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Recall winner takes seat | Drought continues | Governor imposes state sanctions

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, March 2.

Winner of Shasta County recall election takes seat

Tim Garman prevailed in a February recall election where voters ousted former District 2 Supervisor Leonard Moty, taking his seat on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Some voters cited COVID-19 restrictions, homelessness and election security as reasons they supported the recall effort.

Garman beat the next closest replacement candidate in the race by about 150 votes. Due to the narrow margin, the county clerk and registrar of voters, Cathy Darling Allen, told the Board of Supervisors that her office counted the entire election more than 9,000 ballot cards by hand as part of an auditing process.

The board accepted the results of the recall election without opposition.

— Andre Byik, NSPR 

Dry January and February has Sierra snowpack far below average

Californians should prepare for a third straight drought year. That advice comes from the state Department of Water Resources (DWR) following Tuesday morning’s manual snow survey in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe.

Sean de Guzman, manager of snow surveys for DWR, said the snowpack is 63% of average for this date.

"December, January, and February are traditionally our three wettest months of the water year, producing over half of our annual rainfall,” de Guzman said. “However, this past January and February were actually the driest consecutive January and February on record dating back over 100 years in the Sierra Nevada.”

There are no major storms in the forecast. DWR officials say the low snowpack combined with already low reservoir levels makes it more critical than ever for Californians to step up their conservation efforts.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked residents to cut back their water use by 15%, and Tuesday’s survey is likely to add pressure to make the rationing mandatory.

— CapRadio Staff

Newsom imposes state sanctions on Russia

Gov. Gavin Newsom is moving to force state sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

According to the Governor’s Office, more than $1.5 billion across three state investment funds are tied to Russia, two of which are the largest public pension funds in the nation.

In a letter to the directors of those pension systems, Newsom said “no fund shall purchase Russian debt and no money shall flow from the state of California to Russia.”

The governor called it a moral imperative to support the people of Ukraine. His letter comes a day after state lawmakers said they were looking into sanctions against Russia.

— CapRadio Staff

Misinformation plagues social media amid Russian invasion

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter said they're removing accounts involved in disinformation campaigns against Ukraine. Social media has been flooded with misinformation from Russian-backed outlets.

Jon Greenberg, a senior correspondent with PolitiFact, said most of the misinformation being posted casts Ukraine as the aggressor and Russia as a savior.

Facebook's parent company Meta said it's banning ads from Russian state media and removing a network of 40 fake accounts, pages and groups publishing pro-Russian talking points.

The network used fictitious people posing as journalists and experts.

— CapRadio Staff

Interview: Sacramento Bee reporter discusses what’s known about father who killed his three children, their chaperone in shooting

More information is becoming known about the man suspected of shooting to death his three young daughters, a chaperone and himself at a church in Sacramento’s Arden-Arcade community on Monday.

The shootings took place during a supervised visit. The children’s mother was out of town and had an active restraining order against the father, who was at the church to see his children.

Sacramento Bee reporter Sam Stanton has been writing about this story and has uncovered information about the father. He shared some of that information with CapRadio’s Randol White. Listen to the interview in today’s Headlines. 

— CapRadio Staff

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

In other news

  • Chico council, public provide input on redistricting: “With the public map submission period closed, the Chico City Council, along with ARDA Demographer Claudio Gallegos, held a public hearing to go over the seven maps submitted by Chico residents for consideration in the city’s redistricting process.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
  • Shasta County schools eager to end mask mandate March 14: “Face coverings have become a politically-charged issue, especially in public schools. In conservative areas like Shasta County, residents have packed school board meetings to protest COVID-19 rules.” — Redding Record Searchlight
  • Yuba supes approve YSAC resolution: “After a delay in action last week, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on Tuesday during a special meeting that will allow Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture to apply for and receive grants that will directly benefit the citizens of the county.” — The Appeal-Democrat
  • Progressives struggle for influence among California Democrats: “Progressive activists have found themselves on the losing end of recent California Democratic Party fights over single-payer health care, endorsements and donations from fossil fuel companies. Tensions are high as the party gathers for its annual convention March 4-6.” — CalMatters

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Sarah has worked at North State Public Radio since 2015 and is currently the station’s Director of Operations. She’s responsible for the sound of the station and works to create the richest public radio experience possible for NSPR listeners.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.