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Chico City Council: Needle distribution, voting map and sit-lie

The three topics brought out hundreds of protestors, even blocking Main Street.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 9:57 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 10:42 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Tuesday's Chico City Council meeting had three hot-topics on the agenda: the sit-lie ordinance, the needle distribution, and the new district map. The three topics brought out hundreds of protestors, even blocking Main Street.


Needle Regulation Plan

The council voted to have an open discussion about the program at a later meeting.

"It's good that they want to help the problem because when random needles are on the ground it can be dangerous to children and people who pick that stuff up – it's just not clean so maybe having it regulated could be a benefit," a resident said.

"He decided to do away with the discussion topic of banning needle distribution and have a more open-ended conversation about needle distribution in general and possible modifications to the program," Huber said.

Morgan said it's going to be a fight against the state.

"My city attorney what are our alternatives can we ban it can we sue the state can we say go do this somewhere else?" Morgan said.

The discussion won't happen at the next city council meeting but a future one, and Action News Now is working to find out when the issue will be brought back to the table.


Voting Map Decision

"Now after the 2020 election every district in Chico will have an elected representative – all of them," Sean Morgan said.

It was a 5-2 vote to keep the lavender map and make Northwest Chico district once again.
"We were all pretty upset that we were overlooked," a resident said.

Now districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will have council members up for election – including Morgan.

"People keep calling it my district it's not one district belongs to anyone whether I run or someone else runs and beats me its just district one they'll have a representative and they should," Morgan said.

"We really like Sean Morgan he understands our concerns out on the north end of town," a resident said.

Only Karl Ory and Randall Stone voted against the decision. Scott Huber changed his original vote and voted with morgan last night.

"I didn't really it was very confusing it was 10 minutes of talking about color changes and number changes and I was unclear," Scott Huber said.

"The hardest thing to do is to admit maybe I made a mistake and that's exactly what he did it awesome and he should be commended for it," Morgan said.

To view the approved district map, CLICK HERE.


Sit-Lie Ordinance

The council discussed bringing back the sit-lie ordinance to have an open-ended conversation about it - to either reinstate, modify or eliminate it, Huber said. 

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