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 […]


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,” […]


Delivery limits

Rivaling discussions in business classes at Chico State, Chico City Council members examined free-market forces at their virtual meeting Tuesday night (Feb. 1), with commercial cannabis receiving the most robust debate. The council—convened over Zoom […]


Done deal?

According to Butte County Supervisor Debra Lucero, the board majority’s final decision on a new district map was both predictable and illegal. “What this board has done is draw lines according to political purposes,” Lucero […]

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 […]


North State lines shift

Barring changes in the final phase, the North State will have significantly reconfigured districts for the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature over the next decade. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission released draft maps for […]