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.


It’s again time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies repairing damage left behind by the camp fire. 

 

Joining us: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis, Butte County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Casey Hatcher, and for the first time, Charles Brooks of Rebuild Paradise.

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The availability and affordability of housing in Chico is the top concern according to Mayor Randall Stone, who last night delivered his state of the city address.

 

In spite of all the Camp Fire’s repercussions, Mayor Randall Stone said Chico was in fairly good shape, but the scarcity and cost of housing is bad and getting worse.

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The rate and number of violent crimes declined in Chico last year, while property crimes remained almost unchanged. A new report from the Chico Police Department has law enforcement declaring victory.  

 

On the face of it, the figures aren’t something to boast about loudly. Violent crime dipped by nine percent between 2018 and 2019, with 54 fewer incidents reported. It’s a move in the right direction, but not exactly huge.

Rubina Hartwig / PUSD Transportation Director


Dramatic cuts and widespread layoffs could be coming to Paradise schools.

 

Officials say an announcement about major layoffs and deep cuts in the Paradise Unified School District could be just weeks away. 

 

How bad it will be is anyone’s guess. 

Jocelyn Augustino / FEMA


County and state officials have formally asked for a yearlong extension for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) housing units.  

 

Without an extension, everyone currently in a FEMA unit would be out on the street May 12. That’s due to an 18-month statutory deadline.  

Candidates for Butte County’s fourth supervisorial district seat met in a spirited but respectful debate last night.

The race, which will likely be decided during the March 3rd primary election, would replace Supervisor Steve Lambert on the board. Lambert is not seeking another term. 

 

The contest pits county water commission vice-chair Tod Kimmelshue against political science lecturer Sue Hilderbrand for a seat including much of the county’s agricultural land, along with Gridley and a small slice of Chico.

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After five years at the helm and 28 on the force in Chico, Police Chief Michael O’Brien announced plans to retire effective June 5th. 

 

After 31 years in law enforcement, the vast majority at the department he would eventually lead, O’Brien said ultimately, it was input from his wife that set the wheels in motion.

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Despite recent disasters, the North State’s economy is plugging along at a steady pace, and according to Robert Eyler, a professor of economics at Sonoma State University, it will likely continue to do so.

 

Eyler delivered his annual economic forecast in Redding last week, part of a daylong conference held by Chico State’s Center for Economic Development. Low interest rates and tame inflation should fuel lending and business activity without risk of overexpansion. However, risks do remain. 

 

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The four candidates vying for two seats on the Butte County Board of Supervisors face off at a League of Women Voters sponsored event this evening. 

 

Tonight’s event might be the only chance to see the hopefuls debate as the victors will likely emerge March 3rd .  

 

John Locher / AP Photo


A new effort is being made to reconnect with Camp Fire survivors who may have fallen through the cracks.

The consortium of government, non-profit, religious and charitable organizations called the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, will hold a dozen events through Jan. 24, hoping to quantify holes and gaps in recovery efforts so far.

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