Meeting Time: May 26, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT

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      Misha Wallace at May 26, 2020 at 4:37pm PDT

      Based on estimated savings of $125k per year, that's not quite the 5% savings price tag as represented in slides. Typically financing rates are dependent on credit ratings, the $25k price tag for a S&P rating the city receives is a known cost with an unknown result. Rating driving savings, all of these are unknowns. Could be hidden additional costs such as legal review required down the road before execution of the refi, and other delays. Rates are low yes, but 2.4% is already low! 1% savings?

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      Yvonne Johnson at May 26, 2020 at 3:30pm PDT

      I have a couple of questions. I wondered if Chico City's credit is worthy of $25,000 credit check? This is non-refundable if we are not approved. Also, I noted that in the documents it states that the loan could be recalled at any time. Is this a good idea for us to take out a loan under this condition?

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      Andy Willhoit at May 26, 2020 at 4:58pm PDT

      What is the plan for the un-housed that are not choosing to engage with services? Our waterways are filled with encampments. If more beds are made available via this shelter and these un-housed individuals choose not to use them will council support CPD in enforcing existing laws against illegal encampments and move these individuals out of our waterways? If so, when and how. Specifics please.

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      Karissa Casey at May 26, 2020 at 4:46pm PDT

      Given that we are way beyond "no services", I could support a well managed low barrier shelter in this location that was held accountable and offered wrap around services.

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      Pamela Kopping at May 26, 2020 at 4:34pm PDT

      I’m unable to find any written report on this. I think our community is highly aware of the need for increased shelter beds but with a low barrier shelter where is the accountability? Who will be filling the leadership role and ensuring that those who choose to stay at the shelter are accountable for their actions. If this shelter opens then CPD needs to be allowed to enforce illegal camping laws/ordinances for those who choose not to utilize the low barrier shelter. Accountability is key!

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      Susan Smead at May 26, 2020 at 4:06pm PDT

      It's hard to know whether to support or oppose without details. There has to be accountability to any shelter for it to work. It's time to get these folks out of our parks, waterways and creeks and into a shelter with wrap around services and county involvement. We need detox, rehab and mental health or this is just throwing more money down the drain. Instead of needles, let's us funds to get these people back into functioning society.

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      Yvonne Johnson at May 26, 2020 at 3:33pm PDT

      I would support this plan if the city would contract with BCSO to have jurisdiction over the site and if participants are given meaningful onsite services during the daytime.

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      Lisa Fanos at May 26, 2020 at 3:25pm PDT

      Why is this only temporary?

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      Jacqueline Glover at May 26, 2020 at 2:51pm PDT

      There must be accountability, rehabs work if you work it. Low barrier does nothing to help a person get clean. You give out drug paraphernalia your going to have continued addiction. If you really wanted to help people, rehabs are what is important. Quit fooling yourselfs, your not fooling us. Call me disappointed.

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      Julie Threet at May 26, 2020 at 2:27pm PDT

      Need to see full plan including who manages & rules... plus what happens if rules are broken. Like the idea and place chosen. Just skeptical especially as I feel many will not want to live there. Is this a temporary plan until new Jesus Center and/or another permanent shelter is built? And what are Chico stats regarding # of homeless vs. citizens in our town. And vs. cities in our county. The word is that homeless come to Chico as a "good place" to be homeless.

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      Rich Burton at May 26, 2020 at 1:58pm PDT

      Although, over time the idea of having an additional shelter has grown on me even if it is low barrier. Like many other citizens I want solutions for the local homeless population, but what is the plan for accountability for the people that choose not to seek services or this new shelter? That is an extremely important piece, if a new low-barrier shelter is to be built the illegal camping and other laws that are currently in place need to be fully enforced. We need accountability!

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      Jules Brown at May 26, 2020 at 1:47pm PDT

      Citizens need to see the long term plan. Meanwhile do you have a temporary site to move the encampments to like other cities do? This needs to happen so we can start the LONG road to cleaning up the garbage, human waste and 1000’s, Thousands of HEROIN NEEDLES! Our Grandchildren deserve to enjoy the outdoors again when it’s safe. Note: Make NVHRC Clean up their needles daily! How on earth did this become the norm? Please help us effect change

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      Peggy Jarolin at May 26, 2020 at 1:47pm PDT

      What level of accountability will come with the new shelter? If people choose not to use them, will CPD be supported to enforce current laws to protect our community and further encampment? Some will not move to the shelter and more will come to Chico to take over the spaces vacated by those in shelter. Please provide the transient population numbers behind this proposal. Your proposals seem to keep Chico always in a position of not having enough beds so forever allowing encampments.

