Meeting Time: May 19, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT
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      Gianni Caponera 15 days ago

      I saw something that shocked me today. We had two new Covid cases today. That may not seen like a lot until you see that there were also only 8 daily test results. Now that 2 cases is 25% of today's tests. How is Butte County still only testing 8 people per day? We obviously have a lot more work to do before we think about reopening.

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      Karen Henderson 15 days ago

      I oppose extending the Emergency Declaration.

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      Ann Nielsen 15 days ago

      Butte County administrators have sent a letter to the State requesting a safe & blended reopening of Phase 2 and Phase 3. Please do not extend our city’s emergency declaration beyond June. Question: is this extension about possible reimbursement money from the State/Federal govt’s, if we follow their requirements? Our Chico citizens & businesses, and consequently our town, will not survive if things continue as they are. Please listen to all the Chicoans who you represent, and end the shutout

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      Peggy Jarolin 15 days ago

      I oppose extension of the Emergency Declaration.

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      Nichole Nava 15 days ago

      I oppose extending the emergency order through August. Via the Brown New Deal, under 1% of our population receives 3 delivered meals, medical help, dumpsters & bathrooms, yet STILL we have destruction in our parks & waterways, as many do not care & toss trash everywhere. STILL there are new camps & they hop camps; a big health hazard to the public. The City is NOT protecting vulnerable populations, mitigating impacts to businesses/jobs, or ensuring the responsible management of public spaces.

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      Julie Threet 15 days ago

      I have to say that I was not going to provide input like I doing every meeting as I never get a response. And even when MAJORITY of comments are for/against the Council votes with the MINORITY. So I was going to go "pull weeds" instead but was raised to participate in my City Government. I oppose as: Enloe is half empty, virus #'s are low, Bidwell Park is a mess, encampments are GROWING, crime is UP. OPEN UP CHICO. Let citizens & businesses make their own choices. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE.

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      Jesica Giannola 15 days ago

      I am in support of preventative measures to reduce risks of widespread community outbreak that once done will be impossible to undo.
      This is not a political issue but a right to life issue. I have watched the city fail at taking responsibility for premature openings of businesses, including the public support of the defiance by Sean Morgan. Shame on him. The people supporting less restrictions are people that are bored and ticked off. They lack understanding of the world wide pandemic.

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      Penny Oster 15 days ago

      The virus numbers in our county are so low. Please do NOT extend the emergency declaration until August. We are opening up the economy in Chico.
      This indicates that we are past the worst of the emergency... 30 day extension AT THE MOST. In the meantime, we have high E. Coli counts in the Sacramento River....because you are allowing illegal camping in our waterways. Please listen to us. We are the city you serve.

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      Pamela Kopping 15 days ago

      I oppose the extension of the emergency order until August. Chico needs to be opened back up with common sense/necessary safety guidelines implemented. What has happened to our downtown, parks, creeks, and waterways since this all started is unacceptable. Where’s the accountability for the decisions that have been made by City Council? Please take necessary steps to re-open Chico safely and do not extend this emergency order for another 90 days!

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      Caroline RP 15 days ago

      I absolutely do not support extending the emergency order. The harm it is causing (that will be impossible to recover from) has already far exceeded its intent to protect. It seems like a dirty game and a dishonest pushing of agendas. Stop the madness please.

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      Jamie Strege 15 days ago

      I do not be support extending the emergency order because it is being used to allow all of our parks to become drug infested camp grounds. The change in our parks in just this short amount of time is disturbing and I find it ironic that some of you consider yourselves environmentalists. Stop using the pandemic to further your personal agendas and start listening to the people that voted you in to represent them.

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      Kimberly Burke 15 days ago

      I oppose the extension of the emergency order until August. What is happening to our creeks, waterways and parks is horrible. Our natural resources are being destroyed and will NOT recover if this continues. The tax paying, law abiding citizens are literally being held hostage by the majority councils personal agendas. It is already going to be near impossible to get all the encampments out of Bidwell Park and our creeks. It is already going to cost the citizens huge amount of money to citizens

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      Dave Leask 15 days ago

      Your policies towards the homeless are destroying are town parks and just have made majority of chico citizens scared or extremely uncomforable to enjoy it. You snuck the brown act in by taking advantage of the pandemic This council has a long history of ignoring the publics wants and getting the councils own agenda or their vision of how chico should look. We elected you to do what the citizens want not your ideas. Fix this mess now or come November will will dispose of the trash ourselves.

