Paradise rebuilding and recovery: New mayor and vice mayor elected

The town of Paradise has a new mayor and vice mayor. Action News Now sat down with Mayor Greg Bolin to go over Paradise's rebuilding and recovery.

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 1:40 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The town of Paradise has a new mayor and vice mayor. Action News Now sat down with Mayor Greg Bolin to go over Paradise's rebuilding and recovery.

Statistics Update

  • 994 water advisories lifted
  • 560 building permit applications received
  • 21 homes rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 402 building permits issued
  • There are about 500 standing homes left to test, PID said they expect to complete testing to all standing homes by March 2020.

Other Updates

New Documentary: Paradise residents interested in seeing the documentary “​All Its Name Implies,​” created by Paradise High School graduate and four-time Emmy winner Ev Durán can do so in Chico. Durán will host a premiere of his newest film at the El Rey Theater on Friday, Dec. 20​. Watch the trailer, CLICK HERE.

Business update: Paradise Ridge has officially hit 200 businesses open. For a list of all open businesses, CLICK HERE.

New mayor and vice mayor: During the Council meeting on December 10th, Council voted to elect Greg Bolin as Mayor and Michael Zuccolillo as Vice Mayor. The town said they will serve a one year term.

New officers: The Town of Paradise hired two new police officers to the force. Welcome Officers Tatom and Wood to the Paradise Police Department!

Kids on the Ridge: The 4th Annual Kids on the Ridge Christmas Party is upon us. This Saturday, December 14th between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the Paradise Veterans group wants to create a special day for the kids on the ridge. They have put together this magical day that will include lunch and Santa with Mrs. Claus giving out presents. There will be games and of course the bounce house to entertain the kids. This is a free event for the whole family.

File your claim: PG&E has extended its date to file claims to Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. There is not cost to submit a claim, an attorney is not required and there are only 11 questions that need to be answered. The claim process can be accessed at or 1-888-908-0100.

Tree removal program: The Paradise Town Council and the Butte County Board of Supervisors passed ordinances requiring the removal of hazard trees damaged by the Camp Fire from private property that may fall into public roadways. 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 Centers when they open. 

Three Tree ROE Centers open Monday, October 28th at the following locations:
Community Employment Center: 78 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville

  • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Butte County Library, Paradise Branch Community Room: 5922 Clark Road, Paradise

  • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Butte County Library, Chico Branch: 1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico

  • Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Paradise welcomes 2020 Board of Directors: Join the members of The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, December 4th as they welcome the 2020 Board of Directors. The program includes Dinner, a Dessert Dash, and Awards Ceremony honoring contributions made by individuals and businesses in our community. 

  • Attire: Business festive. Wear whatever makes you feel spiffy, successful, and sociable. Just bling up your boots and come on down.
  • Tax-deductible donations to the silent auction are welcome!
  • Market your business with our Table Decorating Contest! Need not attend to enter!
  • Reservation information: Single Attendee: $50, Table sponsorships: $380 per table of eight.
  • Reservations must be made in advance. No paper tickets will be issued. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Nutcracker at PPAC: Northern California Ballet is proud to present the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker at PPAC Dec. 20th, 21st and 22nd. Matinee Saturday and Sunday at 2:15 p.m. and evening performances Friday and Saturday, 7:15 p.m. Reserved seating is $20, General is $15, Under 16 is $12. Find tickets available at NCB Paradise, 872-1719, NCB Oroville, 680-5308, Music Connection Chico, 898-0110, and Nic's in Paradise. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Paradise on Ice: The ice rink is now open weather permitting! The Paradise Ice Rink is an outdoor seasonal ice rink that will be open daily (weather permitting). Public Skate, Adult Skate, Lessons, Private Rentals, and Party rooms are all offered. 

Regular Hours:

Sunday - Thursday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Friday - Noon to 8 p.m. with teen skate night at 9 - 11 p.m. (additional charge)

Saturday - Noon to 10 p.m. with skate lessons from 11 a.m. to noon. (additional charge)

Business's opening this week: A Cut Above: Dec. 5th, 2019 5:30-7 p.m. Located at 6848 Skyway Suite C Paradise.

Jeannie’s Grand Rebirth: December 7th, 2019 3-4:00 pm Located at 491 Pearson Rd Paradise.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • PID Regular Meeting
    • When: Wed. Dec. 18th, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
    • Where: 6332 Clark Road, PID Board Room
    • Camp Fire Construction Connection
      • When: Mon. Dec. 16th 3-5 p.m.
      • Where: Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Drive

  • Paradise Community Dinner
    • When: Thursdays, from 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road 

  • Paradise Ice Rink Now open
    • When: November through December
    • Where: Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway
  • 4th Annual Kids on the Ridge Christmas
    • When: Sat. Dec. 14th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Veterans Memorial Hall, 6550 Skyway 
  • Northern Ca Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
    • When: Dec. 20th, 21st, & 22nd 7:15 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Does the town have a time frame when they will start fixing public roads in town?

Answer: The Town did a study of the condition of public roads before and after debris removal for the purpose of documenting the damage done by all the heavy trucks through the debris removal process. Now that we have that information, the Town will prioritize the road repairs that are needed, and we have applied for funding to make those repairs. We do not have a time frame yet, as we have not yet received the funding for repairs. Once that funding is received, we will make a public announcement about when to expect road repairs in the Town of Paradise.

Question: Is the water safe?

Answer: Yes, the water in Paradise is safe. The source of our water (Paradise Lake), and the treatment plant were untouched by the fire. As a result, the water is clear and clean. There was some contamination in some of the distribution system (pipes), which caused testing done early on to show contamination. Paradise Irrigation District has tested and cleared 993 standing homes as of early December and has about 500 standing homes left to test. They expect to be completed with standing homes by March 2020. As for those who are rebuilding, when a building permit application is issued, the Town contacts PID to let them know we are working towards a new home. PID, in turn, begins their testing and clearance process to make sure that by the time the Town issues the Certificate of Occupancy, there is clean water available at the property.

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