Citing city budget policy, staff claims "unanticipated revenues"  are "dedicated to long-term liabilities and replenishing reserve and internal service funds to established targets. "  How could they have not anticipated these revenues, having acknowledged other effects of the sudden population influx? And since the city has admitted to deferring street maintenance for years because of a shortage of funds, shouldn't they replenish the street fund?

Staff instead suggests uses for these funds that are not covered by the above policy:  $1,405,000 to guarantee airline service,  $350,000 toward the city's Community Choice Aggregation scheme, $100,000 to remove the BMX track from the fairgrounds to accommodate homeless services, $30,000 for questionable district maps, $250,000 for a "remodel" of Fire Station 1, and $515,000 for the "Homeless Solutions Project". 

Putting $400,000 toward the long-term pension liability may fit policy, but I find it questionable - staff already transfers millions a year into that fund from other funds that remain in the red.

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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I am against the amendment of Ordinance 2466! Sincerely, Roy Skinner

"The City of Chico welcomes community efforts to help make Chico Beautiful, Clean, and Safe. " “Beautiful, Clean, Safe.” these are the three words that our city claims to promote. By amending the ordinance 2466 the city of Chico is promoting, the opposite. Unattractiveness, Dirty, Unsafe. I agree with Citizens for a Safe Chico “If this ordinance is amended the way Brown wishes, Chico will become a tent city with safe injection sites, needles will be found ten-fold compared to now and chaos will follow. Law enforcement will have no tools remaining to stop the camping and littering under bridges, near waterways, the city plaza, basically anywhere” I do NOT want to see our city DEGRADE anymore. In our city we are already seeing littering, people are camping under bridges and near waterways. This is not sanitary nor is it environmentally friendly. We do NOT want to amend ordinance 2466. Please keep Chico Beautiful, Clean, and Safe.

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Dear Council Members: I will be attending the city council meeting tonight, Tuesday, February 18, 2020, with my son who is a high school senior. I grew up in Chico and have lived here since 1975. Both of my children were born here and I am a graduate of California State University, Chico. Both my mother and father are also alumni of CSU, Chico. I am a home owner, a mother and a teacher by profession. I am concerned about the current climate in Chico. I am in favor of discontinuing the needle distribution program, of maintaining and enforcing the current sit and lie ordinance and opposed to any type of low barrier housing or shelter in our community. Additionally I am opposed to constructing sub-standard housing for seniors, currently called Simplicity Village in south Chico. I own a home off of Notre Dame Ave and it is already negatively impacted by the transients that utilize the Torres Shelter. Thank you, Shawneen Felix (530)354-5509 shawneenbrooke@gmail.com

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Support our elected County & State Representatives who all back BANNING NEEDLE DISTRIBUTION!

The City of Chico should work with the County of Butte to halt the needle "exchange" currently being operated by the NVHRC. The "exchange" is not an exchange at all, but rather a needle giveaway. It is enabling drug addicted individuals to more easily continue their self-destructive lifestyle with no expectation of change or encouragement to seek rehabilitation. It is the opposite of compassionate. At the same time, the needles being discarded improperly are endangering the other 99% of the population and degrading the environment. Orange County has successfully banned needle "exchanges" in their county. The City of Chico and Butte County should work together to shut down this program.

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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/.

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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.

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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.

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