Redding

We go to Old City Hall in Redding where Axiom Repertory Theatre is staging the Tony-nominated new comedy-drama "A Doll's House Part 2" (a sequel to Ibsen's classic).  We'll talk with the director and cast.  We also talk with Dan Corbin from the Butte College Art Department who has an exhibit of his sculptures and will have a reception where he'll be signing his new book "Kiss of the Art Gods" about his career making contemporary figure-sculptures.

The five candidates vying for three seats on the Redding City Council faced off in a tight, rapid fire candidate forum Wednesday evening at the Cascade Theatre.  

 

Organized by the League of Women Voters, the event filled about half the seats of the historic movie palace, and aside from a man who planted a sign outside accusing one of the incumbents of living in the City of Shasta Lake, the evening rolled by without controversy.  

Firefighters, police and highway patrol units raced to the scene of a place crash in Redding yesterday, shortly after 11:15 a.m.

A small plane plummeted to the ground near Benton Airpark. 

Rescuers located the downed plane in a ravine in the vicinity of the north end of the runway. Sean Coleman is a battalion chief with the Redding Fire Department.

“There was a single occupant and they did not survive the crash,” Coleman said. “I believe there was also a canine in the plane and I am not sure of the disposition of the animal.”

Women’s Marches drew crowds in cities across the nation this weekend, including in Redding where hundreds of people joined forces to speak out about a variety of equality issues.  

This year numbers were more than double from last year’s march, suggesting that the political climate has changed from a year ago, when women gathered to protest the civil discourse following the election of Donald Trump as President. 

The Redding City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on all recreational marijuana businesses within the city until next December. But as City Attorney Barry DeWalt explains, that’s only to give him time to draft an ordinance that will likely come back for approval in the spring, trying to alleviate fears that all marijuana in the city will be banned

“What this ordinance does is extend your existing moratorium which solely relates to adult-use marijuana not medical marijuana,” he said.

Redding will hire Roger Moore as its new police chief, City Manager Barry Tippin said in a statement Wednesday.  

 

Redding’s new city manager has given the City Council a list of his priorities for the next 6 to 12 months.

One of the things that was brought to the attention of the City Council was that Barry Tippin had no goals to measure his performance in his employment contract. 

So Tippin, the former assistant city manager and director of the Redding Electric Utility, came up with a list of 42 items he'd like to complete within the next year.

To help with that plan, he asked a 15-member citizens panel to help.

Redding’s signature playground has reopened after an almost yearlong transformation. 

After 23 years of service, the Kids Kingdom at the Enterprise Community Park was in dire need of repair. Redding’s Community Service Director Kim Niemer says it was literally falling apart.

"We had done or best to keep it going, but it was splintering and decaying and we were going to lose it, one way or the other,” she said.

The responsibility for trash-related cleanup in public areas within the city of Redding will now be changed from the Police Department to Public Works. NSPR's Kelly Frost has more from last night’s City Council meeting.

In reality, the police will still do most of the cleanup, but the financial responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Public Works. City Manager Barry Tippin told the council this will free up funds at a time when money is very tight for the police. 

Redding has a new interim police chief, and he’s a familiar face. 

Peter Hansen spent 28 years with the Redding Police Department, three as chief, before he retired in 2011. Since Chief Robert Paoletti was fired by City Manager Barry Tippin in June, Captain Eric Wallace had been filling the position on a temporary basis.  

Hansen’s interim position was approved by the Redding City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. 

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