The city speaks

Chico’s mayor and city manager held a press conference Tuesday (Jan. 18) regarding last week’s settlement of the Warren v. City of Chico lawsuit, breaking months of court-ordered confidentiality that barred players on both sides […]


All steam, no boil

Several specters loomed over Chico City Council members as they convened Tuesday evening (Jan. 18). Meeting over Zoom due to coronavirus precautions, the council repeatedly heard comments in open session about matters that were to […]

Local Government

Taking a stand

The first indication that the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday night (Dec. 7) would have a distinct tone came 45 minutes before the start, when a dozen orange-clad city workers gathered at a food truck […]


Technical difficulties

About 90 minutes into the Chico City Council meeting Tuesday night (Nov. 16), after a presentation on homelessness by Butte County Behavioral Health Director Scott Kennelly and half-hour pause to address a malfunctioning internet livestream, […]


Partial recall

In a Chico City Council meeting full of legal arguments and impassioned speeches, one of the most significant moments Tuesday night (Nov. 2) was so subtle as to be nearly undetectable. It happened about 90 […]


Case of whiplash

Chicoans who attended or tuned into their City Council’s meeting Tuesday night (Oct. 5) saw a real-world episode of The Twilight Zone, as the conservative majority flipped its script in a series of votes. In […]


Still in crisis

On Tuesday (Aug. 10), the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on a resolution to extend the shelter crisis declaration for Butte County. The original resolution was approved in September 2018, the month before the Camp […]


Charging forward

Tuesday’s (Aug. 3) Chico City Council meeting kicked off with the swearing in of new members Michael O’Brien and Dale Bennett, and the two men took their new seats on the dais within 10 minutes […]


Mirror images

Confirming the expected Tuesday evening (July 27), the Chico City Council appointed Michael O’Brien and Dale Bennett to fill the panel’s vacated seats. O’Brien, the former city police chief recently appointed to head the county’s […]


Now hiring

With the Chico City Council on a fast track to appoint two new members to begin serving Aug. 3, the regular meeting on Tuesday (July 20) took the form of a group job interview. The […]