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      Crystal Maddocks 15 days ago

      Open Chico back up. Stop using a bad situation to further horrible agendas.

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      Margaret Hicks 15 days ago

      Please do not approve this “emergency” clear through August. Please review it on at at a 30 day basis. Our parks and waterways are being destroyed by illegal camping, our economy is suffering from all the shutdowns. Please be responsive to the community you serve.

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      Michelle Hale 15 days ago

      This has not been used to help all of Chico. It has been used for shady agenda pushing. We need more testing, get on that would you? We need economic stimulus locally, get on that would you? Crime is out of control and you can no longer manipulate data to dispute that, get on that would you? Our environment is being destroyed by criminals in the parks, get on that would you? You did not use the declaration to address any of these issues, so you clearly do not need it.

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      Herbert West 15 days ago

      Please consider extending the emergency orders. In the weeks since Chicoans have begun disregarding recommendations and opening non-essential businesses we've seen 6 new cases. I fear this will only get worse after seeing the lines for bars and restaurants last weekend, many of whom likely traveled here from more infected areas. Don't end this needed protection for those of of that are taking this seriously.

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      Allison Hart 15 days ago

      There is no local emergency, the curve is flat ( whole reason for lockdown was to flatten curve). Jobs and businesses are being lost, time to open up!

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      Marci Pittman 15 days ago

      Please rescind the Brown plan that degrades our community and does NOT help the homeless. The models of infection have been wildly WRONG and have led to irresponsible "emergency" policies that must change. We must reclaim our parks and city plaza and make them family-friendly again!

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      Tarace Lea 15 days ago

      The original order was from projections from erroneous data. Our ENTIRE county has only 24 confirmed cases, with 0 deaths &1 hospitalization, people are being furloughed layed off due to no cases. These numbers in NO WAY justify an emergency order or need for mitigation to protect our healthcare industry. The 90 extension of this order flies in the face of all available science and data. I believe the council should be REQUIRED TO PROVE that the situation justifies a continued emergency order.

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      Lee Robert 15 days ago

      It’s time to end the current lockdown. The objective was to flatten the curve. The curve is flat. Time to open up.

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      Dustin Vargas 15 days ago

      The numbers used to justify the action have not even remotely come close to fruition. There is no valid reason for the order and it does not need consideration or direction moving forward, it needs to be removed.

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      Susan Smead 15 days ago

      The local emergency has proved itself to not be relevant. Things are beginning to return to normal. This council does not need to be protected under an emergency order until August. It is just another way of not being transparent and putting through pet projects under the veil of an emergency. We do NOT need an emergency order until August.

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      karin willhoit 15 days ago

      In the summary of this item it is stated
      “In addition to the efforts at the State and County level, in conjunction with the City's emergency resolution, the City continues to be proactively managing four primary areas of need: 1) ensuring the continuity of essential services, 2) protecting vulnerable populations, 3) mitigating impacts to businesses and jobs, and 4) ensuring the responsible management of public spaces.“ I would argue that 2-4 are not happening. Things are getting so much worse!

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      Rob Berry 16 days ago

      Among other things, the modification recommended proposed to extend the extraordinary conditions of the Local Emergency stats through August. Statutory mandates are to review the order in 60 days, yet you extended it to 90 days. Now you are proposing to maintain the status quo into August. This is excessive and imprudent. The local emergency should be rescinded as soon as possible. The situation is very fluid toward normalcy. It should be reviewed in 30 days maximum.

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      Robin Indar 15 days ago

      The county just got some fresh new cases if Covid-19. We’re in phase 2. It’s too soon to open to the public, but I agree with having comments read at meetings as if we were there.

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      Karen Henderson 15 days ago

      I support allowing public attendance at future meetings.

