Meeting Time: April 21, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT
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      Rob Berry about 1 month ago

      The reason you are getting so many fewer responses to the items is not because people are not concerned. It is because this forum is meaningless. There is nothing meaningfully connected to providing you input here that comes close to attending meetings and seeing our faces and hearing our voices, and allowing others to hear our voices too. This feels like shouting in the wind. As a result, you should do what you promissed: meet once per month and only deal with items of essential business.

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      Peggy Jarolin 15 days ago

      Given we have no visibility into how funds are spent in this "crisis", I oppose further spending until we are given visibility into funds spent. These expenditures are not "saving lives", especially funds being sought for homeless. You ask for more dollars for homeless when there are already state and federal funding for this population distributed. Further, Council has allowed encampments to grow out of control in size and in trash. Fund the police.

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      Sara Voigtritter about 1 month ago

      I support with reservations. Would prefer the 83K be used to place shelter over people not encourage encampment.

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      Rob Berry about 1 month ago

      Every program and every expenditure does not "save lives". While Joy is a good person with great intentions, we are about to face one of the most serious financial emergencies, maybe in the history of Chico. Every dime we spend now will come back to haunt us soon. Businesses are certainly not spending as if this situation doesn't exist, and our city Government better take a lesson. How are we dealing with the economic emergency facing Chico?

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      Julie Threet about 1 month ago

      Would like to be kept informed on a regular basis as to how these funds are allocated. Who is getting paid, how much, for what specific reason. Similar to the accounting documents posted by CARD for Board of Director meetings. They show every single check written. I appreciate this as it is my tax $ being spent. Thank you.

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      Jesica Giannola about 1 month ago

      If we need money to save lives, then we need money to save Iives. Please do the right thing for ALL of our community, that includes poor/homeless/addicted that have the smallest voice. Thank you, stay well.

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      Daniel Rodrigues about 1 month ago

      What is this funding designated for? Why is this information (fiscal designation) not available for public commment?

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      Peggy Jarolin 15 days ago

      I see a document dated 4/21/2020. Is that being presented? You know, I am a member of a vulnerable population, and as such, I oppose any further spending which will totally bankrupt an already economically hemorrhaging city. And, I read that Orme is already talking about cuts to fire and police. Really? Totally backwards!!

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      Sara Voigtritter about 1 month ago

      Please move people out of our parks and into a better situation for them and for the safety of all. The fairgrounds option seems like a good one. It is also not far from the Torres shelter, perhaps that programs they have already developed could apply...

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      Nichole Nava about 1 month ago

      I don’t see a presentation attached so I am struggling without any context as to the ‘solution’ to be presented. My hope would be that a controlled environment could be identified that doesn’t put the unhoused or the community at health risk. The current ‘Brown New Deal’ thrust upon this community without a public opportunity to address it, was unfair and our city is now reaping the ramifications of the poor decision to hamstring our police and allow unsanitary camps in our parks and waterways.

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      Rob Berry about 1 month ago

      How can I comment when I haven't heard the presentation. It looks like the Brown/Huber Homeless Industry presentation. I hope to hear something from Joy that is not just a repeat of the industry rhetoric that we've all heard so much of already.

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      Julie Threet about 1 month ago

      Please find a better solution than Bidwell Park. Just as San Francisco protects Golden Gate Park and the State protects State Parks, and Feds protect Yosemite. The current situation is only putting the homeless in the middle of a bad situation which is not fair for them either. Trash collection is really difficult in a Park like Bidwell. People ARE MOVING regardless of virus so let's take the opportunity to really find a better solution for all. Safety for ALL.

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      Gary Viertell about 1 month ago

      I would like to see a temporary camp set up at the fairgrounds and work on a more permanent one at the old Tuscun Ridge area of course in conjunction with the county. There could be mental health and addictions available for them and would be farther away for them to get drugs and alcohol without assistance. I think that would be a great long term solution for everybody involved.

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      Margaret Hicks about 1 month ago

      Please end camping in Bidwell Park, and along other public waterways. If our homeless can’t get placed in motel rooms, then please build a suitable campground for them. I’m sure it’s currently difficult for volunteers to even reach some of these encampments. I’m also concerned about fire danger in Bidwell Park. COVID19 is a big deal, but please consider what destroying our beautiful park will due to this community that you have chosen to serve.

