Chico City Council

Marc Albert


A proposal ordering nightly curfews in Chico should electricity be cut by Pacific Gas and Electric Company due to fire danger will undergo further study after receiving a chilly reception at a council meeting Tuesday night.  

 

After a combative reception from some members of the public, and only lukewarm support on the dais, Chico Mayor Randall Stone sent the emergency ordinance back to the drawing board.

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City leaders in Chico are being asked to upzone an area allowing an apartment complex to rise on a site set aside for single family homes.  

 

Without the Camp Fire, the proposed 23-unit apartment complex would almost certainly be a tougher lift. But after the loss of 15 percent of all housing in Butte County, and resulting price spikes in both purchase and rental housing, opposition may be harder to muster. 

 

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Town councils are meeting in many local jurisdictions to weigh issues of importance tonight.

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Redding officials are being asked to approve minor changes to the speed limits on certain segments of certain roads. The changes are being proposed to make speed limits more enforceable under state law.

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A new contract with firefighters, parking, and pedestrian safety near the university tops the agenda as the city council in Chico meets tonight.  

 

The official analysis calls the financial impact of the contract “minimal” on the city’s bottom line, but there are some changes. If ultimately approved, some firefighters would end up picking up a larger share of contributions to CalPERS and Medicare, costs currently picked up by taxpayers. But firefighters would be made whole by a 2.7 percent raise under the contract. The proposed contract would run through June of 2021. 

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FEMA has again increased the number of families it plans to house at a pop-up trailer park in south Chico.

 

First it was forty eight, then sixty four, now FEMA says they’re planning to house 82 families on the site, within the Hegan Lane Business Park. 

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Vacation rentals and marijuana enforcement are on the docket at the Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning. 

 

The freewheeling market for short term rentals could get some new rules in Butte County. The board is scheduled to act on proposals first considered in October  meant to generally allow the practice, but reduce impacts on neighbors and assure an adequate amount of rentals remain available for regular tenants.  

 

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Though untouched by flames, changes have come to Chico since November. Tonight elected leaders there consider impacts and how to ease them.

 

At the council’s request, reports covering crime, roadway conditions, and appropriate levels of municipal staffing to serve Chico’s swollen, post-camp-fire population will be presented.

 

Marc Albert

Restrooms around the clock, local moves battling climate change and cold weather shelter were among the issues before the Chico City Council Tuesday night. 

Many of the issues were old and many of the points rehashed, but with new faces on the council following last autumn’s election, last night’s results were certainly different. 

New members elected a month ago joined Chico’s city council last night, and the body moved ahead with measures aimed at spurring the construction of temporary housing for those displaced by the Camp Fire. 

 

Suzi Rosenberg

The City of Chico is expected to re-instate a controversial law that critics have labeled both anti-homeless and ineffective.

 

 

 

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