Meeting Time: February 18, 2020 at 6:00pm PST
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      Daniel Rodrigues 3 months ago

      Leave G-Ride alone. He is a Chico Icon, plays clean music and spreads happiness.

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      Aaron Briand 3 months ago

      I find it interesting that few (if any) sit/lie proponents involve themselves in efforts to provide affordable public housing solutions for the area, or to institute meaningful mental health service reforms (things that might actually ameliorate the homeless crisis). I think one could be forgiven for concluding that the Chico business "community" merely values their ability to generate profit above the basic right of citizens to sit down & rest.

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      Desiree Wilson 3 months ago

      Zero reason to reverse this! Officers can offer services to those in need when in contact. This only endangers business owners, employees, customers. Who do you care about keeping safe? You reverse this you better be there to remove vomit, feces,blood, needles from all business doorways,and get the angry transient to move so people can do business there!Why would you purposely try to harm your local economy?Businesses are already closing due to transients costly damages,harmful assaults. Enough!

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      m eliza dyer 3 months ago

      This ordinance is ineffective at best and unconstitutional at worst. Dispersing those without homes throughout Chico and into neighborhoods will not solve any problems for any side of this issue. If someone is cited, it deepens the cycle of poverty for them and works against any idea of people "reintegrating into society" that proponents of the ordinance talk about. I strongly support Chico moving forward without this discriminatory ordinance on the books.

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      Jennifer Doerr 3 months ago

      This ordinance has been a valuable tool, as stated by those who benefit from it’s regular use- Chico PD and local businesses. Please do not restrict their ability to keep our town and it’s people safe. Please to not let those who would benefit from its removal make a mockery of our local government and threaten the once thriving city of Chico.

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      Lauren Breedlove 3 months ago

      Sit & Lie needs to stay in effect.

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      Raphael DiGenova 3 months ago

      If prosecutions for the ordinance dont happen, it still gives police the ok to detain and harass people for exercising their basic rights. Its a waste of resource over endangering and harassing some of the most vulnerable people in our community. The ordinance is used to target the social class of the unhoused. If it wasnt then my outrage would be that I know I have a basic and very constitutionally protected right to sit down. Get rid of Sit Lie forever.

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      Jason Krueger 3 months ago

      The Sit & Lie Ordinance in Chico needs to be upheld! Business owners and their patrons should not have to suffer because of people choosing to camp and sleep in doorways and on sidewalks. This isn't safe for anyone!

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      Carrie Krueger 3 months ago

      I oppose Stone & Brown’s attempt to rescind our Sit-Lie Ordinance!

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      Michelle Love 3 months ago

      Keep Chico's Sit & Lie Ordinance. This is not a homeless issue, it is a safety issue! This ordinance is an important tool for police officers, used to redirect behaviors that infringe upon the rights of members of our community. Arrests or citations are not being made based upon this ordinance. It is both unsafe and wrong for any person to block the entrance to a business or block access to a city sidewalk. There are plenty of public spaces in Chico where any person is welcome to sit or rest.

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      Jennifer Morris 3 months ago

      I oppose the removal of the sit and lie ordinance because I believe it is a tool for our Police Department and the business community. I have individuals sleeping in front of my office door that prevents me from working and have had to use the non emergency services to ask them to move because they were not responsive to my requests. I have seen the interactions with the individuals and the police department as a way to inform them of available services to assist them and not criminalize them.

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      Daniel L 3 months ago

      Repeal them and toss them on the garbageheap of bad ideas. This ordinance is cruel, inefficient, and makes our town an uglier place.

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      Clark Gardner 3 months ago

      The Chief of Police said it himself at the February 4th Council Meeting. The Sit & Lie Ordinance and Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance are useful tools. Do not take these tools out of our police officers hands until you have a better/alternative solution for them!

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      Guillermo Mash 3 months ago

      I interviewed Jason Allen, a former Chico Downtown Ambassador from Nov-2017 through Jan-2020 for a special Without a Roof radio segment airing on KZFR 90.1 FM, Friday the 21st at 11:30am.

