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

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      Vicki Koenig at February 18, 2020 at 4:24am PST

      I 100% support an ordinance to BAN the needle distribution! Quit enabling!

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      Tara Anderson at February 18, 2020 at 4:08am PST

      SUPPORT: I support an ordinance banning needle distribution programs.

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      Emily Lane at February 18, 2020 at 2:46am PST

      Facts not fear!! The needle exchange is being unfairly vilified and attacked. Syringe litter predates the exchange and NVHRC is cleaning our street as too! The facts and science overwhelmingly support syringe programs. Please dont let hysteria win.

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      Lauren Avalos at February 18, 2020 at 2:30am PST

      Ban the needle distribution! I have found 2 needles in my backyard! They were disposed of once by Chico PD (due to the distribution center not answering) and once by the distribution center. You want your home to be a place to love, relax, and feel safe. I no longer feel safe. It makes me sad that this needle 'exchange' is polluting our town. Chico is held so high in my standards, since this has been going on, my outlook on Chico has changed. It's no longer a place I want to raise my children.

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      Jim Secola at February 17, 2020 at 10:56pm PST

      Speaking as an ex homeless junkie, the handing out of syringes is ridiculous. Catering and enabling junkies at the expense of 100,000 peoples safety and security is beyond ridiculous.I 100% support the needle ban

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      Brent Sheehan at February 17, 2020 at 10:50pm PST

      I oppose the ban on needle distribution and support the efforts of NVHRC.

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      David Waldron at February 17, 2020 at 10:26pm PST

      Study after study shows that needle exchange programs work. https://www.cdc.gov/policy/hst/hi5/cleansyringes/index.html No one commenting in support of banning the needle exchange has cited anything other than personal anecdotes or appeals to emotion. And for those you disingenuous commenters who say NVHRC is doing it wrong, you will never work towards anything better, you are only working in bad faith to tear down actions of hard working people who save lives.

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      Samantha Yamashiro at February 17, 2020 at 10:25pm PST

      This program is putting our children at risk. It’s doing more harm than good.

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      Robert Smith at February 17, 2020 at 10:22pm PST

      You are giving out everything but the drugs. These addicts can't hold jobs so they have to steal to buy drugs which is creating more crime. The people on drugs are terrorizing innocent citizens. I have never seen Chico like this before. This is beyond outrageous and needs to stop immediately. I support offering them help if they want it but enabling their drug habit is inexcusable. It needs to stop. NOW!

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      Joseph Brockman at February 17, 2020 at 10:10pm PST

      As the grandparent of a student attending your beautiful university,CSUC,it saddens me to see the decline of your city. We always enjoyed visiting in Chico, shopping and eating in your many great restaurants. Now we are fearful when we are visiting,never shopping downtown as we have enjoyed in the past. For this reason and for the SAFETY of students at CSUC and citizens of your community it is only the right thing to do. Ban the needle distribution.

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      Cheryl Mock at February 17, 2020 at 10:02pm PST

      I support the ban needles.

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      Salty McStoney at February 17, 2020 at 9:57pm PST

      I support an ordinance to ban all needle distribution programs in Chico.

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      Billy Arnold at February 17, 2020 at 9:48pm PST

      I support an ordinance to ban all needle distribution programs in Chico.

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      Laura Morris at February 17, 2020 at 9:44pm PST

      PLEASE BAN THE NEEDLE EXCHANGE! I have had to show my 4 year old son photos of needles and educate him about why we never touch one if we see it laying on the ground. When we’re at the park and he wants to roll down a grassy hill I have to CHECK FOR NEEDLES FIRST. Do you see how ridiculous it is that parents are now having to tell our toddlers about this? That we have to maintain a constant state of vigilance to make sure our little children don’t get struck by a disease-ridden needle? STOP THIS

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      Natasha See at February 17, 2020 at 9:41pm PST

      We need to stop enabling addicts! All of us, especially our children, deserve to live without the fear of improperly discarded needles. What impact is the needle waste having on our environment? This is not working! There needs to be more accountability from this "harm reduction" coalition? The police have enough on their plate and should not be cleaning up this mess!! Stop the needle distribution

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      Marci Pittman at February 17, 2020 at 9:33pm PST

      We MUST BAN this needle distribution program in Chico! Orange County went to court to ban such a program - that is what must be done here for the safety of our children, citizens, pets, parks, waterways, environment, etc.! We need to have ways to get addicts into programs to help them get OFF ILLEGAL drugs rather than a foolish program using tax-payer funds to ENABLE destructive & deadly habits that puts ALL other citizens in danger due to irresponsibly discarded used needles in public areas!

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      Dustin Vargas at February 17, 2020 at 9:30pm PST

      Needles are not being exchanged, they’re being distributed. This is enabling addicts and making it more difficult for them to get clean. The impact to our community, parks and waterways is unacceptable. Ban needles and focus on rehab/mental health in to job training and then housing. The longer the city waits the harder it will be. Act now.

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      Christie Ferguson at February 17, 2020 at 9:26pm PST

      Stop the needle distribution!!!!!!!

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      Alexandra Cordoza at February 17, 2020 at 9:23pm PST

      I support an ordinance banning the needle distribution program in Chico.

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      Tracy Albro at February 17, 2020 at 9:18pm PST

      I oppose the free needle program

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      Christina Stewart at February 17, 2020 at 9:17pm PST

      I support an ordinance to BAN the needle distribution.

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      Michael Barr at February 17, 2020 at 9:15pm PST

      This agenda item is a must for our community. The state rammed the needle distribution program down our throats, without our city council putting up any stink about it and through an agency that has shown it is ill prepared to take on such a sensitive undertaking. The city was asked numerous times to discuss this further before laying down. They need to be accountable and we the citizens of Chico need to be heard. This issue can be a breaking point for community members so it should be heard.

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      Randi Deitrick at February 17, 2020 at 9:14pm PST

      Stop the enabling!!!

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      Larissa Brunken at February 17, 2020 at 9:13pm PST

      I.Support the needle ban!..it is.enabling users. It is making it too dangerous for anyone to go anywhere without the fear of stepping on needles! Protect.us.and our rights! can Now

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      Brandi Quezada at February 17, 2020 at 9:13pm PST

      I support the needle ban!!! You are not helping addicts by providing supplies to get High! Try getting them mental health treatment and resources! This is program is being ran recklessly and it’s very destructive to our community!

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      Kayla Cristina at February 17, 2020 at 9:00pm PST

      I support the needle ban. Drug use kits are not necessary for addicts (adult or child), mental health and rehabilitation are. Put money where it matters, in mental health, drug treatment and drug court. Handing out tools to use drugs is not okay, DONT NORMALIZE DRUG USE.

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      Lisa Brooks at February 17, 2020 at 8:52pm PST

      Please help us stop the needle distribution.. we literally only have one park left we can go to in Chico with our kids due to dirty needles being discarded everywhere. Please please help us stop the distribution of needles

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      Leslie Machado at February 17, 2020 at 8:51pm PST

      BAN IT NOW!!!

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      Renae Cervantes at February 17, 2020 at 8:50pm PST

      Its not helping anyone but the addicts. They leave more needles laying around. My father who works at the feather river park got poked by a needle doing his job. This program thats suppose be helping is causing more bad results that the community has deal with and clean up after. Homeless are taking over parks and leaving their needles in child areas. The only people that it benefits is the addicts and not the community which is not fair at all.

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      Katie Homan at February 17, 2020 at 8:48pm PST

      I support an ordinance banning the distribution of hypodermic needles.

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      Robby Sorensen at February 17, 2020 at 8:45pm PST

      Ban needle distribution

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      Anna Moore at February 17, 2020 at 8:19pm PST

      I oppose banning needle distribution programs.

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      Jennifer Fairman at February 17, 2020 at 8:17pm PST

      I am in full support of banning needles, In ALL Butte County last year there were only 7 new cases of HIV, If distributing needles saves half of those people we are endangering thousands to save (at best) 4 people from contracting HIV. This is an absolutely ridiculous program when the volunteers do not answer their phone and the police has to take up doing their jobs collecting all of these used needles from all over town.

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      Nate Daly at February 17, 2020 at 7:56pm PST

      I am in full support of the needle distribution program. Until the city/state has a fully funded treatment program or safe injections sites, clean needle distribution is our best harm reduction alternative.

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      J H at February 17, 2020 at 7:45pm PST

      Ban the needle program. It is dangerous to the community.

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      J H at February 17, 2020 at 7:45pm PST

      Ban the needle program. It is dangerous to the community.

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      David Elkinton at February 17, 2020 at 7:36pm PST

      Chico is headed in a terrible direction. This program doesn’t help. I’m an ex heroin user. 12 years using, over 15 years away from it. I used many needle exchanges while using. NONE of them operated like the one in Chico. If you showed up with no syringes to exchange, you we’re given 2 or 3. That’s the way it should go. Giving people 100’s without any reason to bring them back, is why there’s syringes everywhere. Stop this program immediately.

