Homeless advocates say Chico's Sit-Lie Ordinance could face legal challenges, depending on how it is enforced. One way it could be considered illegal would be if officers target the transient population, asking them to move, while allowing others to ignore the law. The ordinance will cover the entire city of Chico, but some think it will only be enforced downtown. And the ordinance would only be enforced from 7:00am to 11:00pm.
Chico attorney and Secretary for the Chico Chapter of the ACLU Leslie Johnson says the law has been successfully challenged in other cities. She says, "You can tell people you can't sit here, but you can't sit over there, obviously they have to be somewhere to sit. To just get them out of sight is not really a solution."
The ordinance requires a second reading, and then it must be adopted, which is expected to happen at the next city council meeting on November 19.