Junkyard joins city suit

Chico Scrap Metal takes on Ory directly

The Chico Scrap Metal saga has taken another turn, with the Chapman neighborhood recycling business joining the city’s lawsuit against Move the Junkyard and one of the opposition group’s founders, Councilman Karl Ory.

City Manager Mark Orme confirmed to the CN&R that Chico Scrap Metal is a party in the suit. The legal action seeks to nullify a referendum for 2018 on relocating the junkyard from East 20th Street—thereby overturning decisions by the council’s conservative majority that have enabled Chico Scrap Metal to stay. Along the same 4-3 split, the council instructed City Attorney Vince Ewing to sue, which the city did Jan. 23. A trial is set for Feb. 26, 2018.