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Chico Councilmember Sean Morgan and Mayor Andrew Coolidge both served intent to recall notices

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Chico Councilmember Sean Morgan was served a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition Thursday.

According to a press release from the newly formed group Chico Voters, a Chico State student served Morgan the notice while teaching a class on campus.

The group also served Chico Mayor Andrew Coolidge an intent to recall notice during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Chico Voters told NSPR that the reason behind the recall effort was due in part to the city’s approach to homelessness, which it says has put unhoused community members in danger.

The group also called Mayor Coolidge and Councilmember Morgan fiscally irresponsible. It specifically cited the now closed temporary resting site for unhoused residents that was set up near the Chico airport.

“I think that over the years, there have been a number of really wonderful solutions presented to the city,” said Morgan Kennedy, the media spokesperson for Chico Voters, “Those have just been disregarded. Instead, we got a costly, ineffective airport resting site, that people have very little access to, that was far away from services and even basic needs like a store.”

In an email, Councilmember Morgan told NSPR that Chico Voters is, “Projecting problems created by them on others,” and that “The City is in better financial shape than it ever has been.” He added that he has been on the city’s finance committee for six years.

Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.