Marc Albert

Reporter, Morning Edition Host

North State Public Radio reporter Marc Albert joined the staff in 2010 as a morning program host. Formerly a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Sun, Berkeley Voice and other publications, Marc is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A California resident since 1987, Marc has lived in Kyoto, Japan, Georgetown, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. He originally hails from New York City. His first public radio experience was at age 16, answering phones during pledge drives at the storied WBAI. He later served as a volunteer reporter at KUSP-Santa Cruz, WBAI-New York and KPFA-Berkeley before embarking on a decade plus sojourn in print journalism. He has proudly called Chico his home since 2008.

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Settling a lawsuit that blamed company equipment and poor maintenance for sparking a major wildfire, Pacific Gas & Electric Company agreed to pay Butte County $1.5 million. 

The settlement, rising out of legal action following last years’ La Porte, Cherokee and Honey fires, will fund two seasonal, two-person teams dedicated to inspecting power lines and poles in wildland areas. 

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Long after the retardant drops end and the hot shots and news crews move on, the danger across wildfire burn scars remains. Special teams of geologists, biologists, soil scientists, and hydrologists are dispatched to assess damage, plan fixes and identify potentially fatal hazards. 

An all new commuter bus route, linking Redding with downtown Sacramento is about a year and a half away, according to Dan Little Executive Director of Shasta Regional Transportation Agency. Funded by grants, officials envision four daily round trips aboard fast, comfortable, zero-emission, Wi-Fi enabled buses.

A similar proposal linking Butte County with Sacramento was rejected.

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Following another lengthy and acrimonious hearing, the city council in Chico declared a shelter crisis Tuesday night, opening the door to financial help from Sacramento aimed at easing homelessness.

It took close to two hours to wade through the claims and counter claims in an overflowing chamber, but in the end the council narrowly approved the declaration on a 4 to 3 vote with conservative Andrew Coolidge joining the liberal bloc.

In Redding more greenery may start sprouting up around town.

The city council will consider Wednesday accepting a $41,500 grant from the McConnell Foundation to purchase and plant more street trees.

The council will also consider an amended contract creating semi-permanent locations for catering trucks in Carnegie Park. The proposed two year contract could be renewed four times.

Finally, the council will also consider a 7.5 percent raise for City Attorney Barry DeWalt.

The meeting gets underway Wednesday at 6 p.m.

One lane of Redding’s Hilltop Drive will be closed Tuesday and other nights over the next month, as Pacific Gas and Electric Company workers replace a natural gas main. Work extends from East Palisades Avenue to Rockaway Drive. The northbound curbside lane will be closed between 6 p.m. through 7 a.m. Nightly work continues through November 2nd. Work is limited to Monday nights through Friday mornings.

 

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City leaders in Chico are scheduled to once again consider the declaration of a shelter emergency at their meeting Tuesday. The move would allow the city to designate places that homeless people could legally occupy, even if the structures fail to comply with building codes.

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His candidacy may be a long shot in the Democrat against Democrat battle for a U.S. Senate seat in California, but that didn’t keep Kevin de León from bringing his campaign to Butte County Thursday. 

The five candidates vying for three seats on the Redding City Council faced off in a tight, rapid fire candidate forum Wednesday evening at the Cascade Theatre.  

 

Organized by the League of Women Voters, the event filled about half the seats of the historic movie palace, and aside from a man who planted a sign outside accusing one of the incumbents of living in the City of Shasta Lake, the evening rolled by without controversy.  

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Drilling work is underway at Shasta Dam where federal officials trying to determine how realistic and how expensive it would be to increase the capacity of the largest reservoir in California. The $1.4 billion plan would add another eighteen and a half feet to the dam. Any higher would create pricey issues at the Pit River Bridge. 

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