PARADISE, Calif. - Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Bicycling and walking network public workshop
- When: Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at 6 p.m.
- Where: 5555 Skyway and online: https://bit.ly/3i9oUg3
- 1,838 Building Permit Applications Received
- 1,686 Building Permits issued
- 978 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
- 347 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
- 329 Multi-Family Permits Issued
- 168 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
- Paradise Business Spotlight: Every week we will spotlight a business in Paradise to encourage shopping locally and supporting economic recovery in Paradise–and maybe uncover a business you haven’t heard of before. This week, they focus on Curves Paradise. Curves Paradise has experienced and welcoming staff who can help people focus on becoming strong and healthy. Their woman-centric approach includes one-on-one coaching, monthly challenges, at-home on-demand workouts, a health and wellness class, and more. Curves Paradise is offering 30 days free when you sign up for an InClub & At-Home membership. Visit the website, Facebook online, in person at 6848 Skyway Ste G Paradise, CA, or call (530) 877-8300.
- Housing Urgency Ordinance (RV Ordinance)
At their meeting on Tuesday, the Paradise Town Council gave direction to staff to bring back changes to the Housing Urgency Ordinance for action at the Sept. 15 Council meeting. The changes they directed are below and will be brought back to the council on Sept. 14:
- Residents living in RVs on a property with a current Temporary Use Permit, including renters, will be allowed to stay on their property until April 30, 2023.
- All “thresholds” regarding steps towards rebuilding will be waived, meaning residents will not be required to show steps towards rebuilding in order to stay.
- Residents living in RVs with a Temporary Use Permit must resolve any Code Enforcement Violations and be in compliance with the requirements of the Temporary Use Permit by Sept. 30, 2021.
- A committee will be established by Town Council to review cases where exceptions to
these rules may need to be considered.
- Dixie Fire Update There are still no evacuation orders or evacuation warnings for the Town of Paradise. The Butte
County Sheriff’s Office has reduced all evacuation orders in Butte County to evacuation warnings. The Town continues to monitor the Dixie Fire closely with CAL FIRE and Butte County. However, it is important to be prepared and have a plan.
- Last Chance! Design Standards Survey Closes Thurs. Aug. 12th Input is needed to assist the Town in understanding community desires and priorities and guide the final updates to the Design Standards for the Downtown and Clark Road areas.
Recorded workshops can be found here and the survey can be found here.
- Be Ready, Butte Preparing for wildfires is part of the new normal. Butte Fire Safe Council, Butte County Fire, and CAL FIRE have partnered to help you get Ready, Set, Go when wildfire strikes. Keep an eye out for fire-safe tips and resources when you see “Be Ready, Butte”! Visit the website for more information.
- Free Outdoor Movie Night Thursday, August 12. Join the Community Baseball Movie Series! Paradise Recreation and Park District are playing “A League of Their Own” at 8:30 p.m. at Bille Park. Hot dogs, soda, popcorn, candy, and pizza are available to purchase. No outside food or drink is permitted. People can bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. For more info, click here.
- Kayak Rentals Now Available at Paradise Lake Paradise Recreation and Park District is now renting single and double kayaks by the hour. Kayaks are available at Boat Launch #2 of the North Lake Blvd between noon and 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday; life vests and paddles are included. $15 for single and $18 for the double kayak per hour. Subject to closure for smoke or weather. Call 530-872-6393 Monday-Friday for updates and availability.
- Pastel, Pottery, Acrylic, Drawing, and Wearable Art Classes at Paradise Art Center The Paradise Art Center has a variety of ongoing classes and studio times for residents interested in exploring their creative sides. Click here for information on fees, dates and times, supply lists and class availability.
- Partnership Opportunities for Johnny Appleseed Days until Aug. 13 Mark your calendars for California’s oldest harvest festival, a beloved tradition since 1888. Held on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, at the Terry Ashe Park, the event will host vendors, artisans, entertainment, and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available until August 13 or
sold out. View the commitment form here.
- Bicycling and Walking Network Public Workshop – Thursday, Aug. 12, 6:00 pm Join us on Thursday, August 12 at 6 pm for the fourth Public Workshop through the Transportation Master Plan. This workshop will focus on Active Transportation – bicycling and walking. We will discuss connections and improvements that can be made to our existing network of paths and bicycle lanes in Town
- Paradise Ridge Youth Soccer Accepting Registration is through Aug. 17. After an eventful last few years, Paradise Ridge Youth Soccer will bring its players back to the Ridge as online registration for the 2021 Fall Soccer Season is open until August 15, walk-in-person registration on August 17 at Westside Pizza.
- Basic Drawing Classes at Paradise Art Center, beginning Aug. 4. Explore a variety of creative exercises and projects to build a strong drawing foundation using pencil, pen and ink. Bring a sketchbook every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 4-week sessions, beginning Aug. 4. $40 for members, $50.