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      Jesica Giannola about 1 month ago

      Please consider and approve all proposals for housing for vulnerable populations. The same need has existed in our community, we discuss them at almost every council meeting, however we have failed in resolutions and now we have a massive emergency on our hands where people without homes are exposed- this exposing the community even further. It's time to authorize actual resolutions and not just talk about them.

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      Amy Stohlman about 1 month ago

      If we are going to provide adequate sheltering and protection of vulnerable populations, will it be the current population or population that is bussed in from Sacramento? This mornings news suggested that Gov Newson is arranging transportation of Sacramento's vulnerable population to Motel 6's in other cities. I just think we need to focus on our own and not accept vulnerable population from other areas while we have ones here that are unprotected.

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      Daniel Rodrigues about 1 month ago

      I support getting our vulnerable populations into a controlled environment where long term and possibly permanent damage to our oarks, waterways greenways and public spaces can be mitigated from the mass influx of trash and human waste that is occurring. This current state must be mitigated immediately to cease any further damage.

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      Peggy Jarolin 15 days ago

      Fully support this item.

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      Sara Voigtritter about 1 month ago

      Please.

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      Karissa Casey about 1 month ago

      Time sensitive & “Approval of this request does not obligate the Council to add this position as there will be sufficient time from date of submittal to approval and award of the grant to better evaluate the proposed program. If after analysis the Council chooses not to proceed with the program the Fire Chief will retract the grant request prior to award.”

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      Julie Threet about 1 month ago

      Fully support this request.

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      Jesica Giannola about 1 month ago

      Medical and emergency response needs are only increasing, it is wise to have support in place before we have situations where we pay a price in lost lives by not being proactive.

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      Steve Simpson about 1 month ago

      This type of grant has worked in the past.

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      Peggy Jarolin 15 days ago

      The hijinks pulled by the majority council handcuffing the police and allowing encampments to grow, trash to overflow, and campers to totally disregard the orders for social distancing and sheltering in place, despite bringing them food and camping supplies daily, is in fact illegal. It is not an ordinance. Mr. Orme merely has to look to our existing LEGAL ordinances to find his clarification.

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      Claudette Ritter 16 days ago

      Dear Mayor Schwab, City Manager Orme, Councilmembers Sean Morgan and Kasey Reynolds and Madame Clerk,

      I support the following three requests and would like you all to act to make them a reality:
      1) Ban Needles in Chico, 2) Remove illegal encampments from our parks, greenways, and waterways, and 3) Enact live reading during City Council meetings of ALL public comments received to keep our meetings transparent and council accountable to our community!

      Sincerely,Claudette Ritter
      5/7/2020

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      Beth Fox about 1 month ago

      Whatever clarification is needed to make sure the City is doing everything it needs to do to protect vulnerable populations. Make a safe, secure camping area(s) away from the parks and waterways, and solve these immediate concerns.Restrooms, sanitation stations, trash collection. Knowing where people are so we can take them food and other supplies, whatever is needed to keep people safe, secure and healthy, for the benefit of all. People are camping because they have nowhere else to go....

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      Angella Crain about 1 month ago

      There should be no camps in our Parks or waterways. I haven't been able to safely take my children to our parks in quite a while and this has snowballed the effect. It's out of control.

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      Robyn Engel about 1 month ago

      Every human being has the right to shelter and their basic needs being met. Full stop. This step in the direction towards humane treatment for all human beings is a key step to moving forward as a community. Thank you, Alex Brown, Scott Huber, Karl Ory, and Randall Stone. Any dismantling of the measure to protect human beings who have no money, is intolerable. While you're at it, please drop sit-lie. That's also intolerable and unconstitutional. Thank you.

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      Crystal Maddocks about 1 month ago

      I oppose this

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      Nichole Nava about 1 month ago

      To be clear; I oppose the encampments in our parks & green/waterways. Brown, Huber, Stone & Ory acted in a manner inconsistent with the Brown Act. This issue was not new and is EXACTLY what Brown wanted in prior meetings; hence there was time to post/discuss with public input and we were NOT given a chance. You had time to find a better way and you didn’t. Instead you have chosen to destroy our ecosystem for your personal gain. Fix this now! NO MORE FOULING PARKS & CREEKS! Stop this insanity!