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      Peggy Jarolin 15 days ago

      Silencing the public must stop. Read our comments aloud.

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      Nichole Nava 15 days ago

      Sadly, I don't trust what you do without the public present, & I don't always trust what you do when we are present. But what I should be able to trust is that the public will have their words read aloud during meetings. Open meetings back up, as you have failed to stick to solely essential business & worse, you don't read our comments aloud, so we wonder if you bother to read them. Allow social distancing, use the ante chamber, & wear masks. Also allow characters equal to a two minute speech!

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      Julie Threet 15 days ago

      I can go to a restaurant that social distants. So I can go to a City Council mtg that does too. If not, YOU ARE SAYING THAT the STAFF can't figure out how to set up social distancing at the mtgs. For those that don't feel comfortable, DON'T ATTEND. We have tested plenty. Enloe is EMPTY with COVID patients. They have taken down their tents & overflow at Rehab Center. SCIENCE is what the majority of the council speaks about so the medical science tells me to OPEN UP COUNCIL MEETINGS.

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      Jesica Giannola 15 days ago

      Keep it closed down for now, wait to see how those blatantly open bars, churches, salons, and restaurants impact us!

      When we open, require masks of everyone (including council) to be worn to attend in person- count on fake claims of not being able to wear one and be prepared to shut meetings back down if people won't cooperate. Reassess at end of June, and please, start reading our comments out loud at the meetings, we can tell they have been regularly dismissed. Thank you.

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      Lisa Currier 15 days ago

      I personally believe we should wait for more time and all testing results come in. I want to be there to speak but am in favor of safe distance and keeping my iminine compromised mom safe

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      Herbert West 15 days ago

      Unfortunately I think the meetings should remain closed right now. Politics shouldn't enter in to public health decisions, but I think it's fairly obvious that the "open now" and "continue to shelter" camps fall into two very different political ideologies. Opening before most people feel safe will skew the meeting attendance to the hard right.

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      Pamela Kopping 15 days ago

      The public should be allowed to attend council meetings with proper safety guidelines in place. If public is not allowed to start attending council meetings yet then our comments should all be read out loud. I don’t trust that every council member is actually reading them during the council meetings.

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      Caroline RP 15 days ago

      I support re-opening meetings to the public. If that is not going to happen right away, then at the very least please have public comments read aloud. Confidence that the public is being heard/thoughts considered is rapidly diminishing in the status quo.

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      Jamie Strege 15 days ago

      Since you do not read the public comments out loud the only other reasonable action is to allow people to comment in person. No more silencing the public.

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      Crystal Maddocks 15 days ago

      Public attendance is vital!

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      Margaret Hicks 15 days ago

      Surely the public could return to meetings by the use of masks and social distancing. Restaurants have figured it out already! If that can’t happen, our emails and input need to read read aloud in their entirety. Otherwise, the council is shutting out the voice of the people who they were elected to represent.

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      Michelle Hale 15 days ago

      You have proven you can't be trusted to work in the shadows. Simple as that.

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      Lanita Fedorchuk 15 days ago

      Public attendance is vital. You made a resolution to meet only once a month for essential business. You have dismally failed by having more meetings than ever, without an audience. You all work for the people, not your personal agendas. People need to be heard.

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      Tarace Lea 15 days ago

      Council meetings REQUIRE public attendance. Limiting concerns/comments to 500 characters is an abuse of authority and prevents oversight from the people who elected you.

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      Lee Robert 15 days ago

      It’s time to return the governance of the City of Chico to the people of Chico. Open up the Chambers.

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      Dustin Vargas 15 days ago

      The purpose of the council is to hear the people. We have elected you to do so. Comments were not read as they should have been. Speakers should be allowed moving forward at meetings.

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      Susan Smead 15 days ago

      Comments written are not read aloud as they should have been. The only way for anyone to be heard by this council is to speak in person. For transparency and fairness, the council should be open to the public.

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      karin willhoit 15 days ago

      We can return to chambers with spacing and precautions. The public deserves to be in the room when decisions are made that impact all of us.

