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"Sit Lie" Ordinance Approved in Chico

The Chico City Council votes to reinstate a law that prohibits sitting or laying on walkways in commercial areas from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Posted: Nov 7, 2018 4:08 AM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 10:49 AM

CHICO, Calif. -Meeting before a packed house Tuesday night, the Chico City Council voted in favor of reinstating the controversial Sit-Lie ordinance.

The ordinance prohibits sitting or lying on sidewalks in commercial zones between 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

What this means is that whether you're homeless or not, a city sidewalk is not a place where you're allowed to just stop, sit and rest on.

That might sound like it's just geared toward the transient population, but this law applies to everyone. If you're out shopping and need a break, find a bench. 

This ordinance was actually in place in the past, but it expired in 2016.

More than a dozen residents took the podium last night and the council meeting, many in favor of the move.

Many others insist that the ordinance unfairly targets homeless individuals who may be lying on sidewalks, and have no other places to go.

The council vote was not unanimous.

Keep this in mind that when you're in Chico, police will be insisting that anyone sitting or lying on sidewalks in commercial areas, obstructing pathways, will be asked to move and possibly cited.

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