      Jason Allen: The Sit/Lie ordinance is not at all needed. It's usually the same four or five people and it's not this widespread issue that people are making it out to be, at all. I agree with Jason on all points and support rescinding this local ordinance.

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      Joe Steffy 3 months ago

      Downtown businesses need to be able to open their doors to operate. They can't do this with someone sleeping in the doorway refusing to move.

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      Jessica Haggard 3 months ago

      Keep Sit and lie in place!!!! Save sit in lie!!!!

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      Josh James 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the Sit & Lie ordinance. There are already too many people camped out around Downtown Chico and the repeal of this ordinance will only make it worse. Downtown used to be a hallmark of Chico and now it is generally a place to be avoided whenever possible. This repeal will only further hurt the suffering businesses downtown and goes against Chico's mission of being "an ideal location for business". Please make downtown pleasant again.

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      Nichole Nava 3 months ago

      I oppose Stone & Brown’s attempt to rescind our Sit-Lie Ordinance & to amend the Property Ordinance! Both laws are tools to allow LEOs to interact & refer people to necessary services. It allows business owners to contact police if they are unsuccessful in asking people to clear business doorways & sidewalks that are being blocked. This is a move to erode the rights of all citizens, but allow a small group of individuals to block doors & sidewalks. This creates an ADA liability for the city.

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      Lisa Russell 3 months ago

      Do not rescind the Sit and Lie Ordinance. I believe this is a useful tool for law enforcement to lawfully engage with persons in violation. There has not been any citations issued for someone breaking this ordinance, however there has been many persons who have been questioned who have warrants and are wanted for other offenses. This is a safety issue, not a homeless issue. Please keep our City, our families and our business safe and do NOT rescind the Sit and Lie Ordinance.

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      Anthony Watts 3 months ago

      While on the surface this seems like a good idea, the end result is that it harms the community. NVHRC said in a ChicoER article yesterday that they follow "best practices" of medical advice and consensus with this program. Completely irrelevant.

      Needles get in the hands of addicts; there are no "best practices". Careless addicts toss them everywhere, for people to find or to be injured by. We are trading the "welfare" of a few druggies for putting the larger community at risk. Unacceptable.

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      Robin Indar 3 months ago

      Please rescind the Sit/Lie Ordinance. It is classist and only serves to give extra power for law enforcement to harass the poor for simply existing in the public space. There are already laws that make it illegal to block doorways. Sit/Lie is extraneous and cruel.

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      Elizabeth Bogart 3 months ago

      Sit/Lie is unconstitutional, does the City of Chico want to risk litigation because they continue to allow cruel and unusual punishment of those with the most need and least support? Until we have housing and/or low barrier sheltering and services for everyone who is in need - I would appreciate at the very least being known as a person who lives in a town that has compassion for the people many refuse to see until they are in the way. Volatility might be the best descriptor for Chico today.

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      Elizabeth Bogart 3 months ago

      Sit/Lie is unconstitutional, does the City of Chico want to risk litigation because they continue to allow cruel and unusual punishment of those with the most need and least support? Until we have housing and/or low barrier sheltering and services for everyone who is in need - I would appreciate at the very least being known as a person who lives in a town that has compassion for the people many refuse to see until they are in the way. Volatility might be the best descriptor for Chico today.

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      Steve Lafaurie 3 months ago

      Please listen to the many hundreds of citizens and business owners who oppose rescinding the Sit & Lie and Offenses Against Public Property ordinances. These ordinances help foster public safety. Both the patrons who frequent downtown, and the business owners who have invested in it, deserve the basic respect of the city council in consideration of these matters. Don't just rely upon outdated "studies" when reevaluating the ordinances, listen to the folks who care about Chico's safety.

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      Alan Bond 3 months ago

      Do not rescind the sit and lie ordinance. People have the right to sit and lie, however, they can not do it wherever they wish, it is not a license to "set up camp". If the city elects to be this welcoming to the homeless population, they should have a plan. The city needs to find a more appropriate place for these individuals to sit and lie where it doesn't harm the nature of this town, its citizens, and its merchants businesses. Figure it out!

