CHICO, Calif. - On April 23, Federal judge Morrison C. England Jr. extended the eviction ban in Chico for three weeks.
During this three-week period, the City of Chico can't evict homeless people from camps or parks until a solution has been found.
For the past three months, the homeless have been cleared out from city parks like Bidwell, the Triangle, and One-Mile.
The Chico City Council now has three weeks to work with the Legal Services of Northern California to come up with a feasible solution for the homeless that the judge can sign off on.
Councilmembers Sean Morgan and Scott Huber both believe the judge making this decision could actually be beneficial.
“Both parties indicated that they are willing to negotiate with each other on some sort of settlement,” said councilman Scott Huber.
“I think this is fantastic, to be honest with you,” said councilman Sean Morgan. “It is like okay, the judge has now spelled out what needs to happen for the city of Chico to force its ordinances it has on the books. It does not matter if I agree with him or not. That is how it works.”
Martin v. Bosie states that homeless people cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives.
People experiencing homelessness at least in the 9th circuit can sleep more safely without facing criminal punishment for trying to survive on the streets.
The judge made it very clear the city cannot make up its own ordinances that go against the US constitution and informed the City and eight plaintiffs to work together on a plan and return to court in three weeks on May 14.