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.

A 37-year-old Paradise man is facing felony charges in after offering to rebuild a cottage destroyed during the camp fire. Paradise Police arrested Kristopher Chivrell Sunday after he collected a $5,000 advance from a paradise homeowner on Friday. 

The homeowner, police and Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey allege Chivrell does not hold a valid contracting license and may have misrepresented his skills.  

An investigation by the radio program Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that some operators of senior board-and-care homes violate labor laws, steal workers' wages and endanger or neglect their residents, sometimes with dire consequences, the Associated Press reported. 

Reveal provides a comprehensive accounting of failures in care homes whose operators preyed on vulnerable caregivers, many of them poor immigrants, and elderly residents. The program is heard Mondays at 10 am on this station.

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Following a heated discussion of changes to solar energy incentives at a council meeting earlier this week, Redding officials announced the membership of a new committee tasked with crafting an amenable solution.

 

The committee is tasked with proposing new rates for the city’s net metering program. The program pays incentives to customers with rooftop solar systems that generate more energy than they use.

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The stock answer many panhandlers hear is ‘get a job.’ In a few cities around the nation, giving short-term jobs to some homeless people who want them, has been praised as a success and one of many answers to a multifaceted problem.

 

Chico City Councilman Scott Huber is requesting his city explore such a program, modeled after one initiated several years ago in Albuquerque New Mexico. I sat down with councilman Huber Monday, asking him first about the proposal’s appeal.  

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Officials in Chico tonight will weigh a plan that would change local residents’ relationship with Pacific Gas & Electric Company. 

 

Used in a few other California cities, ‘Community Choice Aggregation’ creates a new body that would buy electricity from producers. It would still be delivered by PG&E. Currently, PG&E buys electricity from power plant owners and distributes it. 

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Experts involved in removing contaminants from Paradise’s water system will present findings and updates to the public this evening. 

 

Representatives of the Paradise Irrigation District will present their most recent data and describe on-going work.  


It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors. Earlier today we received updates from Debra Young, a public information officer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Justin Jacobs, representing the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise and Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher.

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Continued cool temperatures, moister air and calm conditions helped firefighters make progress against dozens of fires around the region yesterday and overnight.

 

Containment of the Walker Fire burning in Plumas National Forest increased to 20 percent. Evacuation orders remain in place for Murdock crossing and Stoney Ridge, but have been lifted elsewhere. The fire has burnt through more than 48,000 acres. US 395 remains open. The Evacuation Center in Susanville has closed.

 

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Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and fairly calm conditions aided firefighters battling dozens of fires around the region yesterday and today. 

 

 

Evacuation orders associated with the 47,340 acre Walker Fire burning in Plumas National Forest were lifted, though most earlier road closures remain in place. US 395 remains open. The Evacuation Center in Susanville has closed. 

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A bill temporarily easing regulation and oversight of certain types of construction awaits the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom.

Introduced and carried by North State Assemblyman James Gallagher, Assembly Bill 430 suspends certain aspects of California’s landmark environmental regulations and limits some avenues typically used by opponents to delay or block projects.

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