CHICO CITY COUNCIL TACKLES CONFLICT BETWEEN COUNCIL MEMBER AND POLICE
Chico’s city council heard more last night about the recent allegations made by member Randall Stone that Chico police officer Todd Boothe posted inappropriate slurs on his Facebook page. Chico Police Officers Association president Peter Durfee had three demands of council member Stone: that he be removed from the Police Department Community Advisory Board, that Stone recuse himself from any council business involving the CPOA, and that he publicly apologize to the CPOA, officer Boothe and his family. DURFEE: “Whatever our disagreements or personal differences may be, this was unprofessional, unexpected and unacceptable. This association protects your streets, your families, and the city. It’s hard to protect from the front while you’re being stabbed in the back.”
The council did not vote on an appeal on Orchard Church’s Sunday evening feedings of the homeless in the downtown city plaza. That issue was avoided altogether by the church agreeing to hold its feedings by the “Our Hands” sculpture behind the municipal building instead of in the plaza, bypassing the need for a permit.
The council also voted to direct the Planning Commission to implement processes for conditional use permits for alcohol. They want to work on a plan design to create more responsibility, accountability and liability for businesses that sell alcohol. Local bar owners asked that the council include them in the drafting process. (Story by Northstate Public Radio reporter Matt Shilts)
WOMAN BIT ON CSUC CAMPUS
The CSU, Chico police department is requesting the assistance of the Chico and university communities in locating a dog that bit a student in the stadium lot on the Chico State campus on Monday, November 18, 2013, at approximately 9:45 a.m. The victim, a female Chico State student, reported she was bitten on the leg by an unrestrained dog while riding her bicycle through the stadium lot. The victim said that she observed a female walking two dogs near the northwest corner of the lot. The victim stated the dogs were not on leashes, and described the first dog as a full-sized black and tan German Shepherd and the second dog as a small, black, long-haired chihuahua. The victim said the German shepherd initially “jumped towards” another bicyclist, but that person was able to speed away from the dog. The victim said she then felt a “severe pinch” in her thigh, looked down, and saw the German shepherd. The victim jumped off her bike and used the bike to keep the dog from getting near her again. The dog’s owner called the dog by the name “Lola”. The dog’s owner apologized to the victim, but then allegedly refused to provide her name or contact information. The dog’s owner was described as an approximately 20 year-old white female, 5’ 1”, with a slender build and long brown hair. The dog’s bite punctured the victim’s skin. The dog and owner need to be identified, and the dog’s vaccination history needs to be verified. Since Butte County is a rabies area, the victim will be asked to start the rabies post-exposure prophylaxis series. Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the dog or its owner is asked to contact the CSU, Chico police department at (530) 898-5555 or Chico Animal Control at (530) 897-4960. (From a press release issued by Lieutenant Corinne Beck)
REDDING DENIES FUNDING FOR VETERANS MUSEUM
The woes continue for the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center. Their request for funding from the City of Redding has been turned down again. The last time Director Rob Burroughs asked the council for $193,000 to help with permits and fees, the vote split 2-2 after Vice Mayor Patrick Jones recused himself because he serves on the museum’s advisory board. But this time, after consultation with the city attorney he said he would vote on the matter. However Mayor Rick Bosetti changed his vote to a no and the matter again went down to defeat. Both Missy McArthur and Francie Sullivan, who also voted no, almost seemed apologetic to the veterans who packed the council chambers to show their support for the museum. McArthur even brought out items that her father had given her from World War II seemingly to show that she does indeed support veterans. MCARTHER: “Anybody that thinks I’m against Vets is just plain out to lunch.” Then the discussion turned to Burrough’s involvement with the Redding Community Access Corporation as a board member. RCAC is now under investigation by the State attorney general amid allegations of misplaced funds. MCARTHER: “It is the council’s fiduciary duty to be very diligent when funding projects, no matter how worthy the cause may be.” Bosetti, who voted yes the last time around, cited financial strains on the city’s budget as his reason for a no vote this time. The item failed by a 3-2 vote. All members of the council seemed to still show support for the museum in concept and agreed to bring up the issue of donating land at the Redding airport at the next meeting. (Story by Northstate Public Radio reporter Kelly Frost)
ATU UNION URGES BART TO HONOR CONTRACT
