I am against the amendment of Ordinance 2466!
Do NOT amend Ordinance 2466! We are STRONGLY advocating AGAINST Vice Mayor Alex Brown’s request to amend Ordinance 2466, Offenses Against Public Property. This would absolutely be the WRONG direction for Chico. As local business owners we already have enough problems with transients and discarded needles on our property and this would only INCREASE that problem. It would also tie the hands of law enforcement. Do NOT allow Ordinance 2466 to be amended.
And they more or less amended this ordinance last night. Without public input. It is now legal for homeless encampments of 10 or less in our parks and waterways. The police can no longer do anything. There are no regulations on social distancing. We must do something.
The University came out against the Orange St. Shelter. Simplicity Village got the keebosh. 17 months ago our City declared a Shelter Crisis and since then it has approved no new shelters or campgrounds. The City has land. Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) has a plan. Contact your favorite Councilor and ask them to direct Staff to lease 2 acres to CHAT, so we can get some people off the street.
I think CHAT should continue to raise funding to buy old houses and fix them up. My family has made our business of fixing up old run down houses and renting them to working people. We improved neighborhoods while providing housing for working people. And we had to stick to the code and pass inspections, pay fees, etc. CHAT should work more within the law, stop trying to change the law for their purposes. It's hard work, but in the end it's better for the whole community.