Junkyard opponents go to court

Chico City Councilman Karl Ory will defend referendum effort

Chico City Councilman Karl Ory and his Move the Junkyard cohorts will appear in court Friday (Jan. 5) to defend their attempts to move Chico Scrap Metal from its East 20th Street location.

The city of Chico filed a lawsuit against Ory and the environmental group last January to challenge a referendum effort aimed at reversing 2016 City Council actions taken to let the long-embattled recycler stay put. The recycling center was originally supposed to move by 2011.

CSM joined the city as a complainant against Ory and company in August.

Move the Junkyard’s Facebook page notes the proceeding is public and invites supporters to attend the 9 a.m. pretrial hearing at the North Butte County Courthouse (1775 Concord Ave., in Chico).