Paradise

It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to aid Camp Fire survivors. Earlier today we welcomed Butte County spokeswoman Casey Hatcher and Paradise spokeswoman Colette Curtis into our studios, and also heard from Justin Jacobs with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Mickey Rich of the Paradise Irrigation District.

Today, Colette Curtis opens our roundtable with word about the upcoming Census, which uses population figures to determine federal and state funding. 

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Geralynne Rader recounts the events of November 8, 2019 when she was serving her community of Paradise as a police volunteer.

Journalist Kathryn Reed has loved Lake Tahoe since she was a child. She put together a hiking guide to the trails, The Dirt Around Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Scenic Hikes for everyone who likes to explore the outdoors. Author and retired English professor Carol Burr makes the case for literature in the 21st century.

Matt Fidler

 

Wildfires are no longer isolated to our forests in California. They now also threaten our cities. On the fourth episode of California Burning, we focus on where urban and wild spaces meet and hear from people who have experienced some of the most tragic fires in California’s history.

A 37-year-old Paradise man is facing felony charges in after offering to rebuild a cottage destroyed during the camp fire. Paradise Police arrested Kristopher Chivrell Sunday after he collected a $5,000 advance from a paradise homeowner on Friday. 

The homeowner, police and Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey allege Chivrell does not hold a valid contracting license and may have misrepresented his skills.  

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Experts involved in removing contaminants from Paradise’s water system will present findings and updates to the public this evening. 

 

Representatives of the Paradise Irrigation District will present their most recent data and describe on-going work.  

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The Town of Paradise has hired one of Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s former aides to help shepherd and coordinate recovery efforts. 

 

Laura Page, who served as the congressman’s Senior District Advisor, starts a new job this morning: orchestrating the delivery of the town’s top priorities. 

Marc Albert

Fully half of the proposals developed to make Paradise more resilient to wildfire wound up dead in the water at the Paradise Town Council meeting Tuesday evening.   

Conceived in the wake of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in state history, twenty concepts, the vast majority fire related building code changes, were developed over a series of well attended public meetings.

Paradise Alliance Church

 

Paradise officials are expected to walk a fine line when they meet at the Paradise Alliance Church this evening, balancing fire resistance with reasonable costs at the outset of a lengthy reconstruction process.

A total of 20 items will be considered, some pricey, some not. One proposal would require sprinklers inside new residential construction—at an estimated cost of six to eight thousand dollars. Another is totally free and eliminates the annoyance of repeatedly cleaning out roof gutters, by prohibiting them.

 

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As Paradise begins rebuilding, some experts say a large firebreak could make a big difference.

 

The idea: a half mile deep swath of well-managed and maintained open space on the edge of town. Instead of a rat’s nest of manzanita and scotch broom, the wildland would have more fire resistant plants and be trimmed and thinned. In theory, when fire came, it would move slower, giving firefighters time to mobilize, and residents time to get out.

 

Marc Albert

Utilities throughout Paradise and some surrounding areas will be rebuilt and moved underground; a huge surprise that prompted a standing ovation at a crucial town council meeting Wednesday night.

Residents rose to their feet as new information, essentially direction from a federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of California’s largest utility, was relayed by Aaron Johnson, a Pacific Gas & Electric Company electrical division vice president.

 

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