One of the region’s major transit unions has called on Bay Area Rapid Transit to honor the labor contract it signed last month, despite a last-minute dispute over family medical leave. Antonette Bryant, president of Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1555, said yesterday that BART’s board of directors needs to honor its word and approve the contract. The board is scheduled to vote tomorrow (Thursday). BART officials have claimed that they did not agree to a provision giving workers six weeks of paid annual leave to care for sick family members. They have said the provision could cost $44 million over four years if one-third of union workers take six-week leaves each year. Bryant also released a timeline disputing BART’s claim and estimating the provision would cost only $1.4 million each year. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)
JUDGE GRANTS UC HOSPITAL STRIKE INJUNCTION
A judge has granted an injunction that will keep some University of California hospital employees from participating in a planned strike at UC’s five medical centers. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David Brown issued the injunction YESTERDAY (on Tuesday) in response to a request from the state labor board. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299, has called for a one-day strike TODAY (on Wednesday). The union represents 21,000 UC patient care and service employees, including radiation therapists and MRI technicians. The union called the strike in response to what it said was intimidation by UC management of employees who participated in a two-day walkout in May. Union officials said they had agreed to exempt 50 critical care workers from the strike, and the judge’s injunction was consistent with that plan. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)
BROWN REMAINS EVASIVE ON RE-ELECTION PLANS
Gov. Jerry Brown is remaining coy about whether he will seek an unprecedented fourth term next year, despite a Hollywood fundraiser this week that could pad his campaign war chest significantly. Brown declined to discuss the fundraiser during an event in Sacramento today (Tuesday), saying he doesn’t “jump into these things lightly.” Still, the 75-year-old Democrat is widely expected to seek another term. He said he is “aware that in November of next year there will be an election.” Hollywood heavyweights such as DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and director Steven Spielberg are among the hosts of Thursday’s fundraiser in Bel-Air. Two Republicans, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and state Assemblymember Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks, have so far declared they will run. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)
J.P. MORGAN DEAL — $300M TO STATE PENSION FUNDS
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. will pay nearly $300 million to California’s public employee and teacher pension funds as part of a settlement related to mortgage-related investments. Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today (Tuesday) that the $299 million in damages will settle claims that the company misrepresented the value of residential mortgage-backed securities sold to the California Public Employees Retirement System and California State Teachers’ Retirement System between 2004 and 2008. Harris says JPMorgan profited by giving the pension funds incomplete information on the risks of many of the underlying mortgages. The settlement is part of a broader, $13 billion settlement between the investment company and the U.S. Department of Justice. Under the larger settlement, JPMorgan will provide $4 billion in mortgage relief to the states, including California. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)
BROWN COMMENTS ON HEALTH CARE LAW CHANGES AND OVERCROWDED PRISONS
California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s hesitant about the president’s proposed tweak to the federal health care law – and hopeful that negotiations over California’s overcrowded prisons will lead to a viable solution. The president wants states to allow soon-to-be-canceled health care plans to be extended for an extra year. But California might not agree. Brown sounded skeptical as he promised to balance the needs of consumers and the financial viability of California’s health exchange. BROWN: “We will respond to this particular cancellation issue in a way that we think takes in all the factors and helps build the program for the future.”
The Covered California board could announce its response at its meeting on Thursday. Meanwhile, the governor says he’s had productive talks with the federal court-appointed facilitator who’s leading negotiations over California’s overcrowded prison system. BROWN: “I’m reasonably optimistic that we’re going to come to something that we can make work.” A three-judge panel would have to sign off on any agreement between the Brown administration and inmate attorneys. (Story by Capital Public Radio bureau chief Ben Adler)
ON THE CALIFORNIA REPORT
Voters in San Diego had 11 mayoral candidates to choose from Tuesday when they picked a replacement to succeed Bob Filner in a special election. It’s looking – unofficially – like two City Council members are headed for a runoff. Mark Sauer, Senior News Editor for KPBS in San Diego, dissects the results.
Someday, your garbage or your flush of the toilet could lead to running your car or lighting your home. That’s the hope at UC Riverside in Southern California, where officials have unveiled a new “steam hydrogasification” system to create natural gas.
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