Redding

Quality of life is a frequent concern in Redding. Not surprisingly, candidates for Redding City Council are keen to address the issue. NSPR’s Kelly Frost talked to three candidates.

One issue that continues to pop up for candidates is that of homelessness and mental health.

Julie Winter is a nurse practitioner who has lived in Redding since 1989 after receiving a master’s degree from UCLA. She’s past president of the Redding area nurse practitioner alliance and board member of Advance Redding.

Election Day may be more than three months away, but campaigning among candidates for local offices is already underway. Here’s an initial look at two of the five candidates seeking a seat on Redding’s City Council

 Gary Cadd is the sole incumbent seeking reelection and arguably the most conservative. Though he foresees being part of an over-ruled minority in the next few years, he feels compelled to remain and push his ideas.

Some inconveniences ahead for Redding drivers. The Hilltop Drive overpass over Interstate 5 will be closed to overnight Tuesday as contractors and Caltrans repave the structure.

The closure is scheduled from 7 p.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The work is in addition to daytime sewer construction work in the vicinity expected to conclude Friday. 

Drivers using State Route 299 between Redding and Round Mountain can expect 10- to 15-minute delays today and for the rest of the week.

One-way traffic controls will be in place all week near Ingot, about halfway between Redding and Burney. The $2.3 million work will straighten a dangerous curve, widen shoulders and install stronger guard rails. Work on this phase is expected to wrap up Friday afternoon.

Advocates of drastically changing how Shasta County deals with the homeless remain optimistic.

This, after plans to move toward a “housing-first” model received lukewarm receptions from both the Redding City Council and the Board of Supervisors. A presentation for the Shasta Lake City Council is scheduled for Tuesday.

Lawmakers appear reluctant to commit money to the initial phase, which involves better coordinating services and collecting more data.

Redding City Councilwoman Kristen Schreder is among the proponents.

Earlier this week, the Redding City Council put off a vote to fund a plan to address homelessness.

The Redding Continuum of Care on Homelessness is a signature issue for Councilwoman Kristen Shreder who asked the council to put up $65,000 a year for the next two years to fund the project. The council seemed receptive to the idea, but the majority decided to wait and see what Shasta County, Anderson and Shasta Lake do first.

The First 72 Hours Matter. That’s the title and conclusion of a 2016 Shasta County Grand Jury report on mental health services.

Through its investigation, the Grand Jury wanted to find out what happens to a person having a mental health crisis and what happens to them during an encounter with authorities.

One hundred thousand dollars in Community Development Block Grant money was divvied up between six different non-profit agencies at Tuesday night’s Redding City Council meeting. The recipients were: 

Up The Road: Turtle Bay

Jun 1, 2016
Photo used courtesy of Turtle Bay Exploration Park

  The Maidu explain the world differently than most of us do. Turtle has a starring role in one version of the Maidu creation story, greatly abbreviated here:

“In the beginning there was no sun, no moon, no stars. All was dark, and everywhere there was only water. A raft came floating on the water. It came from the north, and in it were two persons—Turtle and Father-of-the-Secret-Society. The stream flowed very rapidly. Then from the sky a rope of feathers was let down, and down it came Earth-Initiate. When he reached the end of the rope, he tied it to the bow of the raft, and stepped in. His face was covered and was never seen, but his body shone like the sun.” 

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Many of the flags adorning the graves at the Redding Memorial Park on Monday were donated and placed by a 10-year-old Columbia Elementary School student. Preston Sharp says he went to the cemetery with his mother on Veterans Day in November to visit his grandfather’s grave and he was surprised that there were no flags or flowers there to honor the fallen. So he decided to do something about it. 

He began showing up at the cemetery once a week to decorate the graves. Preston does extra chores so he can purchase the small handheld flags and flowers that he needs. 

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