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City of Chico in settlement conference this week regarding homeless shelter compromise

City leaders in Chico continue working to find a solution in the homeless shelter compromise.

Posted: Aug 30, 2021 5:46 PM

CHICO, Calif. – The City of Chico continues working to find a solution in the homeless shelter compromise.

This week, the city will be in a series of settlement conferences with the plaintiffs to try to figure out a plan.

It is closed door conference that began at 9 a.m. on Monday. However, Mayor Andrew Coolidge says the meetings could last all week.
Even though the city opened up the temporary resting site at the airport not everyone is using it.

There are still people staying in tents around areas like Bidwell Park and Comanche Creek.

Tom Woodward has been living at the airport site since July and he says for the most part everyone is getting along but he hopes the city will have a plan soon.

“We are still waiting for showers and electricity but we are trying to get along and helping each other,” Woodward said. 

“We’re hopeful the process moves forward as quickly as possible so we can have some resolution and start cleaning up and parks and waterways and restoring Chico to the vibrant town we all know and love,” Mayor Coolidge said.

Coolidge says the settlement conference is only between the city’s attorney and his team and the plaintiffs’ attorney and their team.

He could not go into specifics about possible solutions but says there are several being discussed. There’s no time frame on how long the meetings will last.

At this time there is still no power or showers at the airport resting site but Coolidge says if both parties agree on keeping this site, more amenities will be brought in.

After these meetings are finished – it’ll all be brought back to the magistrate and Judge Morrison England Junior to figure out how to move forward.

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