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State regulators say former Chico Mayor David Guzzetti misused nearly $12,000 in political campaign funds between 2012 and 2015 and have proposed a fine twice that amount.

Then the treasurer of Chico Conservation Voters — a group supporting local environmental issues and liberal candidates — Guzzetti stands accused of using campaign cash for personal uses 148 times over the two-and-a-half-year period. 

With the recent decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within sixth months, North State schools are struggling to find ways to support their students.

Chico State, for example, does not ask students for their immigration status. There’s no box on your application that you would check, so it’s hard to know how many students on campus will be directly impacted by the decision. Elizabeth Alaniz is the associate director of financial aid at Chico State.

The former California governor famous for saying “I’ll be back” returned to Sacramento Wednesday. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic climate change law that’s considered a main part of his legacy.

It was one of those self-congratulatory events with a whole lot of mutual back-slapping. But the subject was a big one: the 10th anniversary of AB 32, the bill Schwarzenegger signed that required California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez made a campaign swing through the North State Friday, touring Shasta Dam, before meeting up with supporters in Paradise.

NSPR’s Marc Albert caught up with her at an event in Chico.

Sanchez, the 10-term Orange County congresswoman, is challenging State Attorney General Kamala Harris to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

Both remaining candidates are Democrats — a fluke of the state’s recently adopted top-two primary system. The two emerged from a field of 34 candidates, including a dozen Republicans.

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The long odds facing Bernie Sanders did nothing Thursday night to deter thousands of supporters packing the Chico State campus to see the Vermont Senator. 

An adoring North State crowd gave Bernie Sanders a welcome as warm as yesterday’s sweltering heat as the feisty Democratic candidate fired off missives against injustice, inequality and influence-peddling.

He predicted that supporters working to the hilt could generate the highest voter turnout in a California primary, and victories elsewhere will arm him with a strong hand at the upcoming convention in Philadelphia.

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The Democratic primary candidates are campaigning up and down the state today, including in the North State. Tonight Bernie Sanders will hold a rally in Chico, while former president Bill Clinton will hold a rally on behalf of his wife Hillary Clinton in Redding.

Tonight Sanders will speak at Chico State in the Kendall Quad in front of Laxson Auditorium at 7:30. Doors will open at 5:30.

Former president Clinton will speak at Shasta College in the cafeteria at 7:15. Doors open at 6:15.

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On their face, the executive orders on firearms announced Monday morning by President Obama are limited and modest. But in a hyper-charged political climate where compromise is viewed as capitulation, mentioning firearms and regulations often triggers an emotional response.

In the North State, the mood is more Montana than San Francisco. Firearms have been part of the culture here since the Gold Rush. Hunting remains a popular past time, crime is a growing concern and locals are generally averse to regulation.  

CA Lawmakers Joining Gov. Brown In Paris

Dec 1, 2015
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There will be a significant California presence at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this week. In addition to Governor Jerry Brown, the state’s legislative leaders are each taking delegations.

Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins are among eight California lawmakers making the trip.

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed more than 130 bills this year – and none of those vetoes is expected to be overturned by the California Legislature.

State lawmakers haven’t overturned a veto since the last time Brown was governor, in 1980. And the Legislature hasn’t even voted on a veto override since 2003.

Former Assembly Speaker John Pérez says that’s an example of how term limits shifted power from the legislative to the executive.

“Quite frankly, the veto override is a legislative muscle, and it is one that unfortunately can atrophy through lack of use,” he said.

Marc Albert / NSPR

Less divisiveness, more productive debate and the end of the road for political kingmakers are all promised by a group pushing to bring district elections to Chico.

Following a failed bid to blunt students perceived political influence by moving elections to summer vacation, a new group has emerged with another prescription to heal Chico’s body politic: district elections.

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