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      Jayme Schlager at February 17, 2020 at 7:33pm PST

      Born and raised in Chico, Ca, lived here my whole life, for 42 years. I am in recovery for addiction, sober for over 5 years. The needle distribution is only enabling addicts, and sending the WRONG MESSAGE TO OUR CHILDREN!!!! PLEASE BAN THE NEEDLE DISTRIBUTION!!!!!!!!!!! SAFETY FOR OUR CHILDREN NEEDS TO COME FIRST!!!!

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      Megan Zimmerman at February 17, 2020 at 7:33pm PST

      This program is increasing harm to our citizens and environment.

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      Nyah Hemry at February 17, 2020 at 7:27pm PST

      this is ruining a once beautiful city! get rid of the needle distribution!

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      Rachel Wilson at February 17, 2020 at 7:15pm PST

      I was born and raised in Chico and I’m ashamed at what it has become! Now that I’m raising a family of my own and also deal with drug addiction and mental health in my profession and see how bad it has gotten here, I’m looking to leave this once beautiful town! Ban ALL needle distributions, stop enabling this disease!

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      Jeanette LaVigne at February 17, 2020 at 6:45pm PST

      Ban ALL needle distribution programs

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      Neva Youngs at February 17, 2020 at 6:38pm PST

      Stop giving needles

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      Tammy Swanson at February 17, 2020 at 6:34pm PST

      This needs to be banned for ever! We have to many natural water ways that many many people use during the hot summers months. The needles are already ending up in the creeks/swimming holes. Not only that why should we enable drug users, people are are for this have lost their minds, it will only bring more bad issues to our community. People using drugs don't care about diseases, I think they'd be more worried about dying from an overdose!

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      Vanessa Aragon at February 17, 2020 at 6:30pm PST

      NVHRC not only distributes clean syringes but also is a resource to dispose of used ones & collect used ones from public spaces. In addition, IV drug use is never going anywhere so the best action is to meet use with harm reduction. Butte County has such a large population of people that need this access. It is a resource for EVERYONE that needs access to clean syringes ie diabetics, gender affirming care, IV drug use, fertility shots, EpiPens, etc.

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      Skeeter Schuette at February 17, 2020 at 6:26pm PST

      This is disgusting enabling of drug use and puts thousands of innocent people at risk on the hopes of saving one or two junkies! Insanity!

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      Brandon Slater at February 17, 2020 at 6:25pm PST

      seeing all the needles around town is so sad

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      Michele Burton at February 17, 2020 at 6:21pm PST

      Evidence Based research from: Are Syringe Exchange Programs Helpful or Harmful? By Analisa Packham - Vanderbilt University.
      SEPs generate UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. New SEPs correspond to an average increase in drug-related mortality by 11.6 %, and opioid-related mortality by 25.4 %. These effects grow over time. There is evidence that opioid-related emergency room visits increase. There are 37 footnoted references in this 66 pg abstract dispelling NVHRC evidence. I support need ban.

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      Deborah Byrd at February 17, 2020 at 6:12pm PST

      The needle distribution program by NVHRC has been a disaster for Chico. It is introducing thousands of dirty needles into our community and harming our public health. The needles are being seen in front of businesses, on sidewalks, in neighborhoods, schools, parks, green ways and creeks. Governments should not be supporting drug addiction and enabling addicts. BAN needle distribution programs.

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      Marija Savitt at February 17, 2020 at 5:49pm PST

      The needle giveaway negatively impacts our community in a number of ways but I am most concerned for my children that may come across these needles while playing sports... diving to catch a ball or just being active. On top of that I fear the message we are sending our youth about the acceptance of drug use. We are not receiving appropriate support to ensure a child will not be hurt and there is not additional education for our kids to not use drugs when it is so open and free for them to see.

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      Journey Ramos at February 17, 2020 at 5:47pm PST

      The city is enabling users not helping them. Ban needles.

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      Christine Hall at February 17, 2020 at 5:38pm PST

      This program has shown it’s true colors by handing out multiple packs of needles and supporting drug paraphernalia, even to a minor. And NO offer of help for addiction. In addition, they have an answering machine when called to pick up needle litter. They keep talking about science based and citing studies that are years old. How is it even remotely OK to market this program as helpful. Time to show concern for the children & citizens of Chico! BAN THIS PROGRAM.

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      Jamie Morrison at February 17, 2020 at 5:10pm PST

      I support the ban on the needle distribution in Chico and butte county. I would rather see programs to support drug rehabilitation and mental health over a program that allows people to live a illegal and destructive lifestyle. It’s sad to see how quickly our town is turning into a drug haven! People will never want to rehabilitate if you given them everything they need to do drugs!!!

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      Robert Delgardo at February 17, 2020 at 5:08pm PST

      I support an ordinance banning needle distribution in the city of Chico. While they have been proven to help drug users, they leave the rest of the community at risk. Just today, on a walk with my coworkers, I saw a needle sitting under a bench in the comanche creek greenway. Later that day i witnessed 2 young children riding their bikes through that very area. The system as it stands currently is not safe for the vast majority of our community.

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      Carolyn Foote at February 17, 2020 at 4:57pm PST

      This drug enabling operation needs to be shut down permanently. The risk of communicable contamination and disease spreading to the public both to innocent adults and children is unacceptable. The operation to save a few from spreading disease among each other sharing needles has selfishly NOW exposed the public to fatal diseases from needles that are being disposed of everywhere on our public and private lands in both urban and rural areas and even along our waterways.

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      Carolyn Foote at February 17, 2020 at 4:57pm PST

      This drug enabling operation needs to be shut down permanently. The risk of communicable contamination and disease spreading to the public both to innocent adults and children is unacceptable. The operation to save a few from spreading disease among each other sharing needles has selfishly NOW exposed the public to fatal diseases from needles that are being disposed of everywhere on our public and private lands in both urban and rural areas and even along our waterways.

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      Jennifer Brown at February 17, 2020 at 4:52pm PST

      I support a ban on needles. This is beyond ridiculous and is bringing more bad behavior to our once beautiful, family friendly city.

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      Susan Barton at February 17, 2020 at 4:33pm PST

      I oppose a ban on a proven public health protocol for reducing the spread of infectious diseases to vulnerable populations

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      Jacqueline Glover at February 17, 2020 at 4:29pm PST

      I support the ban on needle distrabution. #NONEEDLES!

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      Lisa DelkNoonan at February 17, 2020 at 4:24pm PST

      I support this

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      Erika Montgomery at February 17, 2020 at 4:23pm PST

      I support the ban on needle distribution.

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      Lesli Kostiz at February 17, 2020 at 3:52pm PST

      Continuing to ENABLE TRANSIENT DRUG ADDICTS IS NOT HELPING CHICO IN ANY WAY!! Chico is being taken from us in every way, and if we continue to coddle these idiots, they will continue to prey on us! I refuse to leave my home after 5pm, but it is even scary at any time of day. For those that continually tell us that crime is down. The needle giveaway is NOT an “exchange”, and we need to STAND UP & SHOW OUR DISDAIN FOR THIS LIBERAL BULL@#$&! Gavin Newsome should NOT be able to force this program!

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      Lindsay Harvey at February 17, 2020 at 3:50pm PST

      Please ban the needle distribution program. It is a disaster and not in the best interests of the citizens of Chico. Not safe

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      Jessica Perez at February 17, 2020 at 3:39pm PST

      I support the ban of needle distribution.

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      James Jr at February 17, 2020 at 3:39pm PST

      Please ban the needle distribution program. It is a disaster and not in the best interests of the citizens of Chico.

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      Rick Forbes at February 17, 2020 at 3:31pm PST

      I support the banning of a needle distribution program.

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      Nikkie Seaman at February 17, 2020 at 3:29pm PST

      I support the ban of needle distribution

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      Mary Montgomery at February 17, 2020 at 3:28pm PST

      Drug users routinely share contaminated syringes, which contributes to the spread of the HIV and hepatitis C viruses. However, there is conflicting evidence about whether needle giveaways decrease the number of these cases. We are foolish to ignore the likelier outcome of an increase in intravenous drug use.
      Which brings us to a bigger problem, supplying addicts not only with hypodermic needles but other drug paraphernalia such as heroine cookers, rubber tie offs etc and even to minors :(

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      Pamela Kopping at February 17, 2020 at 3:23pm PST

      I support an ordinance to ban needle distribution. I’m a registered nurse and mother of two children. I am appalled at the lack of transparency and accountability of NVHRC. Banning needle distribution is essential for our community’s/children’s safety and quality of life.

