Redding Electric Utility (REU) — CSU Faculty Strike Plan — Shasta Lake Council Member Lindsay Resigns — Redding Meth Explosion — CA Worst State to Do Business — Redding Man Bites Nurse — Junior Seau Mourned — GMO Petition


The Redding City Council recently authorized the Redding Electric Utility to spend $566,000 to renew its membership in the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), a joint powers agency which lobbies on behalf of its members on issues regarding power generation and regulation. The NCPA respresents 14 member agencies. The City of Redding was a founding member back in 1968, but has never used power from the service. The city generates most of its own electricity, and primarily relies on the NCPA for its lobbying efforts.  (Click here for a transcript of the story by Northstate Public Radio news reporter Kelly Frost)


CEO Magazine ranks Texas as the best state to do business, and California the worst. This is the eighth year in a row that California ranked last. Northstate Assembly member Dan Logue led a bipartisan delegation to Texas last year. He says testimony from participants shows that California’s economic trouble “steams more from bad policies than from the national recession. Business leaders that left California explained that they felt like government agencies treated them like villains, always looking for ways to punish them rather than help them.”


The City of Shasta Lake — which just lost council member Dolores Lucero to a recall election last month — has lost another council member. Rod Lindsay abruptly resigned Tuesday night citing the need for more time with his family. Northstate Public Radio contacted Lindsay yesterday but was told the only statement he wished to release was his letter of resignation which was given to the other council members and city staff. In the letter, the former mayor said, “the City of Shasta Lake is a great place to live and I will continue my dedication through involvement with our Native American community, education for our children, and other local projects.” Current Mayor Ron Dixon says the council will likely appoint a new council member instead of paying $40,000 for another special election.


Residents of a Redding apartment complex had to be temporarily relocated after an early morning (Wednesday) explosion caused by a make-shift meth lab in a first floor apartment. Redding fire inspector Craig Wittner told the Record Searchlight that the blaze was caused by a chemical reaction inside a pressure container. Justin Pace, the alleged owner of the lab, sustained serious burns and was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at UC Davis Medical Center.  (Click here for a link to the Record Searchlight article)


Redding police had to use several baton strikes and a taser to restrain a man who got combative with medical staff at Shasta Regional Medical Center yesterday (Wednesday). Donald Ray Holmes, a parolee, was arrested after allegedly breaking out of one of the windows at the Redding Inn on Pine Street. According to a press release, Holmes was combative and challenged officers to a fight. After being arrested for vandalism, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Holmes was transported to the hospital for medical clearance, where he again became combative and bit a nurse who was attempting to treat him. The nurse sustained a fracture to her thumb and a lacertation to her index finger. Two officers also sustained minor injuries during the melee. Holmes is being held in the Shasta County jail on half a million dollars bail.


Food Labeling Initiative Seeks to Qualify

Proponents of a measure to require labels on genetically modified foods have turned in nearly a million signatures to election officials, asking them to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. Reporter: Sasha Khokha.

CSU Faculty Approve Limited Strike Plan

Faculty at the 23 California State University campuses have voted overwhelmingly in favor of an ongoing series of rolling two-day strikes, if their negotiators fail to reach a deal. Reporter: Vanessa Romo.

San Diego Fans Mourn Junior Seau

Longtime San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was found shot to death in his Oceanside home yesterday. Police there say it was an apparent suicide. Reporter: Erik Anderson.


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