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      Caroline RP at May 26, 2020 at 1:29pm PDT

      Please address the issue of enforcement and accountability of criminal transient behavior, should this project move forward. If we build it, and it is an option for the homeless in our City, will the police department be staffed and directed for maximum enforcement of illegal camping, littering, harassment of others, etc to achieve a balance? If not, this is just another reason to be homeless in Chico and to invite homeless from out of the area.

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      Nichole Nava at May 26, 2020 at 1:18pm PDT

      W/no written report & zero idea as to what will be stated during Orme's verbal report, it is hard to weigh in. I believe it's the County's role to step in w/Behavioral & Mental Health Depts to address the HUGE drug & mental health issues. Also, the County should address affordable housing, with Chico only playing a role in regard to permitting & ensuring housing follows our city plan. Since that apparently isn't happening yet, I am interested to see the plan. May support it & location w/plan.

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      Rob Berry at May 26, 2020 at 12:37pm PDT

      While you will be hearing a plan tonight on "how to end homelessness", I think that is the wrong objective. The objective should be returning our parks and waterways to a safe, clean and beautiful, pristine condition. They are as far from that has they have ever been in the entire history of Chico. That has occurred on your watch.

      I submitted an alternative plan. I hope you take the time to at least read it.

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      Juanita Sumner at May 26, 2020 at 11:54am PDT

      There should be a written report for this item, including any previous reports given at committee meetings. With closed meetings, it just looks like you are, as former staffer Bob Summerfield used to say, "running it under the radar".

      I think the public has made it very clear we don't want low barrier shelters in Chico. When I was a kid they had one at the jail, they called it, "the drunk tank."

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      Claudette Ritter at May 23, 2020 at 5:37pm PDT

      https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article242865811.html

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      Tina Peters at May 26, 2020 at 6:47pm PDT

      ALL Businesses and Chico are struggling. If Torres shelter is to receive a waiver that all businesses should receive the same waiver.

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      Denise Wear at May 26, 2020 at 4:59pm PDT

      While I support the new shelter, I do not suppor waived fees. All citizens must be treated equally!

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      Misha Wallace at May 26, 2020 at 4:47pm PDT

      I am in support of this only if the members of the finance committee proposing to refinance the sewer debt, do all of the work required to get those cost savings for the city of Chico on a pro-bono basis. I would also like to volunteer to help with the work getting the refi done and I would be happy to provide a resume, references and be properly vetted and determined qualified to work with you on the credit action.

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      Pamela Kopping at May 26, 2020 at 4:47pm PDT

      While I support the Torres shelter and what they do for our community I do not feel that they should be granted a fee waiver for their planned upgrades. If you grant them a fee waiver then you need to grant every Chico business, family, or non-profit a fee waiver.

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      Karissa Casey at May 26, 2020 at 4:22pm PDT

      While I support the project, they should have to play by the same rules and fee schedule as everyone else.

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      Yvonne Johnson at May 26, 2020 at 3:34pm PDT

      I only agree with shelter services if participants have to live by the rules. Also I think in exchange the City should mandate people stay in shelters or leave.

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      Jacqueline Glover at May 26, 2020 at 2:57pm PDT

      What is this? Where is accountability? Wavers should be for all in this time of crisis, we pick and choose who gets, and who don't get? How fair is that? Build it, and no waviers.

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      Kimberly Burke at May 26, 2020 at 2:45pm PDT

      If fee waivers are going to be granted to some, they should be waived for ALL. There can not continue to be 2 sets of rules and regulations for Chico citizens, whether they are housed, unhoused or Non-profit.

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      Casey Croninger at May 26, 2020 at 2:36pm PDT

      If the city is going to grant Torres Shelter/True North a fee waiver for improvements then it should also extend waivers to all businesses in chico who are remodeling. Stop playing favorites with your pet projects council members

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      Julie Threet at May 26, 2020 at 2:29pm PDT

      Until my fees and taxes are reduced, hard for me to support. And also hard to support with the amount of $$ we spend on the homeless issue as a whole, with no improvement or change. But I support the Torres Shelter!!

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      Nichole Nava at May 26, 2020 at 1:22pm PDT

      I am torn on this, as I would like to see Torres do the work to get people OUT of our parks/waterways & on to a better life. But it truly isn't fair that they get a fee waiver & we don't. Think of the Camp Fire survivors...even THEY had fees & hoops to jump through. I was leaning on the side of a waiver, but with all the grant funding for homeless causes, one would think they can lean on their donors to supplement any shortfall. Tough one. I want people to start owning their role and to be fair.

