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Chico police chief search | Siskiyou emergency declaration | Student debt relief

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Sept. 22. 

Search for new Chico police chief underway

The city of Chico is saying farewell to Chico Police Chief Matt Madden, who retires this month. Starting Friday, Chico police Capt. Billy Aldridge will take over police chief duties on an interim basis. The city’s search for a permanent police chief is underway, and some have questions about the process.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Newsom declares emergency for Siskiyou and other counties affected by recent wildfires

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed emergency declarations for Siskiyou, Modoc and Madera counties, all of which have been affected by recent wildfires. The declaration will enable the counties to access resources from the state to help with cleanup and debris removal and assist in the recovery process.

Madi Bolaños (KQED), The California Report

CalPERS retirement fund is underperforming due to missed opportunity

The retirement fund for state employees in California is severely underperforming, according to a recent report. The missed opportunity came during the nine-year period from 2009 to 2018, a time when CalPERS — the largest public pension fund in the country — was more focused on avoiding risk in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession. Other states with bigger bets on private equity far outperformed CalPERS.

CapRadio Staff

More than 3.5 million Californians eligible for student debt relief

California has the highest number of people who could receive student loan debt forgiveness, according to estimates released Tuesday from President Joe Biden’s administration. Over 3.5 million Californians are eligible to have some student debt forgiven under Biden’s plan.

— CapRadio Staff

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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.