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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: $135 million for school updates

The Town has also hired a new Disaster Recovery Director.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 1:37 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Unified School District Board of Trustees has approved a $135 million master facilities update for schools around town.

The money goes toward updating the following:

  • The renovation of Paradise High School
  • The construction of Ridgeview High School right across from the senior/junior high school on Maxwell Drive
  • Improvements to Cedarwood Elementary, Pine Ridge School, Ponderosa Elementary, and at the Paradise Intermediate School, which is currently the Paradise Ridge Elementary school site
  • A rebuild of the maintenance and operation site on Pearson Road

The Town has also hired a new Disaster Recovery Director. Katie Simmons will be responsible for Paradise's Camp Fire recovery and will coordinate projects and activities as outlined in the long-term recovery plan. Simmons will work closely with Cal OES, FEMA, Town staff and residents to help in the rebuilding process within the community.

Paradise also has received a $50,000 grant from the Butte Strong Fund to help in the rebuilding of the "Welcome to Paradise" sign. 

For last week's Town update, CLICK HERE.

Statistics Update

  • 942 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 771 Building Permits issued
  • 128 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Rebuild Fact Check

  • Is it true residents can not rebuild on property smaller than 1/3 of an acre?
    • Town of Paradise: No, that is not true. Any residential property can be rebuilt upon, as long as the proposed structure complies with all necessary setbacks and easements and septic requirements.

  • Is it true no one can rebuild after December 31, 2020?
    • Town of Paradise: No that is not true at all, there is no deadline for rebuilding. What you may have heard is that the Town’s Urgency Housing Ordinance, which temporarily allows residents to live in RV’s on their property, expires on December 31, 2020. This means that as of January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.

Other Updates

  • Paradise Lake Classes: The Paradise Recreation and Park District approved an agreement to lease the Paradise Lake facilities from the Paradise Irrigation District. The district said it will offer classes on kayaking, guided hikes, fishing, camps, art, and more, once the Coronavirus restrictions are relaxed. PRPD District Manager Dan Efseaff said this is a way of helping to achieve their "vision of becoming a destination recreation district".
  • Camp Fire Shed Project: A $150,000 grant will provide funding for more volunteer efforts through the Paradise Adventist Church and Maranatha Volunteers International. This grant will help in the building and delivery of 400 storage sheds to people who live throughout the burn scar. The project directly benefits people who lost their homes, are living in the RVs and who intend to rebuild.

RELATED: Paradise receives $50K grant for new welcome sign

  • $2.3 Million Available for Rebuild & Repair Needs: Currently, there is $2.3 million in local, state, and federal funds available to assist eligible households, who were under-insured or not insured, with their housing reconstruction and repairs. These funds are offered as deferred loans. They can be applied towards a variety of housing rehabilitation needs, including reconstruction of a home damaged or destroyed by the fire, correcting unsafe or unsanitary conditions, eliminating code violation, and weatherization and repairs to ensure handicap accessibility when combined with other repairs. For more information, call the Rebuild Advocates at 530-872- 6291 ext. 411. At this time, the advocates are only taking over the phone appointments.
  • Adventist Health's Virtual Services: Adventist Health has launched its virtual services so people can remain seeing doctors but from the safety of their homes. To participate in a virtual visit, a patient needs a computer or phone with a working camera and microphone. Those who have scheduled in-person appointments are being contacted to try and reschedule for a virtual meeting. This is covered by most insurance plans.
  • BRC Open by Appointment Only: If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can call 530-872-6291 ext. 411 or email For building or septic questions, you can also call the above mainline number or email the address above. For rebuild advocates, call 530-872-6291 ext. 429 or 430.

RELATED: Paradise community continues to meet devastation with resilience

  • Closure of Town Hall: Services will continue by phone for the Town Hall. You can contact the correct department by calling the numbers below:
    • General: 530-872-6291 ext. 102
    • Finance: 530-872-6291 ext. 121
    • Code Enforcement: 530-872-6291 ext. 124
    • Housing Loans: 530-872-6291 ext. 122
  • Local Businesses: The town has set up a page for local businesses who are being flexible and staying open. For the most up-to-date list of open businesses, CLICK HERE.
  • Housing Urgency Ordinance: Following the fire, the Paradise Town Council passed an urgency ordinance allowing displaced residents to temporarily live on their property in an RV. This urgency ordinance expires on December 31, 2020. Meaning, beginning January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Hazard trees that could fall on a public or private road are required to be removed. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property. Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at (530) 552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at The Tree ROE is available for download online, HERE. ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Center at the Building Resiliency Center at 6295 Skyway in Paradise.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • May Community Information Meeting:

    This meeting will focus on Fire Safety Preparation and include an update from the Paradise Police Department.

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Data is updated nightly.

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