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      Eric Collins at February 17, 2020 at 3:21pm PST

      I support the ban on needle distribution in Chico. It's obviously not operated as the program was meant to be, so regardless of all those speaking of how great these programs work, they have to be operated properly to do so.

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      Karen Smith at February 17, 2020 at 3:19pm PST

      Chico Council members please reconsider the needle distribution program. Our streets are littered with needles and in harms way of children and animals. I support mental wellness rehabilitation not enabling drug use.

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      Kendra Zimmerman at February 17, 2020 at 3:18pm PST

      Please ban the needle distribution program... Put chico before drug addicts.. Put kids before drug addicts..

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      Ally Rykiel at February 17, 2020 at 3:04pm PST

      Please, do not ban the needle distribution program. It can take many interactions with addicted persons before they are willing/able to access treatment services. In the mean time, keeping the door to those services open while preventing the spread of infectious diseases is critical to the overall health and safety of our community. The council should support the service and do everything in its power to expand access to data driven addiction treatment programs.

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      Kelli Ruley at February 17, 2020 at 3:00pm PST

      I support an ordinance banning needle distribution programs.

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      Mia Rae Kirk at February 17, 2020 at 2:50pm PST

      Syringe access programs (SAPs) are evidence-based public health programs endorsed by the World Health Organization, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association and the CA Dept of Public Health. SAP have been proven effective - again and again. Support evidence based programs. Support North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition.

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      Amanda Stryffeler at February 17, 2020 at 2:29pm PST

      I support the ban of the needle exchange program

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      Heather Jennings at February 17, 2020 at 2:13pm PST

      I support the ban of needle distribution.

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      Dani Calyfornya at February 17, 2020 at 2:04pm PST

      I support the needle (and other given drug supplies) distribution program BAN...This "program" needs to end IMMEDIATELY! Chico and Butte county in general is suffering from the "syringe handouts"! It's unacceptable for ANY of us to EVER need to worry about the presence of bio hazardous litter! :(

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      Erin Michelle at February 17, 2020 at 1:55pm PST

      I support the needle distribution program. The city council should support this evidence-based practice and provide sufficient information to the public to encourage trust in the decisions of not only the city council, but the ca dept of public health. We cannot let fear and misinformation override what has been proven to promote safety in Ca communities. I will not argue on social media with those who oppose NVHRC syringe access program, but I am posting here because I want to be heard.

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      Julie Threet at February 17, 2020 at 1:53pm PST

      Needles may mean harm reduction for addicts. But means harm EXPANSION for your citizens. I don't clutch pearls. I am not a bigot or racist. I am a college graduate. Worked since I was 15. Paid taxes. Have a disability and am a homeowner. Have 2 kids who have trouble paying rent but they work hard. Want a safe, diverse city that is once again a thriving community. Help addicts with mental health, rehab. Etc.

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      Dawn Cavaness at February 17, 2020 at 1:45pm PST

      I support an ordinance to ban needle distribution programs. With the amount of needles I’ve seen around town there’s no way this is “harm reduction”.

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      Brandi Finkbeiner at February 17, 2020 at 1:40pm PST

      PLEASE end this needle nonsense!!!

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      Sarah Vargas at February 17, 2020 at 1:37pm PST

      A needle distribution is counter intuitive to helping people end addiction. It is enabling. These people need rehab, not clean needles. I won’t be surprised when the city is sued for enabling someone’s overdose eventually. The needles being found everywhere is dangerous. There has to be a better way to help other than enabling, and enabling even minors. This seems more criminal to me than life saving. And the lack of relationship between Chico and nvhrc isn’t helpful. NVHRC doesn’t try.

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      Heath Jarrett at February 17, 2020 at 1:33pm PST

      Everyone in our community knows someone affected by substance abuse. The harm to those we love is incalculable. To normalize addiction and make it "safer" through concepts like needle distribution ignores the responsibility of a society to protect all of its citizens. The opposing voice insists on shedding moral restraints (itself a moral argument) and casts opposition as willfully ignoring science. What is killing our people more, HIV and Hep or opioids? Death isn't safe.

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      PAM BUCK at February 17, 2020 at 1:23pm PST

      WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN & OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE FINDING NEEDLES IN OUR BEAUTIFUL PARKS & EVEN SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS! THEY ARE NOT DOING AN EXCHANGE FOR THE OLD NEEDLES, ONLY HANDING OUT NEW NEEDLES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE BELLIGERENTLY BREAKING THE LAWS. OUR CHILDREN ARE THE INNOCENTS AND NEED TO BE PROTECTED! WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE AFRAID OF OUR CHILDREN & GRAND CHILDREN BEING PUNCTURED BY A NEEDLE WHEN THEY ARE OUT PLAYING. I SETTLED HERE FOR THE BEAUTY & NATURE - NOT NEEDLES & DRUGGIES!

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      Amy Stohlman at February 17, 2020 at 1:03pm PST

      I support banning the needle 'distribution' and hope we can reverse the damage that has already been created, by attracting more drug abusers to our city. I am supportive of helping addicts, but not on this way, a way that harms innocent people in the process.

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      Kristin Rose at February 17, 2020 at 12:57pm PST

      I strongly support banning the needle distribution. Drugs are illegal.

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      Marlo McClintock at February 17, 2020 at 12:23pm PST

      When we "love" someone, our actions are measurable.

      How?

      The word love in Hebrew mean "I give."

      So how does our community want to love those in need?

      By giving detox/rehab. By giving mental health services. By refusing to give the tools that steals a life little by little.

      I am looking to my council members. I'm looking to you to show all your community the love it ALL deserves. I hope your vote tonight reflects the love for Chico & the people that it home.

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      Ruby Feathers at February 17, 2020 at 11:35am PST

      In full support of banning the needle distributions everywhere. I do not feel drug addicts should have free and easy access to needles!!!

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      Brian Bullen at February 17, 2020 at 11:20am PST

      I support banning reckless needle distribution. Parks, waterways, public spaces, and businesses are inundated with this toxic waste. Chico PD have become the go to for waste clean up. This is madness. Chico is rapidly deteriorating. We no longer feel safe in this town

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      Erinn Bromley at February 17, 2020 at 11:15am PST

      I support NVHRC. They provide a needed service and supportive road to resources and recovery. The path to sobriety is different for everyone and we need as many options as possible. Our town currently lacks adequate treatment facilities that are non religious, medi-cal accepting or accepts folks with dual diagnosis. Harm reduction services is cost effective for our city. Please support research on addiction and services and not fear mongers.

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      Sarah Hansen at February 17, 2020 at 11:09am PST

      Please keep these needles away from my children

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      Kay Brashears at February 17, 2020 at 11:08am PST

      This program is a failure.Why not take notes on how Canada structures their "needle exchange" program (you know, with free healthcare and such). They have a facility with medical personnel fully staffed to inject users, be onsite incase of an overdose, safe place for the user to stay until they're coherent enough to leave... and ALL NEEDLES are disposed safely by trained medical staff. You're giving endless supplies to people that have no accountability and wishing them the best of luck.

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      Suzie Que at February 17, 2020 at 11:03am PST

      I fully support the banning of needles giveaway! I'm seeing more posts about our law officers having to clean up needles! That's taking away their time they should be doing crime clean up! If ten needles are given ten needles should HAVE to be returned or none given! Either make the user or the distributor responsible for clean up! This is sad, disgusting and ridiculous!

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      Stefanie Barrett at February 17, 2020 at 10:56am PST

      I support the ban. I am for safe waterways, children, and wildlife.

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      Shawn Robinson at February 17, 2020 at 10:56am PST

      I 100% support the ban on the needle exchange program! It is an absolute JOKE. It is only enabling people to use, in just a few months time it has taken its toll on the community. We need to put an end to this and take back our town!

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      Eric Broderick at February 17, 2020 at 10:55am PST

      Get those needles our of town.. CPD has much more important things to do than having to answer dozens of daily calls to clean up piles of used needles

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      Jessica Bender at February 17, 2020 at 10:35am PST

      Harm reduction is an essential part of public health in our current cultural landscape. The program should not be banned, but the council should draft an ordinance with common sense regulation similar to that which was passed in Eureka in 2018. https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/156232/Syringe_Managment_Ordinance_CDW_EDits.pdf

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      Jessica Bender at February 17, 2020 at 10:35am PST

      Harm reduction is an essential part of public health in our current cultural landscape. The program should not be banned, but the council should draft an ordinance with common sense regulation similar to that which was passed in Eureka in 2018. https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/156232/Syringe_Managment_Ordinance_CDW_EDits.pdf

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      Josh Indar at February 17, 2020 at 10:33am PST

      Every public health department in the US up to the Surgeon General supports syringe access programs, as they are proven to reduce infection rates and provide addicts with a pathway to help. Don't let our city be ruled by misinformation and fear - NVHRC is providing a vital service and should be allowed to continue.

