KPAY News Archives for 2021-06

State Dems try to Change recall Law

(AP) California Democrats are trying to alter the state's recall laws for the second time in four years as Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to face voters. Lawmakers are expected to vote Monday on a proposal aimed at speeding up the recall process by bypassing a 30-day legislative review of election costs. They say it's not necessary because they will approve $215 million for counties to run the election. Many Democrats believe Newsom will benefit from an election held in September rather than later in the fall. This follows Democrats' changing the laws to lengthen the recall process in 2017 in an effort to save a state senator.

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Denlay Resigns from Chico Council

Chico City Council Member Kami Denlay resigned Saturday. Denlay shared in her resignation letter that she was concerned for the safety of her family. She added that the resignation brings her sadness. "After misled rumors were fed to media outlets," Denlay said in her letter, "I discovered that my children and husband had been surveilled as a means to get to the bottom of rumors regarding her residency." Mayor Coolidge said the resignation of two council members over the last week is "unprecedented for the City of Chico."

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Chico Opens Resting Place for Homelss

The City of Chico and homeless advocates have come to an agreement on where to house the ever-growing homeless population.... And now, they both hope a federal judge agrees with their collaboration. In April, Federal Judge Morrison England said both sides were interpreting federal statutes wrong. City Councilman Sean Morgan says some advocates wanted to roll out the red carpet for transients, while others wanted to do nothing... 570 resting spaces will be available for the homeless near the Chico Airport beginning today (Friday) The site includes clean water, portable toilets, areas for shade and on-site security.

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UC Regents decision on Hospital Affiliation

The University of California's governing board has adopted a new policy that tightens the rules on affiliations with hospitals that impose religious restrictions on health care. The new policy follows criticism the UC system has faced for affiliations with religious hospitals that refuse to provide services such as abortions, sterilizations or transgender surgery. Wednesday's vote by the UC Board of Regents does not require existing contracts to be terminated. But it states new contracts can only be made with health care providers that offer their services to all patients, without discrimination. It would allow UC personnel at sectarian hospitals to perform needed procedures, such as a hysterectomy or delivery of an ectopic pregnancy, if they cannot safely be transferred elsewhere.

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Attys Push City to Find Solutions

Lawyers for citizens groups continue to criticize how the City of Chico has mishandled the homeless issue. Attorney Rob Berry represents the group "CHICO STEWARDS FOR PARKS AND WATERWAYS " He says despite the city saying in federal court they don't have any open space to house the homeless.....Berry says Chico's city website says something different. It classifies 550 acres of city-owned open space property. Berry says there are places to re-locate homeless populations...He says the challenge is to get city leaders to fend off the predicted pushback from neighborhoods and residents

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Cal OSHA Changes Course on Masks

(AP) California's workplace regulators have withdrawn a controversial mask regulation. Their second such reversal in a week gives them time to consider a rule that more closely aligns with Gov. Gavin Newsom's promise that the state will fully reopen from the pandemic on Tuesday. But some business leaders on Wednesday kept up their pressure on Newsom to override the board. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board's rule would have allowed workers to forego masks only if every employee in a room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. That contrasts with the state's broader plan to do away with virtually all masking requirements for vaccinated people.

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Gun Sales decline as Covid Restrictions Ease

Sales of handguns in California are at an all-time high through the pandemic. Around 920-thousand guns were purchased between March 2020 and April 2021. According to The Trace, a website dedicated to reporting on gun violence, the state has seen a 66-percent increase in handgun sales. First-time gun owners accounted for nearly a-fourth of the sales. However, as COVID restrictions have eased and vaccination rates increased in the state, gun sales have started to decline.

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Three To Face Trial for Murder

BUTTE COUNTY DA MIKE RAMSEY SAYS THAT 3 PEOPLE WILL BE HEADING TO TRIAL FOLLOWING A PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY IN A BUTTE COUNTY COURTROOM... ..THE 3 WILL FACE MURDER CHARGES IN THE INCIDENT THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE MOTEL 6 IN CHICO IN JANUARY OF 2020 WHERE THE VICITM JOHN NOONAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED . THE 3 DEFENDANTS WILL BE ARRAIGNED JUNE 16TH..AND WHICH TIME A JURY TRIAL WILL BE SET ....ALL 3 REMAIN IN CUSTODY...

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CA Largest Union Supports Newsome

(AP ) California's largest state worker union has approved a $1 million donation to help Gov. Gavin Newsom fight the expected recall. The SEIU Local 1000's board of directors approved the donation Wednesday in an emergency meeting. It follows a union election that saw longtime President Yvonne Walker defeated by union member Richard Louis Brown. He doesn't support Newsom due to state worker pay cuts imposed last year. Brown is set to take office later in June. The donation further solidifies organized labor support behind Newsom as he faces a fight to keep his job. An election date hasn't been set.

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