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Sheriff’s Office implores residents to remember evacuation zones | CARE Court proposal advances | Sen. Padilla on Uvalde shooting

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, May 27.

Butte County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to remember evacuation zones

Sheriff’s officials in Butte County are urging people to look up and remember the evacuation zone they live in.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office used its newly implemented evacuation zone map last week, when a grass fire prompted an evacuation warning for Zone 891 in the community of Palermo. The fire ultimately destroyed three outbuildings but no homes.

Lt. Stephen Collins, who oversees emergency management, has been urging all county residents to look up their zones and store them in their phones before disaster strikes. Collins spoke at a recent community meeting in Berry Creek, which was devastated by the North Complex Fire in 2020.

“Please, don’t wait ’til that moment to then call 911 to ask if you’re in the evacuation area,” he said.

Officials say they hope the new zones will save time identifying areas under threat and better facilitate evacuations.

The evacuation zone map can be found on Butte County’s website.

Andre Byik, NSPR

State Senate approves bill to address homelessness

Gov. Gavin Newsom's CARE Court proposal is advancing in the state Legislature.

The state Senate Wednesday unanimously approved a bill implementing Newsom's plan, which is intended to address homelessness by compelling treatment for people with severe mental illness and drug addiction.

Stockton Senator Susan Eggman, the bill's co-author, said the bill is just a start at addressing the issue.

"This should only impact between 7,000 and 12,000 people,” she said. “Will it solve homelessness? No, it will not. But are the majority of these people that we are talking about suffering from homelessness? Yes, they are."

CARE Court would be a referral-based program. First responders, law enforcement, behavioral health providers, and family members could refer people struggling with addiction and mental illness. A judge would then order a care plan that could include treatment, services, and housing.

Some civil rights advocates, however, say compelling people into care is not effective. The bill moves next to the state Assembly.

— CapRadio Staff

Padilla addresses gun violence in the wake of Uvalde shooting

Outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Thursday, Democratic lawmakers, activists, victims and survivors of shootings held a news conference to address gun violence. The event took place following the recent mass shootings in a Buffalo supermarket and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Among those who spoke were Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, who represents Newtown, where the Sandy Hook massacre took place and California Senator Alex Padilla.

“I’m here as a U.S. Senator, also here as a father, like Senator Murphy, to young children, school-aged children,” Padilla said. “My two youngest are the same age that could have been in that classroom in Uvalde, Texas. So, yes this is personal.”

Padilla and other senators outlined bipartisan legislation they want to bring up for a vote. Proposals include an assault weapons ban, advanced background checks, eliminating large-capacity magazines, and red flag laws.

— CapRadio Staff

Commission on peace officer standards approves definition of misconduct

California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) has reached a key milestone in its implementation of the new police decertification law, Senate Bill 2. The commission has approved a definition of what constitutes misconduct serious enough to revoke an officer's badge.

The definition will be the cornerstone of what agencies will have to start considering in January, when they'll be required to report all allegations or complaints that meet the criteria.

The commission fleshed out nine characteristics of serious misconduct that are outlined in the law: dishonesty, abuse of power, physical abuse, sexual assault, demonstrating bias, acts that violate the law and are sufficiently egregious, participation in a law enforcement gang, failure to cooperate with an investigation, or failure to intercede if they see another officer use unnecessary force.

POST will start hiring for 127 positions. The definition approved by the commission on Wednesday is now open for public comment.

— Sukey Lewis (KQED), The California Report

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

In other news

  • COVID cases related to community spread: “Plumas County Public Health announced today, May 26, that there have been 28 new cases of COVID reported over the past seven days; 35 were reported on May 19.” — Plumas News
  • CHP reminds the public to buckle up this holiday weekend: “As the nation observes Memorial Day and honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, travel to gatherings with family and friends will dramatically increase vehicles on roadways during the holiday weekend.” — Lassen County News
  • Chico cemeteries to hold Memorial Day events: “The Chico Cemetery and Glen Oaks Memorial Park will be hosting events for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. The event at Chico Cemetery, 881 Mangrove Ave., will begin at 10 a.m. and the event at Glen Oaks Memorial Park, 11115 Midway, will begin at 2 p.m.” — Chico Enterprise-Record

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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.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
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.