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Past articles by Erin:

Lawsuit: Lyft fails to protect women from rape, sexual assault

Fourteen women from eight states say the company should do more to hold bad drivers accountable. → Read More

Nation’s first hydrogen fuel cell ferry to transport commuters across San Francisco Bay in early 2020

The first-in-the-nation technology will be put to work to begin carrying commuters across the San Francisco Bay beginning in early 2020. → Read More

Feds officially take back nearly $1 billion for California high-speed rail

Citing repeated failures to meet key milestones and poor project management, federal officials on Thursday rescinded nearly $1 billion in money for California’s bullet train, a move that puts the b… → Read More

High-speed rail costs rise $1.8 billion in Central Valley

Californians will have to shell out an additional $1.8 billion to complete the 119-mile stretch of tracks for the state’s first bullet train through the Central Valley, bringing the cost to $12.4 b… → Read More

Feds take-back of billions for California high-speed rail would be ‘disastrous,’ state says to feds

The abrupt withdraw of nearly $1 billion in federal funding for the state’s $77 billion bullet train would be “disastrous” for California and would set a “troubling precedent” for future infrastruc… → Read More

What happens if Trump takes back California’s high-speed rail funds?

The Trump Administration’s threat to take back nearly $1 billion in grant money for high-speed rail is putting another $2.5 billion at risk. → Read More

A 20-cent ‘mystery surcharge’ on gas? California lawmakers ask AG to find out why – Chico Enterprise-Record

A coalition of California lawmakers is asking the state’s Attorney General to investigate a “mystery surcharge” on gasoline that could add as much as 20 cents to each gallon of ga… → Read More

Camp Fire profile: Warren Lessard, a quiet craftsman in the woods – Chico Enterprise-Record

Warren Lessard moved to Magalia more than three decades ago, intent on living a solitary life. He wasn’t made for the modern world, said his daughter, Desarae Lessard Martinez. “He woul… → Read More

California gets last minute REAL ID extension

If California hadn’t gotten an extension to become certified as compliant with the REAL ID requirements, travelers would have had to present a passport to fly even though the deadline for REA… → Read More

‘We’re in it for the long haul:’ Camp Fire animal shelters to remain open – Chico Enterprise-Record

An animal shelter in Richvale operated by the Humane Society of the United States will remain open as residents evacuated from the Camp Fire find long-term housing. → Read More

Where to go? Camp Fire evacuees look to life after shelters

With housing tight before the historic Camp Fire, evacuees are now wondering what to expect as the town of Paradise and neighboring areas begin planning for the long and arduous road ahead. → Read More

Camp Fire: Major storm threatens search efforts in Paradise

So far, almost all of the 77 victims of the fire have been recovered from within what’s left of houses and vehicles, but authorities worry about the rivers of ash and debris triggered by the … → Read More

Camp Fire: Many evacuees remains at Walmart, despite rain forecast

CHICO — Every night, temperatures dip into the 30s. Rain is forecast for midweek. But despite efforts to get Camp Fire evacuees indoors, many are refusing to leave the Walmart parking lot in … → Read More

Gas tax: What Californians actually pay on each gallon of gas

The state gas tax may have risen 12 cents last year — the amount targeted for repeal this November — but that’s far from all the taxes drivers pay on each gallon of gasoline. → Read More

Firefighters make progress on fire, now at 86,000 acres – Chico Enterprise-Record

Fire crews took advantage of cooler temperatures Wednesday to launch an “aggressive attack” against the County Fire that was threatening more than 1,300 buildings, fire officials said. The County f… → Read More

California’s gas tax repeal is now officially headed to a ballot near you – Chico Enterprise-Record

And, it’s already shaping up to be a major campaign issue. → Read More

Legislation would ban gasoline-powered cars in state by 2040

SACRAMENTO >> Gas-and diesel-powered cars could go the way of dinosaurs if one San Francisco assemblyman gets his way.Democrat Phil Ting introduced a bill last week that would ban the sale of fossil fuel cars in California after 2040. It → Read More

Wind shift to test firefighters in wine country

With heavy winds soon expected to return to California’s fire-ravaged wine country, firefighters on Tuesday fought to control the firestorms still raging across swaths of Northern California as police searched for the missing and continued to e → Read More

Ghost Ship fallout: Evicted Bay Area arts cooperative gains new warehouse

OAKLAND >> Inside a vacant West Oakland warehouse, a small group of artists and performers pored over blueprints, the building’s cavernous interior dwarfing their compact semi-circle.Tanya Retherford, an Oakland resident and archit → Read More