Outbursts, Chamber Cleared after Chico Council's Contentious Sit-Lie Meeting

Chico's controversial Sit-Lie Ordinance could be reinstated following a vote by the Chico City Council at Tuesday night’s contentious meeting.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 3:05 AM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 6:18 AM

Chico, CALIF. -- Chico's controversial Sit-Lie Ordinance could be reinstated following a vote by the Chico City Council at Tuesday night’s contentious meeting.

There was plenty of anger on both sides, and there were several outbursts. In fact, after several people spoke at the podium, people clapped and snapped their fingers, which is against the rules.  This prompted Mayor Sean Morgan to call for three recesses-each one longer than the last.

Finally, he issued a warning, telling people that, under the Brown Act, he could have the chambers cleared of all audience members.

After the last person spoke at the podium on the Sit-Lie issue, and the council began to discuss the ordinance, several people began chanting and shouting, interrupting the meeting. Morgan had the room cleared.  City Clerk Debbie Presson said this was the first time she’d seen this happen in her 18 years on the job.

Eventually, the council voted 4-3 to have the City Attorney review and redraft the ordinance. The attorney was also directed to examine Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that determined it was unconstitutional to ban people from sleeping outside if there were no shelter nearby.

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