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      Rob Berry about 1 month ago

      This is a stupid, divisive idea. Alex Brown and Scott Huber, Randall Stone and Karl Ory, leave well enough alone. We didn't deal with the homeless encampments before this emergency hit, so this is not the time to give anyone a free pass. It was being handled, and you four just mucked it all up. Way to go. Nice job. No no one know what to do except the influx of campers and territorialism that has been added to our problems. Do you ever think any of this through??

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      Jennifer Slinkard about 1 month ago

      I am opposed to any encampments in the City of Chico. People who are camping/living on our streets are polluting our town and waterways. We need to stop allowing such destruction of our beautiful town!

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      Steve Kampfen about 1 month ago

      The April 7th motion lacked proper 5-2 vote to modify existing ordinances per the Brown Act. Not enforcing environmental laws and allowing wastes into our waterways but allowing City staff authority, in other functions, to enforce these environmental protections is arbitrary and discriminatory. The emergency ordinance conflicts with environmental laws protecting natural resources and is a violation of individual's 14th Amendment rights regarding equal protections and application of law. Fix It!

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      Barry Jones about 1 month ago

      I am very upset with the decision to allow homeless to camp in our parks. The people illegally camping, using illicit drugs, and leaving trash in our parks and rivers need to be placed in programs that can help them interact with society in a productive way. Bringing food, supplies, and bathrooms to these encampments only encourages them to stay and continue their disruptive ways. This is a dis-service to the tax paying community that no-longer feels comfortable going to parks and public areas.

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      Julie Threet about 1 month ago

      I am "neutral" as I appreciate the City Manager trying to get more clarification. Which tells you the obvious: the April 7th directive IS NOT WORKING FOR CHICO. So I "oppose" using Bidwell Park as the new encampment for our homeless. I "support" Joy reviewing other alternatives. These unfortunate individuals are being put in the middle that is unnecessary. Use those FEMA trailers they took out from our County. I would volunteer to clean up & serve food if we SAVE THE PARK.

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      Gary Viertell about 1 month ago

      There should NOT be encampments allowed in the parks or waterways. See my comment above about using the fair grounds for short term and the Tucson Ridge area for long term help.

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      Karissa Casey about 1 month ago

      Heed the cautions of USIHC:“Creating these environments… have little impact on reducing homelessness… Proposed as "temporary" approaches, these programs prove difficult to close once they open.” Please redefine this policy to designate specific MANAGED areas, & exclude our waterways before it’s too late. We are already seeing a massive increase in trash in & around park & waterways. This policy was a major blow to our community, environment, dedicated police & volunteers. Please do better.

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      Autumn Michelle about 1 month ago

      Just don't make things harder on this population. They have no homes and it is a global pandemic. They are just as valuable a life as any other.

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      AshleyMichelle Papon about 1 month ago

      We are at a crisis point, one that achieved a fragile balance through the efforts of volunteers and leaders alike. Disrupting this will only yield even more dire consequences for us all. Perhaps that collateral damage is acceptable to some, but the council would do well to remember the responsibility is to serve all citizens, not just those with housing or a social media following. Now is not the time for axe grinding by revamping a policy that was already quite clear in its aim and execution.

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      MICHAEL SMEAD about 1 month ago

      Bidwell Park is the gem of Chico. I can't believe anyone would think it's a great idea to allow transient camping within our park. There were many other options, such as the fairgrounds or land out by the airport. Why would you choose the destruction of the park and creeks with trash, needles, human waste and drugs. It is not okay. Annie Bidwell did not give you this park to protect it. This act needs to be repealed. You have let your citizens down by voting this in.

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      Susan Smead about 1 month ago

      The policy implemented on April 7th has been a disaster. There is a marked increase in encampments, along with trash, human waste, needles among other environmental dangers in our parks. There have been many fires since this camping has been allowed and we aren't even in the summer where they could overtake our park and homes surrounding it. It is no longer safe for families to use the park, there are dangerous dogs, drugged out individuals yelling, and shady characters that aren't okay.

