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Fire Victim Trust survey | Aldridge named police chief | Furniture fires increase


The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Butte County supervisors hear from survivors about Fire Victim Trust

The Butte County Board of Supervisors Tuesday discussed the results of a survey it commissioned on Camp Fire survivors’ concerns about the PG&E Fire Victim Trust. Of the nearly 1,500 responses, nearly 20% of personal claimants said they had not received a single dollar of their settlement money. Thirty-seven percent said they do not have a determination letter from the trust to inform them how much settlement money they could expect to be paid.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Chico appoints Billy Aldridge as police chief

The city of Chico announced in a press release Tuesday that acting Police Chief Billy Aldridge will become the new permanent chief on Dec. 18. Aldridge has served in the interim position since September, following the retirement of former Police Chief Matt Madden.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Furniture fires on the rise in Chico

The Chico Fire Department is sounding the alarm about an increase in outdoor furniture fires. According to a press release from the department, the number of fires involving outdoor couches alone has increased from 46 in 2016 to 67 through September of this year.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

State reparations task force begins work in Oakland

The work of determining how to compensate Black Californians for harm caused by nearly 200 years of discrimination begins today in Oakland. The nine-person Reparations Task Force will hear public comment today and tomorrow. A plan is expected by July 1 of next year and would have to be approved by the Legislature.

— CapRadio Staff

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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 is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as 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.