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Chico Mayor speaks on housing and crime at State of the City address

Mayor Randall Stone had a State of the City speech on Jan. 22 followed by another speech on Jan. 24 at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.

Posted: Jan 22, 2020 11:09 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 8:23 PM

UPDATE: 8:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - Mayor Randall Stone gave his second of two State of the City speeches on Friday, Jan. 24.

At Friday's meeting, he spoke about the city's progress - saying sales tax revenue is up - and downtown business is booming.

Action News Now asked some people what issues they feel are the most important and they said homelessness, housing and crime were among their concerns.

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CHICO, Calif. - Normally the Mayor presents just one speech for the State of the City and that's at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.

Chico Mayor Randall Stone said there's nothing controversial about the decision to do the speech twice.

The speech on Friday, Jan. 24 is organized by the chamber of commerce so he is going to be going over a list of priorities they have asked him to address. The Jan. 22 speech was about the actual current state of affairs in the city.

One major topic of discussion was affordable housing.

"Even in the face of a regional disaster, the housing market has not shifted its product designed to incorporate more market based affordable housing," said Mayor Stone. "Despite the need."

Mayor Stone said because of this he is calling on colleagues to address housing affordability and availability.

Addison Winslow lives in Chico and attended because he said housing is an important topic for him.

RELATED: Chico police release 2019 crime statistics, overall 2% decrease

"He says the city should not be in the business of providing public housing and then, on the other hand, says he's in the favor of something called 'housing first policies' which he was unable to cite any examples of something he would actually support," said Winslow.

Another topic of discussion was the crime in Chico. Stone said domestic violence has increased by 2%.

"With violent crime decrease of 9%, aggregated assaults are down a whopping 15% year to year," said Stone.

Teri Dubose said she came to hear what the Mayor had to say.

"Well, when he talked about downtown and people making up crime and, fabricating things about crime and safety in Chico, I honestly couldn't believe it," said Dubose.

Stone said street team arrests are up and crime is down across the board. He also added vehicle thefts did increase.

There were about 15 people who attended this first speech. The next will be on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.

Watch the full speech and hear Stone answering questions from citizens below:

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