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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 […]

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Tenuous connection

When Scott Dowell began a presentation on broadband to the Chico City Council at its meeting Tuesday night (Jan. 4), (conducted over Zoom due to coronavirus precautions), he projected unbridled excitement. High-speed internet, he said, […]

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 […]

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Double dip

The Chico City Council recall effort doubled in two days. Councilman Sean Morgan received notice Thursday (Nov. 4) from the same newly formed Chico Voters group that served Mayor Andrew Coolidge during the council meeting […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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From all sides

In accordance with rules established by a federal court, much of the ongoing drama surrounding Warren v. Chico—the civil case filed by eight plaintiffs against the city over lack of shelter options and anti-homeless ordinances—has […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Local Government

Two hot seats

A total of 21 applicants—including a retired police chief and two former council members—have tossed their hats in the ring to fill two vacant positions on the Chico City Council. The majority of hopefuls, 14, […]