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      Rob Berry at May 26, 2020 at 12:41pm PDT

      While I may be supportive of this project, it is unfair and inappropriate to invest city funds, either by subsidies or waivers, to projects on the basis of whether you find a given project compatible with your ideological preferences. Citizens are entitled to equal protections under the law, and this means you cannot grant favors to certain projects and deny equal treatment to others. This is how you find yourselves in court.

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      Juanita Sumner at May 26, 2020 at 11:58am PDT

      Rebuilding our rental in Paradise, we were stuck with aaaaalllllll the fees! Why should Torres be different?

    2.4. RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3, 2020 AND DISCUSSION OF POTENTIAL CHARTER AMENDMENTS OR BALLOT MEASURES In accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the City of Chico, the City Council "shall" call for a general municipal election to be held on November 3, 2020 for the purpose of electing four members representing Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 to serve on the City Council. Incumbents include Councilmembers Morgan, Ory, Stone and Mayor Schwab. The term of office for these four positions will commence on December 1, 2020 and end in early December 2024. As the Council will recall, on February 10, 2020, Ordinance No. 2547 was adopted, which was the final action needed to officially transition to district elections, commencing with the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election. Pursuant to the Elections Code §10403, the City Council must adopt a resolution in order to consolidate the City of Chico General Municipal Election with the statewide election conducted by the County. After adoption, the City Clerk will forward a certified copy of the resolution to the County Clerk for submission to the Butte County Supervisors for consideration. During the process to transition to district elections, several Councilmembers expressed interest in considering potential Charter amendments related to the recent change to district elections as well as to discuss ranked choice voting. Since ballot measures can be considered up until mid-July, Council is being asked at this meeting to discuss potential measures that the body might be interested in and provide direction to staff to prepare the necessary documents needed for formal action. It should be noted that a ballot measure regarding the Chico Certified Farmers Market will need to be prepared as part of the requirement of the initiative that the Council accepted and implemented in 2014.

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      Curtis Pahlka at May 26, 2020 at 7:06pm PDT

      I understand that a candidate would need to live in the district that they run for. What would happen if a representative moved to a different district during their term?

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      Jesica Giannola at May 26, 2020 at 6:55pm PDT

      It's a great time to get what we need addressed for the ballots before they go out. When it comes to voting, it seems that ranked voting seems the be a good approach. As a side note: I would love to see Karl up there in his district for another round if he so chose to do so! ;) Thank you everyone for serving our city!

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      Bryce Goldstein at May 26, 2020 at 5:27pm PDT

      Ranked choice voting will greatly improve our elections and I'm glad to see it is being discussed!

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      Julie Threet at May 26, 2020 at 2:37pm PDT

      SUPPORT the required administrative actions to close books on District Elections already approved.

      OPPOSE all other NON-ESSENTIAL business except to prepare us on "who wants what" as an amendment due to District Elections as those may influence my votes.

      NEUTRAL on Farmer's Market as I need more information. I didn't live here in 2014.

      We need an "all the above" choice for items with this many actions.

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      Peggy Jarolin at May 26, 2020 at 1:59pm PDT

      I oppose any discussions of charter amendments related to district elections and especially to ranked choice voting until the public is allowed to be present at Council Meetings. Do not try to manipulate voting while not allowing for voter input. This is not "emergency" business.

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      Nichole Nava at May 26, 2020 at 1:29pm PDT

      We need to hold elections, & for better or worse, they are now District Elections; with odd districts up for reelection in 2020 & even districts to be voted on in 2022 (understanding that the Census could necessitate a redraw of the Districting Map agreed to this year for 2022 election cycle). The Farmer's Market is rote business that should be included. However, the other Charter discussion & Rank Choice voting discussion should WAIT until 'We the People' are BACK IN OUR HOUSE aka Chambers!

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      Juanita Sumner at May 26, 2020 at 12:12pm PDT

      I realize you have to call for the consolidation of the council election, but adding too many ballot measures at this time is irresponsible. There isn't enough time for public discussion. None of the issues mentioned have been adequately discussed before the public. I say, no new ballot measures for 2020, these issues need public discussion. Open the meetings so we can have a public discussion, Engaged has got to go.

