News: Accountability

Our government accountability stories highlight information that builds a stronger democracy. We closely watch local law enforcement agencies because of concerns about local police use of force and unusually high number of deaths in custody at the county jail. We’re also monitoring specifics related to our city and county government’s use of funds and policy decisions.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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