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Reimagining Chico’s downtown | Housing projects funded | Addressing hate crimes

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Chico City Council discusses vision for downtown

The Chico City Council last week voted 6-0 for city staff to develop right-of-way alternatives for the downtown core that balance needs for traffic flow, pedestrian access and bike lanes.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

California awards funding for North State affordable housing projects

Several affordable housing projects in the North State were awarded grantsfrom the state’s Department of Housing and Development. Habitat for Humanity received just over $7 million for a multi-family housing project in Olivehurst. Senior housing projects in Redding and Oroville also received grant funding.

— Adia White, NSPR

Bill aims to reduce anti-Asian attacks on public transit

A new bill looking to help stop the rise in anti-Asian attacks in public spaces has been introduced in the California State Senate. The bill would require the state’s 10 largest public transit systems to collect survey data on ridership safety and street harassment.

— CapRadio Staff

Lawmaker wants to provide public notice before shelters euthanize adoptable animals

Under a new bill, animal shelters in California would be required to give 72-hour notices to the public before an adoptable animal could be euthanized. Republican Assembly member Bill Essayli authored the measure, which he’s dubbed "Bowie’s Law."

— 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.
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.