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      Blake Hollingsworth 3 months ago

      Please rescind the Sit-Lie Ordinance. It's been ruled unconstitutional and I don't want the City to expend money on attorney fees fighting a losing battle to keep it. Let's find ways to solve the underlying problem of homelessness.

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      james hubbard 3 months ago

      Please keep the sit and lie ordinance, Chico needs more tools to address the problems it is facing not less. Stop catering to the homeless population and start addressing their mental illness/drug addiction, etc. Get them off the streets and give Chico back to our children.

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      Karla Schulze 3 months ago

      Remove sit and lie, it just moves the homeless around, does not resolve the issue of homelessness in Chico, it is not a crime to be homeless nor should it be to sit down

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      Bryce Goldstein 3 months ago

      Rescind Sit/Lie. It’s unconstitutional and unethical as it targets vulnerable homeless populations.

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      Andy Willhoit 3 months ago

      Listen to the Chief. CPD uses sit/lie as an effective tool. They had ZERO citations in all of 2019. Local businesses keep this city afloat and deserve to have an accessible and clean environment to prosper in. Keep Sit/Lie.

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      Doug Guillon 3 months ago

      To solve a problem, one must first accurately identify the problem. There is no “Homeless problem “per say in downtown. What there is is a Drug/ alcohol / addiction/crime problem leading to mental illness problem.
      Do not rescind or modify the Sit and Lie ordinance. It is a valuable “gateway tool”
      Be solution oriented, move on Huber suggestion of forming a committee committed to finding solutions to downtown community drug abuse/crime problem.

      Douglas Guillon

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      Terri S 3 months ago

      Do not rescind the Sit Lie Ordinance. We are running out of tools to keep Chico from being pushed around by transients who do not care about our City. They show up from other cities and States, wanting to do whatever they want, wherever they want, and why would we allow that? The City of Chico owes more to the people who live hear and pay taxes, and the businesses who keep this town running.

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      Brandon Maderos 3 months ago

      The Sit and Lie program is a useful tool for police to address people laying in the streets, around businesses, and on door fronts. It allows police to run warrant checks and find criminals. The program helps remove drugs from the streets. Keep the Sit and Lie ordinance. Our police officers need more tools, not less.

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      Rich Burton 3 months ago

      It was made clear by the Police Chief at a previous meeting on 2/4 that they do no prosecute the ordinance. It is a tool for interaction with law enforcement that is needed. I no longer frequent downtown do to the conditions. We need to give our business a chance in the downtown area and stop letting the transients take over. I'm in favor of keeping this ordinance.

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      David Waldron 3 months ago

      The only solutions Morgan’s mob has come up with is to try to ban being homeless. They talk about wanting more mental health services and such, yet only seem to get worked up when someone dares suggest homeless people can lay down on the ground.

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      Michael Barr 3 months ago

      Opposed. It was very clear from the Police Chief at the Feb. 4 meeting that the Sit & Lie does not criminalize the homeless and the contrary, enables the officers to engage and offer services. To not protect the business sector of our city will only cut revenue, trust and put a wedge between city leaders and the citizens of Chico. Do not protect a few at the cost of so many. This Sit & Lie only asks for sensible protection for certain hours. It is the least the City can do. Show accountability!

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      Billy Arnold 3 months ago

      Do not rescind the Sit&Lie ordinance. Do not give free reign to disrupt hard working businesses. I don't shop downtown anymore. This situation will only get worse if you rescind. We will rescind your council seat ASAP!

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      Natasha See 3 months ago

      It is hard enough to run a business in California. We need the oridinace to stay in place to protect business owners, employees, customers and citizens around the town. Rescinding the Sit Lie Ordinance will do nothing to help the homeless and will only harm the other community members.

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      Marci Pittman 3 months ago

      DO NOT rescind the Sit & Lie Ordinance in Chico! This is necessary due to the number of criminal transients we have roaming the streets. We cannot allow people with nothing at stake sitting and/or lying in the areas of businesses that are trying to meet needs of citizens who wish to do business locally during business hours. To be "business friendly" and we need to see this ordinance enforced by our local police. Please support our local businesses by NOT rescinding this ordinance!

