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Leading Chico City Council Candidates Talk Sit-Lie

Dealing with the homeless population is one of the top issues the new Chico City Council will face when they begin on December 4th, specifically how to implement the sit-lie ordinance.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2018 6:21 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Dealing with the homeless population is one of the top issues the new Chico City Council will face when they begin on December 4th, specifically how to implement the Sit Lie ordinance. 

Reynolds and Brown have opposing views when it comes to the Sit Lie ordinance.

Brown and Reynolds are the leading candidates in the city council race.

The results are not certified yet, there are still thousands of ballots to be counted, this includes provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots.

Action News Now asked the leading candidates to explain their stance on Sit Lie. 

"I think it's a good decision. I think people need to be able to get into businesses between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., that's when businesses are open. If the sidewalks are blocked people can't come to the businesses. Businesses create tax revenue that comes and takes care of all the services for the city so we need to do whatever we can to support our business members," said Reynolds.

"We've tried this and it doesn't work. I think it illustrates clearly that ordinances like Sit Lie are ineffective in addressing what they're setting out to address. I'm excited to sit on the council and look at the data and what it says about addressing homelessness long term and what the most viable options for that are," said Brown.

The third Chico City Council seat is still up in the air. Candidate Scott Huber is in third with 11, 521 votes. Incumbent Andrew Cooldige is in fourth with 11,380 votes.

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