Camp out, trash pile-up concern in Chico

On Thursday afternoon, trash was piled up, people were asleep and camping out in and around Chico’s City Plaza. Many community members said they were concerned.

Posted: Jul 9, 2020 5:43 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- “When the [COVID-19] pandemic came along the Chico city council, not me, let people camp all over town because they didn’t want [the homeless] to break up their encampments and get COVID-19 or infect other people,” said councilmember Sean Morgan.

On Thursday afternoon, trash was piled up, people were asleep and camping out in and around Chico’s City Plaza.

Many community members said they were concerned.

“For regular working class people, they’re just trying to take their families downtown to have a nice day and not have it ruined by people shouting obscenities and sometimes throwing needles around,” said the Chico native.

The mayor of Chico Ann Schwab agrees that camping out and trash is not okay.

“Of course it is [a priority],” said Schwab. “I am working every day on this item as well as city staff.”

Schwab says the city and Chico Police Department have been looking for shelter for people camping in the Plaza for two days.

“$40 million is going to be available to Butte County for low income housing, seven projects from the City of Chico were submitted on July 1st and we’re hopeful they will get approved,” said Schwab.

According to Schwab, 600 units will be available.

She also adds that county will get an addition $40 million at the end of the year.

Action News Now reached out to Vice Mayor Alex Brown and former Mayor Randall Stone but they refused to speak to us.

Councilmember Sean Morgan announced Thursday that he is seeking a third term on the council in November’s election. It will be his first campaign running for the District 1 seat under the new district voting system.

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