Shelter plan unfolds

With the Pallet homeless shelter having opened at the former BMX racetrack in south Chico on April 25, city officials have rolled out the outreach and enforcement cycles prescribed in the Warren v. City of […]


Candy’s house

Candace Grubbs is proud of where she works. The Butte County Hall of Records, just down Nelson Avenue from the entrance to the county’s administrative center in Oroville, represents the culmination of extensive efforts to […]


Roar of the people echoes through chambers

When Mayor Andrew Coolidge gaveled open the Chico City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 3), an unusual atmosphere permeated the chambers. He conducted business as usual, but with roars from outside piercing the […]


A new, but familiar, face at city hall

Midday Monday (April 25), a week after taking the reins as interim city manager of Chico, Paul Hahn welcomed a guest into his office. He sat at the conference table, which doubles as his work […]


‘Sunshine and rainbows’?

In several ways, the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday night (April 19) went like many under the current configuration. Regular attendees let fly their frustrations—a few boiling over into anger—about homelessness and roads. Other residents […]

Local Government

City Hall carousel

For the second time in three weeks, Chico has a new interim city manager. The City Council appointed Paul Hahn, former Butte County chief administrative officer, at a special meeting Wednesday night (April 13)—returning previous […]


Finally scrapped

Karl Ory had no idea Chico Scrap Metal shuttered its operation on East 20th Street until his wife drove by recently and saw a sign. Figuring it was related to recycling, which the facility reduced […]


Looking ahead

This feature is part of the Chico News & Review’s 2022 Arts & Music special issue. Arts have long been entwined with the identity of Chico—theaters, museums, troupes, musicians, artists and patrons weaving a rich […]


Battle lines

“I’m embarrassed.” Alex Brown uttered those words Tuesday night (April 5) from the dais of a nearly full Chico City Council Chambers, then again the next morning when reflecting on the action that prompted her […]


Time’s up

This feature from the April 7 print version of the Chico News & Review is an overview of the departure of former City Manager Mark Orme that comprises reporting from a series of stories by […]


Chicoans speak out on maps

At the last regular Chico City Council meeting (March 15), when the third public hearing on redistricting drew public response even more muted than earlier in the process, council members felt anything but reassured. “Two […]


Quit or fired?

Though all appearances point to a unilateral decision by the Chico City Council to replace City Manager Mark Orme, councilmembers who spoke with the CN&R would not provide confirmation for the impetus of last week’s […]


Chico city manager out

After deliberating nearly six hours over two special meetings in the span of three days, the Chico City Council figured out what to do with the city manager position Friday afternoon (March 25): part ways […]


Halfway out the door?

For nearly four hours Tuesday night (March 22), Chico City Manager Mark Orme awaited his fate as the City Council met in for a special closed session meeting with “public employee performance evaluation” on the […]


Dividing lines

If no man—or woman—is an island, as the saying goes, Alex Brown was at least a peninsula at the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday (March 15). The agenda happened to include an item about “islands,” […]