BREAKING NEWS Forest Service says no camping on Mt. Shasta for rest of season Full Story
BREAKING NEWS August Complex:: Structure defense being assessed for Trinity Pines/Post Mountain Full Story

Contractors Shopping Spree

3,600 licensed contractors lost all of their tools in the Camp Fire, but a foundation gave contractors the chance to re-start their businesses.

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 6:23 PM

CHICO, Calif - 3,600 licensed contractors lost all of their tools in the Camp Fire, but a foundation gave contractors the chance to re-start their businesses.

"This is a great start to rebuilding," David Clem, general contractor from Paradise said.

David and Rebecca Clem, lost everything in the Camp Fire.

Clem said what shocked him the most was how complete the devestation was.

"I went back thinking that maybe there would be some tools maybe at least some extension ladders or some of the more steel type of tools and they were just melted," he said.

Global Empowerment Mission and Paradise Adopt a Family joined forces and gave contractors their first batch of tools to get back on thier feet.

The North Valley Foundation provided a $20,000 grant for the event. Contractors were each given around $1,000 to spend on tools they needed.

"We have 30 different types of contrators here today from painters to janitors to landscape people to general contractors," Capponi said.

Global Empowerment Founder, Michael Capponi, said contractors are picked though an application process.

"On the Paradise Fire Adopt a Family page, and people apply and when we see they need tools then we call them up and we vet them and its really a first come first serve so hurry up and apply," Capponi said.

Clem said he's excited to back into his work and his business.

"Yeah thats the toughest thing is the lost of that's what i make a living with so that's been the hardest," Clem said.

Community members will gather tomorrow at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center on the Skyway in Paradise to talk about rebuilding.

The meeting is set for 3 p.m. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16229329
Contra Costa15640198
Tulare15517256
Ventura12167142
Imperial11534312
San Francisco1064096
Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 86°
Oroville
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 84°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 86°
Chester
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 69°
Red Bluff
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 88°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 86°
Most of the forecast will remain pleasant and seasonable with big changes possible by next weekend.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events