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Tax relief advocacy | North State flood damage | Biden to visit California

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Paradise council member to advocate for tax relief for fire survivors in Washington

The Paradise Town Council voted Tuesday to send council member Steve Crowder to Washington, D.C., to ask legislators not to tax Camp Fire survivors on their settlement payments. Crowder will express support for HR 176, a bill co-authored by Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Mike Thompson. The bill would give a tax exemption to all who receive PG&E settlement money from the Fire Victim Trust.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Corning lavender farm devastated by winter storm flooding

In the Sacramento Valley, the deluge of water and high winds during ongoing winter storms have hit agriculture hard. One farm owner on the outskirts of Corning estimates her losses from flooding to be between $35,000 and $40,000.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Biden to visit California to survey flood damage

President Joe Biden plans to visit California’s Central Coast on Thursday to assess the damage caused by winter storms over the last three weeks. The wind and heavy rain from the storms has caused massive mudslides, major damage to roads and other infrastructure and widespread flooding.

— Dan Brekke (KQED), The California Report

Number of ‘red-tagged’ homes estimated to be in the thousands

The California Office of Emergency Services is tallying the damage from the series of winter storms that struck the state after Christmas. According to The Associated Press, a spokesperson for the department estimated that the number of homes that have been “red-tagged” and deemed uninhabitable is in the low thousands.

— Adia White, NSPR

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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.
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.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
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.