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      Jesica Giannola at May 26, 2020 at 6:28pm PDT

      Please step up and be better involved with our city and the services provided for homeless and addicted. We need help, we need partnership with the county and state, and we need to stop leaving the community to be left on their own to try and figure out these situations. Things are escalating, especially at the NVHRC locations. We want to make sure our community feels supported from both sides, and that will take our city council stepping in just a bit more. Thank you for all of your hard work.

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      Stefanie Barrett at May 26, 2020 at 5:37pm PDT

      Please don't aid NVHRC. They should be banned.

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      Mya Juliana at May 26, 2020 at 5:35pm PDT

      Please don't let him weasel in any more favors for his "besties". He's being so dishonest with this proposal, and using his power for chronism.

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      Andy Willhoit at May 26, 2020 at 5:15pm PDT

      Randall Stone is again wrong on his interpretation of events occurring at the NVHRC needle GIVE-AWAY. Anyone with patience and intellectual honesty willing to watch the video will see what truly occurred at this event. This program is damaging to human lives and our environment. There have been limited opportunities for the public to weigh in regarding the needle program. PLEASE take note of the enormous collective plea you are reading in these comments once again to shut this program down.

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      Pamela Kopping at May 26, 2020 at 5:12pm PDT

      NVHRC is ruining this town and must be shut down immediately! Please ban needle distribution immediately just like Oroville and Biggs have done! Each council member should go and observe what goes down every Sunday. There is documented drug use, drug deals, and NVHRC is not abiding by rules/regulations. Watch the live feeds and you’ll see the truth in what is really going down at that park. NVHRC has edited the video to fit their narrative and using it to fund attorney fees. Ban needles Now

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      SHANNEL FOWLER at May 26, 2020 at 4:52pm PDT

      There is no harm reduction at these needle giveaways. The NVHRC continues to handout their drug kits with absolutely no attempt at offering intervention or substance abuse recovery services. Their "volunteers" are aggressive & have let their own egocentric agendas become the primary focus instead of helping this community become a healthier and safer place. Anyone who thinks this is harm reduction has obviously not been paying attention. Wake up City Council! Do your job & protect our city!

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      Karissa Casey at May 26, 2020 at 4:42pm PDT

      Please ban needles in our community. You do have the power. NVHRC supporters are increasingly aggressive instigators that make a mockery of addiction and block access to recovery resources. Support recovery services, not needles.

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      Nancy Doherty at May 26, 2020 at 4:28pm PDT

      How many people have to be pissed off and have evidence for you all to get this shut down! where is your common sense!!!!

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      karin willhoit at May 26, 2020 at 4:24pm PDT

      Mr Stone has been deaf to the communitiy’s concerns regarding this program and had referred us to the State for complaints as they issued the permit.
      His support of the manipulated account of last weeks distribution is disturbing. This needle program is horrible for Chico and the escalating disgust both sides seem to be displaying is evidence that the program is poorly run and should be shut down.

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      Rob Berry at May 26, 2020 at 3:39pm PDT

      Stone's motives for bringing this up are dishonest. He implies he knows what happened, but anyone who was there or viewed the videos knows the score: NVHRC is trying to incite incidents and raise funds on their lies. All of a sudden Stone is the guardian of civility and safety? There was only one source of intimidation: from supporters of NVHRC. The evidence is there, but then, since when does this council actually examine evidence. Confirmation bias anyone? Honestly. Non-essential!!!!!!

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      Yvonne Johnson at May 26, 2020 at 3:37pm PDT

      I feel that Stone is part of the problem and also this discussion should not be in secrecy. I have a problem with the council acting like school children talking about someone behind their back. This is a lawsuit waiting too happen if you go forward.

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      Jacqueline Glover at May 26, 2020 at 3:22pm PDT

      NVHRC is not offering services for rehab & recovery as promised to the community, they lied from day one. I spoke with Jesica. She said there weren't any, I gave her a copy of all the places that except & help addicts. 3 weeks later they had still didnt have any we came & handed them out, NVHRC making a carnival out of a needle distrabution is a disgrace. Its not a clowning around matter, keeping people addicted at four bags a pop. Constituents are tired of being manipulated & decieved.

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      Caroline RP at May 26, 2020 at 3:20pm PDT

      Please stand up for the vast majority of hard working tax paying citizens who oppose this program in its entirety, and take the steps to ban it. In the name of "harm reduction" your inaction is HARMING this city as a whole. It's disgraceful.

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      Debra Pitcher at May 26, 2020 at 3:17pm PDT

      The residents of Chico need to be present at these types of meetings especially when it concerns the safety of the citizens who pay taxes. Insanity to hold discussions in private and under the guise of COVID safety to push their one sided agenda through.

