Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Jan. 5.
Chico City Council to discuss needle ban options
The Chico City Council is set to meet to discuss the possibility of a needle ban. Today’s meeting will focus on the legal options the city has to put a ban in place. Last month, the majority vote from the city council was to instruct the city attorney to find a way to block needle distribution programs in city limits.
The application period opens Wednesday for the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as GO-Biz for $80 million in tax credits. It is for businesses expanding and adding full-time jobs here in the state. The deadline to apply is January 25 - and several webinars are also scheduled. Click Here to apply.
Hospitals across the country and here in California are straining to keep pace with COVID-19 patients. The Greater Sacramento region - of which Butte County is included, is now at 12.1% ICU bed availability. The Northern California region is at 30% availability.
Gov. Gavin Newsom says just 1% of California’s 40 million have been vaccinated as distribution hiccups and logistical challenges slowed down vaccine rollout. Gov. Newsom said the pace is not good enough as the virus continues to ravage the state. about 454,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered - that is just a quarter of the 1.3 million doses the state has received so far.
All eyes are on Georgia today where two high stake senate runoff elections could shift power to Democrats in Washington. If both democrats win, the party will control all of congress. if either Raphael Warnock or Jon Ossoff loses, republicans remain in charge of the senate. A record three million have already voted.