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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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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Housing and homeless advocates had something to celebrate in Butte County Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a shelter crisis throughout the county.

The designation makes the county eligible for nearly $5 million in state financial aid for homeless services.

It also cuts a lot of red tape, allowing officials to begin housing homeless people on county-owned property within unincorporated areas. However, how many and how soon remains unclear.

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Funds for the homeless, economic development and long-range needs are among the issues going before the Butte County Board of Supervisors in Oroville Tuesday morning.  

 

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A city council candidate forum focused on law enforcement is scheduled for this evening in Chico, but at least one candidate is boycotting the event.  

 

Activists organizing the candidate forum say their aim is to improve relationships between police and the community. 

 

Among the most contentious issues before the Chico City Council tonight, possibly the largest subdivision in years as 313 acres of open space on Chico’s eastern edge appears slated to become 469 homes, shopping and an unclear number of apartments spread across 34 acres. Local environmental groups are expected to oppose the project due to the existence of Butte County Meadowfoam, an endangered plant. The StoneGate project site straddles Bruce Road between East 20th Street and Skyway.

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Watch Monday's full Chico City Council debate below. 

Eight of the nine candidates vying for a seat on the Chico City Council faced off Monday night at a League of Women Voters event on the Chico State campus.

In terms of municipal politics, all of the candidates love Bidwell Park, they want better public safety, more decorum and less heated rhetoric, passenger service at the airport, Chapmantown annexation to go smoothly and for Chico to be envied elsewhere. Most boast long local roots. 

The second and final chance for voters in California’s giant 1st Congressional District to size up the contenders in person is scheduled for Monday evening. Despite voter enthusiasm across the U.S. the location may rule out massive crowds.

Despite indications that Republicans are facing headwinds nationally, for local Democrats incumbent Doug LaMalfa may be untouchable. Republicans have held most of the territory now in CD1 since 1975.

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