan must defend their council seats against seven challengers. Each voter will choose their top four candidates and the four candidates with the highest...

City Council candidates mingle at mixer

Chico residents mingle with City Council candidates at the first YPO mixer. Photo credit: Katia Berg

Katia Berg

October 20, 2016

The Young Professionals of the Chico Chamber hosted the first-ever mixer Oct. 19 at Two Twenty Restaurant, where Chico residents mingled with 2016 City Council candidates. The event gave citizens of all ages the chance to meet one-on-one with candidates, socialize and talk local politics. "This...

City Council forum at Great Debate

Students at last year's Great Debate. Photo credit: Courtesy of Sue Peterson

Molly Sullivan

October 15, 2016

The Great Debate, an annual event for communication students, will have a forum for Chico City Council candidates on Oct. 21 at noon at the City Council Chamber. "Being in Chico for a majority of the year each year, students are impacted by the City Council decisions in their day-to-day lives, but often ...

City, campus police improve collaboration

John Feeney, University Police chief, believes that collaboration among police departments is crucial to success. Photo courtesy of John Feeney.

December 15, 2015

In addition to updating a Memorandum of Understanding, University Police and Chico Police Department hope to collaborate more effectively to keep the Chico State community safe. At a recent open forum, violence and crime within Chico was addressed by students. One component of this concern is the Chico Police Dep...

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

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

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 individuals in any condition to have warmth during the cold and rainy months, and will continue to operate this winter with ...

New ordinance alleviates public safety concerns

Jacqueline Reyes, first-year animal science major, said Chico should provide more rehabilitation services to individuals in town. Photo credit: Elizabeth Castillo

Elizabeth Castillo

September 27, 2015

Chico residents hope to see an improved and safer community with the passing of the Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance. The ordinance allows police officers to issue misdemeanors to individuals that store their private possessions on public property. This includes camping in the City Plaza...

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