Armed guards started patrolling downtown Chico property today.
The armed guards are with AG Private Protection. They will be patrolling "private property" downtown.
They've been hired by “R-Town,” a coalition of downtown business and property owners concerned with a relatively new feeling of bad behavior downtown.
Doug Guillon said volunteers and paid employees also make up R-Town and they were out cleaning the streets this morning.
The idea behind R-Town, Guillon said, is to make downtown what it used to be, a "jewel" of Chico.
“Everyone can see it. There's no question. There's an element that should not be down there displaying a lot of anti-social behavior, and it's going to stop,” Guillon said.
R-Town's efforts will continue through the end of December.
After that, Guillon said the city needs to take charge by passing a "sit and lie" ordinance.
He also said the real solution is a downtown "district" that functions like a shopping center.
Guillon plans on being at tomorrow night's city council meeting and says we can expect both of those proposals to be discussed.