HIT — Progress in any space is a stupendous factor. Progress on a large number of fronts is a unbelievable factor.
By that normal, we’ve had a unbelievable week.
Beginning up on the ridge, it’s nice to see persevering with progress on the undergrounding of utilities alongside Clark Street and within the City of Paradise — all towards the objective of fireplace security with the additional benefit 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 venture and the Chico public works division deserve huge arms for the fast work they’re doing getting ready the shelters for readiness, presumably as quickly as the tip of this month. It’s gorgeous to see how rapidly this venture is definitely coming collectively — and the approaching onsite companies starting from psychological well being care to job-seeking help is one of the best information of all.
Lastly, over on Park Avenue, it’s good to see groundbreaking for the brand new Park Avenue housing growth, which might be one other alternative for low earnings of us to have an reasonably priced roof over their head. This might be a fantastic use of the previous Jesus Heart 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 endless sequence of second possibilities.
In Chico, two younger ladies have been killed as a result of an alleged drunk driver was dashing down a residential avenue at speeds witnesses mentioned have 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 taking pictures 5 folks — allegedly killing a girl who had boarded the bus in Seattle. Once more, he had a previous historical past with the legislation, 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 discuss “passing extra legal guidelines to maintain us secure,” no extra legal guidelines will do one bit of fine except we truly begin imposing those already on the books.
Kudos to legislation enforcement for protecting 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 in opposition to the 4-1 majority. Any doubt how that one goes to end up?
After all, 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 might be Chico and Oroville metropolis council redistricting. Someway, we suspect the prevailing events in energy will find yourself getting the final phrase in on these, too.
For all of the discuss “Truthful Maps” and the way redistricting is “not alleged to take politics or incumbency into consideration,” right here’s the one factor we will 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 means till these choices are taken out of the arms of politicians.
So how on this planet does this add as much as a “hit?”
Straightforward. As a result of after this, we received’t have to listen to the phrase “gerrymander” for one more 10 years. Hopefully by then a less-political course of might be in place.
MISS — Normally this time of 12 months, many people are dreaming of spring climate and baseball.
Effectively, we’ve bought the climate. However except you’re speaking college-level baseball (and Chico State and Butte Faculty are nice choices), it’s beginning to appear like you’re going to have a protracted watch for the massive present.
The labor disagreement between Main League Baseball and the gamers’ union is now in its third month and it’s a nearly certainty that the beginning of spring coaching might be delayed — if not the season itself.
As all the time, 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 guess the game will lose extra this time round. Don’t these folks ever study?
Hits and misses are compiled by the editorial board.