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Flavored tobacco ban and private access road in Tuesday's Chico city council discussion

The possible ban on flavored tobacco within Chico city limits and creating a private access road in Upper Park are two of the items in discussion on Tuesday's city council meeting.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 7:52 AM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 8:05 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The possible ban on flavored tobacco within Chico city limits and creating a private access road in Upper Park are two of the items in a discussion on Tuesday's city council meeting.


Possible ban on flavored tobacco in Chico

A ban on flavored tobacco could soon be the new reality for people in one Butte County city.

Tuesday’s city council meeting, Vice Mayor Alex Brown is expected to present a report to the council about flavored tobacco sales the findings are from the Internal Affairs Committee.

The report suggests banning flavors for tobacco like apple, chocolate, grape, and peach as well as menthol cigarettes.

I talked with two people who live in Chico who say they support this ban.

"I feel like it was marketed for younger people anyways. With the ‘Tootie Frootie’ and glazed donut and stuff like that," said Steve Veramontes, a man who supports the flavored tobacco ban.

“I think either they should ban it or raise the age limit higher or make it more difficult for children to get it,” said Comfort James, a woman who supports the flavored tobacco ban.

Action News Now spoke to one man who didn't want to go on camera, he says the ban would not be in his best interest since it would affect his daily activities.

The report from the Internal Affairs Committee states “consumption of flavored tobacco products has grown in recent years... from 1995 to 2008, sales of little cigars increased by 316 %.”

The City of Oroville back in October moved forward to ban flavored tobacco in the year 2020.

Tuesday’s Chico city council meeting is at 6 p.m. in the council chambers - 421 Main St.


Pay a fee to park in Upper Bidwell Park?

Will the Chico community soon see car-friendly access in Upper Bidwell Park?

City staff completed phase one of repairs to Upper Park Road earlier this year that's between the diversion dam gate and the dead end.

The Bidwell Park and Playground commission is bringing the proposal forward again to the council.

If approved visitors would have to pay $2 a day to park their vehicle at upper bidwell park or buy an annual pass for $25.

It's all to allow cars easier access into the park.

I spoke with people who visit the park reaction is mixed especially when it comes to paying a fee.

deter: "There's been a lot of talk that I've heard against it because its always been free. people are kind of hesitant to change, but i don't see that there's any problems with it personally," said Steve Deter, a man who supports the private access road.

"I think if it's going towards fixing the road, it'd great. It just depends on how long it's going to be going on for," said Amairani Garcia, a woman who visits Upper Park, but is unsure about the proposal.

If approved the commission says kiosks would be installed there, the fee would generate more than $800,000 in revenue for the city.

This has been a proposal that's been in discussion for several months now, Action News Now spoke to one man in October he says there shouldn't be more cars at Upper Bidwell Park.

The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission says more than 450,000 cars travel to Upper Park every year.

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