Republican members of the California Assembly introduced a package of legislation today that they say is focused on paving a path to prosperity for all Californians. “#GrowTogetherCA” addresses what they are calling three of the state’s most pressing needs, including water, housing and transportation. 

Under one proposal, Assemblyman James Gallagher of Nicolaus says that government must remove road blocks to large water projects such as the Sites reservoir.  

Cameron Hooker, the Red Bluff man who made worldwide headlines after kidnapping and holding a woman as a sex slave for seven years, was denied parole Thursday at the Corcoran State Prison.

Hooker, now 61, was given a maximum sentence in 1985 of 104 years in state prison after he kidnapped then 19-year-old Colleen Stan in 1977 and kept her in a box under his bed for nearly all of her captivity.

A Yuba City police officer was arrested Wednesday morning under suspicion of being involved in trafficking cocaine.

Harminder Phagura is the Yuba City police officer. His believed relative Gursharan Phagura was also arrested.

Officer Phagura was released on $100,000 bail. Gursharan Phagura remains in custody. 

These arrests are part of a long-term Homeland Security Investigations probe. In a press release, they emphasized that the Yuba City Police Department is fully cooperating. 

Labor strife at Chico public schools is over, at least for now. The Chico Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve a tentative contract with the district’s teachers. 

While many teachers felt the contract’s pay increases fail to keep pace with the rising cost of living, a majority of the rank and file approved the deal, likely reasoning that the deal was all that could be attained, under the circumstances. 

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It takes a lot of courage to swim against the tide, and for 12 years, operators of a plucky, independent bookshop did just that. But after various innovations failed to deliver overarching results, the owners of Chico’s Lyon Books are pulling the plug. 

Next to the proliferation of merchants offering tacos and bicycles, visitors to this small North Valley city often remark on the comparative abundance of bookshops. Those days are coming to a close. This morning, a store closing sale gets underway at Lyon Books. 

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You may have made a smoothie before, but have you ever used a bicycle to blend it? That’s exactly what was going on at the Egling Middle School Farm Stand in Colusa on Tuesday. Kids were lining up to take turns to jump on a bicycle blender. The faster they peddled, the faster an attachment at the back of the bike mixed up bananas, oranges and kale into a surprisingly tasty smoothie. 

Tuesday night’s Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting saw another installment of an ongoing North State trend: a flood of State of Jefferson supporters making their case for secession.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Jefferson representatives presented a hypothetical budgetary future, which included more than $70 million in property taxes.

Some board members were dubious of those and other figures, and they wound up declining to commit their support to Jefferson.

A quick burst of gunplay may have rattled neighbors near Chico State, but no one was injured in the incident, shortly before 10:30 Tuesday night.

Police are seeking more information about a dark compact car seem leaving the area immediately after a number of bullets were fired into a home at the corner of West Fourth Avenue and Warner Street. The home was occupied at the time of the attack. No motive has been established.

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Updated Thursday, April 16, at 11 a.m.

Three Chico institutions have recently announced the end of their operations: the Synthesis Weekly, Empire Coffee and Lyon Books.

This week, Lyon Books announced that after 12 years in business, the downtown bookstore would be closing its doors forever. 

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The Chico Unified Teachers Association ratified a contract Monday night. Sixty percent of members voted yes.

That’s a rather slim margin for a vote like this.

Kevin Moretti is president of the CUTA. He said the vote was so close because there was a lot for people to not like.

He acknowledged the eventual 9 percent total increase to teacher salary, but said it came with all kinds of cuts. 

In fact, he said, even the union members who voted to ratify the contract weren’t crazy about it.


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