- Free Residential Green Waste Disposal Program: Aug. 17, 28 and Sept. 2 and 11 Must be a Butte County residents living in the wildland-urban interface may dispose of green waste for free on the above-designated days. Also, haul and unload your green waste to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility. Bring proof of ID and residence in the Wildland Urban Interface area of Butte County.
- Free Guitar Workshop, Saturday, Aug. 21 Guitar Gear Garage is offering a free beginner guitar workshop for youth ages 10-17. The event will be held at the Magalia Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. People should bring their own guitar
or borrow one for the session. RSVP is required by emailing Dave and Emi Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 520- 2667 to register or for more information.
- Paradise Chocolate Fest Is September 18 The 16th annual Paradise Chocolate Fest benefits non-profit organizations that provide educational, enrichment, recreational and leadership opportunities to youth. Events include the 5k Chocolate Chase; Chocolate Candy Land, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge, Art, Craft and Food Booths, Wine and Beer Tasting, Art in the Park, All About Books, Green Scene and more.
- Chocolate Chase Returns Sept. 18 As part of the Chocolate Fest celebrations, the 5k run supports local youth organizations in the area. Registration and race start takes place in the St. Thomas More Church parking lot at 767 Elliot Rd, Paradise, CA 95969. The early bird cost is $25 and $30 after Sept. 1. Click here to sign.
- Paradise Ice Rink Will Be Back in 2021 Lace up the skates because the Paradise Ice Rink will be back this fall. The Paradise Recreation and Park District Board of Directors approved the return of the rink at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center in Paradise last week as an economic and cultural opportunity for the Ridge. PRPD is now looking for sponsors to help fund the venture.
- Paradise Farmer’s Market, Tuesday June-October, 7:30 a.m. to noon. A unique opportunity for farmers and vendors to sell directly to the consumer by hosting Certified Farmers’ Markets. The market will focus on bringing the community together and supporting local farmers, crafters and food vendors. The market is in the Paradise Alliance Church parking lot at 6491 Clark Rd, Paradise, CA 95969.
- Zumba Classes at Magalia Community Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. New Zumba-inspired dance-themed class at the Magalia Community Park. Optional light weights choreographed to more current music for total fitness fun. All fitness levels are welcome. Cost: $20 per month or $3 drop-in fee. Email Aaron Singer at email@example.com for more information.
- Party in the Park Returns now - Aug. 4: The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of this well-loved summer event. Party in the Park Music & Marketplace is a seasonal tradition of local pride and community vitality in the historic heart of Paradise. With its Farmers’ Market, Kids’ Zone, talented bands and performers, arts, crafts, local organizations, and eclectic products, Party in the Park is a celebration of all that makes us Paradise. Booth applications and full information are available online - click here. Event information can be found on the Chamber website. For sponsorship information, contact Monica@ParadiseChamber.com.
- Funding Options for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire
- Grants Up to $200,000 Available for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for survivors of the 2018 wildfire disasters is now open. Homes damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire may be eligible for up to $200,000; and low- to moderate-income households will receive priority. If you are a disaster survivor and wish to see if you qualify for the ReCoverCA OwnerOccupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (OOR Program), start by taking the 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance survey available at https://recover.hcd.ca.gov/. If you need assistance with the survey, contact Butte County OOR Case Managers Brittney Murray or Glen Johnson at (916) 202-1764.
- Up to $150,000 in low-interest, deferred Loans for homeowners (can be used even if insurance funds and/or FEMA funds have been spent) The Town of Paradise offers deferred, low-interest loans to low and moderate-income households rebuilding after the Camp Fire. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here or call the Town’s Housing Department at (530) 872-6291 x122.
- Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room The Rebuild Paradise Foundation (RPF) and Valley Contractors Exchange (VCE) have partnered to launch Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room. It is a free tool intended to connect the dots between those looking to rebuild after the devastating fires Butte County has experienced in 2018 and 2020 and contractors that can perform this work. To learn more about the Online Plan Room, click here or contact VCE at (530) 343-1981.
- Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open by Appointment: Due to the change to the purple Tier in Butte County, Town Hall and the BRC are open by appointment only. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment. Below are the extensions for assistance: Business and Housing x126 or x130 Code Enforcement x110 Finance Department x121 Tree Advocates x162 or x163 Building Resiliency Center x411 General Information x101
- Have questions regarding your rebuild? Rebuild Advocates are here to help: If you need help navigating the rebuild process, the Town of Paradise has Rebuild Advocates available to assist. They can help with the following: Navigating insurance, FEMA or SBA, understanding additional financing options, selecting a contractor, submitting plants, or any part of the rebuild process. They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x429 x430 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today.
- Shop Local Online Paradise Ridge Marketplace Available: The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has provided the Paradise Ridge Marketplace to keep your shopping local. Purchase some of your favorite Ridge items, such as Ridge Rising apparel and other fun member products. New items are added frequently. Learn more here.