Chico journalist wins police records | North Complex recovery | PG&E power outage
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Chico journalist wins access to records in Chico police shootings
An investigative journalist in Chico is celebrating what he calls a “win” for local government transparency. The journalist Dave Waddell announced in July he settled a lawsuit he filed against the city of Chico that claimed the city failed to comply with California public records laws. The city agreed to pay Waddell’s attorney’s fees and costs — more than $43,000 — and release hundreds of records in fatal police shootings.
Waddell recently spoke with NSPR about his case against the city, his reporting on deadly police shootings for the news nonprofit ChicoSol and his hopes for government transparency going forward.
— Andre Byik, NSPR
Fire insurance a barrier to recovery in North Complex burn scar
The North Complex — which is also known in Butte County as the Bear Fire — devastated Berry Creek and its surrounding communities nearly two years ago. The fire destroyed more than 1,200 structures, including homes and businesses. Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly says some survivors won’t rebuild because of the cost of fire insurance.
— Andre Byik, NSPR
PG&E plans power outage in parts of Yuba, Butte and Plumas counties
About 2,500 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in parts of northeast Yuba County, Clipper Mills in Butte County and La Porte in Plumas County will be without power from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today. PG&E said in a press release power is being shut off to improve the safety and reliability of its lines.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
Majority of California voters say state is on the wrong track
California voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction. That's according to a new poll from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. But they're not taking it out on Gov. Gavin Newsom as he runs for reelection.
— Guy Marzorati (KQED), The California Report
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In case you missed it
- Memorial for the Fallen’: Parents organize tribute to people killed by Butte County law enforcement — NSPR
- Millions in federal grant funding to go to wildfire recovery — NSPR
- Most Chico State students experience food insecurity, official says — NSPR
- Butte County supervisor says ‘sorry’ to families of seven people killed by local law enforcement — NSPR
- City of Chico funds nonprofit Safe Space to operate cooling center — NSPR
- Interview: California’s drought has put stress on fish; what anglers can do to minimize harm while fishing — NSPR
- Pfizer asks FDA to greenlight new omicron booster shots, which could arrive this fall— NPR