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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

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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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.