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KPAY News Archives for 2022-04

Chico Shelter Site Opens

Chico's long awaited homeless shelter is open The homeless pallet shelter was born out of a years-long fight both between the City of Chico and homeless advocates. It is the compromise that was deemed necessary by the federal courts and today the city's homeless will have a place to stay. Hahn Says that walkups are not welcome as Social Workers and Target Team Members have been actively working with the homeless to invite those who want to move to the shelter Hahn also says until the Federal Judge oks the Shelter site as adequate, the City's No Camping Ordinance can not be enforced.

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Oroville Council will move forward with Transition to Cal Fire

The Oroville City Council decided to not consult voters on the plan to turn fire protection over the CAL FIRE. The council decided last summer to dissolve the Oroville Fire Department and instead contract with CAL FIRE. Oroville Fire Department emergency calls are now routed to CAL FIRE dispatch. Tuesday night the city council considered a proposal to delay the move and After lengthy discussion, the council then voted 4-3 to move forward with the original plan and not put the issue on the ballot.

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Gov Newsome Visits Butte County to talk Drought

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited and toured the Hyatt Power Plant at Lake Oroville on Tuesday, Newsom talked about his administration dealing with the Drought and said he will ask the legislature for $750 million to help with drought conditions. Newsom already invested $5.2 billion in the past three years for water security for all Californians.

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Chico Native Sailor of the Year

The US Navy Reports that A Former Chico HIgh Grad as been named Naval Medical Forces Sailor of the Year..Petty Officer First Class David Lay graduated Chico High in 2006 and has been servivng for the last 15 years... He currently serves as a Corpsman at th Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command in Pearl Harbor

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PG&E announces Taxes paid to North State Counties

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which serves more than 16 million Californians, is paying property taxes and franchise fees of over $464 million this spring to the 50 counties, 246 local cities and one district where it owns and operates gas and electric infrastructure. In the North State, PG&E paid more than $28 million in property taxes to 12 counties: Butte County received $6,415,167.22 (up 13% from a year ago)

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Papini Pleads Guilty For Kidnap Hoax

Sherri Papini has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and lying to the FBI. Papini, of Redding, set off a three-week search until she resurfaced on Thanksgiving Day in 2016. She offered no explanation for her elaborate hoax during the half-hour court hearing Monday. Papini is scheduled to be sentenced July 11. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence on the low end of the sentencing range, estimated to be between eight and 14 months in custody. She also agreed to pay restitution topping $300,000.

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Chico Man Guilty Camp Fire FEMA Fraud

Authorities in Northern California say a suspect is pleading guilty to theft of government property, specifically, FEMA benefits. Court documents allege 44-year-old Andrew Keffer of Chico falsely claimed that his primary residence had been destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire. Prosecutors say he cashed the two checks issued to him knowing he was not a victim of the Camp Fire. Keffer is scheduled to be sentenced in August and could face up to ten years in prison and a fine of 250-thousand dollars. The federal government established a multi-agency anti-fraud unit after Hurricane Katrina. They now look into claims of fraud after any natural or man-made disaster.

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Chico & Butte Co Offer Small Biz Grants

Butte County and the City of Chico set aside more funding for small local businesses impacted by the pandemic. The county and Chico are providing a combined total of $2.5 million via the Butte Business Stabilization Small Business Grant Program II. Businesses can apply to receive up to $10,000. The money can be used towards expenses like rent, utilities, and fixed costs related to creating new jobs and retaining existing ones. Businesses with 20 employees or fewer are eligible to apply. In Chico, because the city added $1-million to the program, businesses with 100 employees or fewer are eligible to apply. Applicants will be selected by a lottery system. The county will begin accepting grants starting May 2, and the application period will end on May 20 at 5 p.m

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