KPAY News Archives for 2021-06

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(AP) California's workplace regulators have withdrawn a controversial mask regulation.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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