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ICYMI: Chico Mayor talks homelessness, housing and budget at State of the City

INFO ON WARMING CENTER ADDED: Chico Mayor Randall Stone spoke about homelessness, affordable housing and the city budget at the State of the City Address.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 6:43 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2019 8:22 PM

Updated 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 - A warming center will be open in Chico from Sunday, Feb. 17 until Tues. Feb. 19, 2019 at Depot Park in Chico (431 Cedar Street).

Those who do not have transportation to the warming center can call (510) 396-5109 for a ride. between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each night.

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Updated 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 - The story by reporter Laura Eng about the State of the City and what Chico's mayor said about homelessness has been added to this article.

Eng said Chico Mayor Randall Stone spoke about the need for affordable housing services for the homeless.

Stone told those gathered an the annual event that in January the city council began the process of working with county officials on the "Code Blue" project.

"This city intends to act, and we did," Stone announced.

On February 6th the city took an unprecedented action of providing a warming shelter for the precariously housed. With every known housing option absorbed, every homeless center option completely full, and without a larger coordination within the county, the city took action in light of warming shelters in the duration of the extreme cold weather."

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CHICO, Calif. -- In Friday's State of the City, Chico Mayor Randall Stone spoke about several key issues facing the city.

It's good news for a city that had a multi-million dollar deficit just six years ago, according to the mayor.

The mayor said the city overcame an $8 million deficit and is now in the black with a budget of $19 million.

But, given the impacts of the Camp Fire, the mayor said he is asking the state for $6 million per year for the next three to five years. This is all in an effort to boost public works, police and services for expenses from the Camp Fire.

The owner of Bird in Hand, Bob Malowney, shared his thoughts with Action News Now on the State of the City.

"It's very interesting to see where we are at this time. A lot of things have changed up to this time. I think the mayor had a lot of interesting points that need to be brought out to the whole people to decide what the path forward is," said Malowney.

The mayor is also asking the state for $12 million in traffic management to address traffic congestion in the city after the Camp Fire.

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