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      Sandy Urrutia at February 17, 2020 at 10:26am PST

      I support the ban on the needle exchange program.

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      Tita Juarez at February 17, 2020 at 10:24am PST

      With all the talk about transients and drug abusers, why would we provide needles for them ? Let’s ban this for good. I support the ban the needle, we do not need to be known as a city who gives out needles so people can shoot.

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      ZBob Baranov at February 17, 2020 at 10:22am PST

      I SUPPORT BANNING & PERMANENT IMMEDIATE SHUTDOWN OF ANY/ALL NEEDLE AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS IN CHICO/BUTTE CO. TO ADULTS AND MINORS. I see a crime each and every time I go into town.
      I've lived in many urban cities & the dystopian condition that is seen in Butte county is unique. These are violent self-entitled addicts. Drunks & junkies are selfish by nature. Add zero accountability to that mix, and it's the perfect storm. I am told "It's the "same everywhere" No it is NOT!

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      Jessi Moody at February 17, 2020 at 10:17am PST

      I support the needle ban. I do not believe it's what our community needs in order to get back on track. In the short while it's been here it's caused more harm than good.

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      Kaylee Dixon at February 17, 2020 at 10:14am PST

      The Offenses Against Public Property Ordinance currently states it is unlawful to possess a hypodermic needle or syringe unless you are a licensed health care provider or have a valid prescription for it. This needle distribution program should have never been allowed in the first place. It's not productive nor safe for our community. Ban these programs and put public safety first.

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      Hannah Nicole at February 17, 2020 at 10:12am PST

      I support the ban on the needle exchange program.

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

      I support the ban of needles. My children deserve a safe environment to play in. Since this misguided program has started parks have become unsafe, water ways are now unsafe. Children are the future and they must be protected! Children before Needles!

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      Jordan Brandt at February 17, 2020 at 10:00am PST

      I support an ordinance banning needle distribution programs.

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      Octavia Singleton at February 17, 2020 at 10:00am PST

      Please get this out of our city. It’s corruptive and extremely dangerous. In a city with SO many kids and schools close to everything, it’s very crucial to our younger generations even more.

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      Mandy Molarius at February 17, 2020 at 9:57am PST

      Support banning needles. It's ridiculous a minor should be able to get needles with no repercussions to this program. It's also unsafe to even let children walk in public now. Ban the program.

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      Cynthia Starkey at February 17, 2020 at 9:44am PST

      I support the banning of distribution of needles. The distribution of needles has negatively impacted businesses, property owners, and the children of chico. These needles are not being exchanged but rather discarded near water ways, in parks, and outside of businesses and homes causing pollution and safety hazard to our City. It is very sad to hear of the number deaths by over dose especially on Sunday afternoons. This is unacceptable!

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      Tina Ortega at February 17, 2020 at 9:32am PST

      I am in support of the needle ban. This has been pushed on us as a community. Yesterday my daughter and I walked the park and I was sad that our summers in the creek are over, it is not worth the risk. I come from a family filled with addiction, I lost my uncle last fall. All the recovering addicts I know opposes this and calls it enabling and the worst thing you can do. You may be "helping" a few avoid disease while putting the many at a greater risk. Work on recovery, mental health services.

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      Myles MacColl at February 17, 2020 at 9:31am PST

      I support banning the needle exchange/giveaway program. At the very minimum, require used needles be returned to receive new needles on a 1:1 ratio so our town isn't littered with needles until an alternative solution is proposed.

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      Linda Citizen at February 17, 2020 at 9:30am PST

      I Volunteer for Park cleanup and the number of needles we have been finding are in the hundreds each week.
      We need to protect our children and pets!!!

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      Rodney Winkle at February 17, 2020 at 9:29am PST

      I support a ban of the Needle distribution program run by NVHRC or any other group. They do not have an effective program in place. There is no requirement to turn in used needles resulting in them being disposed of improperly or left in place where they are used all over our city and beyond. This needled distribution program has spawned a secondary needle distribution program by the users and the needles are now traveling to surrounding towns. This program needs to end now.

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      Valarie Cameron at February 17, 2020 at 9:23am PST

      I am in favor of "BANNING ANY/ALL NEEDLE AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS IN CHICO/BUTTE CO. TO BOTH ADULTS AND MINORS. I SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM BEING SHUT DOWN/STOPPED IMMEDIATELY. This program in no way offers any drug rehabilitation assistance/options to the adults/minors in our community. I STRONGLY URGE THE CITY COUNCIL TO BAN THE DISTRIBUTION OF ALL DRUG PARAPHERNALIA TO ADULTS/MINORS IN CHICO/BUTTE CO. Valarie Cameron - Butte Co. Resident of 41 years

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      Jody Gallaway at February 17, 2020 at 9:03am PST

      Stop the free drug kit giveaways to vulnerable people including minors. The needle distribution program is a program gone off track and needs to be stopped. The "smart people" at NVHRC are hurting our community more than they are helping. Health risks to the community via discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia not to mention the collateral damage from crime make this program unsustainable.

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      Lela Barnhart at February 17, 2020 at 9:03am PST

      I support Banning needle giveaways (exchange)

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      Peggy Jarolin at February 17, 2020 at 8:53am PST

      Adopt and execute the strategy and process successfully employed by Orange County to shut down the needle "exchange" in the City of Chico and Butte County. NVHRC is grossly out of compliance with the rules by which they are chartered to operate this "exchange" on several levels, one of the most egregious being giving needles to minors and the second of which is not picking up the discarded needles as REQUIRED. . Shut it down!

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      Linda Austin at February 17, 2020 at 8:51am PST

      I support the ban of the needle program.

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      Stacy Mead at February 17, 2020 at 8:51am PST

      Why anyone would condone the use of these drugs by giving out free needles?! It's common sense that if you give them the tools to do it, there's nothing stopping them from doing it. What's more concerning to me is that the city council doesn't seem to care that there's a huge drug problem. It would be smarter if they'd set up a drug task force and follow these people at the free needle handout and arrest the drug dealers. If there's no drugs, the people doing drugs will leave. Please stop.

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      Patti Tucker at February 17, 2020 at 8:47am PST

      Stop enabling illegal drug use and creating a hazard with these needles all over Chico.

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      Michelle Hale at February 17, 2020 at 8:45am PST

      This program is recklessly managed- EVEN IF you support needle exchanges in general, this perversion of the program clearly needs to end. It is bad for Chico. PERIOD.

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      Krystal Tyranowski at February 17, 2020 at 8:43am PST

      I support the ordinance to ban the distribution of needles.

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      Erik Lukasek at February 17, 2020 at 8:40am PST

      I support banning the needle distribution program. Needles are being distributed without any sort of exchange of dirty needles, and police officers are being tasked with disposing of needles instead of NVHRC. Needles are being given to minors through this program. This enabling of needle use for illegal drug activity has resulted in more dirty needles being improperly disposed and left around the town for children and others to find.

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      Lisa Himmelspach at February 17, 2020 at 8:33am PST

      Get rid of the needle distribution!

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      Lee Robert at February 17, 2020 at 8:15am PST

      I support an ordinance banning needle distribution programs. NVHRC is not fulfilling their agreement to clean up hazardous needle litter, and they have been caught handing out needles to minors. This experiment has been an abject failure.

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      Veronica Enns at February 17, 2020 at 8:09am PST

      We strongly support the ordinance banning needle distribution as well as any further normalizing/enabling or downplaying the harm of needles and drug use in our city. We hope that Butte County as a whole will stand up to this dangerous program and listen to the overwhelming community response against allowing this practice.

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      Jasmine Dixon at February 17, 2020 at 8:07am PST

      I support the ban of the needle distribution program. This does nothing for the addicts but enable them to continue using. They don’t have to exchange a needle for a needle but instead are handed out as many as they want. They aren’t given any resources to get help for their problem. The last thing these people are thinking about is using the small sharps container for their dirty needles so these needles are ending up in our parks, schools, etc. which puts non addicts and CHILDREN at risk!

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      Brittany Lynn at February 17, 2020 at 8:02am PST

      Why are we giving needles to those who don’t contribute to society. We should be promoting them getting jobs not needles.

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      Dave Leask at February 17, 2020 at 7:56am PST

      This program is wrong in so many ways but when its gotten so out of hand thst you bow illegally give needles to minors its time to stop. This program is run by individuals that have no buisness being involved and the closed door deals and the shady council tactics have to stop. CHICO DOES NOT WANT THIS PROGRAM IN ITS TOWN!! Clear enough?!

