Tale of two meetings

by Jason Cassidy & Evan Tuchinsky These days, there seems to be no such a thing as a routine City Council meeting in Chico. Despite what looked to be a straightforward agenda dealing with grant […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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,” […]