Homelessness Is Elizabeth Betancourt’s First Priority, Cold Turkey Off Opioids and the Shasta County BOS Vape Panic

What’s California’s biggest problem, the one shared by big cities and small towns alike? Homelessness. From Los Angeles to Redding, the number of people living on the streets is on the rise, and a large percentage of them are either… 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


Point-in-Time Homeless Count to Take Place in Shasta County

The Shasta County Continuum of Care is coordinating a federally mandated Point-in-Time (PIT) homeless count on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.  The PIT homeless count is an annual event when local volunteers and social service agencies gather a one-day snapshot of… Continue Reading


Wednesday Workshop Shines Light on Kristen Schreder’s Homelessness Coalition Project

The holidays are right around the corner, but that didn’t stop Redding City Councilwoman Kristen Schreder on Wednesday from gathering a who’s-who of social workers and other providers for a workshop on her community initiative to combat homelessness. “Homelessness never… Continue Reading


A Possible Homeless Day Center in Redding Draws Mixed Reactions at Community Forum

Redding, CA – Should a day center be established in Redding? And if so, what role, if any, should the city play in it?

Those were the central questions posed to the community Monday during a special meeting of the Redding City Council. Councilwoman Missy McArthur had asked for the forum after a proposed sit-lie ordinance was shelved last month. Continue Reading


A distressing view from a downtown window: Drugs, booze, fights and filth

I saw my first illegal drug sale last week. In broad daylight. It took place on a downtown Redding bench outside the Yuba Street side of the historic Lorenz building. Continue Reading