Most Redding Citizens Stayed Home


I’m not judging.

I’m just curious.

Help me figure this out, would you?

Redding offered citizens two State of the City event-options at different times Monday.

Option No. 1 was scheduled in the afternoon at the cold, concrete, acoustically challenged Redding Convention Center. Admission was $30 per person for a balcony seat, or $300 for a table of eight on the main floor. 

About 700 people forked over cash to eat a predictable chicken lunch and hear Mayor Rick Bosetti’s afternoon address at the Redding Convention Center.

Option No. 2 was scheduled in the evening (more working folks could attend) in the historic, gorgeous, acoustically perfect Cascade Theatre. Admission and food were free. (This was the second year of the free State of the City address at the Cascade, the brainchild of Mary Stegall, Redding City Councilor.)

Guess what? Only about 70 people showed up for Option No. 2, where food prepared for hundreds sat untouched. 

What the heck happened?

Why did so few people attend the free evening event at the Cascade?

Why did so many people attend the pricier afternoon event at the Convention Center?

This seems so counter-intuitive, especially here in Shasta County, home of double-digit unemployment.

Why did so many Redding citizens stay home?

Doni Chamberlain

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded A News Cafe in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain holds a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from CSU, Chico. She's an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She's been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, L.A. Times, Slate, Bloomberg News and on CNN, KQED and KPFA. She lives in Redding, California.

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