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CHICO, Calif. – The Chico City Council was met by hundreds of business owners and community members who showed up for the city council meeting to demand more attention be given to public safety.
It was a packed house at the Chico City Council meeting. Hundreds of passionate protestors showed up before the meeting began to have their voices heard.
Hundreds of people in the community gathered outside to say they're fed up with increasing crime and decreasing public safety.
“A lot of people are fed up,” Protester, Julie Campfen said. “We all banded together and are trying to get our town back and have the city council hear what the citizens want.”
Other people said it’s not about making a huge scene or causing issues, they are just frustrated. The protesters say they want to ban the needle distribution.
“We don’t need the needles in our waterways,” Campfen said. “We don’t want them to rescind the sit-lie ordinance, that’s a valuable tool that law enforcement uses to connect with the homeless.”
But the needle distribution had supporters show up too.
“Misinformation is causing this response if people were better informed they would see that the needle program can actually help people,” supporter of the needle distribution, Jessica Giannola said.
But many say they want the area to be a good place for families and kids, not programs that they feel are not working.
Action News Now spoke to Councilmember Sean Morgan about the protesters.
“They’re letting themselves be heard, I was excited to hear them and see them do it,” Morgan said.
Morgan proposed a city ordinance Tuesday night that would ban the needle distribution.
As for councilman Morgan's proposal for an ordinance banning needle distribution and repealing the Sit-Lie ordinance, they essentially voted to talk about the two topics in the next city council meeting.