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Valley’s Edge moves forward | PG&E settlement tax break | Special legislative session

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Dec. 5.

Valley’s Edge proposal passes Chico Planning Commission

The Chico Planning Commission voted 5-2 Thursday to certify the environmental impact report for the Valley’s Edge development. Final approval now rests with the City Council, though no date has been set.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Some PG&E trust recipients eligible for refund on taxes paid on settlement money

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law in September waiving state taxes on settlement money paid to survivors from the PG&E Fire Victim Trust. A spokesperson for state’s Franchise Tax Board confirmed the law also means payees of the trust are entitled to a refund on state taxes they’ve already paid. Survivors can file an amended tax return with their tax representatives or by using tax preparation software.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

State lawmakers to convene, address gas prices

Today, state lawmakers will convene in a rare special legislative session. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants them to address gas prices and what he calls price gouging by oil companies. Lawmakers, however, don’t seem to share the governor's urgency on the issue.

— CapRadio Staff

Report: California gun data breach result of poor training

A new report says a data breach at the California Department of Justice was the result of poor training and lack of professional rigor at the agency. Last summer, the DOJ accidentally leaked the personal information of hundreds of thousands of concealed carry firearm license applicants.

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.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
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.
Jamie was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
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.