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'Chico First' Demands Action on Public Vandalism

'Chico First' volunteers say they want answers from the Chico City Council on what to do about public vandalism.

Posted: Jun. 19, 2018 6:37 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- 'Chico First' volunteers say they want answers from the Chico City Council on what to do about public vandalism.

Volunteers found a public restroom in Downtown Chico soiled and unusable, just a day after Public Works cleaned it up.

The volunteer group is now sounding the alarm saying it is time someone takes serious action.


"This is unacceptable for anybody to have to deal with. We're adults here and need to act like it and take charge of our city," said Nichole Nava. 

Four days ago, 'Chico First' Co-Founder Nichole Nava came out to clean the park and playground.

"We scrubbed the playground from top to bottom. Picked up all the cigarette butts, hypothermic needles, meth pipe, it was not pretty, to get it spick and span.

The volunteer group was preparing the park ahead of time for a 'Chico First' kid's event on Saturday.

"The morning of the event, these bathrooms behind me here, we found feces all over the door, so thank goodness we had rented a porta potty for our event, specifically for people to use," said Nava.

Just two days after that, Nava returned to the park to do a post-check on the cleanup.

"I opened the door, I honestly couldn't even believe it. It was vomit and all manner of things everywhere. There was bubbling up happening where the water was coming up so it was spreading it," said Nava.

Nava along with other 'Chico First' members will be going to Tuesday's Chico City Council meeting to demand a change.

"I want my city leaders to understand, I need you, we need you. We need you to do something. We can highlight the issue, but it's yours to solve. We can help you with that, but you need to have a plan," said Nava.

Lavonne Hubbard is a mother from Chico who took her kids to Bidwell Park Tuesday morning.

'Usually I don't see needles, but we have seen them here up in Bidwell and there's broken glass down there," said Hubbard.

Hubbard's kids had taken off their shoes for a bit while they were by the water and she was concerned they could have stepped on some of the typical items she finds on the ground there.

"Large shards of broken glass, or possibly hypothermic needles and it really worries me as mother because you can't protect them from everything," said Hubbard.

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