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      Michele Burton about 1 month ago

      The current policy does not work. There is a marked increase in encampments in Bidwell . As least two fires in the park (behind Rose Garden and Cedar Grove) were put out in the past 2 weeks. The unintended consequence is another city waiting to burn to the ground.

      Drug addicts are irresponsible. These most vulnerable as you call them are making every citizen in Chico the most vulnerable to their destructive actions.

      Redesign the policy to protect everyone. Get camping out of the park.

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      Caroline RP about 1 month ago

      This is more radical policy sneaking while our community is distracted. Our City Manager is seeking to mitigate or confirm their intentions. If they were truly concerned with protecting Chico, they would have clearly specified an end time or scenario for their new camping on public land "policy." It's threatening to the environment, and shameful to our police & fire departments, both who are being prevented from carrying out their missions of maintaining PUBLIC safety.

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      David Gaskill about 1 month ago

      In lieu of a permanent encampment for houseless people to go to, the shelter-in-place directions by the city manager are allowing volunteers to provide for the sanitation, welfare, and outreach services that our houseless population is currently underserved by. Do not repeal tge moratorium on evictions, it will greatly increase the risks facing an already vulnerable, under-servezld population. There is no "away" to throw them, so perhaps start thinking about helping them.

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      Amanda Starkey about 1 month ago

      Unless there is a bed for every homeless community member, they should be allowed to have their camps where they need them for now. There needs to be more services that provide sanitization among other options to help keep these community members safe. This may temporarily have an effect on our environment but if COVID hits our unhoused community hard we are going to see many deaths that cannot be undone unlike park clean-ups that can occur later.

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      Jesica Giannola about 1 month ago

      If Orme needs clarity on how to best support the homeless long left ignored, then please provide it.
      You have a duty to protect our homeless citizens. Provide sanitization and care for them, stop harassment that pleases the bigot population.
      The city should be especially sure of preventing further victimization of them and will be held accountable if you fail to do so.
      Disrupting camps increasing covid risks, and Chico needs to help prevent a major outbreak- & show compassion for Pete's sake.

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      Josh Indar about 1 month ago

      The city has a responsibility to protect all of its citizens - housed or unhoused - during this emergency. There are some in this community who quite simply hate the homeless and will oppose any action the city takes to help them. But this attitude puts us all at risk. As the city moves to get people off the streets, it should be providing sanitation services and outreach to the existing small encampments in accordance with CDC regulations.

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      Robin McCrea about 1 month ago

      Please REVERSE the decision to let the transients, homeless and druggies camp any where they please in Chico. This is a danger to our community; both in regards to safety and filth. Annie Bidwell must be rolling in her grave thanks to the Four City Council members who have no regard for our city, our community and its people. Selecting a position on this is clear as mud. Just know I OPPOSE this open camping throughout our community. Thank You.

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      Robin Indar about 1 month ago

      Evicting or otherwise harassing homeless encampments during a pandemic puts both citizens and law enforcement at risk of being infected and spreading the virus. Providing trash receptacles seems like an easy fix to the trash worries. To people that question whether the campers are a vulnerable population I think camping in a park during a pandemic should be an obvious qualifier. There is a waiting list for Project Room Key. These people don’t have anywhere to go so why not leave them alone?

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      Christine Williams about 1 month ago

      Please reverse the dangerous decision to allow camping anywhere in Chico. By allowing transients to camp anywhere there will be environmental and economic impacts for years to come. Do you care about local business owners? It would be devastating to our city. And council members claim to be environmentalists? Take a walk by the creek and look at all the trash, filth and needles dumped in our waterways. Why is this acceptable to this council?

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      Amy Stohlman about 1 month ago

      Please reverse the motion that was made at the 4/7/20 meeting, where Brown wanted clarity on encampment engagement, but her motion only created MORE confusion! The CPD Chief and the 3 opposing council members all agreed that the motion proposed NO additional clarity and that CPD were handling encampments with discretion that the municipal code already allowed for. We should have left them alone to do their job! Now homeless yell at people walking in the park to "get out of our home!"

