Chico, Calif. -- The Chico First group regularly does community cleanups, and members are once again tired of the countless piles of trash around the city.
Now the group is drawing attention to the closed-up Walgreens on East Avenue.
Group members say they clean up the area about once a week, but a few days later the trash always comes back.
Now the group is asking the city council to consider some stricter ordinances.
“It's usually a couple, or three regulars. There's a guy who basically lives here,” said Chico First Member Rob Berry.
He says they do get tired of doing these constant cleanups, and it's a burden for many of the members, but they do it because they want to advocate for quality of life and improve the community they love.
“What kind of community standards does this pile of trash represent? That's what upsets people.”
He says while the trash looks bad, this is a bigger issue because there's also criminal activity that happens in these places.
Public safety is one of the group's main priorities, which is why members are asking the Chico city council to consider several stricter ordinances.
Berry says one of the most uncontroversial ones is the shopping cart ordinance.
“So we would like to see store-owners that use shopping carts take some responsibility for keeping those carts on their premises.”
He says much of the trash ends up in these piles because homeless people use carts to carry the trash, go through it, and leave it in more secluded places like behind Walgreens.
Another ordinance, which he says is one of the most controversial ones, is the Sit & Lie ordinance.
“Sidewalks are there for pedestrians, and they need to remain unobstructed and safe for the passage of pedestrians.”
He says the ordinance would still allow for people sit on the benches and on the grass, just not anywhere where they would obstruct traffic.
The Chico City council meeting is Tuesday at 6pm.
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