“If they continue to drag their feet, we will put this on the ballot.”
Fighting words Friday from former Chico mayor Karl Ory as he and about a dozen activists pledged to eject a scrapyard from its current location.
The dispute stretches back over a decade. County and later city officials rezoned the area, encouraging residential development. Industrial businesses, including an asphalt plant, trucking yard and furniture refinisher along with Chico Scrap Metal, were given a deadline to move, activists said. While the rest found new homes, the scrap yard dug in. Legal wrangling followed.