COVID Transmission Rates In the Red Signal Risk to Shasta County’s Vulnerable
Sheriff And County Executives Announce Plan For $120 Million Jail Facility; Critical Details are Still Scarce
The “hub and spoke” style facility would include rehabilitation services integrated within a large county detention facility. The plan is designed to provide increased accountability for those who are unhoused or facing mental health or substance use issues within the county, top leaders said. Supervisors were divided on the approach but expressed interest in learning more at future meetings.
City Starts Updates to Key Land Use Document as Council Pends on Proposed Riverfront Land Sale
A focus group of 12 stakeholders has met biweekly over the last four months to provide advice on how the Community Development and Design subsection of Redding’s General Plan will be updated. The plan broadly addresses land use in the city, including how the Sacramento River and the riverfront can best be utilized by the community. Half of the city’s chosen community stakeholders are architects, builders or developers.
Local Businesses Received Millions in County CARES Act Funds. Here’s What We Know.
The Redding Chamber of Commerce distributed $4 million of the county’s $18 million in CARES Act COVID-19 relief funds to local businesses in 2020. Little is publicly available about how that distribution occurred and some have criticized the process. With new federal funds becoming available, Shasta Scout reached out to the Chamber and the county for more information on how previous funds benefited businesses.
Redding Council Stalls Again on Downtown Update
A third public hearing on updates that would streamline continued growth downtown included discussions of residential impacts and environmental concerns. Some say these updates should be considered alongside other proposed development including a possible riverfront land sale and planned changes to Park Marina Drive.
Local Law Enforcement Documents Swept Up In Investigation Into January 6 Capitol Attack
Documents collected as part of the “January 6 Project” — research by D.C. based non-profit Property of the People — reveal more about how local law enforcement responded to a Redding protest against police brutality in June of 2020. According to the founder of Property for the People, they also raise questions about aggressive policing of progressive dissent.
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.