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      Leslie Machado 3 months ago

      Please do not oppose the sit n lie. This town has already got some major problems with crime. We need to have laws and rules to run properly n obide them.

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      Gail Corneto 3 months ago

      Right now I have the right to tell someone squatting on my porch to leave, someone camping in front of my house to leave. I know that if I wait long enough, I can get down the street without stepping over folks. You take this away? I won't be the only one shopping elsewhere. This used to be a nice town ... now? Not so much. If you rescind this? Trashed.

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      Jennifer Fairman 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the sit lie ordinance

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      Anna Moore 3 months ago

      I support rescinding Sit/Lie and amending the Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance.

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      J H 3 months ago

      Do not rescind the Sit Lie Ordinance. Too many transients are already sleeping at businesses that children and families frequent. Enough is enough. Chico does not need to be a magnet for all USA transients.

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      Brandon Slater 3 months ago

      please keep sit lie

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      Skeeter Schuette 3 months ago

      Do not rescind! You will put business owners out of business and kill the downtown.

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      Deborah Byrd 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding the Sit & Lie Ordinance and amending the Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance. These ordinances keep the entrances to businesses clear so that customers can enter and not be deterred from doing so.

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      Christine Hall 3 months ago

      Do not rescind the Sit Lie Ordinance. Chief O’Brien has repeatedly stated that there are almost NO Citations given, that is simply a tool the CPD can use to offer assistance and/or “move people along”. Why would you take away the CPD’s ability to clear a sidewalk or doorway so that businesses can function?

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      Pamela Kopping 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding the sit/lie ordinance. Police Chief O’Brien stated at the last city Council meeting that there have been NO citations given due to this ordinance. Chief O’Brien also stated that this ordinance is a tool used by our LEO’s to engage with those that choose to sleep in business doorways and block sidewalks so that patrons of businesses aren’t able to spend money at these businesses. This ordinance protects business owners and patrons of businesses during 7am-11pm.

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      Kelli Ruley 3 months ago

      Please keep the Sit and Lie Ordinance in Chico!

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      Ruth Sarnoff 3 months ago

      Compel the legendarily corrupt State of CA Inc (a franchise) to stop wasting taxpayer $$ and instead allocate massive funding for; 1. make dedicated and real affordable/subsidized housing available. Not shelters...but actual housing.
      2. make in-patient substance and trauma/psychiatric rehab available with housing avail upon completion
      This will create much needed local jobs in Chico / Butte Co and surrounding areas,

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      Kristin Rose 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the Sit & Lie Ordinance, it is a public safety concern.

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      Kate Leyden 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the Sit & Lie or amend the Offenses ordinances.
      Sit & Lie is not an enforcement approach to homelessness. It’s enforcement against blocking the public right of way between 7am and 11pm to commercial buildings.
      The Supreme Court didn’t “uphold” Martin v. Boise. The Court didn’t hear the case.
      The Chico PD costs cited here are less than the cost of merchants' lost sales, sales tax loss, and loss of Chico's economic vitality.
      Support public safety.
      Thank you.

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      Brian Bullen 3 months ago

      Keep sit and lie. Support public safety

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      Josh Indar 3 months ago

      Sit/Lie is unconstitutional, ineffective and wastes police time. It's been instituted twice and hasn't prevented a single crime or housed a single homeless person. In fact, homelessness has only increased and spread from downtown into our neighborhoods and waterways. This failure of a law needs to be rescinded so that the city can proceed with realistic and effective policies to deal with out housing crisis.

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      Sandy Urrutia 3 months ago

      Please keep sit and lie.

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      Crystal Maddocks 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding sit and lie.

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      Cynthia Starkey 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding sit and lie. Our businesses are the heartbeat of the economy of Chico. The citizens of Chico should feel safe to access businesses of their choice and business owners should have the right to contact law enforcement to request individuals to be moved along who are impeding upon the success of their businesses.

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      Rodney Winkle 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding the Sit&Lie ordinance & any amendment to the Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance. As stated by Chief O'Brien, there have been no citations issued under Sit&Lie. It is being used only as a remedy to move transients along from storefronts. Without it, out city will become a campground with no real tool to stop it. In regards to the Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance, it should be retained or strengthened. Our public spaces are being destroyed.