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      Debora Jones at May 26, 2020 at 2:55pm PDT

      BAN the NEEDLE HANDOUT!
      I have been there every Sunday to protest the NVHRC, I have witnessed aggressive & hostile behavior from them. I have even been threatened by them. I have witnessed drug deals, clients shooting up dope after they receive their FREE needles.
      This has to 🛑 here in Chico!
      Give the PARKS BACK to OUR CHILDREN!!!

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      Anna Paulos at May 26, 2020 at 2:44pm PDT

      The drug addicts and volunteers of the needle HAND OUT are the primary aggressors and have unwarrantedly attacked peaceful protestors. The needle HAND OUT NEEDS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!

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      Julie Threet at May 26, 2020 at 2:42pm PDT

      THIS IS WHY THE PROGRAM DOESN'T WORK FOR OUR CITY. And if it is discussed, PLEASE look at ALL HARRASSMENTS as I was personally harassed, profiled, shamed last Sunday and I was peaceful. They made me go through hoops and would not give me service as any other individual. They crossed a HIPPA violation. They had me in tears and called me a liar. They broke many requirements of their agreement/contract.

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      Daniel Rodrigues at May 26, 2020 at 2:42pm PDT

      Please execute your due diligence in assuring that you have the whole story, not the poor reporting executed by Chico News & Review. Physical alterations have been initiated by the users and volunteers of the NVHRC and NOT the protesters. There is a police report on file.

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      Kimberly Burke at May 26, 2020 at 2:33pm PDT

      This is ridiculous that NVHRC is supposedly going to be able to deliver this drug paraphernalia to homes, tents and RV's. How come NO ONE is afraid for the children who are in these homes, tents or cars? Families everyday are torn apart because parents have needles and drugs in the home. Letting them deliver will perpetrate more drugs in the homes, more children being taken away and entering the foster care system. Our city should be worried about that, not handing out needles in homes.

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      Casey Croninger at May 26, 2020 at 2:30pm PDT

      If the city did what other city’s have done and banned NVHRC from operating there would not be a problem or a need for recalled ex-mayor Stone to attempt to push his baseless attacks of the concerned citizens of Chico who oppose NVHRC and the
      Needle handout

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      Steve Kampfen at May 26, 2020 at 2:29pm PDT

      Prior to any discussion regarding NVHRC, the information requested of the entity at past council meeting should be divulged to the council and the public to properly understand program implications. To discuss anything regarding the program prior to this information disclosure is premature and lacks proper due diligence on the City’s part. It would be improper for the council to act and the public to comment on partial information as it relates to the efficacy and implications of this program.

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      Amy Marie at May 26, 2020 at 2:18pm PDT

      Ban NVHRC’s needle program and there will no longer be any perceived problem. The majority of Chico does not want this program operating in our city at all. There will no longer be protests if it is not there to protest. Please ban this program from Chico as Oroville and Biggs already have. It’s the obvious solution and what the majority of citizens want.

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      Peggy Jarolin at May 26, 2020 at 2:12pm PDT

      This does not belong on the agenda of an "emergency" meeting. Stone, report your concerns to CPD, let them do their job...oh wait, you hamstrung them. This is not a Chico City program as you continually state. All of a sudden the City needs to play Protector and intercede? I am astounded that any one of you believe the lies and selective video from NVHR. Council members need to visit this "Giveaway" in person for the entire length of the event (2 hours) to actually observe the situation.

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      Rich Burton at May 26, 2020 at 2:08pm PDT

      Save the discussion, why not just Ban it like the surrounding local communities. In honesty it makes sick that many of their volunteers were dressed up as clowns, as drug addition and so-called preventing the spread of communicable disease is a laughing matter. Clearly this group lacks any professional guidance in many ways. No matter your opinion on NVHR services, I think everyone can agree on their lack of judgement and professionalism. They are a joke! Ban it!!

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      Jesica Montgomery at May 26, 2020 at 1:59pm PDT

      I find it ironic that Stone has not once brought up safety of the PUBLIC but jumps at the chance to defend criminal vagrants. Another highly partisan effort to push agendas wins again if we don’t stop these games. Meanwhile, a man was shot on the bike path, not one word? Overdoes daily, not one word? Where is the logic here? Chico needs to be safe for ALL. NVHRC has been operating outside of their scope for MONTHS. It needs to be shut down.

