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              City of Chico Arts Grant Program

              Deadline for applications is Monday, October 15 at 4:00 PM

              The purpose of the City of Chico Arts Grant Program is to support Chico Arts Organizations and Artists so that quality arts and cultural work, performances, and exhibitions available are accessible to members of the Chico community.


              Details can be found at the following North Valley Community Foundation link:



              There is an information session about the grant on Thursday, October 4 at 4 pm at Conference Room 1 in the Council Chamber Building located at 421 Main Street. Questions may be addressed to the Arts Commission care of the City Clerk at debbie.presson@chicoca.gov.




              Butte County, City of Chico Seeking Community Input


              on Development of Local CCA



              City of Chico and Butte County are seeking feedback from the public regarding their interest in the development of a local Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program.


              CCA programs allow cities, counties and other qualifying governmental entities to purchase and/or generate electricity for their residents and businesses. A feasibility study of a local CCA showed that if the unincorporated areas of the county and the City participated, customers could save an initial 2 percent on their electricity bills, totaling $4 million in regional savings.


              Earlier this summer, the feasibility study was presented to the Butte County Board of Supervisors and the Chico City Council. Both the Board and the Council asked staff to gather additional input from businesses and residents, and look at various funding options.


              Community members are invited to attend any of the four upcoming meetings to learn more about a potential CCA and provide feedback. Meeting details include:

              • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. at the Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road, Oroville, CA 95966
              • Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. at the Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W East Avenue, Chico, CA 95926


              Members of the public can learn more about CCA programs, complete a survey and sign up to receive CCA updates by visiting https://power.buttecounty.net. The survey will be open until Sept. 19, 2018. The topic will come back to the Board and Council for consideration this fall.





              Short Term Rentals (STRs)



              Short term home sharing and/or vacation rental-units arrangements require reporting of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to the City of Chico. For the privilege of occupancy in any short term rental, each transient shall be subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the rent charged by the operator. Operators are required to collect the tax and transmit it with a TOT return to the City monthly. TOT returns for STRs can now be submitted online, by phone, and by mail to simplify monthly reporting. To submit a TOT online, please click on the link below.




              Please note, the City of Chico has contracted HdL Companies of Fresno, CA to administer TOT for all STRs.




              New BBQ Restrictions Issued for Bidwell Park



              Effective immediately, all fires using wood or other materials are prohibited in existing BBQs within Bidwell Park. Only charcoal or gas BBQs in designated BBQ facility areas will be allowed and only during daylight hours. No fires are allowed after dark. In addition, open flame fires not in designated BBQs and smoking are prohibited in Bidwell Park and other City Parks and greenways. Click here for more information.




              Portions of South Side of Upper Bidwell Park Reopen




              Although most of the south side of Upper Bidwell Park will remain closed due to the Stoney Fire, the City will be reopening portions of the park that are not in the active Fire area. The portion of Annie Bidwell Trail from the Centennial/Chico Canyon Road entrance to the Bidwell Park Golf Course to the Olive Orchard only are open. Ten Mile House Road will also be reopened to hikers and bikers, but access to the Annie Bidwell, Pine, and Guardians trails from the road will be closed. Click here for more information.




              Chico Land Absorption Study Available



              The Chico Land Absorption Study was prepared by BAE Urban Economics, and provides insight into Chico’s residential and commercial land use demand and supply, issues affecting affordability, and impediments to opening up land planned to accommodate growth through Chico’s 2030 General Plan planning horizon. Council’s and Planning Commission’s consideration of the Study will be noticed in the coming months in both the Chico E/R and Chico News & Review. For a copy of the Chico Land Absorption Study, click here.



2018 Election Information - Click here.




The City of Chico announces the launch of the CodeRED emergency mass notification system to advise residents in the event of emergency situations, joining several Butte County emergency agencies now part of the web-based information-delivery system. Stay Informed During an Emergency! Sign up here to receive notifications by phone (landline or mobile), text-message or email.



Big Chico and Little Chico Creek Watersheds Storm Water Resource Plan


The City of Chico is pleased to announce the development of a partially grant-funded Storm Water Resources Plan (SWRP) for the Big Chico Creek and Little Chico Creek Watersheds. The purpose of the SWRP is to protect storm water quality by reducing pollutants and trash and to improve the use of storm water as a resource by “expediting” multi-benefit projects that can best meet the identified priorities for a watershed. Qualifying projects will provide benefits to water quality, water supply, flood management, the environment, public education, and jobs. Please visit the web page for more information.