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KPAY News Archives for 2023-06

Butte Co Supervisors Approve Funding To keep Stations Open

The Board of Supervisors approved a one-time contingency payment of $1.3 million that'll go toward supporting resources that were otherwise in jeopardy of being cut or reduced. This includes three Amador fire stations that will now be staffed in the winter, thanks to today's decision. The stations include Berry Creek, Stirling City and Jarbo Gap – all of which needed to be staffed by full-time CAL FIRE employees last winter. It also means a fire captain position is restored in the county.

Governor State Lawmakers Reach Budget deal

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement on how to spend the state's tax dollars over the next year. The agreement announced late Monday would spend about $311 billion. The budget covers a nearly $32 billion budget deficit through a combination of spending cuts, delayed spending and borrowing. The proposal includes major changes to the state's building and permitting process. But the changes would not apply to a controversial project to build a tunnel to send water to Southern California. The budget proposal would leave the state with $38 billion in reserves.

Butte Strong Fund donates more to Fire Survivors

The Butte Strong Fund announced that over $1.1 million has been awarded to resource hubs that provide food and household items to fire survivors and to help nonprofit organizations buy lots for building homes. This grant brings the cumulative total for Camp Fire recovery deployed through the North Valley Community Foundation to more than $60 million.

Butte Co DA Warns of Fireworks Dangers

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey reminds you that any possession of fireworks, even those designated as "safe and sane," within the unincorporated portions of Butte County is illegal and strictly prohibited. Ramsey noted that only the cities of Oroville and Gridley allow for the sales of "safe and sane" fireworks within their city limits. Ramsey noted that any lighting or even possession of any fireworks outside those city limits is illegal and subject to fines upwards of a $1000 and six months in county jail.

Hwy 70 Reopened thru Feather River Canyon

State Route 70, between the Greenville Wye and Jarbo Gap, will reopen to through traffic on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 a.m. One-way traffic control will be in place 24/7 at the slide location, just east of Belden, at post mile 15.2. Motorists should plan for up to 30 minute delays at this location.

UCSF releases 30 yr Study on Homelessness

The largest study in nearly 30 years is giving new insight into California's homelessness crisis. It found more than 171-thousand people are unsheltered daily, about twice as many as the next highest state of New York. What's more, most lived here before losing their housing, with nearly half over the age of 50. The UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative conducted the study and blames the problem on low incomes and high rent.

Reparations Task Force Deadline Approaching

The clock is ticking for California's Reparations Task Force. They must submit a final report to the legislature next week. That includes recommending how much to compensate some Black residents for the effects of slavery and discrimination. Lawmakers will review the report and craft legislation. Whatever they decide must be approved by both houses before it would be presented to the governor to sign into law.

Paradise Man Going to Prison for Murder of his Father

A Paradise man was sentenced to 26 years to life in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for murdering his father, the Placer County District Attorney's Office says James Shade, 32, was sentenced Friday for the premeditated first-degree murder of his father with use of a deadly weapon. on May 18, a Placer County jury found Shade guilty of first-degree murder of his father and they also found that Shade used a deadly weapon in connection of the murder that happened at the fathers residence in Roseville in 2021.

Body Found behind Chico Business

Sunday, Chico Police Department, Chico Fire and Butte Medics responded to a business in the 1100 block of Mangrove Avenue regarding an unconscious man behind a business at that location. Medics arrived and declared the man deceased. CPD Officers and the Butte County Coroner responded and initiated an investigation. The cause of death is, at this point , unknown, though there does not appear to be any signs of foul play.

DCBA/Chico Launch Kiosk Parking Concierge Program

Beginning June 19, 2023, the Downtown Chico Business Association, in collaboration with the City of Chico, will launch a 4-week concierge program to assist Downtown visitors with the transition to the newly implemented parking system. Kiosk Concierges will be available from 11 AM to 2 PM, dressed in bright orange t-shirts. They will walk be in the downtown area to assist individuals with operating both the Smart Meter Kiosks and the Passport Parking Mobile Application.

Gov Newsome Back Proposes New Bill re: Police Misconduct

Governor Newsom proposes shifting the responsibility of sharing police misconduct information to local law enforcement agencies. The current protocol for making officer misconduct and decertification cases public is handled by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. That means the state of California handles information requests about officer excessive force, sexual assault and dishonesty. The change to move this information gathering process to the local agencies is proposed as a cost saving measure of the Governor's current budget. Critics of the shift say something this significant needs to be a legislative measure, rather than a budget item. They also say this will significantly decrease transparency because information requests for misconduct would be handled by the departments where the alleged misconduct occurred. The budget, including this measure, should be finalized by the end of this month.

Woman wakes up at own Funeral

A woman is recovering after waking up inside a coffin at her own funeral. It happened Friday in Ecuador, where mourners were gathered to say goodbye to 76-year-old Bella Montoya, declared dead from cardiorespiratory arrest. That diagnosis was a bit premature as she started banging against the side of the coffin. Medics quickly administered aid and later determined she suffered from catalepsy, a condition that causes a trancelike state, slower bodily functions and body rigidity. Her son calls it a miracle from God and said his mother is stable and on oxygen.

SF to Ban Guns in Public Places

Banning guns in San Francisco. City leaders are pushing for a new law to do just that at parks, restaurants, supermarkets, churches, election facilities and other public places. They say people need to feel safe when they go out, given the increase in shootings over the last several days. That includes a block party in the Mission District and a nightclub near Balboa Park. The legislation is expected to be voted on before the end of next month.

Paradise To Test Alert System Thursday

An emergency exercise for the town of Paradise is fast approaching. The "Prepared Paradise" event starts at 10am on Thursday as the town tests out their emergency preparedness system. The town has installed five sirens so far that will alert residents of a possible impending emergency. On Thursday the first test run of the siren's will be go into affect. An announcement will be made and then 30 seconds of a 90 decibel siren will be heard at the five installation sites. The test will determine how effective the sirens are..... In total the town will install 21 sirens to act as a first alert for townspeople as they recover from the Camp Fire

Former Trump Ally Subpoena

Former White House official Steve Bannon is being subpoenaed by a Washington DC federal grand jury. The subpoena is in connection to an investigation into former President Trump's actions on January 6th, 2021. The jury is looking into Trump's alleged efforts to interfere with a peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election. Bannon, a known Trump ally, has previously been convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with several subpoenas from the January 6th committee.

Fire at Table Mtn Golf Course destroys a Building

Cal Fire Crews battled a blaze at a building at Table mountain Golf Course on Wednesday. Officials report Firefighters were able to knock down the fire and contain it to the one building and prevent spread to the surrounding buildings and vegetation. CAL FIRE says the building contained dozens of golf carts, which were destroyed in the fire. There were no injuries, The fire is under investigation

Paradise Fastest Growing Town in State

Paradise is the fastest growing town in California for the second year in a row, according to new numbers from the state Department of Finance. Paradise saw a 24% increase in population in the last year. As of January 1, Paradise's population sat at 9,142. That's a significant increase from the previous year which saw 7,367 residents.

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