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      Nichole Nava at May 26, 2020 at 1:39pm PDT

      Stone- Take a look at weeks of video; NVHRC & their clients are the issue. Protestors have been threatened & assaulted. Where is their protection? And why NOW is the city inserting itself? You previously pointed fingers to the State as the lawful authority when we asked NVHRC to be stopped. The City Council has the POWER to BAN NEEDLES. Use it. Don't lie or insinuate otherwise. Also, do not insert yourself as authority of enforcement. CPD is trained/able, let them do their job. BAN NEEDLES NOW!

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      Misha Wallace at May 26, 2020 at 1:15pm PDT

      If you are going to have a discussion please consider these questions:
      If given the chance, would members of the Chico City Council have done anything differently in relation to the NVHRC needle distribution program?
      Do members of the Council believe any aspects of the program have put in harms’ way any or all people involved, including, but not limited to the facilitators and volunteers, drug users and their children, and members of the community who oppose the program outright? If so, how?

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      Susan Smead at May 26, 2020 at 9:32am PDT

      I went to the needle distribution last Sunday for the first time. I was appalled at the behavior of the NVRHC. They were dressed as clowns and performing circus type acts, hardly professional. This organization shouldn't even be allowed to distribute needles in our parks or anywhere else for that matter. I watched Angela McLaughlin purposely taunt those supporting rehabilitation services. This city needs protection for the harm of the NVRHC! Ban the needles!!

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      Michelle Reutlinger at May 25, 2020 at 11:24pm PDT

      NVRHC needs to have their permit pulled and banned. They are not abiding by the rules they said they would. Are shielding “clients” from public view to inject drugs, and enabling continued use of drugs. They do not hand out weekly information on where to get help to get clean. They are also very aggressive toward those community members wanting to give information on where to get help. Its interesting Mr. Stone now wants the Police input on this program when the Chief previously state Concerns

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      Angella Crain at May 25, 2020 at 10:23pm PDT

      I have seen aggressive repetitive behavior from the people the needle tables,I have also seen people shooting up on site where they are handing out needles and I have seen drug deals in that park. It's certainly sad for the community of Chapman. Also why are employees allowed to dress as clowns and whimsical characters to attract kids to a drug paraphernalia handout in a park where kids play? Does no one see an issue with this? Why does it feel the city panders to the drug dealers and addicts?

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      Jamie Strege at May 25, 2020 at 9:37pm PDT

      Ridiculous. Stone should not speak on incidents that he did not witness and concern a program that, as he likes to point out, doesn't involve the city. If the council wants to discuss NVHRC, it should only be for the sake of banning it. If you don't, the citizens will vote in people who will.

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      Jules Brown at May 25, 2020 at 9:34pm PDT

      We would like a Ban on NVHRC giving away free needles and drug paraphernalia at our park. “the attacks”, verbal and physical are coming from NVHRC and associates. I hope that you can see through all the LIES that group are posting on social media and in the news. Please, watch the UNEDITED version of the video’s taken. Why are they being allowed to hand out 1 to 4 bags of paraphernalia, and 1 to 2 FULL boxes of needles to a single person? We have personally witnessed this!
      Julie Brown

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      Tanika Lee at May 25, 2020 at 5:03pm PDT

      I don’t understand the council’s lack of listening to both sides of this hot button topic. It seems only Mr. Stone is listening to the proponents of this needle program. The opposition is completely ignored, devalued, and ridiculed. This has driven community members to protest and rally for solutions. As a council, this has been publicly ignored by all of you and this is what has come to pass. The community is crying out about this issue. Please step up and lead.

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      Margaret Hicks at May 25, 2020 at 12:58pm PDT

      I do not see a need for this to be on the agenda, unless the council is going to decide whether or not NVHRC can still operate in Chico. Their needle distribution is not helping addicts. NVHRC lacks the professionalism to run such a program. At every encounter, information should be given about recovery, and quite clearly, this has not been happening.
      As a council, please direct your time to the wellbeing of your entire city, not just the NVHRC and homeless.

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      Gary Viertell at May 25, 2020 at 11:08am PDT

      There should be a discussion about the needle giveaway. The needle giveaway should be stopped immediately. If you look at the videos the NVHRC people are the ones causing the escalation. The are using umbrellas as weapons to poke at people. This should be stopped at once!

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      Roxanne Eldridge at May 23, 2020 at 11:06pm PDT

      NVHRC is not a city ran program, the placement and time that it was given when it was presented should still be in effect unless it is brought up for re permitting. Only Chico says they have no control when both Oroville and Biggs show that is a lie. Are we going to bring up every other crime in the council as well? My life was threatened, I was intimidated by participants under the influence at the NVHRC yet, my safety was not a concern than? What about the kids in the homes they deliver too?

