Local Law Enforcement Documents Swept Up In Investigation Into January 6 Capitol Attack
Relatively Few Community Members Have Weighed In on A Proposed Riverfront Land Sale — Those Who Have Mostly Oppose It
After a proposal to develop key riverfront land was brought to the city council in September, staff solicited public input. Shasta Scout collected and analyzed data from emails, survey responses, and public workshop comments to provide a summary of what the public has said so far. Here’s what we found.
2003 Sexual Harassment Allegations Failed to Trigger Title IX Protections at West Valley
A former student alleges months of harassment and an assault by a West Valley teacher and coach in 2003. An internal investigation into those allegations by the Anderson Union High School District, did not meet the standards of Title IX law. Local law enforcement documents show no evidence of an investigation after a report of the allegations was filed by Child Protective Services. The former student began speaking with Shasta Scout after allegations of sexual assault on the West Valley football team became public last year. Her story, and the public records Shasta Scout obtained, indicate important similarities.
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.
A Glimpse Into History: How Redding Acquired Riverfront Land
As Redding considers selling riverfront land for redevelopment, news archives from the 60’s and 70’s provide insight into how the city became owners of the land. Another public workshop on the possible sale and redevelopment of the land will be held tonight.
Advance Redding, “Key Stakeholder” in Riverfront Development, Lost Over $3 Million in Gross Revenue During the Pandemic
Despite recent losses, Advance Redding hopes to manage events at the Civic even after the new Bethel Church campus opens. Some in the Redding community worry about their connections to Bethel Church. Their contract renewal for Civic management is being negotiated and is likely to come back before the Council in November.
Redding Riverfront Land Could be Utilized for Affordable Housing
In the first of four public workshops on a proposed riverfront land development, the Council will hear a presentation on the process for declaring city land surplus in preparation for sale. A report from the City Attorney indicates that the City could declare the properties as “exempted surplus land” and sell to a developer ready to build at least three hundred housing units, with 25 percent of them meeting affordable housing requirements.