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      Deborah WilliamsAlagata at February 17, 2020 at 7:30am PST

      Ban this give-away program and do not replace it with an exchange, either. THESE PROGRAMS DO NOT WORK! Chico is now littered with used, infected needles. Program sponsors and the City of Chico should be held liable if an innocent person, especially a child, is stuck by a discarded needle. Needles are showing up EVERYWHERE... schools, parks, store & church parking lots, sidewalks... and it needs to stop!

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      Patricia Wang at February 17, 2020 at 7:27am PST

      Free needles reduce harm for those who inject drugs. Like trickle-down economics, at some point, the reduction will affect those who do not partake. But for now,, we are stepping over piles of needles. "The needles were there before," they say. Well, we don't know how many because they did NOT do a study to find the number of needles in Chico so we can know how many more the distribution adds. But they staunchly hold on to old, narrow studies that do not study the effects on the community.

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      Matthew Aron at February 17, 2020 at 7:23am PST

      I support the banning of needle distribution. Let's stop normalizing this dangerous behavior. How about we divert funding to mental health since addiction is a mental issue? Let's actually help people get clean, not just help them not get a disease. Btw, all the litter that comes with these programs is astronomical. I wonder how many of these needles end up in our waterways. I would also like to see solid, unbiased stats that show programs such as this in leading folks out of addiction.

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      Abby Vernoga at February 17, 2020 at 7:21am PST

      I will lose all faith in this town if this program does not get banned. I can’t even take my kids out without worrying about them finding needles.

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      Jonathan Cazares at February 17, 2020 at 7:18am PST

      They are doing this down my street and it is disgusting that I cannot even take my kids out without the fear of getting poked by something. Please banned this program as it isnt helping our community.

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      Janelle Parsons at February 17, 2020 at 6:55am PST

      I support banning needle distribution

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      Autumn Michelle at February 17, 2020 at 6:39am PST

      Harm Reduction is a proven model accepted internationally. I oppose this ban. Community members are constantly speaking on safety, this program is all about public safety. People are allowing moral panic to affect their judgement and that is not how local policy should be decided.

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      Lauren Breedlove at February 17, 2020 at 6:29am PST

      Not the solution for Chico. Our CHILDREN are the most vulnerable members of this community and deserve better.

      -A Concerned Mom

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      Troy Steffy at February 17, 2020 at 6:23am PST

      Quit encouraging use and help empower recovery. This program is a joke.

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      Allan ST at February 17, 2020 at 6:18am PST

      I support a ban on needle handouts in Chico. My daughter told me one was found at Hooker Oak School play area. Enough! This is not sustainable!

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      Ashley Gable at February 17, 2020 at 5:52am PST

      I support to ban the needle distribution in Chico. This program is not an exchange program it is a needle giveaway. It is ridiculous that now we are finding used needles all over our town where our children play and go to school. The statistics show 7 cases of Hiv in the county of Butte and I'm sorry but it is not worth even one child or any innocent person getting poked by one of these needles to keep these numbers down. Chico is not the same anymore. Ban this needle "exchange."

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      Amy Merlo at February 17, 2020 at 5:50am PST

      Please ban needle distribution! My toddler daughter does not understand why she can not wear sandals to OUR parks or even play in the grass in front of OUR City Hall. With thousands of needles being distributed each week and NVHRC picking up less than hundreds (I am being generous with that), the remaining needles are disposed of the same way the transients dispose of everything else, they throw it on the ground. Please ban this so our children can play at OUR parks and by OUR City Hall!

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      Diane Bruce at February 17, 2020 at 5:45am PST

      Get rid of the needle exchange.

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      Mo Lo at February 17, 2020 at 5:31am PST

      Please ban the needle distribution by NVHRC.
      It is unfair to our resources to be cleaning these dirty, disgusting, disease ridden used needles up (they actually have crimes to tend to). It is also extremely dangerous for our children, for they often have no idea what they are finding in our parks & schools.

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      Sandra Burner at February 17, 2020 at 5:06am PST

      I support the ordinance to ban needle distribution by NVHRC. Clearly the dirty needles are not being disposed of responsibly and this is actually increasing the risk for the majority of us. They are increasingly found in parks, school areas, city streets,, near businesses, etc. This will only get worse. It is not the answer and it is doing more harm than good.

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      Erica McCollum at February 17, 2020 at 4:51am PST

      Ban needle distribution!!!!

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      Margaret Hicks at February 17, 2020 at 4:42am PST

      I support an ordinance to ban the current needle distribution by NVHRC. Clearly, NVHRC doesn’t have the necessary components to effectively run a program like this. If such a program were to exist, it should be held in a clinic, offering disease testing, counseling, and immediate referral to addiction treatment. NVHRC seems to support drug use. Needle disposal is another concern, impacting our community and waterways!

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      Margaret Hicks at February 17, 2020 at 4:42am PST

      I support an ordinance to ban the current needle distribution by NVHRC. Clearly, NVHRC doesn’t have the necessary components to effectively run a program like this. If such a program were to exist, it should be held in a clinic, offering disease testing, counseling, and immediate referral to addiction treatment. NVHRC seems to support drug use. Needle disposal is another concern, impacting our community and waterways!

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      Mak Seal at February 17, 2020 at 3:33am PST

      Free needles are not free. Depriving the addict of ever finding recovery. Sad, Angry, and Disgusted. My recovery story didn't come about from a free needle. Would you give a loaded shot gun to a suicidal person? NVHR is giving needles to minors now. This is not the Chico I was born and raised in.

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      Kirsten Ritz at February 16, 2020 at 11:58pm PST

      I support an ordinance to ban the needle distribution/exchange program. This program is creating a severe health and safety concern for our community. Everyone is being affected.

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      Theresa Juelch at February 16, 2020 at 10:58pm PST

      I oppose the ban on syringe access program. Studies show a direct Correlation between increasing access to clean syringes and lowering frequency of sharing/reuse of syringes leading to decrease of disease transmission. Syringe access programs also increase opportunities For connection to resources & potential for rehabilitation by creating an environment of empowerment.

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      Karen Henderson at February 16, 2020 at 10:53pm PST

      For the love of God, please stop giving needles to people.

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      Michelle Reutlinger at February 16, 2020 at 10:46pm PST

      Please ban these needle handout programs! They don’t help the tax paying citizens and innocent children!

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      Sue HargraveBenson at February 16, 2020 at 10:23pm PST

      Not okay to expose our kids to throw away needles!

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      Karla Larsson at February 16, 2020 at 10:22pm PST

      Please enact an ordinance to ban needle distribution programs.

      Today, 2/16/2020, NVHRC allegedly gave away syringes, tie-offs, cooker cups, etc. to a 16-year-old girl at the park on Humboldt Rd. This is outrageous.

      Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/karla.larsson/videos/10220205579786398/

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      Marissa King at February 16, 2020 at 10:22pm PST

      I support the BAN OF THE NEEDLE DISTRIBUTION! This is just a gateway for more overdoses and deaths in our city! Is this the message we want to send our children? That it's ok to do drugs and the city will supply them with the tools?! OUTRAGEOUS! Also what about our creeks? The animals that will feed on these needles? The fish? I wont be fishing or swimming in chico or surrounding areas for a while because of this! Needles all over our town and schools? Let's protect our youth. Save Chico!

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      Teressa Stites at February 16, 2020 at 10:21pm PST

      We cant enjoy chico's beautiful parks safely anymore. Needles are everywhere. We see them daily in our streets...

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      Kyle Silliman at February 16, 2020 at 10:19pm PST

      I support banning the distribution of needles in Chico. I have been a Chico resident since I was in kindergarten (26 years ago). As a child my friends and I used to explore the creeks catching pollywogs, would ride our bikes downtown and explore the parks. Now that I have children of my own I would NEVER let them do these things. Chico is not what it once was and is overrun by filth. Choose children and general safety over drug users. Create a rehab center if you want to help them responsibly.

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      DeAnna Orlando at February 16, 2020 at 10:15pm PST

      Please ban the needle exchange. Our beautiful community is suffering and becoming a place I no longer feel safe. I believe the needle exchange is one of the reasons for it. Not to mention the numerous calls weekly for needle pick up around town that is having to be done by law enforcement which is a waste of money and time for them to be doing.

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      Leah Christie at February 16, 2020 at 10:08pm PST

      Please ban them. Whatever harm they are trying to reduce does not equal the harm they are causing our town!! NO MORE NEEDLES!

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      Morgan Trunnell at February 16, 2020 at 10:06pm PST

      I support the banning of the needle "exchange" . This is not the future we want for our city or our children. Stop enabling addicts! Take chico back from what it has become. One who is high on drugs do not care where they leave the free needles and paraphernalia, not even in the park we're supposed to be able to take our children to play at . They "care" about not spreading diseases amongst addicts but yet what about the sober , tax paying citizens that are coming across needles all over town?

