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Chico City Council denies staff direction on Shelter Crisis Declaration

A motion was put forth to give direction to staff about the Shelter Crisis Declaration at Tuesday’s meeting, but eventually failed.

Posted: Jun 16, 2021 12:19 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Addressing the Shelter Crisis Declaration within Chico has been delayed yet again.

There was a motion to give direction to staff about the declaration, but it failed.

Action News Now spoke with Mayor Andrew Coolidge after Tuesday’s meeting and he said council could not bring forth the declaration itself since it must be turned over to staff first.

Only then could council decide on the declaration but none of the votes to bring it back passed.

But Mayor Coolidge said it can be brought up again in the future.

He explained, “It’s definitely possible that as we move through, particularly on the settlement or anything along those lines that it could be brought up. A council member can actually ask to bring it up so that potential does exist.”

City staff said that if council needed to bring it back, they could, and staff can prepare even in short notice.

Now, council will wait to see if anyone on their board will bring it back up.

But again, Mayor Coolidge said he is unsure if the Shelter Crisis Declaration will come back to council.

The declaration is set to expire at the end of the month.

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