As the United States begins to re-open from lockdowns, jurisdictions are instituting measures that dictate how people are able to participate in society. One of the most common is compulsory mask-wearing. Officials throughout the country are seeking policy guidance on masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has flip-flopped its position on face coverings several times since March but is now recommending that everyone wear a mask in public. State and local authorities are taking varying approaches in what their emergency mask orders stipulate and how they will be enforced. Rules differ by state and are constantly changing. However, to date, only a handful of states don’t have any mandatory mask measures. Though CDC’s policy guidance encourages the use of face masks, there is substantial evidence showing that masks are harmful and a lack of evidence showing they are effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Studies show that wearing a face covering reduces blood and tissue oxygenation — which can be deadly — while increasing carbon dioxide levels. Mask-wearing can also increase the risk of infection and the spread of viral illness, hinder detoxification that occurs via exhalation, impair the immune system and cause many other ailments, both physical and emotional. Moreover, some masks have been found to contain known carcinogens, which put people at risk from inhaling toxic chemicals and having them come into contact with their skin. Lawsuits are now being filed throughout the country to challenge mandatory masks. Despite evidence of harm and questionable evidence of benefit, fall 2020 school guidelines across the country are calling for mandatory masks. Public school systems (e.g., San Diego, California) are concerned that mask requirements in the classroom will spark even more legal battles. It is unethical and unconstitutional to force healthy citizens to abide by measures that can result in physical and emotional harm and that impinge on their ability to move freely throughout society without discrimination. For those with deeply held religious beliefs, mask mandates violate their ability to abide by natural law and follow their convictions to walk in faith, not fear. As such, the decision to wear a mask is a highly personal one and should not be universally mandated; measures that are meant to protect the community as a whole are ineffective if they hurt individuals in that community. Please email and tweet your lawmakers now and urge them to do their part to make sure that mask-wearing is voluntary, not mandatory. References 1. bin-Reza F et al. The use of mask and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: A systematic review of the scientific evidence. Resp Viruses 2012;6(4):257-67. 2. Zhu JH et al. Effects of long-duration wearing of N95 respirator and surgical facemask: a pilot study. J Lung Pulm Resp Res 2014:4:97-100. 3. Ong JJY et al. Headaches associated with personal protective equipment- A cross-sectional study among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19. Headache 2020;60(5):864-877. 4. Bader A et al. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery. Neurocirugia 2008;19:12-126. 5. Shehade H et al. Cutting edge: Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 negatively regulates Th1 function. J Immunol 2015;195:1372-1376. 6. Westendorf AM et al. Hypoxia enhances immunosuppression by inhibiting CD4+ effector T cell function and promoting Treg activity. Cell Physiol Biochem 2017;41:1271-84. 7. Sceneay J et al. Hypoxia-driven immunosuppression contributes to the pre-metastatic niche. Oncoimmunology 2013;2:1 e22355. 8. Blaylock RL. Immunoexcitatory mechanisms in glioma proliferation, invasion and occasional metastasis. Surg Neurol Inter 2013;4:15. 9. Aggarwal BB. Nucler factor-kappaB: The enemy within. Cancer Cell 2004;6:203-208. 10. Savransky V et al. Chronic intermittent hypoxia induces atherosclerosis. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2007;175:1290-1297. 11. Baig AM et al. Evidence of the COVID-19 virus targeting the CNS: Tissue distribution, host-virus interaction, and proposed neurotropic mechanisms. ACS Chem Neurosci 2020;11:7:995-998. 12. Wu Y et al. Nervous system involvement after infection with COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. Brain Behavior, and Immunity, In press. 13. Perlman S et al. Spread of a neurotropic murine coronavirus into the CNS via the trigeminal and olfactory nerves. Virology 1989;170:556-560.

Yvonne Johnson about 1 month ago

I do not support more taxes. I suggest a 10% city wide budget cut starting with the city manager. Additionally, employees need to start paying their own retirement, and the city needs to fund their liabilities.

Claudette Ritter 5 months ago

New Mayor that cares and listens please. Sean Morgan yes

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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