4 people were arrested for using city property overhangs to keep out of the cold rain recently, and as of today that is unconstitutional. While the voters elected the current city council to a progressive majority in 2018, evidently more conservative staff are blocking forward progress, and all city staff should serve the current city council not past ones. This was abuse of power, now grounds for firing as unconstitutional.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty · 6 hrs ·

BREAKING: This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by the city of Boise to review the case Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise).

People experiencing unsheltered homelessness—at least in the 9th Circuit—can sleep more safely without facing criminal punishment for simply trying to survive on the streets.

“We hope that the 9th Circuit decision will help communities find the political will to put that housing in place. Housing, not handcuffs, is what ends homelessness,” said Maria Foscarinis, Founder & Executive Director of the Law Center. #HousingNotHandcuffs

To read our full statement, go to https://nlchp.org/supreme-court-martin-v-boise/.

According to the Chico Builders Assn one thing that would help them build more affordable housing in Chico is to allow duplexes and four-plexes on R1 zoned land (https://www.sdhc.org/housing-opportunities/affordable-rentals/). This seems like a good idea and a necessary step for alleviating the lack of affordable rental housing.

Folks who come out of homelessness by being brought into a shelter frequently have nowhere to go because there's not enough transitional housing with supportive services in Chico. The city needs to fund or build more transitional housing so folks can move from homelessness to a shelter to transitional housing and ultimately hopefully to permanent housing. CHAT provides housing for some folks who are coming from shelters and who may ultimately be able to move into permanent low-income housing or market-rate housing but CHAT doesn't have nearly enough funds for all the demand for their housing.

The city needs to fund or sanction safe and secured parking lots for RVs and cars that people are living in so they don't have to park illegally on a street or on a vacant lot that isn't theirs. There is not enough shelter space or affordable housing in Chico for everyone who lives here. People living in RVs and cars deserve to be able to have some stability.

The city needs to fund or at least sanction spaces for alternative housing for low-income folks. There is such a shortage of housing in Chico that people are being made homeless almost daily. We need several spaces where people can install or build low-cost alternative housing like tiny houses.

The city of Chico needs to fund or build more shelters for homeless folks. The Torres shelter and Jesus Center shelter are nearly always filled to capacity these days and many folks are without housing and left out in the cold. The city of San Diego has created four homeless shelters funded by their city's housing agency and a federal "Moving to Work" grant. Perhaps we need to talk to the folks in San Diego about how to replicate these in Chico.

Chico needs to fund or at least sanction a safe and secure campground for people who are living in tents. There is not enough shelter space for everyone who needs it and many people have nowhere else to live. Many other cities have funded or sanctioned such campgrounds.

Create a quarterly budget for each participant during Business from the Floor at city council meetings. When anyone reaches the end of their budgeted time, they are encouraged to enter their business or ideas in civil ideas   https://chico-ca.granicusideas.com

Bob Shaffo 3 months ago

I have lived in the southwestern area of Chico for over 5 years (neighborhood surrounding Pomona Ave., behind Walnut St. & W. 9th St) which lies fairly close to the train tracks. The train activity in the middle of the night has always been high, and the use of it's horn has always been something to get used to. However, after the Oroville Dam collapse and the Camp Fire(s) is has gotten *Much Worse. We have all seen the reports of increased deaths that have happened on the tracks, and the general assumption is that this is due in large part to drunken revelry but also the large increase in the homeless population along the tracks. A solution to this must be addressed. These trains come through Chico at least once a night, sometimes several times. Every single time they do they blare horns loud enough to be heard in every corner of this city. Sometimes they actually stop due to people blocking the tracks and lay on the horns for extended periods of time. A larger police &/or security presence needs to be permanently posted around the tracks. To help prevent further tragedy & also stop the trains from needing to use blaring horns for extended periods of time in the middle of the night. Thank you.

Idea: Road Repair

Bob Shaffo 3 months ago

The neighborhood I've lived in for over 5 years now has had serious road deterioration. To date, I've never seen any attempts to fix any of it. This neighborhood is located in and around Pomona Ave. (but really consists of everything behind Walnut St. & W. 9th St -to- W. 1st St. & Walnut). Having the 'Blue Diamond' walnut processing plant located on the back of Miller Ave. has Really increased semi-truck traffic on these roads, and the deterioration is *Bad. This area should added to the upcoming road repairs in Chico. Thank you.

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