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      Claudette Ritter at May 23, 2020 at 5:56pm PDT

      The entire situation regarding the NVRHC is escalating and dangerous for all involved. ..SERIOUSLY no help to anyone and causing a degrading experience for the neighborhood and everyone.. Direct these people in line to help and encourage
      A life change instead of making their addicted choices easier. ..Some of you on salary
      As council members never listen to your voters....and you stay clueless even after being removed from your once upon a time Chico Mayor title, just unbelievable indeed👎✅

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      Michelle Hale at May 23, 2020 at 11:19am PDT

      Oh please. If you mean attacks by drug addled needle handout clients then sure. While the anti-needle protester is an obnoxious jerk, he is within his rights and he did not lay hands on anyone other than self defense and that is on video. Studies show the greatest and most effective harm reduction is to NOT slam dope into your veins, WHAT are you doing to push THAT the same way you push needles handouts?

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      Curtis Pahlka at May 26, 2020 at 7:57pm PDT

      I'm curious how many businesses would want this. If there were a significant number of businesses that would want to do this, I believe there is a way this could be done equitably.

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      Michelle Hale at May 26, 2020 at 5:56pm PDT

      It is hard to understand what Stone wants to do here, but it sure does not sound emergent. People need jobs, emergent. People need freedom from criminals living illegally in public spaces, emergent. Roads are all tore up, emergent. Stone's wacko notions are not.

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      Stefanie Barrett at May 26, 2020 at 5:39pm PDT

      Please don't about Randall Stone the agendize this. He needs to be stopped from doing favors for NVHRC.

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      Pamela Kopping at May 26, 2020 at 5:22pm PDT

      This makes absolutely no sense to me! Why is ex mayor Randall Stone asking for this? What makes this “essential” business? Not to mention the fact that eating outside in downtown Chico in the 100 degree heat is not appealing nor is dealing with all the criminal vagrants that have more rights than all the tax paying citizens do!

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      Andy Willhoit at May 26, 2020 at 5:03pm PDT

      Randall Stone was wrong when he screamed on a news interview that "people are going to die" and he is still wrong. The models were wrong. Covid has only been a threat to the business owners and employees in downtown Chico. This is a ridiculous proposal. Please deny it.

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      SHANNEL FOWLER at May 26, 2020 at 4:57pm PDT

      This request is very unclear. If you are asking to shut down city streets so the people can eat outside in triple-digit heat, I oppose it because it's never going to happen. That would make absolutely no sense!

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      Karissa Casey at May 26, 2020 at 4:35pm PDT

      If he meant closing sidewalk to dining, I DO NOT support that. Local business already have to reduce tables where they are allowed to seat their guests. This would be another hardship & more lost revenue for our town. It doesn't make any sense. However, if he wants to close streets to cars and expand seating to help restaurants make normal capacity, I could support that as other cities have successfully done.

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      Nancy Doherty at May 26, 2020 at 4:32pm PDT

      Please resign Mr.Stone!

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      Misha Wallace at May 26, 2020 at 4:15pm PDT

      Regardless of the reasoning as to "why" the streets being closed is being proposed, I am opposed to this for a variety of reasons, not limited to the two I will mention here. The first reason; this will not help already struggling businesses downtown stay alive during summer - parking was already limited. The second reason; out temperatures soar during the summer months and it is not feasible that the streets would even be utilized this way. We would have closed streets yes and closed businesses

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      Jamie Strege at May 26, 2020 at 3:48pm PDT

      This is poorly written but if it means closing the streets to traffic so people can eat outside, I do not support. No one wants to sit outside and eat during summer temperatures.

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      Rob Berry at May 26, 2020 at 3:45pm PDT

      Being humiliated by being the first mayor, Latino or otherwise, voted out by his colleagues hasn't slowed him down much. Accept the fact that you, Randall, far from knowing everything about everything, know little. To top that off, it seems a challenge to construct a coherent sentence. You clearly don't mean "close the streets to diners", but who knows what you really mean, or if you will do what you meant to say? Honestly. And why is this essential city business?

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      Yvonne Johnson at May 26, 2020 at 3:38pm PDT

      What does this even mean?

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      Debra Pitcher at May 26, 2020 at 3:36pm PDT

      This should not fall under the “closed” meetings (ie no citizen input) but be discussed, if at all, by everyone at an open meeting.
      I am not clear as to what Stone is suggesting but I’m sure businesses downtown would like to have their input stated for all to hear. I for one am handicap and can’t just “stroll” into town!

