Letter: Chico mayor is no Santa Claus

The Christmas spirit must have taken hold of the conservative majority on the Chico City Council.  Suddenly a protective fence, hand-washing stations and more porta-potties for the homeless people living in the miserable wet, winter-cold weather are going to be installed at the camp at Comanche Creek.  Cynic that I am, I thought it was the expensive lawsuit brought against the city on behalf of the homeless.

Also, Mayor Andrew Coolidge now wants to “. . . reconsider several elements of the Cannabis Ordinance . . .”  Again, I thought he was bringing this up now because of the Chico Voters’ petitions being circulated to recall him. But maybe he’s considering bestowing a last-minute gift on the people of Chico, over half of whom voted to allow for some Cannabis distribution stores in Chico.

I wonder if Mayor Coolidge will grant one more Christmas wish on the Public Works employees? They showed up in mass at a city council meeting to plead with the city to give them a raise because they haven’t had one in 12 years. These hard workers risk their lives everyday, working outside in the heat and cold to keep us safe: sewer crew, tree crew, park maintenance crew, street crew, etc.

Mayor Andrew Coolidge campaigned on a platform of “Safety.” But all he and his conservative cohorts have done on the city council is make the homeless suffer more and make Chico taxpayers pay for an expensive lawsuit. Sounds more like the Grinch instead of Santa Claus.

— Karen Laslo, Chico


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