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      Paula Brackett about 1 month ago

      Please reverse your decision to allow camping where ever, whenever. This decision is creating adverse affects on our communty, now and in the future. The amount of trash and illegal drugs being introduced in our city, parks and waterways now affects every citizen and potential visitor to our city. Addicts dont care about these things. They need treatment to address addiction issues, not enabling from officials to continue their outlaw behavior. Please protect all Chico residents from harm.

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      karin willhoit about 1 month ago

      I support clarification. I support a gigantic u turn away from the policy that has allowed campers into Bidwell park. Please find a more suitable location. It appears that’s what you all will be discussing. Please close Bidwell park to campers and move those there out. Please protect our waterways throughout town. Encampments should not be allowed near waterways.

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      Jesica Montgomery about 1 month ago

      Volunteers didn’t give up for political reasons. They have tried to keep the already burdened city, free of trash for all of Chico. This new policy was a slap in the face for them and all of Chico. Vagrants are called vagrants because they move. They don’t SIP. That isn’t their behavior. Someone would need enforce that behavior. Instead we are seeing an increase in movement, crime, and trash all over the city and in no way has this helped stop the spread of C-19 or disease. An end date is needed

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      Daniel Rodrigues about 1 month ago

      The current encampment situation is a health threat to all individuals in our region. The amount of trash and human waste going into our streams and waterways will cause catastrophic damage. The trash build up has opened up a problem with pest infestation and potential contamination of the water table. Encampments should be set up in a controlled environment where all.waste streams can be managed, social distancing regulated,, food and water allocations provided and human services offered.

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      Jody Taylor about 1 month ago

      Yes, clarification is certainly needed here. To Mr. Gianni Caponera’s comment, I would say yes, let’s keep these folks connected to food, trash service, and case workers. But I would prefer to see a designated emergency camping area established that is more easily accessible for said volunteers, and can be suoervised by law enforcement. Centralized but properly distanced. Giving folks the choice of any and all our public spaces is not ensuring public safety or safeguarding our parks & waterways.

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      Caroline Eikenbary about 1 month ago

      Please protect our beautiful parks & the policies the Bidwells put in place to keep them clean & safe for the people of Chico and the habitat living therein. Trash, waste and turning our parks - which are usually the feature of our city - into campsites will further inflict profound economic downturn (businesses, the college, attractiveness of housing near parks) in an already uncertain time. Please, find a new solution for those in need of housing that does not involve our parks and waterways.

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      Margaret Hicks about 1 month ago

      Yes, much clarification is needed, as your strange interpretation of CDC Policy is going to pollute our parks and waterways beyond imagination. If this new law is temporary due to COVID19, where is the end date? Our beautiful parks were created for recreation and enjoyment of their natural beauty. They were not created to be filthy campgrounds.

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      Gianni Caponera about 1 month ago

      Please don't allow changes to this policy at this time. The original direction seemed perfectly clear, to not allow evictions of encampments of fewer than 10 in public spaces. This stability has allowed volunteers to provide food, hygiene materials and education to a population that would otherwise be constantly moving. Many of these people are on waiting lists for Project Room Key and need to maintain contact with case workers.

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      Megan Zimmerman about 1 month ago

      The allowed encampment needs to be revoked!!

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      Michelle Hale about 1 month ago

      I support the clarification but oppose the policy and the shady way it was forced on us. First off, how do you know someone is vulnerable, are you interviewing illegal campers to make that determination? Second, how can you sleep at night perverting CDC guidance to this free-for all illegal camping. BrownNewDeal predates the virus. Also CDC advises Marijuana is harmful pushing sales is contrary to CDC guidance is it not? How do you explain this cherry picking.

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      Lisa Russell about 1 month ago

      I believe the Council should take the advise of its law enforcment, not dismiss it. These encampments are an environmental threat to our parks and waterways and to the safety of our citizens. I do not believe this was enacted as a response to the Covid19 pandemic. It was a policy that was already in discussion by Councilmember Brown and was illegally advanced using the Covid19 pandemics emergency order as an excuse to get it enacted. It should be rescinded immediately.