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      Juanita Sumner 16 days ago

      I agree with Rob Berry - either stop having non-essential meetings or let the public in. And get rid of this spam-ridden Chico Engaged - every night, at all the wee hours, I get spam emails from this site. The board of supervisors has a better site and the public comments have been read verbatim out loud for every meeting. And their agendas have actually been full of essential business - like fixing the roads, what a novel idea!

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      Rob Berry 16 days ago

      You directed by resolution to meet no more than once/per month to consider only essential business. You have failed to honor that resolution,and have had more meetings as a result of this restriction that in regular order. You are considering matters well beyond the strict definition of essential business. The majority seems to enjoy having a free hand without the bother of the public participation in local government, with predictable, negative results. Open it up.

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      Karen Henderson 15 days ago

      I support sending a letter to the governor and state health officers.

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      Nichole Nava 15 days ago

      Please do submit a letter such as the attached 2.3 Letter to Governor that was sent from the BOS. Moving some activities from Stage 3 to Stage 2 seems prudent given the data. Following John Hopkins University recommendations is what the BOS advocated for and it seems prudent as it allows for local health officers to guide our municipality in what practices are best for OUR city/county. It would also be prudent to have a fall back plan lest the numbers rise to unacceptable levels.

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      Julie Threet 15 days ago

      This is easy. Yes.

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      Jesica Giannola 15 days ago

      I oppose. Butte County now has 24 cases total and we have failed to abide by the restrictions imposed by the Govenor.

      The City of Chico failed to enforce restrictions time and time again, proving that we are absolutely not ready to take on the responsibility of next level lifts.

      "It's time " is not a reason. The pandemic tells the time, and it's not up to the science deniers whether we all live or die because they are bored or fearful of going poor. The stigma is driving unsafe actions.

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      Pamela Kopping 15 days ago

      Yes! Send the letter! It’s time to get the ball rolling so we can open Chico and Butte County opened back up!

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      Caroline RP 15 days ago

      If this letter is in support of re-opening and resuming life here in Butte County, I support it wholeheartedly and encourage expedient consideration. This is especially critical when it comes to our children. We need to take steps NOW so they can resume normal school and recreational activities before the trauma and mental health issues become even more serious.

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      karin willhoit 15 days ago

      Any request we can make for the governor to let us move forward quickly would be welcomed. We need to help California by taking care of ourselves and not relying on handouts! We have a $ 54 billion deficit, let’s not add to it

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      Crystal Maddocks 15 days ago

      Open the city our citizens need to get back to work. Stop pushing us into property.

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      Lee Robert 15 days ago

      The State government needs to allow the counties and cities of California to decide whether or not they are ready to open. Send the letter and let’s open up anyway.

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      Dustin Vargas 15 days ago

      Open the city, county and state. Every business that our tax paying citizens have worked so hard to build is essential! Do whatever it takes so that we can return to patronize these vital places!

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      Susan Smead 15 days ago

      We should be pushing to open all businesses before it is too late. The outbreak in Butte County has proven to be minimal if hardly at all. Time to let businesses try to survive after being forced closed.

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      Juanita Sumner 16 days ago

      I don't know if I support or oppose Mayor Schwab's letter, I haven't seen it. "such as prepared by the Butte County Supervisor's letter" - what does that mean? Why didn't the mayor simply sign the letter already? This agenda item is poorly written and vague. I'd have to see what it says before I offer support or opposition.

      The mayor's bike store is open, we need to open the rest of town.

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      Rob Berry 16 days ago

      Yes, the sooner we accelerate the better. We don't need to "continue to flatten the curve". A completely flat curve is catastrophic. It is beginning to look like the time scale will continue to extend long into the future. Push the Governor to accelerate the reopening.

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      Dwayne Grandy 15 days ago

      Use State funding for drug addiction treatment and mental health treatment. Strickly enforce the rules. No trashing our public sllopaces. No more free handouts. No more antisocial behavior. Follow the rules or send them packing where they came from.

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      Karen Henderson 15 days ago

      Please address our homeless situation. Continuing to allow people to live in and around our waterways and parks is creating more problems.

