Meeting Time: February 18, 2020 at 6:00pm PST

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      Daniel Rodrigues at February 16, 2020 at 7:58am PST

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

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      David Waldron at February 17, 2020 at 10:28pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 10:01pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:54pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:43pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:28pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:11pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 8:19pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 8:18pm PST

      Please do not rescind the sit lie ordinance

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      Anna Moore at February 17, 2020 at 8:17pm PST

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

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      J H at February 17, 2020 at 7:41pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 6:30pm PST

      please keep sit lie

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      Skeeter Schuette at February 17, 2020 at 6:24pm PST

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

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      Deborah Byrd at February 17, 2020 at 5:50pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 5:22pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 3:14pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 3:01pm PST

      Please keep the Sit and Lie Ordinance in Chico!

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      Ruth Sarnoff at February 17, 2020 at 2:13pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 1:00pm PST

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

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      Kate Leyden at February 17, 2020 at 12:35pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 11:21am PST

      Keep sit and lie. Support public safety

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      Josh Indar at February 17, 2020 at 11:00am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 10:17am PST

      Please keep sit and lie.

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      Crystal Maddocks at February 17, 2020 at 10:13am PST

      I oppose rescinding sit and lie.

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      Cynthia Starkey at February 17, 2020 at 9:54am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:42am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:36am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:24am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:01am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 8:57am PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 8:40am PST

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

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      Matthew Aron at February 17, 2020 at 7:30am PST

      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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      Diane Bruce at February 17, 2020 at 5:51am PST

      Please do not rescind the Sit/Lie ordinance.

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      Amy Merlo at February 17, 2020 at 5:36am PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 10:52pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 10:17pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 7:32pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 7:02pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 4:41pm PST

      Please do not rescind the Sit/Lie ordinance.

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      Jesica Montgomery at February 16, 2020 at 3:29pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 2:09pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 12:35pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 12:03pm PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 11:24am PST

      PLEASE DO NOT RESCIND‼️

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      Janet Buzarellos at February 16, 2020 at 10:42am PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 10:15am PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 9:29am PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 8:11am PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 8:06am PST

      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 at February 16, 2020 at 7:49am PST

      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 at February 15, 2020 at 10:50pm PST

      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 at February 15, 2020 at 7:40am PST

      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 at February 14, 2020 at 11:35pm PST

      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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      Patricia Wang at February 17, 2020 at 6:40pm PST

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

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      Michele Burton at February 17, 2020 at 6:39pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 6:38pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 12:43pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:49am PST

      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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      Michael Barr at February 17, 2020 at 9:45pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 9:21pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 7:44pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 6:46pm PST

      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 at February 17, 2020 at 5:11pm PST

      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!