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Chico City Council Member accuses Mayor of lying about AB 430 vote

Chico City Council Member Kasey Reynolds has drafted a letter, saying Mayor Randall Stone is "lying and misrepresenting" the City Council's vote on AB 430.

Posted: Apr 18, 2019 4:46 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 7:49 AM

Chico, Calif. - Chico City Council Member Kasey Reynolds has drafted a letter, saying Mayor Randall Stone is "lying and misrepresenting" the City Council's vote on AB 430.

The letter, drafted to City Manager Mark Orme and City Attorney Andrew Jared asks them to set the record straight about the Council's position ahead of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee's vote on the bill on Monday, April 22nd.

On Wednesday, Mayor Stone posted on Facebook, "The City of Chico vote to oppose AB 430 just as I expected we would. The City of Chico will not subordinate their conditional land use authority to a bunch of Sacramento bureaucrats. Thank you to my four colleagues for their opposition to this dangerous overreach. This City intends to act."

In her letter, Reynolds says this is an untrue statement. She says on Tuesday, the Council defeated a motion to direct staff to work with the author's office in identifying the language in the legislation that needed to be amended. She says, "This was the only motion made during the discussion of this agenda item. No motion was ever made to oppose the bill".

The bill, drafted by Assemblyman James Gallagher, seeks to expedite housing projects in Butte County after the Camp Fire. Mayor Stone has voiced his opposition to the bill in its current form.

Action News Now has reached out to Mayor Randall Stone, Councilmember Kasey Reynolds and Assemblyman James Gallagher for comment.

This is a developing story, check back for more details.

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