The Orion

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...

Homeless man arrested, charged with car burglary

Homeless man arrested, charged with car burglary

Josiah Nicholl // May 2, 2018

The Chico Police Department confirmed that they arrested a homeless man on Monday morning following a car burglary.Officers were first dispatched to Forest Glen Apartments on Pillsbury Road at 6 a.m. Monday...

Lisa Brockus holds up the whiteboard with a meaningful message. Photo credit: Sabrina Lee

University course encourages students to learn from locals

Alex Grant // November 13, 2017

University 105I is a self-identity and sustainability class that encourages students to learn about identity misconceptions and stereotypes. A large requirement of this class is the project, “Sense of...

Illustration by Liz Coffee

Man throws fruit at drivers

Jafet Serrato // March 11, 2017

Chico PoliceCall Type: Domestic Dispute Sunday, 5:41 a.m., Nord Avenue. A man is calling to report a woman on his car. She claims she is being held hostage. The two individuals were fighting because the...

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman Photo credit: Miles Huffman

Woman finds front door open, purse missing

December 4, 2015

Chico Police DepartmentCall Type: Residential Burglary, 8:55 p.m., East 15th StreetA woman was in her back bedroom when she noticed her purse missing from her front table. Her dog was barking and the woman...

Photo credit: Miles Huffman

Hungry drunk threatens to break down doors

Kindra Robinson // September 20, 2015

Chico Police DepartmentCall Type: Drunk in Public 2:09 a.m., West Ninth StreetA man claimed that employees at a local store refused to sell him alcohol and then threatened to hit him with a stick. Despite...

Charles, a homeless man, carries all of his belongings and his dog with him at all times. Photo credit: Sam Barker

Red-top meters to help homeless

Lauren Anderson // September 15, 2015

  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...

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...

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

Homeless remain outdoors in the rain

Nathan Lehmann // April 7, 2014

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...

A homeless man sleeps on a grassy area of the downtown plaza facing the city chambers, where many transients often reside.Photo credit: Jamie Stryker

No citations given for ‘Sit and Lie’ violation

Madison Holmes // January 27, 2014

The Chico Police Department has not given out any citations to those violating the Sit and Lie ordinance since it took effect in December. The ordinance prohibits people from sitting or lying...

Distressed Downtown: Homelessness in Chico, CA

Distressed Downtown: Homelessness in Chico, CA

December 11, 2013

A overview of the homelessness issue in Chico and what business owners and city are doing about it. This piece was done over the course of a month. Producers | Eric Walker & Emily Bertolino Special...

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