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Tuscan Water District election | Mt. Shasta’s ‘transformative transportation’ | Gas rebate checks

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Sept. 29.

Tuscan Water District election to be rescheduled

The official certification of votes to create the controversial Tuscan Water District in Butte County was to have occurred Wednesday. However, the certification has been postponed indefinitely, according to the Butte County Clerk-Recorder’s office. The office says the postponement is due to concerns that were raised about whether adequate notice of the election was given. The decision to postpone the certification was made after consultation between district proponents, and the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), which gave its unanimous approval to form the district in February. The office says a new election will be rescheduled in the future.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Mt. Shasta exploring ‘transformative transportation change’

In the face of climate change, many communities are exploring ways to lessen their dependence on cars. The city of Mt. Shasta is nearing completion of a plan that will reduce its carbon footprint and meet other needs of its 3,000 residents. A draft of the Walk Bike Ride Mt. Shasta Mobility Plan will be presented to the Mt. Shasta City Council on Oct. 10. Following council review and comment, the plan will then go up for final approval on Oct. 24. Read the full story.

Ken Devol, NSPR

Newsom signs bills to speed up housing creation

More than three dozen bills signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday are meant to streamline production of affordable housing. Some advocates say the new laws could lead to around 2 million new units.

CapRadio Staff 

Gas rebate checks are on the horizon for Californians

Gas prices remain stubbornly high in California. Over the last week, the average price of a regular gallon of gasoline has jumped more than 40 cents. But help is on the way in the form of a one-time state refund payment.

Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report 

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