HIT — Progress in any space is a wonderful factor. Progress on a large number of fronts is a implausible factor.
By that customary, we’ve had a implausible week.
Beginning up on the ridge, it’s nice to see persevering with progress on the undergrounding of utilities alongside Clark Highway and within the City of Paradise — all towards the objective of fireside security with the additional advantage of extra unobstructed views.
In the meantime, down the Skyway, over the overpass and a proper flip onto Martin Luther King Blvd., the contractors for the Pallet shelter challenge and the Chico public works division deserve large palms for the short work they’re doing getting ready the shelters for readiness, presumably as quickly as the top of this month. It’s gorgeous to see how rapidly this challenge is definitely coming collectively — and the approaching onsite providers starting from psychological well being care to job-seeking help is the perfect information of all.
Lastly, over on Park Avenue, it’s good to see groundbreaking for the brand new Park Avenue housing growth, which shall be one other alternative for low earnings people to have an reasonably priced roof over their head. This shall be an awesome use of the previous Jesus Middle website.
MISS — We had two horrific reminders this week of how rapidly the lifetime of harmless folks can finish — and the way harmful it may be to permit some lawbreakers a unending collection of second possibilities.
In Chico, two younger ladies had been killed as a result of an alleged drunk driver was rushing down a residential road at speeds witnesses mentioned had been in extra of 80 miles per hour — an inexcusable lack of judgment from somebody who already had a historical past of DUI-related incidents.
In Oroville, some man who boarded a Los Angeles-bound Greyhound bus in Redding bought into an altercation and ended up capturing 5 folks — allegedly killing a lady who had boarded the bus in Seattle. Once more, he had a previous historical past with the regulation, and there was already a warrant out for his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Tales like these remind us that for all of the speak about “passing extra legal guidelines to maintain us secure,” no further legal guidelines will do one bit of excellent except we truly begin imposing those already on the books.
Kudos to regulation enforcement for preserving the incident from changing into even worse than it was.
HIT — Complaints of gerrymandering are making the rounds big-time within the Chico Unified Faculty District redistricting, with trustee Matt Tennis once more standing alone towards the 4-1 majority. Any doubt how that one goes to prove?
In fact, this follows the current Butte County board of supervisors’ redistricting drama, the place Chico-based supervisors Debra Lucero and Tami Ritter took their gerrymandering claims to the referendum stage after dropping on a 3-2 vote to the conservative majority.
Subsequent up shall be Chico and Oroville metropolis council redistricting. By some means, we suspect the prevailing events in energy will find yourself getting the final phrase in on these, too.
For all of the speak about “Truthful Maps” and the way redistricting is “not presupposed to take politics or incumbency into consideration,” right here’s the one factor we are able to say with certainty: Politics, and incumbency, will stay two of the most important components in any redistricting so long as politicians are those making the selections.
And so long as the folks making the selections can level to “communities of curiosity” and the like as their overriding causes, there’s actually not a single factor unlawful about it — and it’s going to remain that manner till these choices are taken out of the palms of politicians.
So how on the earth does this add as much as a “hit?”
Straightforward. As a result of after this, we gained’t have to listen to the phrase “gerrymander” for one more 10 years. Hopefully by then a less-political course of shall be in place.
MISS — Often this time of yr, many people are dreaming of spring climate and baseball.
Properly, we’ve bought the climate. However except you’re speaking college-level baseball (and Chico State and Butte School are nice choices), it’s beginning to appear to be you’re going to have an extended anticipate the massive present.
The labor disagreement between Main League Baseball and the gamers’ union is now in its third month and it’s a just about certainty that the beginning of spring coaching shall be delayed — if not the season itself.
As at all times, that is inexcusable. There’s loads of that green-money-pie to go round; any person must lock these folks in a room till they’ve reached a deal.
Many baseball followers by no means got here again after the 1994 labor catastrophe, and it’s a secure wager the game will lose extra this time round. Don’t these folks ever study?
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