City of Redding Podcast

City of Redding Podcast

News, stories, and updates from the City of Redding. Each month we explore key topics important to the City of Redding and connect with the leaders and experts of these initiatives to learn more about how and why things are happening. Connect with us at or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @cityofredding.


February 9, 2024 9 mins

In this latest City Council recap from Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, Development Services Director Jeremy Pagan provides an overview. Some of the items discussed included:

  • Information regarding new state grants awarded to the City of Redding
  • Tobacco Retailing
  • Emergency Housing Sites
  • Development Services presentation on discretionary permitting

Please find additional resources below for more information on these topics.


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Have you ever wondered what it's like to walk in the shoes of a police officer? Or sought to understand the intricacies of modern policing in your community? Look no further. Today we connect with Redding Police Chief Brian Barner and Lietenant Tim Renault to learn about the new Citizen Police Academy.

In this course, community members will have the opportunity to dive deep into the world of law enforcement. Led by th...

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With almost 500k visits to the Redding Library each year, if you haven’t been, you're missing out. In today’s episode, we talk with Jared Tolman, Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries, which includes the Redding, Anderson, and Burney Branches.  We cover library safety, strategic plans, and cool amenities you may not know the library offers.

Jared is passionate about what libraries provide to the community, ...

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In today’s episode, we sit down with Redding Police Captain Brian Cole and Lieutenant Jonathan Sheldon to discuss their roles and responsibilities on a fully staffed Redding Police force. 

We’ll learn how the bike team enhances community policing by patrolling with a more personal community engagement strategy and forming key relationships with business owners. We also explore the successes and training used by the Crisis Interventi...

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January 19, 2024 24 mins

Today, we connect with Redding Area Bus Authority Transit Manager John Andoh to discuss the Short-Range Transit Plan.  What is it, exactly, and why is it essential for RABA’s future success?  John will answer these questions and update us on some exciting plans for RABA, including new electric buses, an on-demand shuttle service, and an enhanced mobile app, to name a few.  We also discuss future connections to Sacramento and beyond...

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In this latest City Council recap from Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Development Services Director Jeremy Pagan provides an overview. Some of the items discussed included:

  • Discussion on creating a Downtown Redding entertainment zone
  • Annual Financial Report Presentation 
  • Redding Riverfront Specific Plan status update

Please find additional resources below for more information on these topics.

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Are you curious about what’s happening with the open retail space in downtown Redding? Well, we have good news for you! Today we connect with Erin Ross, Communications and Asset ambassador for K2 Development Companies, to fill us in on all the good things coming to Downtown. 

She will give an overview of what K2 is and why they are passionate about improving the Redding Community. She’ll also touch on Placemaking and why t...

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Organics recycling and Senate Bill 1383 (SB1383) have been discussed on the podcast before, but the food waste recycling program has now officially begun!  After months of preparation, equipment purchases, and legal requirements, the Solid Waste Division is ready to receive food scraps and other organic materials in your green bins.

In today’s episode, we bring back Paul Clemens, Public Works Deputy Director of Public Work...

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In this latest City Council recap from Tuesday, December 19, 2023, Assistant City Manager Steve Bade provides an overview. Some of the items discussed included:

  • Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program Award Recipient Agreements 
  • Redding Regional Airport property development
  • Christian Curtis appointed as the City of Redding City Attorney 
  • At Home Shasta Action Plan update
  • New Benton Field lease and operator
  • Quartz Hill Road subdivi...
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In this episode, we sit down with City Manager Barry Tippin for an insightful review of 2023 to better understand the challenges and growth the city has experienced. Barry discusses the changes, planning efforts, and technological upgrades implemented over the past year and unpacks the highlights and complexities that come with a city government organization. 

We’ll ask about the city budget, staffing changes, community engagement, ...

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We’re really excited about today’s topic because we interview Sabrina Jurisich, the Upstate California Film Commissioner for our local area. Many community members don’t know that Redding hosts dozens of production companies for various movies, commercials, and independent films. Sabrina lists some famous and not-so-famous examples. For all you 80’s movie enthusiasts, the famous bridge scene from Stand By Me and part of Willow was ...

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In this latest City Council recap from Tuesday, December 5, 2023, Steve and Katie connect with Redding Electric Utility Director Nick Zettel for an electric rate update and also  give a quick overview of the items discussed, including:

  • City of Redding Attorney Barry DeWalt honored for years of service
  • The new Mayor and Vice Mayor selected
  • Redding Electric Utility Rate Increases
  • Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program (HHIP) upda...
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Have you ever wondered what the Good News Rescue Mission is and how it provides for the Redding community?  If you think they are all about helping the homeless - they are! But they also help many others in our community who may be living paycheck to paycheck and need a helping hand.

In this episode, we talk with Justin Wandro, Director of Development at the Good News Rescue Mission. Justin gives an overview of the Mission...

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It’s that time of year again, Redding! The Garden of Lights event at Turtle Bay Arboretum is OPEN now and celebrating its 4th year with some old favorites and some bright, shiny, and new exhibits for the whole family. Lindsay Myers, Turtle Bay CEO, and Seth McGaha, Marketing Director, join us to discuss the details of the fun changes and new photo opportunities to expect.

They’ll also walk us through some of the classic details that...

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The City Council Meeting from November 21, 2023, was relatively short but was packed with great discussion and good information. 

  • Public Works Director Chuck Aukland and Community Services Director Kim Niemer, retiring in 2023, were thanked for their years of dedication and service to the community.
  • Appointments and Reappointments were made to the Community Development Advisory Committee.
  • Lastly, find out where $8 Million dollars ...
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The holiday season is upon us, and while we are all excited for family and tasty holiday food, it is also a well-known fact in the Redding Fire Department that there will be a house fire in Redding on at least one - if not all of the major holidays.

According to FEMA, roughly 2,300 residential fires were reported annually in the US on Thanksgiving day between 2017 and 2019, making Thanksgiving the most fire-prone day of the year and...

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November 15, 2023 29 mins

This episode was specifically recorded to address a water quality issue that recently came to light in a Record Searchlight article that could cause unnecessary concern for community members. The article indicated the presence of PFAS or “forever chemicals” in Redding drinking water.  We wanted to speak directly with Josh Watkins, Water Utility Manager for the City of Redding, about the article and set the record straight on water ...

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In this latest City Council recap from Tuesday, November 7, 2023, Director of Public Works Chuck Aukland gives a quick overview of the items discussed, including:

  • Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Utility Rate Increases
  • Redding Rodeo Grounds Lease Extention
  • Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program funding
  • Redding Electric Utility Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) Update

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November 7, 2023 36 mins

In case you haven’t heard, Redding has a new Police Chief in town.  Chief Brian Barner has been with the Redding Police Department for nearly 27 years and worked alongside former Chief Bill Schueller before being officially promoted to Chief in October 2023.  He was unanimously selected by two different interview panels based on his work experience, dedication to the community, and overall knowledge and training.

Chief Bar...

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In April 2023, the Redding City Council began a community-led process to update the Riverfront Specific Plan. The purpose of this project is to reintroduce the city and community to the river by creating a long-term vision for 380 acres of land along the Sacramento River. 

The Specific Plan document, which will be developed based on significant community engagement and discussion, will ultimately frame a community vision and establi...

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