Chico City Council

Chico Police Department

The Chico Police Department is pursuing the possibility of creating and hosting a 40-hour crisis intervention class for local and regional officers. 


Chief Matt Madden told the City Council this week that the plan would be more affordable than sending officers out of town for de-escalation training.


“The bottom line is — the issue with this type of training, it’s the overtime that you gotta cover the streets. And so, even if we do that, we’re still going to have a cost associated,” he said. “But, again, if we’re not sending them all the way down — right now the only CIT trainings that are up online on POST, of course, Covid’s got them all shut down, is the Bay Area and Southern California.” 

City of Chico

The Chico Climate Commission meets Thursday for a progress report on the ambitious 2030 targets the Chico City Council set on greenhouse gas reductions, among other issues.


Cheri Chastain, chair of the Chico Climate Commission, says the commission has hired a consultant to update its climate action plan.


“What we’re doing right now is actually updating the climate action plan to project out the actions we need to take over the next 10 years to achieve our climate goals,” she said. 

City officials in Chico say no additional budget reductions will be needed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


City Manager Mark Orme, who briefed the City Council on Tuesday, said the city had reached this “pivotal stage” thanks to an extreme internal focus on finances.



“I am proud to recommend the city’s emergency and operational reserves be fully funded,” he said.

Downtown Chico

It may cost you to park in Bidwell Park come July. A proposed Upper Bidwell Park parking fee goes up for debate in Chico tomorrow evening.


The proposal, approved by the council’s Internal Affairs Committee, would initiate a $2 daily fee and $25 annual pass for driving into Upper Park. Seniors, the disabled and qualifying low-income households would be exempt. The fee would take effect July 1.


Chico’s City Council meets twice this week, with officials hoping to finalize the move to district elections.


The council meets Monday, again considering a switch to district elections. Then, in a Tuesday encore, it’s set to tackle other, more mundane issues. 


Chico’s City Council is expected to adopt district elections tomorrow.


Seven separate districts would replace the current system, where the city council is chosen by voters citywide.


The change was more-or-less forced on Chico by demand letters from out of town law firms. The letters claimed at-large elections discriminate against voters and thus violate a recent state law.

Soaring Population Masks Dip In Crime

Jan 22, 2020



The rate and number of violent crimes declined in Chico last year, while property crimes remained almost unchanged. A new report from the Chico Police Department has law enforcement declaring victory.  


On the face of it, the figures aren’t something to boast about loudly. Violent crime dipped by nine percent between 2018 and 2019, with 54 fewer incidents reported. It’s a move in the right direction, but not exactly huge.

Chico Council: Proposed Districts Up For Debate

Jan 6, 2020
City Council Agenda Report

One of the final opportunities to critique proposed council districts in Chico is happening Tuesday evening.


Six different proposals would divide Chico into seven city council districts, eliminating the current method where voters select all councilors city wide.  

Alan Cuevas

A proposal that would double what Chico spends shielding the poor from extreme weather is among the topics up for debate Tuesday evening. 


If approved, Chico would up its commitment to $60,000 annually for operation of a shelter from the merciless summer heat and intolerable winter cold. Though open to all, the refuge is mainly geared to the homeless.

Marc Albert

A proposal ordering nightly curfews in Chico should electricity be cut by Pacific Gas and Electric Company due to fire danger will undergo further study after receiving a chilly reception at a council meeting Tuesday night.  


After a combative reception from some members of the public, and only lukewarm support on the dais, Chico Mayor Randall Stone sent the emergency ordinance back to the drawing board.