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      Dustin Cambra at February 16, 2020 at 10:05pm PST

      Why should tax payer dollar fund addicts ?

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      Desirae Billingsly at February 16, 2020 at 10:02pm PST

      They need mental health, not a free way to die.

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      Kat Coon at February 16, 2020 at 10:00pm PST

      This needle distribution is a waste of resources. It’s a sad day when Law Enforcement Officers have to take time to gather used capped/capped syringes. We have a crisis going on here. I don’t fully understand why these behaviors are being ENCOURAGED! Our parks, our waterways, our shopping centers, our schools and our town are OUT OF CONTROL AND UNSAFE. I’m trying my hardest to be nice here. I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m disgusted, I’m scared and I’m tired of seeing the City of Chico becoming.

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      Nancy Moos at February 16, 2020 at 9:59pm PST

      Drug users should be dissuaded instead of encouraged. We don't need this type of enablement in our community.

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      Erica Adams at February 16, 2020 at 9:59pm PST

      As a citizen of Chico, I strongly oppose the distribution of needles. To think this is a safe alternative is preposterous and dangerous.

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      Alex Serrato at February 16, 2020 at 9:57pm PST

      Banning this distribution needle. No more needles

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      Nathan Reszler at February 16, 2020 at 9:53pm PST

      Gettem out

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      Shannon McCann at February 16, 2020 at 9:51pm PST

      I support banning needle distribution programs.

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      Brittany White at February 16, 2020 at 8:23pm PST

      Fear mongering doesn’t make the city safer, no matter how much you avoid the scientific data. We need to support NVHRC.

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      Kathryn Jackson at February 16, 2020 at 8:09pm PST

      I oppose the ban on needle distribution and support and commend NVHR's state-authorized mission and research-based methods.

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      Tammy Aviles at February 16, 2020 at 7:47pm PST

      I support a ban-this does nothing but encourage continued drug addiction and puts the majority of the people-IE non drug users at risk. Is the city wants to support actual help -then put mental health and drug addiction rehabs as a priority.

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      Jamie Hughes at February 16, 2020 at 4:53pm PST

      I strongly support the ban on needle distribution. This has gotten out of hand. Our business continues to find items from these kits littered all around. Today I saw that a 16 year old was given the kit no questions asked.

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      Claire Fong at February 16, 2020 at 3:40pm PST

      Someone I love very much contracted hepatitis C from intravenous drug use. He is now 12 years sober, a loving father of two and works in the social work field but still struggles with his health. Had NVHRC existed during the time of his drug use, he could possibly have avoided contracting this harmful disease. People are not perfect and the road to living a healthier, safer life is difficult. I so appreciate the work that the harm reduction team does.

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      Jesica Montgomery at February 16, 2020 at 3:03pm PST

      The studies done on NEP were pre-fentanyal days and we are losing close to 200 people a day to the opioid crisis. Complete abstinence is needed to live a productive life, and the term “harm reduction” is widely misused. -Addiction is chronic, progressive, and fatal.
      This is unacceptable as NEPs logically draw in addicts, which then draws in drug dealers to sell the dope to put in the needles, which also draws in the human traffickers to easily prey on their victims. Ban NEPs. Reallocate funds.

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      Cassie Miracle at February 16, 2020 at 2:51pm PST

      I oppose the ban & support NVHRC. Rather than fear mongering, approach this in a realistic & scientifically grounded way. NVHRC is offering evidence-based services to lessen the harms experienced by everyone in the community. In 2015, CDC’s National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System found that the more syringes SSPs distributed per the number of people who inject drugs in a geographic region, the more likely the people who inject drugs in that region were to dispose of used syringes safely.

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      Jesica Giannola at February 16, 2020 at 2:23pm PST

      I oppose Sean's ridiculous suggestion to ban a proven health model authorized by the state of California. Needles existed long before NVHRC, sterile needles reduce an entire community's risk of infection and NVHRC bring in resources otherwise not present. Despite the paranoia and misinformation fed to concerned people 'banning' the program will not make addiction or needles go away. This is a shameful political move exploiting people's natural tendency to want ideal circumstances. Be informed.

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      Lori Lash at February 16, 2020 at 1:24pm PST

      I support banning the “needle exchange” as they call it. Unfortunately for our community this is nothing but enabling people to continue to use drugs and leave the litter and dirty needles for others to clean up. While it may help keep the user from using a contaminated needle on themselves it is not protecting the rest of us, our children and grandchildren from being exposed to dirty needles, Please ban this program

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      Rose Thulin at February 16, 2020 at 12:57pm PST

      I oppose a ban on needle distribution. Harm reduction programs are beneficial to the entire community. Access to clean needles helps slow the spread of infectious disease, which saves lives and tax dollars. Syringe access programs are supported by research and statistics from the department of public health.

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      Jessica Lash at February 16, 2020 at 12:51pm PST

      Since the distribution of these needles began our community has been littered by them. The people using them are not properly disposing of them. But instead are leaving them on school grounds in playground, outside of day care. Please ban needle distribution in our community. It is only a matter of time before a child gets pricked by a needle. As a community by supporting a needle exchange, we are teaching our kids that it's ok to do drugs and litter. Support families of Chico not druggies.

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      Lindsay Briggs at February 16, 2020 at 11:59am PST

      Syringe access programs (SAPs) are evidence-based public health programs endorsed by the World Health Organization, The CDC, APHA, State Dept of Public Health, as well as many other non-profits & drug policy advocates. NVHRC runs the SAP in Chico through a grant and license directly from the State Department of Health. Butte County Health Department presented evidence about SAPs at Council. The Health Department overwhelmingly and enthusiastically endorsed the program. Support evidence, not fear

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      Claudette Ritter at February 16, 2020 at 11:30am PST

      No needle distribution in our town. WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH PROBLEMS.Our families do not feel safe at all and many of us are plannng to move away ASAP. We don’t feel safe and our lives are being stifled by the druggies roaming our town...every block has beggars and trash baskets rolling around detracting from our towns beauty....

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      Tami Donnelson at February 16, 2020 at 11:15am PST

      Access to clean syringes is a Public Health issue and we are ALL the Public. Reduction in the spread of disease in our community is an obvious benefit to us all. I oppose this ban.

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      Janet Buzarellos at February 16, 2020 at 10:47am PST

      Needle distribution has become a horrible failure in our city. Our police are having to spend time constantly picking up used needles because the people who said they would pick them up only have Voice mail and do not respond timely. They DID NOT keep up their promise to this town and now we are littered with needles from one end to the other. It is not working and is causing many of us to stop using parks and public spaces because of this. Please do not allow this to continue.

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      Daniel Toms at February 16, 2020 at 10:09am PST

      The science supports needle exchange as a route to better public health. We need to make policy decisions based on science not hyperbole. If we make public policy decisions based on the whims of the most loudest and most aggressive amongst us, we'll end up as a failed city, driven by small minded autocrats, based on their fears and biases. Do we judge our water quality or air quality based on opinion or based on science? The same principle should apply to all public health matters.

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      Michael Pratt at February 16, 2020 at 10:06am PST

      The needle exchange program, which many communities have piloted and/or continue to use, has demonstrated a number of pertinent benefits. We should retain the program long enough to collect relevant statistics and conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis to ensure the efficacy of the program. To allow for emotions to triumph over good public policy, is a failure of governance. The City must persist in ensuring the continuity of public health policy which reduces harm, rather than doing nothing.

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      Erica Traverso at February 16, 2020 at 9:37am PST

      Morgan and his supporters live in the Dark Ages before science when limited ideas of morality ruled governments. Needle exchange and distribution have been shown GLOBALLY to reduce infectious diseases and deaths. And while it may seem odd to some people, the compassionate approach and relationships built through these programs help to reduce drug use as well over time. Science is real.

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      Krista Hill at February 16, 2020 at 9:33am PST

      In my opinion I think it's much better to have clean needles. Less chance of HIV and Aides in the future. Which would mean less medical bills all around.

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      Kimberly Thompson at February 16, 2020 at 9:12am PST

      Science and common sense support harm reduction. NVHRC continually helps our community with their needle exchange by reducing disease, and their needle litter pick up by picking up any improperly disposed of needles in a timely manner. Please don’t let hysteria win, support the continued partnership between our city and NVHRC to help our community.

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      Norm Rosene at February 16, 2020 at 9:01am PST

      Used hypodermic needles often carry blood borne diseases endemic in the IV drug user population. These needles pose a significant hazard to the general public, especially children who pick up objects from the ground without understanding the consequences. It makes no sense to facilitate and encourage self-destructive drug habits while endangering members of the general public, especially children.

