Labor Day muted

Annual flotilla subdued, parties in Chico ‘manageable,’ police say

It was a quiet Labor Day weekend on the Sacramento River and, despite dozens of arrests in Chico, the traditionally raucous holiday was “manageable from a law enforcement/public safety standpoint,” according to a Chico Police Department press release.

The event has been subdued since 2013, when local authorities banned alcohol on the most heavily used section of the river over Labor Day weekend. In town, Chico Police Department, California Highway Patrol and California Alcoholic Beverage Control made a total of 99 arrests between Friday (Sept. 2) and Monday (Sept. 5), compared with 106 arrests in 2014 and 82 last year. No “significant violent incidents” were reported, the release notes.