BREAKING NEWS Potential PG&E power shutoff may impact nearly 54,000 customers Wednesday evening Full Story
SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Special Chico council meeting could lead to mask enforcement, more public engagement

In response to Butte County being placed on the state's watchlist, Mayor Ann Schwab called a special meeting to discuss the city's future measures of the pandemic.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 12:13 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 9:14 AM

CHICO, Calif. - In response to Butte County being placed on the state's watchlist, Chico Mayor Ann Schwab called a special meeting to discuss the city's future measures of the pandemic.

It was a special meeting, and therefore, strictly only items on the agenda could be discussed.

Protestors organized outside City Hall earlier before the special meeting, demanding a more interactive way to participate in the city's decisions.

"We have put with this for like three months now, trying to figure out a way to allow us back in city council meetings, and we get excuse after excuse after excuse," said a protestor holding up her sign.

The council agreed that hearing people's voices is necessary.

"This should be something that should be addressed, move forward," said City Council Member Randall Stone. "Get the public engaged however possible that can be made electronically, physically, however -- all of the above."

The city council unanimously passed a motion that allows the public to engage with the city council via electronic and online devices. The council says the order is flexible in case in-person participation is possible.

"But this order as worded does allow the flexibility, or we should say it does not have the ability to have people present, but it does have the flexibility to then still allow electronic only and have a pure web-x based."

Another motion that passed was the discussion of issuing face-covering enforcement throughout Chico.

"Today I'd like for the council to consider amending it's COVID-19 emergency resolution to operationalize city enforcement of the statewide order of face coverings and other state mandates related to COVID-19," said Vice Mayor Alex Brown.

However, some people in the community think it's too much to enforce face coverings.

"Waste of resources, don't do it," said Alex Day.

"The pandemic has taken a massive toll on our community's health and the economy," said Brown. "And the impacts only continue to worsen."

The city council unanimously passed the motion to discuss enforcing face coverings within Chico in their next meeting.

The next council meeting will be held on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 879645

Reported Deaths: 16982
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2893666877
Riverside640751272
San Bernardino597791021
Orange570711410
San Diego52735853
Kern33448410
Fresno30051429
Sacramento24425468
Santa Clara23355378
Alameda22738433
San Joaquin21187484
Contra Costa18157234
Stanislaus17341392
Tulare17120275
Ventura13901160
Imperial12475335
San Francisco11901133
Monterey1109183
San Mateo10810157
Santa Barbara9608119
Merced9314152
Sonoma8934129
Kings815983
Solano711774
Marin7019124
Madera488673
San Luis Obispo400932
Placer397852
Yolo307356
Butte301950
Santa Cruz270623
Napa188214
Sutter179612
Shasta172329
San Benito140314
El Dorado12834
Yuba125310
Mendocino110321
Tehama7748
Lassen7571
Lake67015
Glenn6393
Nevada5828
Humboldt5549
Colusa5456
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2494
Inyo21515
Siskiyou1840
Mono1752
Del Norte1731
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 91°
Oroville
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 89°
Paradise
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 91°
Chester
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 72°
Red Bluff
Clear
95° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 95°
Willows
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 91°
Gusty winds, hot temperatures, and dry conditions are prompting a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger today. Gusty winds will keep fire danger high through the end of the week, but a welcome cooling trend is on the way in your extended forecast.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events