Annelise Pierce is the founder and primary reporter of Shasta Scout. She covers government accountability, Bethel Church and local paramilitary groups. Read more under the "Meet the Team" tab.
City, McConnell and Turtle Bay Will Discuss Recent Burial Site Disruption With Native Community
A grave robbing attempt that occurred several weeks ago has angered the local Native community. RPD says an investigation is ongoing. Local non-profits and city representatives have agreed to meet to discuss the incident.
Bethel Senior Leader Sees Similarities Between Women Who’ve Had Abortions And School Shooters
Kris Vallotton helps run Bethel Church, a Redding megachurch that has national and international influence. He also sits on the board of Advance Redding, the non-profit that runs Redding’s Civic Auditorium.
Updated Downtown Plans To Streamline Development Could Also Threaten the Public’s Voice
A group of “interested downtown stakeholders” met twice with the city in February and March to help shape updates to Redding’s Downtown Specific Plan. The changes could expand the area considered downtown and allow development to be approved by city staff without public hearing or comment. During a recent meeting in which the Planning Commission discussed whether to endorse the plan updates, so many commissioners had conflicts of interest that one commissioner with downtown real estate investments was asked to vote anyway.
Advance Redding Contract Halves Rent But Still Better Than Alternatives, City Staff Says
New lease terms will be discussed by the Redding City Council on Tuesday. Terms call for a significant reduction in rent and a ten-year lease. Bethel Church, Redding’s controversial megachurch, started Advance Redding and serves as its anchor tenant for the Civic.
Engaging the Community in Proposed Riverfront Development: How It Started, How It’s Going
A series of public workshops, surveys and social media posts by the city haven’t reassured many community members that they’re being included in the riverfront planning process. Shasta Scout looked at how the city’s process compares with best practices in community engagement.
Home Health Care Providers Push for Wage Increase
The union that represents Shasta County’s long-term care workers will continue negotiations with county supervisors on Tuesday. Union representatives say investing in IHSS workers financially will have a positive effect on Shasta County’s economy.