Chico’s Measure H | North State vaccine clinics | Community college achievement gaps
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Oct. 20.
Measure H would raise Chico's sales tax by 1%
Voters in Chico this year are deciding whether to increase the city’s sales tax. If passed, Measure H would raise Chico’s total sales tax rate by 1%, from 7.25% to 8.25%. That would likely mean higher prices for many goods and a benefit to city coffers. Officials estimate the tax would bring in an additional $24 million a year for the city’s unrestricted general fund.
— Andre Byik, NSPR
North State candidate forums scheduled for today
District 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa and congressional hopeful Max Steiner will participate in an online candidate forum tonight. The forum starts around 8 p.m. and is being organized by the League of Women Voters of Butte County. It will be preceded by another between District 3 California Assemblyman James Gallagher and state Assembly hopeful David Zink, starting at 7 p.m. NSPR will air the forums live. Both can also be streamedonline.
— Sarah Bohannon, NSPR
Health officials encourage flu and COVID-19 vaccination
Clinics for flu and COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out across the North State over the next few months as health officials and organizations are working to get residents in the region vaccinated. Chico State will be holding a flu and COVID-19 booster vaccination clinic in the Meriam Library breezeway for most of the day today. You can find more upcoming flu or COVID-19 clinics at myturn.ca.gov.
— Sarah Bohannon, NSPR
California community colleges failing to meet achievement gap goals
California’s community colleges won’t meet their own ambitious goals to close the gaps in graduation rates between racial and ethnic groups in the next few years. Black and Latino students at California Community Colleges still aren’t graduating at anywhere near the rates of their white and Asian counterparts. Overall, graduation rates are going up for almost all groups. Read the full story.
— Mikhail Zinshteyn, CalMatters
Prop. 30 would support the state’s transition to electric cars
Proposition 30 on the November ballot would fund rebates and incentives for low-income people to buy electric cars. It would also help hire, train, and retain firefighters for battling wildfires. To achieve this, Prop. 30 would impose a new income tax on Californians who make more than $2 million a year. Read more about all seven of the state’s ballot propositions.
— Nadia Lopez, CalMatters
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In case you missed it
- Two North State candidate forums today — NSPR
- North State elections: Republican House candidate Kevin Kiley — NSPR
- Parade of Lights makes a triumphant return to the streets of Chico — NSPR
- Paradise Genealogical Society celebrates grand reopening after losing its building in 2018 Camp Fire— NSPR
- Monkeypox cases in the U.S. are way down — can the virus be eliminated? — NPR
- Interview: Democratic House candidate Kermit Jones challenges Kevin Kiley for 3rd Congressional District — NSPR
- Chico’s Measure L addresses public nuisance standards — NSPR
- 3 people arrested in connection with Teichert Ponds shooting, Chico police say — NSPR
- Interview: Democratic House candidate Max Steiner challenges incumbent Doug LaMalfa — NSPR