BREAKING NEWS Bear Fire: CAL FIRE is concerned about conditions near Forbestown and Clipper Mills Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Forest Service says no camping on Mt. Shasta for rest of season Full Story

Chico City Council blocks complete ban of needle distribution, final approval to allow pot dispensaries

Chico City Council failed to pass a motion that would completely ban needle distribution from the city, similar to other cities in Butte County, and for some residents here, a complete ban is what they wanted. The city council also gave final approval to two ordinances which will allow pot dispensaries in Chico city limits.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 12:04 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 5:07 PM

UPDATE: 5:06 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 - The city council also gave final approval to two ordinances which will allow pot dispensaries in Chico city limits. This was the second and final reading of the two ordinances.

The number of businesses will be limited and restricted in their locations. The ordinances take effect 30 days from Tuesday, Sept. 15

The original story follows as listed below.

---

CHICO, Calif. - Chico City Council failed to pass a motion that would completely ban needle distribution from the city, similar to other cities in Butte County, and for some residents here, a complete ban is what they wanted.

"Mayor Schwab, aye -- motion fails four to three."

Council members Morgan and Reynolds and Mayor Schwab voted yes on a complete ban on needle distribution. Council members Stone, Hubert, Ory, and Vice Mayor Brown all voted no on a complete ban.

Several people lined up outside the council chambers in Chico, and they all shared something similar in mind.

"I'm also going to be commenting on the 5.1 with the needle distribution options," said resident Jesica Giannola who pro-public health, and needle distribution.

"I'm also here tonight because I really believe needles need to be banned," said Nichole Nava, who is also against needle distribution. "I believe that we have been looking a long time towards that and it's not over yet."

Several cities in Butte County have banned any needle distribution from their city limits, however, one of the cities that hasn't is Chico.

"There is not a complete ban in the city of Chico so that's why some of us are here tonight," said Nava. "We're tired of the needle litter."

In mid-August, the North Valley Harm Reduction Coalition settled with Gallaway Enterprises, Downtown Chico Business Association, and eighteen other plaintiffs to stop needle distribution in Chico.

"We've been fighting the needle distribution program for a while," said Rob Berry, the attorney who filed the lawsuit against NVHRC. "We filed a lawsuit, a lawsuit effectively banning it from the state."

Earlier in the year, he was promised a full presentation, the same as NVHRC.

"[The city council] made a motion to restrict my presentation to three minutes even though they're allowing North Valley to continue for 10 minutes," he said. "I have a timed ten-minute speech to be respectfully for the time I've been given. You cannot restrict that to 3 minutes."

A motion did pass unanimously to allow staff to bring back this motion for cleanup ideas only.

Other cities in Butte County that have completely banned needle distribution include Oroville and Biggs.

Editors note: A previous report in this article stated that other cities in Butte County that have completely banned needle distribution include Oroville and Gridley. This has been corrected to Oroville and Biggs.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
San Joaquin19793414
Stanislaus16229329
Contra Costa15640198
Tulare15517256
Ventura12167142
Imperial11534312
San Francisco1064096
Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1600
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 73°
Oroville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Paradise
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 73°
Chester
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 57°
Red Bluff
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 74°
Willows
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 73°
Most of the forecast will remain pleasant and seasonable with big changes possible by next weekend.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events