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      Nichole Nava 15 days ago

      Revisit immediately the decision to allow encampments in our parks & waterways; the growing number of camps since the decision has NOT been addressed. Stolen bikes were recovered from these hot spots, cooking fires came close to the fuel facility & homes, & trash is everywhere. The other public comment is FALSE that they are clean; Annie's Glen was horrific as was Comanche Creek, Humboldt Ave, Lower Bidwell Park and the channels. I have PROOF! Not old; new! Stop destroying our beautiful city!

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      Simeon Allison 15 days ago

      I request you revisit the policy which allows people to camp in our parks which continues to destroy our most valued city treasure. Should you continue this policy, you will be responsible for the demise of our city socially, environmentally, economically.

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      Julie Threet 15 days ago

      Please provide an update on the encampments and that recent "ordinance". THE ENCAMPEMTNS ARE GROWING. WE THE PEOPLE COUNT THEM. People/animals are being harassed & attacked at OUR PARK. I feel for the CPD and Park Ranger who seem to have hands tied. And also address why are transients from other states just being told to "move along" when they commit a crime?. I definitely have empathy for the homeless. But not those that continuously don't want help show up on BCACF site multiple times.

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      Jesica Giannola 15 days ago

      keep seeking resolutions to house our citizens, and do a better job at taking care of them. They matter too. Any of you could end up in their shoes any day now. Better to get a good plan rolling now. Ty

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      Terri DiMarco 15 days ago

      No one should be allowed to sleep, live or camp in Bidwell Park or in any public space in Chico CA. The people are unsanitary, create a health hazard with the trash they leave EVERYWHERE including drug paraphernalia & human waste. It's simply unsightly and some are frightening to the point that tax paying CITIZENS with children are afraid to visit downtown or the park if not accompanied by a husband for protection. I myself won't even walk my dog alone. Someone is going to be hurt.

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      Deena Bowen 15 days ago

      I have huge concerns for the environmental impact that the unsupervised camping is and will have on our towns natural resources and parks. Seeing our town being destroyed is heart wrenching. What the city council has in place is not working, in fact it's worsening the problem. It is time for changes that will help find solutions and not mask it.

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      Claudette Ritter 15 days ago

      The longer these tents are allowed the more difficult it will be to move them out and the more pollution
      To our Park and waterways etc. Stop catering to these individuals please

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      Jamie Strege 15 days ago

      Why is the city of Chico trying to end homelessness? If bigger cities with bigger budgets can't end it what makes this city council think they can do better? The city should be offering services to those who want it and enforce strict anti-camping laws so that those who don't want services are not allowed to hang around causing trash and crime.

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      Lisa Currier 15 days ago

      As I travel all areas of Butte Co mainly in Chico. I believe we must have a proper sheltering in place before we close down areas of encampments. I do see some with garbage BUT that is far from the majority. Lets solution and stop bashing folks.

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      Pamela Kopping 15 days ago

      The camping free for all that has grown exponentially since this all started needs to be stopped immediately. It has been well documented that the majority of those that are camping in our parks and next to our creeks, and waterways are not following safety guidelines. The amount of garbage, crime, vandalism, and contamination of waterways/creeks is reprehensible. Once again there has been no accountability. No more free for all camping! It’s out of control and only going to get worse!

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      Caroline RP 15 days ago

      Please see and follow the City Mission Statement.

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      Dave Leask 15 days ago

      Your policys on the homeless have destroyed are parks & water ways and made it unsafe and uncomfortable for majority of chico citizens. Have we tested that water? Im sure its contaminated. That doesn't seem to bother any of you. Theres better ways to help the homeless than a free for all pass for them. ITS YOUR JOB TO FIND IT. You took advantage of t hi is pandemic and pass tgus brown act without public input yes even if there was your personal agendas see to always rear its ugly head.

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      Crystal Maddocks 15 days ago

      We need to end these free hand out programs. They are are destroying our communities. The level of violence and horrific behavior has reach a all time high. We need money spent on forced mental help and enforcing laws when they are broken not just move them along.