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      Myles MacColl 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding the sit/lie ordinance as it is one of only a few tools our police officers have to ensure cleanliness and safety for our public areas. Public safety should be a priority of those who were elected to protect the City's citizens. In no way will rescinding this ordinance better the lives of the public, it will only encourage the destruction of public property and guarantee the demise of businesses and push people out of this town more so then they already are.

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      Julie Kampfen 3 months ago

      Misguided compassion is killing our city. Please oppose the rescinding of Sit Lie and amendment to the Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance; in place to, "protect the health, safety and public welfare of the community by maintaining public property within the City in a clean, sanitary and accessible condition". Listen to the public. From a variety of backgrounds and political ideologies we ask you to make public safety a priority while protecting our precious natural resources.

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      Peggy Jarolin 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding the Sit&Lie Ordinance. Any Council member voting to agendize this request is voting to kill business downtown and further turn the city of Chico over to chaos and lawlessness.

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      Jody Gallaway 3 months ago

      Reasonable people don't foster a drug culture and ignore the associated crime, while simultaneously stripping tools from law enforcement that they need to keep us safe. Our sit & lie policy is not illegal or inconsistent with the court decision. It does not prevent people from using ALL public places, just commonsense places needed to conduct commerce. Let's try developing policies that keep us all safe.

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      Michelle Hale 3 months ago

      Do not remove this tool that is desperately needed. Stop spreading misinformation about its cost and uses.

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      Matthew Aron 3 months ago

      I'll just copy and paste from Mr. Burton. Thank you Sir.
      I oppose rescinding the Sit & Lie ordinance for these reasons
      1. It’s a tool used by LEOs to direct individuals to services.
      2. There were no arrests that indicate homeless are being criminalized by this law.
      3. It is only enforced during open shop hours so businesses can operate in a safe environment. If businesses are not protected, there will be no revenue for City projects.
      Do not rescind Sit & Lie.

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      Amy Merlo 3 months ago

      Please keep the Sit & Lie ordinance so our Police department has another tool that they can use to make contact with people. As the Police Chief said at the 2/4/2020 meeting, in 2019 there were no citations given for this ordinance and it is not an offense that can result in being arrested. The Police Department in our town is already stretched to the maximum, please do not take away this very valuable tool our department has to legally make contact with people.
      Thank you for opposing this!

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      Michelle Reutlinger 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the sit and lie ordinance. There is help available to those living on the streets yet THEY choose NOT TO ACCEPT that help!! Why should those of us that live within the rules of society have to constantly be hassled and harassed by those refusing to get help and follow the law!!

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      Leah Christie 3 months ago

      Do not rescind! While I agree homelessness is not a crime, this is not a homelessness issue. It is about vagrants who don’t want help or to go to shelters. it’s about strung out people who are making this town Unsafe and unwelcoming for those not strung out. It’s about safety of ALL our citizens. It’s about having rules that we ALL need to follow so that ALL citizens can enjoy public space and coexist.

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      Kathryn Jackson 3 months ago

      Rescind Sit/Lie. Criminalizing homelessness is not only cruel, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against enforcing laws regarding resting, sleeping, and camping in public spaces if there are no suitable alternatives available. The ordinance is unenforceable Energies and monies would be better directed creating those suitable alternatives. Rescind Sit/Lie and reduce Chico's exposure to a years-long class action suit similar to one Denver just concluded.

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      Shawn MacNeill 3 months ago

      Rescinding the Sit & Lie Ordinance is a slap in the face to all local businesses and the tax payers of our community. Our downtown plaza is overwhelmed by vagrants that are constantly abusing our public facilities. Parking downtown to walk around and enjoy our City has become nearly unbearable with the amount of filth surrounding it. I support helping people find homes and jobs but allowing them to abuse the things that our hard earned money has provided for our community is unacceptable.

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      Jamie Hughes 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the Sit/Lie ordinance.

