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Federal Judge puts temporary halt to homeless evictions in Chico

Comanche Creek evictions are put on hold for now. A Federal Judge ruled the City of Chico cannot remove the homeless or issue any other 72-hour notices.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 6:11 PM

CHICO, Calif. – The homeless can keep their tents up at Comanche Creek, for now, after a Federal Judge ordered the City of Chico to stop homeless evictions.

"I'm really happy for everybody here it's a good thing,” Rebecca George, a Chico resident said.

Rebecca George was expecting to get kicked out of Comanche Creek Monday morning. This order gives the homeless like George a reprieve, however small it may be.

"It's keeping it in one area and it's not in Bidwell Park,” George said. “People here are good, and they help each other out."

Kent Needham makes cabinets for a living. His shop is few blocks away from the homeless camp at Comanche Creek.

"I'm frustrated,” Needham explained to Action News Now. “I mean there's no easy answer obviously."

Needham said the homeless need to move out so businesses, like his own, do not become targets for them. Needham explained he sees a lot of homeless people walking near his business at night. So he turns on his three security cameras to make sure he captures any illegal activity.

"At midnight it's like mid-afternoon here,” Needham said. “With all the homeless going through dumpsters, charging their phones on the outdoor outlets."

Action News Now reached out to every Chico City Councilmember regarding the judge’s ruling.

"I'm disappointed that a federal judge would say, ‘hey you guys can't follow the laws you've written for your own community,” Council Member, Sean Morgan said.

"This is the court sort of agreeing with my own opinion that these actions were morally and ethically incorrect,” Council Member, Scott Huber said.

Judge Morrison England Junior of the Eastern District of California based his decision in part that there are not enough available emergency beds for the homeless.

Action News Now reached out to Council Member Kasey Reynolds, Chico City Manager and Attorney, however, they all said they could not talk due to the lawsuit. Read Judge Morrison’s ruling below.

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