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Chico City Council take action immediately after being sworn in

Immediately after taking an oath, city council members took action against homelessness. Mayor Coolidge and Vice Mayor Reynolds were appointed unanimously.

Posted: Dec 9, 2020 3:21 AM

CHICO, Calif. - In a five to two vote, the newly sworn-in Chico City Council motioned for camping in a city park a misdemeanor instead of an infraction.

Tuesday's Chico City Council meeting started with the former members able to say a few words before leaving their posts. Former Mayor Ann Schwab and Former Councilmember Randall Stone lost their reelections. Karl Ory stepped down from his post.

The new City Council got right to work, looking into issues surrounding homelessness.

"What's the first thing you as mayor with this new city council want to pursue?" asked Action News Now Reporter Esteban Reynoso.

"You know I think there are several things and you saw a bit of that tonight," said newly appointed Mayor Andrew Coolidge. "We are pushing forward different ordinances and different ideas so a study of behavioral health, a look at our park and enforcing the laws within our parks."

After the incoming council members took their oaths, Mayor Coolidge and Vice Mayor Reynolds were unanimously selected by the new council members in a 7-0 vote.

Former Mayor Ann Schwab passed her seat to district three winner council member Kami Denlay, after Schwab grabbed the title as mayor in March.

The public was not allowed inside, still, supporters came here to welcome their new city council members, the Mayor and Vice Mayor, and they're hoping for change.

"The day is finally here, we're super excited. The chamber is still closed but we saw some people are like 'hey let's go out and show our support as they arrive,'" said Nichole Nava who waited outside cheering on the new councilmembers. "Primarily for me, I know these people stood firmly against needles be all over our town. So my desire is that they ban needles and that it happens tonight."

Next city meeting, the council will discuss where to place the homeless, with camping in city parks now a misdemeanor.

The only incumbent who kept his seat is District one's Sean Morgan.

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