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It may cost you to park in Bidwell Park come July. A proposed Upper Bidwell Park parking fee goes up for debate in Chico tomorrow evening.

 

The proposal, approved by the council’s Internal Affairs Committee, would initiate a $2 daily fee and $25 annual pass for driving into Upper Park. Seniors, the disabled and qualifying low-income households would be exempt. The fee would take effect July 1.

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Chico’s City Council meets twice this week, with officials hoping to finalize the move to district elections.

 

The council meets Monday, again considering a switch to district elections. Then, in a Tuesday encore, it’s set to tackle other, more mundane issues. 

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Chico’s City Council is expected to adopt district elections tomorrow.

 

Seven separate districts would replace the current system, where the city council is chosen by voters citywide.

 

The change was more-or-less forced on Chico by demand letters from out of town law firms. The letters claimed at-large elections discriminate against voters and thus violate a recent state law.

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The rate and number of violent crimes declined in Chico last year, while property crimes remained almost unchanged. A new report from the Chico Police Department has law enforcement declaring victory.  

 

On the face of it, the figures aren’t something to boast about loudly. Violent crime dipped by nine percent between 2018 and 2019, with 54 fewer incidents reported. It’s a move in the right direction, but not exactly huge.

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One of the final opportunities to critique proposed council districts in Chico is happening Tuesday evening.

 

Six different proposals would divide Chico into seven city council districts, eliminating the current method where voters select all councilors city wide.  

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A proposal that would double what Chico spends shielding the poor from extreme weather is among the topics up for debate Tuesday evening. 

 

If approved, Chico would up its commitment to $60,000 annually for operation of a shelter from the merciless summer heat and intolerable winter cold. Though open to all, the refuge is mainly geared to the homeless.

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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