Chico councilmember faces backlash after publicly criticizing city employee

Aug 6, 2015 2:01 PM by Cecile Juliette

A Chico City Councilmember has found himself in the hot seat after publicly criticizing a city employee. At Tuesday night's council meeting, the members were asked to comment on who would represent Chico at the annual meeting for the League of California Cities. Randall Stone told members he would be the delegate, as he'd done it last year, and he was also Vice President of the Sacramento Division for the group. Mayor Mark Sorensen opened up the floor to the public for comment, and two people approached the podium, both calling Stone a 'bully,' and telling members he would not be a good representative for the city.

The recent controversy stems from Stone's accusations that the City Clerk had 'arbitrarily and unilaterally' removed public campaign finance records from the city's website. Mayor Sorensen addressed the crowd following the public comment period, and explained why the records were no longer on the website. He explained that there is no state law requiring California's cities to post the information. Sorensen added that those reports were unintentionally bumped from the city's website when new campaign contribution information was posted.

Sorensen also called Stone a bully, and said there was no basis for his public criticism of the employee. He said once again, Stone had left the city vulnerable to a lawsuit. In 2013, Stone publicly called Chico Police Officer Todd Boothe a racist for posting pictures of President Barack Obama to his personal Facebook page, depicting the president in native garb. Boothe did not pursue the lawsuit, but he filed paperwork giving himself the option to do so.


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