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      Jesica Montgomery 3 months ago

      Since no one seems to be doing outreach to connect people to services, I think the “tool” of sit lie to inquire if/when/by whom they were offered services needs to stay intact. The question has been posed MANY TIMES for transparency of beds in both the shelters and safe space and fell on deaf ears. If you aren’t going to be transparent, and you won’t do outreach, there has to be some way of knowing the homeless have been offered services and refused them. Officers can often be that liaison.

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      Jesica Giannola 3 months ago

      We show support for our LEO's by relieving them of time spent on ordinances that essentially violate basic human rights of people forced to live on the street. We want doorways clear, and respect for human lives suffering. "Walking around someone" should be less of a concern than saving their lives.

      Let's help LEO focus on real criminals, like those that are purposefully side-stepping the NVHRC reporting line and intentionally calling CPD 'to make a point' that supports a partisan position. ;)

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      Rose Thulin 3 months ago

      I support rescinding sit/lie. It is unconstitutional and cruel. Let’s work to provide more sheltering options instead of criminalizing people in extreme poverty.

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      Lindsay Briggs 3 months ago

      Sit/Lie is unconstitutional at best, and a human rights violation at worst. Chico State researchers recently examined the cost and effectiveness of sit/lie and found it to be harmful, you can read more about it here: https://today.csuchico.edu/campus-research-probes-sit-lie/ Once again, I urge you to listen to the EXPERTS and not the loud hysteria of the uneducated.

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      Claudette Ritter 3 months ago

      PLEASE DO NOT RESCIND‼️

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      Janet Buzarellos 3 months ago

      Please do not recind the sit lie ordinance. The voters asked for this and as a council you are supposed to be our representatives. The businesses of Chico are suffering enough with the transients, needles and crime. Do not make this worse by recinding sit lie.

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      Daniel Toms 3 months ago

      The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals decided that an ordinance banning sleeping outdoors is unconstitutional. Why are we debating this? Why are the "law and order" citizens always ignoring the law when they don't like it? These same people shut down the Orange Street Shelter, which would have mitigated many of these issues. In this corrupt economy, and corrupt health care system, any single tragedy can put any one of us on the streets. There but for the grace of god go we.

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      Erica Traverso 3 months ago

      The Sit-Lie ordinance is creates fines that can’t be paid, unnecessary jail time, and debts that follow a person trying to get back on their feet, often sending them right back onto the street. It also violates the Court of Appeals ruling and thus the civil rights of the people being harassed by police. Spend your energy and money to get theses people the help they need instead of punishing them for their poverty.

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      Susan Smead 3 months ago

      How can you expect businesses to survive if you take away the sit/lie? This is not a 24 hour ordinance, it is only during business hours. There have been no citations issued in all of 2019 so it is obviously not being abused. Our police officers need tools to help local businesses and citizens of this community. Many people already refuse to go downtown, why in the world would you make even less desirable? Businesses will not survive if you choose to rescind this.

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      Daniel Rodrigues 3 months ago

      Loitering is already illegal in California; PC 647H. Sit/Lie IS loitering. It is only in effect during restricted hours and gives our police the ability to make contact with, provide resources and protect our citizens and businesses from having vagrants block access to facilities. What will the Council do if they cannot access Chambers because of someone blocking access and can no longer utilize policing due to the rescission? Do not take away our polices ability to do their job

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      karin willhoit 3 months ago

      Please do not rescind the sit lie ordinance. I think we all agree homeless need help. Contact with LEOs allowed via this ordinance may be the only chance some have to get connected to services. This ordinance is a tool. Removing it communicates that you don’t trust our police.

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      Jesse Blair 3 months ago

      There should be no rescinding of the sit/lie ordinance. There have been no arrests made because of the ordinance to suggest criminalizing of the transients that block doorways and sidewalks and are asked to
      move during business hours. Rescinding it will only further public image of the transient population as a negative and drive away business in our downtown district. If we aren’t protecting our downtown businesses and the revenue that they bring the city, we could lose those businesses.

