Repeat Offenders: What is Shasta County’s Recidivism Rate?

When California’s state legislators passed AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, their backs were against the wall. The U.S. Supreme Court had declared overcrowding in the state prison system constituted cruel and unusual punishment, and voters were… Continue Reading


Shasta County Grand Jury Sounds Alarm On Prison Realignment Spending

In a pair of scathing reports, the Shasta County Grand Jury has accused the Shasta County Board of Supervisors of improperly using state funds allocated for rehabilitation programs to fund county jail operations, even as a budget deficit looms for… Continue Reading


Redding City Council Recall is a Cry For Help, But Who’s Listening?

Ladies and gentlemen, what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate on so many levels, my head is spinning. As just about everybody in Shasta County knows by now, there was a pretty damned intense Redding City Council meeting… Continue Reading


Public Safety Realignment and the Rise of the Petty Criminal in Shasta County

At this late date, I think it’s fair to say Redding is a city under siege by petty criminals. Everyone knows it and the rising property crime rate shows it. It’s the talk of the town. Gaunt phantoms stalk the… Continue Reading


Update: SCAC Provides Video of Town Hall Meeting on Crime

Click here to watch the full video of  RPD’s town hall meeting held in the McLaughlin Auditorium on Tues. Aug. 30. Video produced and provided by the Shasta County Arts Council. At his last quarterly town hall meeting on crime,… Continue Reading


Reporter’s Notebook – Board of Supes, May 7: West Nile Virus; Firefighter Funding; Homeless Offender Housing

At this meeting, the Board of Supervisors received the annual report from Peter Bonkrude, District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. A major challenge for the District in 2012 was the reappearance of West Nile virus, first… Continue Reading