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      Gianni Caponera 15 days ago

      I recently had an opportunity to go out on a cleanup with volunteers, city staff and park rangers. We cleaned up some messes but all from old camps that had been abandoned or displaced. The camps that we visited that were allowed to shelter in place were all clean and had garbage already bagged waiting to be picked up. Allowing people to shelter in place is working. Please let this continue while you work on more permanent solutions.

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      Margaret Hicks 15 days ago

      Please discontinue any camping in our parks or along our waterways. It’s easy to see than the homeless are still moving freely about, while ordinary citizens are afraid to use the park to appreciate its beauty. Transient camps are creating illegal fires, trash pile-ups and endanger both people and the environment. If you must, create a sanitary camp, far from waterways, parks, and established neighborhoods, where people can be monitored during the COVID19.

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      Michelle Hale 15 days ago

      What you have done so far has failed. You think you have magical powers to end homelessness? You don't. End criminal transient ruination of Chico, THAT you CAN do. Hand outs have not worked, try hand ups.

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      Marci Pittman 15 days ago

      The recent changes by the liberal majority city council have been devastating to our public safety and community. Allowing the homeless and drug addicted criminal transients to set up camps in our beautiful parks is destructive and has further exacerbated and degraded our public spaces and waterways.The criminal transient population must be held accountable for the damages and costs they are putting onto the backs of taxpayers and small business owners in this city!

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      Lanita Fedorchuk 15 days ago

      This council needs to stop the camping in the park. They are destroying the park, contaminating our creeks & lighting fires, which if ever got out of control would burn our park. Stop this nonsense. If you want a tent city, put it up at the fair grounds or on a piece of land. Have someone check their health, give them literature on how to get help, etc. We need a drug rehab and a mental health facility now not later.

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      Tarace Lea 15 days ago

      Recent actions by this council have allowed the homeless population to explode in size directly threatening the health, safety & wellbeing of a residents, our local environment, the business' of our city and our local economy. We need to enact policies that provide mental health/drug treatment AS WELL AS accountability and allow our police, fire, ems, social workers, etc to do their jobs.

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      Lee Robert 15 days ago

      We need to invest in mental health and drug counseling services! If we want to solve the homelessness crisis we need to get NVHRC out of Chico. They are exacerbating the situation by drawing drug addicts in the transient community to Chico and enabling their habits when they need mental heath services and addiction services.

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      Angelique Hicks 15 days ago

      I am very concerned with the increase in transient population in Chico. There are many violent homeless who live in our parks and harass residents. I have avoided lower park and now upper park and areas around Humboldt/ Marsh Junior high. There have also been many fires during windy early mornings to either keep warm or cook drugs/food. I feel there will be another major fire if this is not controlled and this is an urgent concern to our city who is still devastated by recent fires.

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      Susan Smead 15 days ago

      It is time to STOP the camping in our parks, waterways and creeks. You are allowing our local environment to be destroyed. This should never have been an option from the start. Time to crack down and and not allowing any camping in the parks, creeks and waterways. There are other options for large encampments strategically spaced apart. You are destroying our parks, creeks and waterways for generations if this is not stopped.

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      Dustin Vargas 15 days ago

      This council needs to end “camping in the park” immediately and enforce safety and sanitation laws already in place. The fallout of our waterways and parks was never necessary and needs to be corrected now.

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      karin willhoit 15 days ago

      I’m very hopeful there will be serious rubber meeting the road here. We need a plan other than letting campers take over our park, creating environmental disasters and fire hazards. The directions given to police at the last meeting were evidently too vague and hard to enforce. Give them some clarity. Example: “no encampments inside Bidwell Park”. Move them out. Too many campers are not “staying in place” so it’s time for new rules. Please

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      Rob Berry 16 days ago

      While the focus of this City Council and the Homeless Coordinator has been directed to providing services to the "unhoused" with special consideration and extraordinary resources related to Covid-19, it is time to expand the focus of the City agenda: Return our parks and waterways and public spaces like the City Plaza to a pristine condition suitable for the broadest use of Chico citizens, according to their intended purpose. This should be priority #1: Environmental recovery and maintenance.