Leading Chico Forward
I am committed to preserving Chico's heritage as we progress into the future. Together we can sustain Chico's values and create a lasting vision for a livable community
Ann has a depth and breadth of knowledge about issues that matter to the community: public safety, parks, financing, diversity, water and sustainability.
When Ann moved to Chico, she discovered a warm, welcoming community. Ann strongly believes in community service and practices civic engagement in in her public and private life.
My top priorities are economic growth to help fund badly needed improvements to parks and roads; affordable housing; and ensuring neighborhood safety.
A strong economy which supports living wages is the key to our City's success in the future. We have an opportunity to attract new businesses which will bring additional sales tax and property tax to support City services, particularly pards and roads.
Additional affordable housing needs to be a high priority in our tight housing market. Workforce housing compliments my value of sustainable growth. Homes built close to shopping, schools, and jobs reduce transportation costs and associated costs to the City.
Safe neighborhoods are achieved through all departments in the City. It’s a team approach. Of course Police and Fire play an important role in safety. However, equally important are streetlights, sewers, leaf pick-up, tree crews, and mechanics who service the City's fleet.
I do not support camping in our parks and creek sides. I voted against the council majority when they approved camping in Bidwell Park, a decision that significantly negatively impacted on our park and green ways.
All sheltering options need to have wrap-around services to support individuals as they navigate their way to permanent housing.
We need a multifaceted, community supported approach emphasizing accountability and services to address camping in the park. Resources for a plan forward are not forthcoming from the State or Federal government. If we want to find solutions, the City must take the lead and partner with non-profit organizations and County personnel. Disagreement on approaches and blaming one another has left us stymied, and not one step forward to finding solutions.
We start by putting aside blame and agree that this is something we want to solve.
We can all agree that Bidwell Park and our water ways are not suitable for habitation. We can all agree these vulnerable people need to be connected through compassionate support to be sheltered and appropriate resources to a path forward. We can all agree it is not humane to turn our backs to the needs of people. We can all agree that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled sheltering needs to be provided before asking people to relocate. We can all agree Bidwell Park is the crown jewel of Chico and we need to work together to preserve this precious gift.
The City is prepared to invest in a piece of property for sheltering. We are fortunate to have committed non-profit partners to provide outreach, navigation services, and permanent housing. To be successful, we need the commitment of all levels of government to provide mental health and detox services for people to live off the streets and out of parks and greenways.
Temporary/emergency sheltering shouldn’t be the end answer. Permanent housing needs to be part of the plan. The City anticipates 641 new affordable housing units will be funded by federal disaster tax credits, including Creekside Place and North Creek Crossings. In addition, $32.5M of CDBG-Disaster Relief funds is being applied for by the City of Chico for affordable housing and infrastructure to support housing construction.
This won’t be easy. However, if there’s one thing I know for sure, when Chico puts its mind to working together and finding solutions, there’s nothing we can’t do when we do it together.
A population increase of 20% on November 8, 2018 further degraded our police to population ratios. I will continue to make public safety a priority. In response to reduced revenues during the recession, the City reduced 70 positions City-wide. Of these positions, 20% were from support services, while on 8.5% were from public safety. This demonstrates my commitment to prioritizing public safety. In addition to more officers on patrol, we need to increase our special operations an criminal investigations, such as street crimes, Target, and other outreach to allow us to prevent, not just react to crime. Not to be overlooked are staffing levels in the dispatch divisions, training and technology.
I’ve developed a strong understanding of the Chico Police Department through my service on the Police Community Advisory Board and as chair of the Policing Review Ad Hoc Committee. The Policing Ad Hoc Committee is reviewing police policies, including training and implementation, and will report their findings and recommendations to Council. The Chief of Police and members of the Chico Police Officers Association have committed to work with the council and community members in this process. I am supportive of Chief Madden as he begins his tenure of COP. He brings passion, innovation, professionalism, and a commitment providing responsive public safety to our community. I am confident there will be increased partnerships with Butte County Behavioral Health when responding to individuals needing mental health care. I will continue to advocate for the State and Federal governments to pay for the unfunded consequences of AB 109, Prop 47, housing shortage, COVID-19, mental health services, and drug de-tox centers.
Public safety is a team effort and is the priority of all City Departments. Our Fire Department is at the ready to respond to emergencies of any level, prevent and fight fires and safe lives; Code Enforcement keeps our neighborhoods free of hazards; Public Works assures we can travel safely on our streets, our sewers and drains are free of blockages, trees are healthy, and vehicles and buildings operate effectively; Planning and Engineering assure compatibility and infrastructure for a safe community; and our Finance, Administration, and Legal Departments support the team’s front-line efforts. This team approach makes us stronger.
Butte County Democratic Party
Democratic Action Club of Chico
Chico Firefighters Association Local 2734
SEIU Local 1021
California Nurses Association
Butte County Health Care Coalition
Northeastern California Building Trades
North State Builds
IBEW Local 340
Laborers Local 185
Marysville Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
Mid-Valley Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO
North State Labor Federation
UA Local Union 228
United Domestic Workers
Mary Ellen Hughes
Mary Ann Latimer
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