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      Kimberly Burke at February 16, 2020 at 8:42am PST

      Our city and our parks and water ways are dying a slow death and so are the people are being given free needles from this Needle distribution. This program needs to be stopped now. Other cities and counties have reversed the distribution and so can we. Our city has become a cesspool of degradation and flith, crime and danger. Its time that someone pay attention to that and start caring about the safety and cleanliness for ALL chick citizens, not just those who choose to do drugs and leave trash!

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      Daniel Rodrigues at February 16, 2020 at 8:25am PST

      On Friday 2-14 we had the closest Near Miss I could imagine. A KNOWN user and violent transient walked into a preschool class stating he has a child there. Mere feet away from being able to murder, injure, kidnap, rape our most innocent.Our police department, last week alone, is being called to pick up needles! People are using more drugs and are now overdosing and dying in our streets..SAP's are MORE DANGEROUS to the users and citizens then Harm Reduction, it could be considered 3rd Deg Murder.

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      Susan Smead at February 16, 2020 at 8:14am PST

      There has been a huge increase in needle litter since this needle distribution began. Why are we normalizing the use of illegal drugs? What does this say to our children? The argument that it is for public health safety is false. There were 7 cases of HIV in all of Butte County last year. The amount of calls for service for OD's has dramatically increased, especially on Sundays which is the day of the distribution. I would ask that you protect children, waterways and all citizens of Chico.

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      karin willhoit at February 16, 2020 at 8:00am PST

      We have an unmitigated distribution of needles going on, not an exchange. The impacts are all negative. It encourages addiction, environmental and public health degradation. We lack appropriate services for treatment in Chico so those defending this program as a potential source of help are wrong. A pregnant woman can be given needles no questions asked. That’s lunacy! Any needles passed out should be a 1:1 exchange by professional health care workers. The current program is a failure.

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      Jesse Blair at February 15, 2020 at 10:58pm PST

      I think that the needle distribution program needs to be banned. However I’m in favor of a one for one exchange and the possibility of safe injection sites where needles are not allows to leave the premises. While not a complete solution the the epidemic, it could be a better middle ground while the infrastructure to support addiction rehab are being discussed.

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      Sheryl Wesner at February 15, 2020 at 4:55pm PST

      Unless we start vigorously funding treatment and housing...the needle exchange is THE ONLY access addicts have to ANYONE in this town that actually cares. The needle exchange was put in place as a band aid measure because addiction is RAMPANT through this town...it had been since the 1990s. We need to offer REAL SOLUTIONS to the addiction problem in Butte County. We need to FULLY FUND DETOX, TREATMENT, AND AFTERCARE programs or else the addiction problem will get WORSE.

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      Gary Viertell at February 15, 2020 at 7:45am PST

      Please vote to block any needle exchange or any needle hideouts. It just enables the addicts and creates a safety issue for the citizens of Chico. These people need addiction help. They do not need to be enabled to keep making poor life choices.

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      Michele Burton at February 14, 2020 at 11:50pm PST

      Please support a needle distribution ban. The current program is harmful to not only addicts, but to the community and waterways. Pollution of the waterways and needle litter do not fit the aspirations of the environmentally conscious council or community.
      Needles keep addicts addicted and eventually cause OD or death.
      Stats in Butte County do not support a significant reduction of HIV or Hep C since there are so few cases.
      Provide needles through medical facilities, not in parks.

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      Marci Pittman at February 17, 2020 at 9:38pm PST

      NO!!!
      Our City Council should VOTE no, as a BAN will greatly reduce the number of needles being discovered and picked up by local police due to the unresponsiveness of the irresponsible agency handing out needles. Why are we spending city dollars collecting needles that NVHRC is distributing by the boatload into our community and must be held responsible for collecting the dirty needles per their permit on file! It's time to STOP the insanity of this unwanted program!

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      Michele Burton at February 17, 2020 at 6:31pm PST

      I oppose a discussion of City's waste haulers providing public location for needle disposal. The City shouldn't be responsible for the poorly run NVHRC program. More importantly, this program provides unintended consequences and doesn't responsibly serve the very people it's trying to help. Consequences such as environmental hazzards, increase in drug overdoses, more emergency room visits. Provide mental health and addiction services, not more garbage service. Wrong priorities here.

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      Deborah Byrd at February 17, 2020 at 6:18pm PST

      I do not think it is the responsibility for the City's waste haulers to provide for needle disposal. Not only does it put their workers at risk, but can potentially raise our costs. The public location for needle disposal is supposed to be at NVHRC - isn't that the Blackbird Cafe?
      Let's just get rid of the needle distribution altogether. Obviously, the NVHRC can't be trusted to safely provide for the disposal of the needles they are distributing.

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      Christine Hall at February 17, 2020 at 5:44pm PST

      NCHRC is supposed to be picking up needles. Now Mayor Stone wants the waste haulers to do it at tax payers’ expense NO.

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      Lauren Kennedy at February 17, 2020 at 5:22pm PST

      I absolutely support. It was so difficult to find safe convenient disposal options for sharps in our region while caretaking for my housed, insured mother with adequate funds and transportation, I can't imagine managing disposal without those resources. The most recent data from the National Institute of Health shows that these services create a VAST decrease in the number of sharps discarded unsafely in public. The use is already there, let's keep the problem from getting worse.

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      Susan Barton at February 17, 2020 at 4:34pm PST

      I support this idea as I do think there should be as many avenues as possible to safely dispose of contaminated needles.

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      Pamela Kopping at February 17, 2020 at 3:39pm PST

      I oppose this discussion being added to a future agenda.

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      Rose Thulin at February 17, 2020 at 2:32pm PST

      I support adding this discussion to the agenda. Safe disposal sites for sharps are a great idea that would help keep Chico cleaner and safer.

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      Brian Bullen at February 17, 2020 at 11:27am PST

      I oppose adding this to the agenda. Ban the needle distribution madness!

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      Peggy Jarolin at February 17, 2020 at 9:15am PST

      I oppose adding this item to the agenda and totally oppose requiring City's waste haulers to take on needle disposal which NVHRC is required to perform. Council members who vote to support this item are flagrantly agreeing to expend City dollars because NVHRC has proved that they are not responsible for the terms of their charter. The cost of needle retrieval and disposal has already fallen in large part on CPD. Now, Council wants to add even more cost to the CIty and its tax paying citizens!

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      Marissa King at February 17, 2020 at 9:13am PST

      I oppose this agenda. If they are not disposing the needles correctly already, what makes you think anyone would actually use this? It's just more money from us and more public at risk.

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      Phillip Filbrandt at February 17, 2020 at 6:23am PST

      Banning syringe services in Chico will not best serve the people of Chico. The existing program makes Chico safer by collecting and disposing of syringes. Public health agencies show syringe services prevent spread of HIV and hep C. Drug use doesn't increase. Syringe services increases the number of persons who enter and complete treatment. NVHRC is collecting data to help our community better address substance use and optimize clean up. Other communities in California have made this work.

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      Amy Merlo at February 17, 2020 at 5:57am PST

      I oppose this agenda item and ask OUR city representatives to oppose as well. A problem that was made worse by the council voting to allow NVHRC to distribute needles, should not now become the problem our city’s waste haulers. The cost of that program will ultimately be shifted to the citizens of this town who pay for waste to be hauled, nothing is free and that cost will be pushed down. IF the city wants to have the waste haulers put disposal sites, the NVHRC should pay for it.

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      Jesica Montgomery at February 16, 2020 at 3:34pm PST

      A public disposal does not suddenly endow an addict with accountability. This proper disposal of syringes is wholly dependent on an addicts risk profile and in active addiction proper disposal of syringes is not on the list of an addicts priorities. This would be another gross misuse of funds that should be used for sustainable solutions.

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      Cassie Miracle at February 16, 2020 at 3:02pm PST

      I support the discussion be added regarding the city’s waste haulers providing a public location for needle disposal. Chico is far behind many comparable communities in regards to offering accessible and free sharps disposal— Especially considering the funding and grants available to cities to offer it for low or no cost. More disposal options mean more opportunities for people who use syringes to dispose of them properly. This gives an opportunity for conversation about funding options.

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      Jesica Giannola at February 16, 2020 at 2:38pm PST

      I support Mayor Stone's suggestion that we consider ADDITIONAL ideas that can help support the harm reduction model. I look forward to hearing real ideas from people that care about the people fighting addiction and intend on working together in this city. We have far too many self-appointed leaders of social media groups that feel that they are qualified to judge what our city needs or doesn't need to care for ALL of our citizens. Ignorance ban programs, intelligent citizens discuss ideas.

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      Tami Donnelson at February 16, 2020 at 11:10am PST

      Clean syringe access is a Pubic Health issue and we are ALL the Public. A reduction in the spread of disease in our community is a clear and obvious benefit to the entire community. I oppose a ban on Harm Reduction services.

