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Paradise stands in solidarity with Ukraine | Chico mayor tells critics to stop complaining | Study shows drop in Black-owned businesses during pandemic 

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, March 11.

Solidarity with Ukrainians reaches Paradise Town Council

This week’s Town Council meeting in Paradise began with a statement delivered by Mayor Steve Crowder, who said the town stands with the Ukrainian people and condemns Russia’s invasion of the country.

“Although not the same circumstances, Paradise can relate to having to flee our town and watch it be destroyed,” Crowder said.

The 2018 Camp Fire brought extraordinary loss to the town.

The mayor’s statement comes as communities nationwidehave expressed their support for Ukraine and while others are questioning theirsister-city relationships with communities in Russia.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Chico mayor tells city’s critics to stop complaining and ‘get to work’ during State of the City address

The annual State of the City address was held virtually in Chico on Thursday. As the city celebrates 150 years of operation, government officials gave updates about the city’s future.

In his speech, Chico Mayor Andrew Coolidge said Chico’s future will be “both bright and clean.” He also pushed back against people who’ve criticized the city, saying they should help change Chico rather than “complain.”

“You have the choice to be a critic and complain about the issues we face, or roll up your sleeves, get to work and help make Chico a better place to live," he said, adding, “Progress was never made by complaining.”

Other city officials highlighted the imminent opening of the city-run Pallet shelter for unhoused residents, saying it would be “very safe” and “well run." The non-congregate housing site was constructed following a legal complaint lodged against the city by a group of unhoused people.

Also discussed was a proposed 1% sales tax that would appear on the general election ballot in November. The tax would be used for road maintenance and repairs and to hire more fire and public works personnel.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Pandemic brought on dramatic drop in Black-owned small businesses, research shows

Research from UC Santa Cruz shows a dramatic drop in small businesses early in the pandemic. That’s especially true for businesses owned by people of color.

As just one example, there was a loss of some 450,000 Black-owned businesses a drop of 41%.

The Inclusivity Project is working to raise $100 million dollars to help 1,000 Black entrepreneurs in California. Jay King is the president and CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce, which is involved in the effort.

“My hope is that what it does is it starts to build those micro and mini-micro businesses into a small business that can house two to four employees and then scale it up,” he said.

King said the Inclusivity Project plans to provide mentorship and business development expertise.

— CapRadio Staff

California bill would address twice-yearly clock change

In 2018, Prop. 7 passed allowing California lawmakers to vote to permanently keep the state in daylight saving time the spring-forward change.

There’s just one problem: federal law doesn’t allow states to switch to year-round daylight saving time. It only allows permanent standard time, which is the fall back, sun-sets-earlier time.

Arizona and Hawaii are always on standard time. Assembly member Steven Choi authored a bill that would have California join them. The Irvine Republican argues the century-old time change is outdated.

“To my understanding, it was to save energy, but research has shown that was not the case,” he said. “So, I see a lot more benefits by keeping one time.”

Choi’s bill will be amended to put the decision before voters. That means just like the autumn clock change, Californians could again be voting on this issue in early November.

— CapRadio Staff

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

In other news

  • Plumas chambers unite and seek funding to promote county: “Once upon a time there was a Plumas County Chamber of Commerce. There was also a Plumas County Visitors Center. Over the years, those entities disappeared and four individual chambers took on the responsibilities of marketing this county — at first with financial support from the Board of Supervisors, but then that vanished also.” — Plumas News
  • Chico sued over records request: “Investigative reporter and former Chico State professor Dave Waddell has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chico over public records requests related to the Chico Police Department. The information requested pertained to the officer-involved shootings of Chico residents Desmond Philips, Tyler Rushing, Eddie Sanchez and Stephen Vest.” — Chico Enterprise-Record
  • Hybrid 'deltacron’ COVID virus is a biological curiosity. Is it a cause for alarm?: “A handful of COVID cases caused by an omicron-delta hybrid have been identified in the United States — including at least one in California reported by health officials this week — but scientists say the so-called deltacron variant looks unlikely to supplant either of its parents and fuel another coronavirus surge.” — San Francisco Chronicle 
  • With no respite from drought, officials call upon Californians to conserve water: “‘We’re asking all Californians to step up,’ said Wade Crowfoot, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. That means reducing water usage immediately and also taking steps that will help conserve in the long run, he said, such as replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants, or switching to water-saving appliances.” — Los Angeles Times 

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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.