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City Council Votes To Fund Downtown NPU

The Redding Chamber of Commerce, V!VA Downtown Redding, and many others came together to voice support for the immediate funding of a new, 4-person, Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) to primarily serve downtown Redding and the neighboring trail system.

redding muralOn Tuesday evening, the Redding City Council voted 4-1 to appropriate $200,000 for the remainder of this fiscal year to give Police Chief Bill Schueller the green light to move forward with the hiring process.
We would like to thank the council for its swift action and for continuing to support public safety, particularly in an exciting and hopeful time in the downtown core. As a side note, Council Member Mark Mezzano assures the Chamber that he is in full support of law enforcement and this new proactive police unit. It is my take that he cast a dissenting vote due to questions related to the budget. He wanted to be sure the funds are available, not only at this moment, but also into the future to sustain these new positions. As a side note to a side note, we are so glad that he is out of the hospital and continuing to recover from his battle with COVID-19.
Grand Opening of Market Street 
On February 24th 1972 the last car drove through the stretch of Market Street before it was closed for the construction of the Downtown Mall. The car, a horseless carriage, and the passenger, a then 13-year-old 8th grade student, Linda Kreuger, won a contest to ride in that final ride nearly 50 years ago (see the story on KRCR-TV HERE). Next week on the SAME DAY, February 24th, the same type of vehicle will give the same girl, now Linda Krtek, the opportunity to ride down Market Street in the ceremonial first car following a ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m. City of Redding officials and V!VA Downtown Redding are urging the public to view the festivities virtually online. We look forward to a day in the near future when we can help celebrate this milestone with the large gathering it deserves.
Chick-fil-A  Intel
My wife and I enjoyed a trip to Homegoods, strolled past the 2nd location of Theory Collaborative under construction, and enjoyed lunch at Tea Bar across the parking lot on Presidents Day. It was quite comfortable under one of the outdoor heaters to enjoy a delicious Fusion Bowl with sliced London broil steak over rice, avocado, microgreens, edamame, and drizzled with a chipotle ranch sauce (yum). Anyway, we saw the new signs on the walls of the Chick-fil-A and decided to peer through the windows to check out the progress. We were encouraged to see that the interior looks to be pretty much complete and they were conducting either hopeful employee interviews or maybe even a new employee orientation. It looked to us like our first taste of a fresh chicken sandwich with sliced pickle was just around the corner. That place is going to be hoppin’!
Can you tell I’m hungry?
Jake Mangas
President & CEO
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