Women’s Marches drew crowds in cities across the nation this weekend, including in Redding where hundreds of people joined forces to speak out about a variety of equality issues.  

This year numbers were more than double from last year’s march, suggesting that the political climate has changed from a year ago, when women gathered to protest the civil discourse following the election of Donald Trump as President. 

The Redding City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on all recreational marijuana businesses within the city until next December. But as City Attorney Barry DeWalt explains, that’s only to give him time to draft an ordinance that will likely come back for approval in the spring, trying to alleviate fears that all marijuana in the city will be banned

“What this ordinance does is extend your existing moratorium which solely relates to adult-use marijuana not medical marijuana,” he said.

Redding will hire Roger Moore as its new police chief, City Manager Barry Tippin said in a statement Wednesday.  


Redding’s new city manager has given the City Council a list of his priorities for the next 6 to 12 months.

One of the things that was brought to the attention of the City Council was that Barry Tippin had no goals to measure his performance in his employment contract. 

So Tippin, the former assistant city manager and director of the Redding Electric Utility, came up with a list of 42 items he'd like to complete within the next year.

To help with that plan, he asked a 15-member citizens panel to help.

Redding’s signature playground has reopened after an almost yearlong transformation. 

After 23 years of service, the Kids Kingdom at the Enterprise Community Park was in dire need of repair. Redding’s Community Service Director Kim Niemer says it was literally falling apart.

"We had done or best to keep it going, but it was splintering and decaying and we were going to lose it, one way or the other,” she said.

The responsibility for trash-related cleanup in public areas within the city of Redding will now be changed from the Police Department to Public Works. NSPR's Kelly Frost has more from last night’s City Council meeting.

In reality, the police will still do most of the cleanup, but the financial responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Public Works. City Manager Barry Tippin told the council this will free up funds at a time when money is very tight for the police. 

Redding has a new interim police chief, and he’s a familiar face. 

Peter Hansen spent 28 years with the Redding Police Department, three as chief, before he retired in 2011. Since Chief Robert Paoletti was fired by City Manager Barry Tippin in June, Captain Eric Wallace had been filling the position on a temporary basis.  

Hansen’s interim position was approved by the Redding City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. 

After months of talks and delayed offers, the Redding City Council has finally agreed upon a buyer for the former police station downtown. The building, which also housed a car dealership prior to its life as a cop shop, was sold Tuesday night to Equity Streams, which has plans to develop some sort of commercial venture, possibly including mixed retail and residential. 

Big changes are in the works for downtown Redding. A community meeting was held last Thursday to discuss the downtown specific plan which will completely revamp the downtown area.

The existing plan has not been updated since 2001. Paul Helman, planning manager for the City of Redding, says the plan will regulate development, land use, parks, bicycle and pedestrian use and parking, but it won't be specific to each parcel.

Work on the storm damaged section of Keswick Dam Road in Redding should be complete in about two to four weeks. The emergency repair work may also be eligible for 100 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Because of the emergency nature of the repairs the normal bidding process was waived and work began immediately after a council vote two weeks ago. Public Works Director Brian Crane says recent storms have completely closed Keswick Dam Road near Sulphur Creek.