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      Gary Viertell 3 months ago

      We need to keep the sit/lie ordinance in place. People should not be blocking sidewalks and doorways. It discouraged people from shopping downtown or any other place where you have to step around somebody that in the sidewalk or doorway. If you try to get them to move so you can get by then they get belligerent. Sit/lie also gives the police another tool to contact people in need and try to connect them with services that are available. Please for the people of Chico keep sit/lie intact.

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      Michele Burton 3 months ago

      I oppose rescinding the Sit & Lie ordinance for these reasons
      1. It’s a tool used by LEOs to direct individuals to services.
      2. There were no arrests that indicate homeless are being criminalized by this law.
      3. It is only enforced during open shop hours so businesses can operate in a safe environment. If businesses are not protected, there will be no revenue for City projects.
      Do not rescind Sit & Lie.

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      Clark Gardner 3 months ago

      I think I am losing my mind. I hear the desire for affordable housing out of one side of council member(s) mouth. And I hear add additional costs to housing out of the other.
      What if a couple wants to remodel their home; making an additional bedroom and bath for their adult child who is homeless living on the streets? They will have to spend additional money updating their remodel to Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance. More hindrance and red tape to "affordable housing"!

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      Patricia Wang 3 months ago

      If we want affordable housing, we need to make building houses affordable.

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      Michele Burton 3 months ago

      Too costly for both the city to enforce and homeowners to incur. Too much government intervention. Last year the City was encouraging additional building on homeowner properties (with lax rules) to accommodate fire victims. A year later, the City wants to add more ordinances to make remodels more difficult. The cost of remodels go up, the resale value goes up. Karl Ory is all about affordable housing. This will not help.

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      Brandon Slater 3 months ago

      California already has the most energy efficient building codes in the world. we don't need to add to it.

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      Kate Leyden 3 months ago

      New building codes are in effect, this information is outdated.
      Homeowners don’t need Chico to tell them what they should do when they are remodeling their private property with their own money.
      Ordinances like this require extra enforcement by building department staff. This leads to extra cost, extra delay, and likely more remodels being done outside the permit process.
      This is not what the City of Chico should be focusing on.

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      Rodney Winkle 3 months ago

      I oppose this this ordinance. The cost of home building and remodeling in Chico is already too high. There are enough building codes in place to produce energy conservation already. Most home owners who do substantial remodels consider energy conservation without the forced interference due to additional local regulation.

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      Raphael DiGenova 3 months ago

      You have an obligation to budget to include things like cooling shelters in a town whete temps always go over 110. Of course

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      Daniel L 3 months ago

      Good idea no use in having residents of our city suffer.

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      Cheri Rodgers 3 months ago

      Needle distribution

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      Michael Barr 3 months ago

      So far the cost per individual helped is up for question. The numbers of last years attendance at the warming tents was dismal. If it saves one life of the most vulnerable I'm supportive. I just need to hear the discussion and have questions answered. Mayor Stone did not show fairness to the community the way he spent the funds without much debate last year. We need a good discussion.

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      Brandi Quezada 3 months ago

      I support the needle ban! Providing supplies to addicts, is just enabling them! They need mental health treatment and resources! The plan is being ran recklessly and our community is suffering from it!

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      J H 3 months ago

      This programs will make it easy for transients to be in Chico. It is not that hot in the shade in Chico in the summer. If cooling is necessary for elderly then that is a separate issue. This is a transient magnet.

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      Michele Burton 3 months ago

      If this helps the most vulnerable off the streets, great. So far, I haven't seen taxpayer money be successful in the efforts to make the most vulnerable more comfortable. Seems Chico's friendly policies bring more of the most vulnerable to town because they may live as they see fit and do not have to conform to any rules or obey many laws. I'll wait to see how the this program may actually be utilized efficiently in getting the most vulnerable off the streets.

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      Lauren Kennedy 3 months ago

      Thank you for this proactive approach to our community safety. Those that live without shelter are likely to hit all of the markers in the report of those most vulnerable to extreme heat events, and I support the budget to create adequate day and evening shelters. Adequately meeting shelter needs is not only a benefit to those whose lives are literally at stake, but can provide peace of mind for the rest of the community and a reduction in the use of emergency services. Thank you!