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      Debora Jones at May 26, 2020 at 3:26pm PDT

      Once again Stone makes NO sense!
      Leave OUR down town alone.. this shouldn’t even be up for discussion!!!

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      Daniel Rodrigues at May 26, 2020 at 3:11pm PDT

      Leave our downtown eateries alone! They have suffered enough financial woe and do not need any more "Stones" thrown at them!

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      Peggy Jarolin at May 26, 2020 at 3:05pm PDT

      This is another "non emergency" discussion on an emergency agenda. This is very poorly written and not understandable. I oppose anything which would further negatively impact the already financially fragile downtown merchants. If you want to drive business downtown, ask the merchants what would help them.

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      Anna Paulos at May 26, 2020 at 2:46pm PDT

      There is zero reason to close traffic downtown, there are many other businesses downtown other than restaurants. This proposal is insane.

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      Julie Threet at May 26, 2020 at 2:44pm PDT

      Makes zero sense. How are businesses supposed to operate? How are disabled supposed to access downtown? COMPLETE WASTE OF COUNCIL TIME AND NOT ESSENTIAL WHICH CALLS FOR AN EMERGENCY MEETING.

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      Kimberly Burke at May 26, 2020 at 2:39pm PDT

      Once again unseated Ex-Mayor Randall Stone is trying his damndest to control the tax paying citizens. Our downtown area should be kept open for ALL citizens. Closing downtown for outside dining would limit allowing our city to rebound economically after being sheltered in place for so long. People need to get back to work so that they can support their families.

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      Casey Croninger at May 26, 2020 at 2:33pm PDT

      This is Another feeble attempt by recalled ex-mayor Stone to further control Chico’s citizens activities. Chico needs to Fully reopen and get our lives back on track or the city will be bankrupt.

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      Amy Marie at May 26, 2020 at 2:24pm PDT

      This makes no sense. It is very embarrassing to our city that this is an official item on our council’s agenda. Requests to discuss an item should be clear so that citizens can comment with accurate knowledge of the request.
      If this request is seriously suggesting shutting down streets during summer, then I oppose. That sounds ridiculous.

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      Nichole Nava at May 26, 2020 at 1:43pm PDT

      Stone: "B. Councilmember Stone has submitted a request to agendize a discussion on closing streets to dining patrons this summer downtown." Huh? Please speak English. If this means what I think it means; i understand fresh air is better. However, this is CHICO & summers are HOT! We won't want to be outside! And what about the elderly, disabled, or wee ones? They need to have access to taxpayer funded streets too! Please STOP HARMING our local businesses and preventing inclusiveness for all. SMH!

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      Juanita Sumner at May 26, 2020 at 12:16pm PDT

      So, handicapped folks not welcome Downtown to dine? Old folks? We all have to ride our bikes in 112 degrees? No, this is asinine. It's making a part of town that everybody pays taxes to support open to only the entitled few.

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      Caroline RP at May 25, 2020 at 7:53pm PDT

      Perhaps the wording on this needs to be changed? Should "to" actually be "for?" What does this even mean? Thanks for any further communication with greater clarity on the matter.

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      Margaret Hicks at May 25, 2020 at 1:04pm PDT

      This is very unclear. If you’re closing downtown streets to car traffic so that more people can die safely outside, then maybe.
      It could also be interpreted that you want to close downtown to dining patrons.
      Council members need the ability to communicate clearly.

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      Claudette Ritter at May 23, 2020 at 5:41pm PDT

      This makes no sense at all‼️Being out in the open air is much safer during this pandemic. I would really
      Like to hear your reasoning on this idea. The downtown doesn’t need anymore drama and added ridiculous
      Challenges for their struggling business. Totally opposed to this strange suggestion 💡👎

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      Daniel Rodrigues at May 26, 2020 at 5:51pm PDT

      All business that is not essential to necessary city operations is a violation of the Brown Act per your council vote at onset of SIP.

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      Claudette Ritter at May 26, 2020 at 5:39pm PDT

      I totally misunderstood R Stones idea about closing streets. The wording was confusing and unclear. Ugh. So my comment was
      not relevant either.

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      Yvonne Johnson at May 26, 2020 at 3:42pm PDT

      The council has zipped the public out of meetings right along with their voice. You will be sued if this continues. Also it was really sketchy when Vice Mayor stayed at home to conduct council business and then allowed her partner from the county board of supervisors to spoon feed her words. This has got to be the most awful city council in America right now. I cannot even believe what you all get away with.