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      Shannon Hester at February 16, 2020 at 8:48am PST

      I wholeheartedly support the harm reduction program & therefore reject the ban. This program is supported by science & has not been given the time needed to give up & call a failure. This epidemic is national & not going away. Creative, compassionate, science based educated alternatives are needed to combat the addiction process. This volunteer run program offers more than just disease reducing supplies but a path to sobriety for those wanting.

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      Jesse Blair at February 15, 2020 at 11:06pm PST

      Why should the city pay for anything that a private entity has caused? Why are taxpayers going to be put on the hook for cleaning up when if done correctly should have zero need for this discussion. In its haste, the city council has and will continue to cost taxpayers for something we didn’t want in the first place. Again, a one for one exchange instead of distribution would be a better solution.

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      Nichole Nava at February 15, 2020 at 10:05pm PST

      I oppose this discussion being added to an agenda, as the city should not be on the hook for an issue made so much worse by the huge influx of dirty needles into this community due to the inept management of the NVHRC SEP which is actually a distribution. Make them pay to pick up and haul their disgusting mess from our community! A NEEDLE BAN should help with this issue! And SN Mayor Stone- Stop introducing policies that continually harm our Chico! We are done with you and your ‘ideas’.

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      Gary Viertell at February 15, 2020 at 7:49am PST

      Don’t put the needle problem on the waste haulers. Stop the needle distribution program. Get the addicts help with their poor life choices. Do not add cost or convenience for them to keep using their drug of choice.

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      Michael Barr at February 17, 2020 at 9:29pm PST

      I strongly oppose. Inclusionary zoning is just another ploy to make contractor/builders foot the bill for part of the housing they make possible. If the city (Mayor Stone) keeps on adding more restrictions to the already burdened builders they will just move elsewhere. If the Mayor continues to bite the hand that feeds many aspects of the city he will find he has blocked our town, our city, our beloved place of residence to prosper. Yes, he will achieve just what he thinks he is championing.

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      Michele Burton at February 17, 2020 at 6:52pm PST

      I strongly oppose inclusionary zoning. A Grant and Project Manager should benefit ALL in Chico, not just some. Fund new infrastructure, making the cost of building more affordable. Inclusionary housing is a really bad idea, one which will cost builders more money, which in turn will cost everyone else more money too.

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      Brandon Slater at February 17, 2020 at 6:51pm PST

      IZ is a bad deal for Chico.

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      Rodney Winkle at February 17, 2020 at 10:02am PST

      I strongly oppose Inclusionary Zoning. This will result in additional housing construction costs. Construction costs and home prices in Chico are already too high.

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      Norm Rosene at February 16, 2020 at 9:11am PST

      California already has the highest building costs, and the most building and land-use regulation in the nation. Adding "Inclusionary Zoning" is just another regulation to drive up the cost of building, and decrease the amount of housing available to our community. To do this at a time of greatest housing need for our community after the Camp Fire is unconscionable. I strongly oppose Inclusionary Zoning and encourage the City Council to look at more ways to facilitate residential construction.

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      Kate Leyden at February 15, 2020 at 12:07pm PST

      A discussion on inclusionary zoning should not be a part of the Butte Strong donation.
      The greatest value of a Grant and Projects Manager will be to get funding that benefits all of Chico. Fund new infrastructure and capacity, which will reduce the cost to build housing, making it more affordable to more people.
      This is not the time or place to try to enact bad housing policy like inclusionary zoning which has been shown will only raise cost and reduce housing units built.

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      David Waldron at February 17, 2020 at 10:44pm PST

      If you don’t want homeless people sleeping on our streets, then give them shelter. Sure, we could talk about how treating housing as an investment has raised housing costs exorbitantly, or treating drug addiction as a crime and not a health problem has created a opioid crisis, or that wages when adjusted for inflation have been flat for forty years, but let’s at least start with the basics.

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      Michael Barr at February 17, 2020 at 9:20pm PST

      This request from our Mayor is a continued disregard of the concept of "conflict of interest". Mayor Stone can not bring this item up for discussion as he himself has been or is now on the board of Safe Space. This pet project of HIS has no place in our city business. The gall of this Mayor to continue to try and slip things by that he is so obviously bias towards is astounding. I strongly OPPOSE his request.

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      J H at February 17, 2020 at 7:49pm PST

      I do not like the safe space program. It only gets below freezing in Chico a few times a year. This program has expanded and is a magnet for enabling transients to stay in Chico.

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      Michele Burton at February 17, 2020 at 7:01pm PST

      Not exactly sure what Mayor Stone is trying to accomplish by intertwining the City with a privately run organization. The City should not involve itself in this matter. Mayor Stone seems to have a vested interest since he is connected to Safe Space. It is clearly a conflict of interest, for which he should not have a vote or be part of the discussion. This is a issue for Safe Space, not an issue for the City to involve itself.

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      Christine Hall at February 17, 2020 at 5:49pm PST

      Mayor Stone should recuse himself from any and all discussions about Safe Space. Conflict of interest.

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      Rose Thulin at February 17, 2020 at 2:51pm PST

      I agree that this should be discussed. We need to support all sheltering options. Safe Space helps many of our most vulnerable community members stay alive during the coldest months of the year and is an asset to Chico.

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      Peggy Jarolin at February 17, 2020 at 9:25am PST

      I oppose agendizing this request. Where is the CIty Attorney and why has he not shut this down as a conflict of interest? It is a conflict of interest for Stone, Treasurer or Safe Place, to use Council resources to further his private agenda. Council members voting for this item are equally complicit in the wasteful expending of City resources and time.

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      Amy Merlo at February 17, 2020 at 6:09am PST

      The citizens that have elected you as our representatives do not want Safe Space in their neighborhoods. When people pick a home they carefully consider what is in that neighborhood and what their children will be exposed to. Please do not change these neighborhoods.
      Finally, Mr. Stone should not be able to add this item to the agenda, participate in the discussion or vote on this item as he is the treasurer of the board of Safe Space and has the interest of the group in mind, not the citizens.

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      Jesica Giannola at February 16, 2020 at 2:49pm PST

      Showing true leadership, Stone shows that he cares about all of Chico's residents, not just the ones that think they are the only ones that matter. Despite continued proof that some people have zero clue as to the needs of Chico's homeless population, Stone and his supporters recognize the immediate need for shelter preparedness. Until we have adequate permanent low-barrier shelter in place Chico will need to continue to provide emergency services- despite NIMBY demands to do nothing for them.

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      Nichole Nava at February 15, 2020 at 10:11pm PST

      Once again SN Mayor Stone oversteps and attempts to side hustle his own pet project, Safe Space. He serves as Treasurer and should recuse himself. The county has shelter and care of residents in their Welfare & Institutions code; let them do their job and impress upon their Board that our City has a need. Stop spending dollars we need for infrastructure repairs and expansion work to continually try and house individuals who will blow out as most have severe addiction and mental health issues!

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      Gary Viertell at February 15, 2020 at 7:51am PST

      Safe Space needs to deal with this issue themselves. We do not need the city to be directing them.

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      Michele Burton at February 17, 2020 at 9:12pm PST

      Oh my. There are so many other pressing issues to address, let's not waste time and money on this. Many cities have tried this. Most have failed. In a city like Chico, with as much theft and vandalism as we have, it would be a nightmare. Please, use your time and resources more wisely. Take the bus, ride your bike or walk to help the climate crisis.

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      J H at February 17, 2020 at 8:00pm PST

      This should not be a priority. There are too many other issues that the City of Chico needs to fix. These programs have been dangerous to pedestrians in other cities. As a resident, I would never use these and don't want them sitting in my neighborhood. Increased bus service would be better.

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      Pamela Kopping at February 17, 2020 at 3:48pm PST

      This is a complete waste of time. No discussion needed on this subject. This would be a complete waste of money as any/all electric scooters/bikes etc would be stolen and destroyed by all the criminal vagrants in this community.

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      Jesse Blair at February 15, 2020 at 11:01pm PST

      This has been a failure in multiple cities with scooters/bikes being tossed into waterways or outright destroyed or stolen. This is something better left to privateers instead of wasting city money or time on. There are far larger priorities than this in our town.

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      Nichole Nava at February 15, 2020 at 10:18pm PST

      The Vice Mayor would do well to focus on priority issues for this community; this mobility issue is not a priority! Having visited communities with electric scooters and bikes they end up blocking sidewalks and people ride them carelessly, putting pedestrians at risk! Stop being frivolous and directing city staff to research and report on low priority issues; doing so is fiscally irresponsible and shows your need to control how we choose to travel and consume. Reject this discussion!

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      Gary Viertell at February 15, 2020 at 7:55am PST

      Waste of time and money. Look what happened when we tried bike sharing. The bikes disappeared in a very short time. These electric scooters and such would be left all over the city with dead batteries and taken to other cities to be sold.

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