Chico City Council approves ordinance amendments amid encampment death

Chico City Council approves amendments to city code following a vigil held by the public for the shooting victim at Teichert Ponds.

Posted: Sep 7, 2021 11:39 PM

CHICO, Calif. - It was an eventful start to resuming city council meetings after being in recess for over a month.

Dozens of people gathered in front of City Chambers before the meeting started.

The reason was to hold a vigil for the person who was shot and killed at Teichert Ponds last Saturday.

People held signs and spoke out to express their frustration over the incident and how the city needs to take action to house the homeless.

I spoke with a few of the people at the gathering and asked why they decided to come together before the meeting.

“Their original plan was to be able to push everybody out of all the parks and put them into one place,” vigil attendee Harrison Pratt said. “My buddy went out there with a meat thermometer and saw that the surface temperature read above 151 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m a cook and I can cook a steak on that. So that’s what the city is willing to do for the homeless population here.”

But the discussions around the homeless crisis within the city didn’t stop at the vigil. They continued into the city chambers.

Council continued their discussion from August 3rd about an ordinance amending certain chapters within the city’s municipal code.

These ordinances revolve around regulating camping and storage of personal property in public places.

After hearing from the public and from some councilmembers, the changes were approved in a 4-3 vote.

Those changes will now go into effect, but enforcement will not begin until the city is released from the injunction.

The city attorney, city staff, the opposing side and the magistrate are all scheduled to meet for a settlement conference this Friday.

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