BREAKING NEWS Boat sinks on Shasta Lake, 1 man dead Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

Chico City Council to Discuss Humboldt Road Safety

One councilmember says it's time to look for solutions to cut back on illicit activity that's a continuing problem on an out-of-repair section of Humboldt Road.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 3:37 AM
Updated: Jun 19, 2018 1:05 PM

Chico, Calif.-- Chico Police are still searching for the person responsible for shooting a riffle-round through a woman's home in broad daylight below Humboldt Road in Chico a few weeks ago.

It's not exactly shocking - complaints of illegal activity from and around the out-of-repair section of road have been coming in for years.

The road is out of repair and mostly used by bicyclists, but according to police reports it's also used for drug deals, hazardous waste, illegal dumping, prostitution and other illicit activity.

Chico City Councilmember Randall Stone tonight will ask the council to discuss a plan to deter criminal activity in the area.

"There's an opportunity to potentially close the road only to those need or have access because their properties are adjoining the road, and cut it off to the vehicular traffic that's causing most of the problem. That leaves it opens to pedestrians, Chico Velo has been advocating for this, the people with Save the Rock Walls have been advocating for a similar proposal as well," said Stone.

However the group "Respect the Walls" contacted Action News Now to say their goal has never been to close Old Humboldt Road to traffic. They do not want to restrict public access, but have discussed advocating for overnight closure due to the activities that occur there at night. Their main focus is  to gain protection for the walls and historic wagon wheel ruts, and to reclaim the area for "healthy public use."

The dangerous activity is becoming even more of a problem as new developments go in and more families move to the area.

Stone says if reducing vehicle traffic isn't a viable option there needs to be an increase in law enforcement, both by city police and the Butte County Sheriff's Office, as the road crosses into both jurisdictions.

Also tonight, the council will take a look at a public safety tax to fund police and roads.

The meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers at 421 Main Street, Chico.

NEWS APP:

DOWNLOAD OUR NEWS APP FOR LATEST UPDATES: iOS | Android

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 250514

Reported Deaths: 6315
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078063457
Riverside19450479
Orange15778360
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial6979105
Alameda6472140
Fresno562677
Kern510080
Santa Clara4849160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
San Francisco377650
Sacramento355969
San Mateo3441108
Contra Costa343279
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271019
Kings258332
Stanislaus239144
Monterey179115
Solano147625
Merced127211
Sonoma126710
Placer78611
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo58324
Madera5665
Santa Cruz4173
Napa3444
San Benito2572
Lassen2340
Butte2063
El Dorado2060
Sutter2063
Humboldt1444
Shasta1354
Nevada1231
Glenn1220
Yuba1031
Tehama881
Lake850
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Calaveras530
Del Norte511
Tuolumne430
Mono411
Inyo331
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Amador260
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 93°
Oroville
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 87°
Paradise
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 93°
Chester
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 69°
Red Bluff
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 86°
Willows
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 93°
Today was hot and tomorrow will be as well. But slightly below average temperatures move in as we see a dip in the jet stream.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events