Meeting Time: March 25, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT
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2.2. EMERGENCY DECLARATION RESOLUTION The Council will consider adoption of a resolution ratifying and extending the proclamation of a local emergency regarding Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). (Report - Andrew Jared, City Attorney) RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICO, CALIFORNIA, DECLARING A LOCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19, ADOPTING REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC FACILITIES AND GATHERINGS, ESTABLISHING PROTECTIONS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS, AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY ACTIONS AS THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

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    JoAnn Raff 5 months ago

    If City Manager's role is managing city budget, overseeing personnel, interacting with media regarding city council activities, etc. why is Manager involved in declaring local emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak? Thought we already declared A City Emergency! Confusing!

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    Steven Breedlove 5 months ago

    Mr. Orme has violated the spirit of council direction regarding Orange street shelter. He regularly sides with elite business interests and is a booster for a homeless concentration camp. Giving emergency powers to a right wing ideologue who prioritizes the wealth over the vulnerable is dangerous. History doesn't repeat itself but it rhymes. Please consider strict accountability.

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    Eric Chisler 5 months ago

    In a time of economic crisis those most vulnerable to the effects must not be made to bear the load: this always exacerbates the recovery and insures the financial burden of the crisis rests on the backs of everyday citizens. Halting evictions and insuring that tenants are not punished for non-payment during this period after the moratorium ends are absolutely vital to the well-being of the city and the efficacy and equity of any future recovery efforts. Also, please delimit Orme's new powers.

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    Nicolas Jackson 5 months ago

    I think the city does need to make a declaration of emergency during this time. However, I am concerned about the scope of any powers the council may grant to city staff during this crisis. I urge the council to be as specific as possible when instructing staff during this crisis.

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    Devon Dimercurio 5 months ago

    Absolutely.

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    Nathaniel Perry 5 months ago

    Some of this concerns me, but I unequivocally support the eviction moratorium and the attempts to shelter the unsheltered.

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    Gary Viertell 5 months ago

    This should be the last thing on the agenda. All other business needs to be discussed and voted on before the emergency declaration goes into effect. Don’t know what the legalities are but the council needs to make all the decisions that it can before turning it over to the city manager.

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    Sarah Bolen 5 months ago

    The wording of this proposed declaration is nebulous and potentially dangerous. The City should adopt a resolution consistent with the emergency orders issued by the State of California to limit confusion and circumvent misunderstanding. The goal of the State-issued emergency orders is safety, not anarchy or dictatorship. "Authorizing the City Manager to take all necessary actions" comes dangerously close to allowing free reign.

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    Jesica Giannola 5 months ago

    ty for your hard work! Please continue to allow farmers market and bidwell park use with modifications. We need fresh food and fresh air for public health too. Hand washing everywhere, advocating for PPE for public use, and continue to support local business in operating under safe capacity modifications. Weigh pros vs cons carefully with restrictions pertaining to vulnerable populations and advocate for them as their situation will affect us directly. Ty team Chico.

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    Addison Winslow 5 months ago

    It's unclear what 'all necessary actions' can or will be; and while Mark Orme would not make my top picks for dictator, I recognize this satisfies some of the need for expediency.

    However, we have a simultaneous need for accountability. As volunteers in civil society we are meeting constantly and I expect no less from elected officials. This is not a time for fewer meetings. The City Council should meet remotely, more frequently than before to oversee the provision of emergency services.

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    Ingrid Butchart 5 months ago

    Randall Stone has clearly demonstrated he is unfit to be a leader in Chico.
    Please do not let the News Conference/Announcement Stone called today at 1:00 PM in any way detract from this important matter. Please help protect Chico and vote to remove Mr. Stone as Chico's Mayor. Ann Schwab or Sean Morgan would be an excellent choice based on their experience. In no way should Randall Stone remain on City Council, let alone in leadership as Mayor of Chico.

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    Phyllis Sandy 5 months ago

    And who is going to be in charge of this RODEO!

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    Jeanie Avery 5 months ago

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    Denise Crawford 5 months ago

    Am I missing something? Mayor Stone just had a press conference declaring a city emergency. Why is this even on the agenda if it was already declared? The Mayor also threw the City Manager under the bus during the press conference.

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    Denise Crawford 5 months ago

    Am I missing something? Mayor Stone just had a press conference declaring a city emergency. Why is this even on the agenda if it was already declared? The Mayor also threw the City Manager under the bus during the press conference.

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    Rodney Winkle 5 months ago

    I believe the City should adopt a resolution supporting and mirroring the emergency orders in place by the State of California so that the orders remain consistent. I don't feel that it is right for the City Manager to do anything more than what the state is requiring or be n charge of enforcement of anything more or less than the state emergency orders.

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    Herbert West 5 months ago

    I'm not sure how I feel about giving the city manager that kind of power. Didn't he draw up those PG&E curfew plans with the chief of police and try to rush them though in an emergency meeting? You remember how well that went over.

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    Bryce Goldstein 5 months ago

    Thank you for taking action to establish protections for tenants and property owners. Preventing evictions will help ensure our local businesses, workforce, and community at large can stay in place. Additionally, because most renters will not be able to make up lost income, the City should call on landlords to reduce rents. City Council should be meeting weekly during this time of crisis, not less often. I am concerned about giving the City Manager more power, as he has abused it in the past.

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    Susan Smead 5 months ago

    I would support this if it would allow the City Manager to halt and non-essential activities such as the needle distribution & the large gathering at the city plaza on Sundays handing out food in large congregations. While we are all required to social distance, that is clearly not the case for those that choose to be on the streets. I was disappointed that there was a lack of addressing this in the press conference held. The virus will continue to spread if we allow these gatherings.

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    Nancy Park 5 months ago

    We need enforcement of all the measures recommended by the CDC to prevent spreading of the virus.