There has to be reasonable expectations, for all citizens to follow, that promote socially acceptable behaviors and maintain a healthy, safe, community, that everyone can enjoy and feel connected too. When we expect more, we get more. No more enabling bad behavior. Most of us cant even enjoy our downtown or parks due to safety issues and we are attracting unwanted, locally nomadic, criminal transients with our easy going attitudes towards impulsive, lewd, aggressive and invasive behaviors. No on the amendment. No more catering to individuals that do not want to follow the universal social norms of no loitering, no public intoxication, no illegal camping, no defecating in public spaces, no using illegal substances. Lets have expectations again.

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Caroline Eikenbary about 1 month ago

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.

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Nichole Nava 23 days ago

I cannot even believe the New Brown Deal drivel passed (or can i?). This complete disregard for the laws on our books and the disrespect of the Police we have needs to stop. Tying law enforcement's hands so that they cannot enforce our local ordinances and state/federal laws is just asinine! You have only to look at the destruction to our downtown, parks and waterways to see that the policies promoted by Vice Mayor (for now) Brown and Councilmen Randall Stone, Karl Ory, and Scott Huber are detrimental and unsafe for our community. The healthy and safety of everyone, including the unhoused, is being compromised every day to an increasing level! The four council members need to be held accountable and would be well-advised to reverse their 'decision' that has not even been codified. Thankfully this community has decided since they haven't listened for years, that we would go over their heads. Many have been bombarding the state and feds to intervene on our city's behalf. It is only a matter of time before a lawsuit is brought to the city to protect our citizens! We should not have to put up with sanctioned camping downtown, throughout the city and in our parks and waterways and the thousands upon thousands of dirty needles, human waste, and massive trash from discarded food containers, clothing, abandoned bedding, and bike parts! I guess the council will see reason when they are finally held accountable for THEIR actions if they won't hold a small segment of people violating our rights accountable for THEIR actions.

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Susan Smead 23 days ago

We are allowing our parks, creeks and waterways to be destroyed. The effects from this will take decades to resolve. We need to take a stand now and repeal this New Deal. It is insane that we are allowing camping in this gift Annie Bidwell left the City of Chico. Between this and the needle exchange, we are now a top destination for addicts and criminal transients. If we don't stop this, Chico will never recover. It is not fair to business owners, home owners and all tax paying citizens of Chico. For those that want a hand up, let's find a better way to do it. For those who want to live on the streets to support their addiction, let's get them help with rehab and mental health facilities, not camping in our parks!

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Rob Berry 23 days ago

We are being blackmailed. "If you love your parks and want to protect them, then you must "solve" the homeless problem the way the "experts" say it must be done. Otherwise, we will continue to allow your precious parks and waterways to be trashed." This is the way tyrants operate.

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Juanita Sumner 22 days ago

Mr. Berry, are you planning to run for city council?

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Juanita Sumner 22 days ago

Ms. Nava, I wish you would concentrate your efforts on finding good candidates for November, a lawsuit just throws good money after bad.

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Nichole Nava 22 days ago

Ms. Sumner, You made an assumption and it is incorrect. I am not filing a lawsuit. But I would be on surprised if one were to occur based on the knowledge I have of everything that has been tried in this community to resolve the issue. Have you toured the parks or waterways since the brown new deal was implemented? Well I have, many times. The level of egregiousness regarding this issue defies the use of fresh adjectives. It is that bad.

And people are trying to identify candidates that can be supported for the November election whose policies promote a clean and safe Chico, regardless of what party box they check. A civil, intelligent moderate sounds good right about now!

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Nichole Nava 22 days ago

Please excuse the typo above.

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Juanita Sumner 21 days ago

Ms Nava, I'm well aware of the situation in the parks, my house is located a block from lower park. I'm saying, a lawsuit would be a waste of money. I think the police chief needs to do his job, which Rob Berry has explained on Chico First, is not to do the bidding of council, but to uphold the law. Council is not tying his hands with "policies," O'Brien still has every right and duty to uphold the law. The law, as you saw on the sign at Comanche Creek, is still "no camping". Let's see Chico PD do their job and arrest the law breakers.

A "civil, intelligent moderate" - that will be hard to find in the sea of division and paranoia that we have now. And who will run on the same ballot with a sales tax increase measure?

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Nichole Nava 21 days ago

Ms. Sumner, I don’t disagree with you. And I am directly across the street from the Lower Park. As the Chief pointed out himself, the Brown New Deal is not codified. As such, I believe he has the duty to enforce what is on the books. I have long wished the Chief was an elected position such as the Sheriff’s position.

And I agree it will be difficult to find a candidate. I know I don’t want to throw my good money at a sales tax increase when the city cannot even be trusted to handle what they have now. And I do want our infrastructure addressed. And normally I don’t mind contributing more. But this council has no regard for policies that matter and addressing the pension problem. I know you have written many an opinion piece on what is needed.

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Juanita Sumner 20 days ago

Thanks for your civil response. I hope we can work together in future.

I wouldn't even consider a tax increase until the city deals with the pensions. You can read what I suggested about that here:

https://chicotaxpayers.com/2020/05/06/no-matter-how-much-the-taxpayers-dump-into-the-pension-system-it-will-fail-and-drag-our-economy-down-with-it-unless-we-take-immediate-steps-toward-true-reform/

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Claudette Ritter at May 18, 2020 at 10:26am PDT

To: Ann Schwab , Sean Morgan , Kasey Pulliam-Reynolds , Mark Orme Cc: Debbie Presson , Deborah Presson

Dear Mayor Schwab, City Manager Orme, Councilmembers Sean Morgan and Kasey Reynolds and Madame Clerk,

I support the following three requests and would like you all to act to make them a reality: 1) Ban Needles in Chico, 2) Remove illegal encampments from our parks, greenways, and waterways, and 3) Enact live reading during City Council meetings of ALL public comments received to keep our meetings transparent and council accountable to our community!

Sincerely,Claudette Ritter 05/07/2020

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