Council Meeting Tonight

Tonight’s City Council Meeting starts at 6:30 pm at 421 Main Street. The meeting agenda can be found here.

Of particular interest on tonight’s agenda are:

(1) Consideration of a demand from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for the City to initiate annexation proceedings for the Chapman, Mulberry, Forest Avenue, and East Lassen Avenue unincorporated islands. If you live in one of these areas, the outcome of this disagreement with LAFCO will affect you. Particularly in the Chapman and Mulberry areas, citizens have historically opposed annexation. This is, and has been for several years, a very contentious issue between LAFCO and the City. (LAFCo_Annexation_Demand)

(2) Final adoption of labor agreements for four of the City’s bargaining groups. If you intend to have your opinion considered in the Council’s decision making, tonight’s meeting will be your final opportunity. (International_Association_of_Firefighters; Management_Employees_Group; Confidential_Employees_Group, Chico_Employees_Association).

If you’ve never attended a council meeting before, please know that there are typically plenty of seats, and you can come and go as you like (in case you can’t make it until after 6:30 and/or really don’t want to hang around until 11 pm!). It’s okay to just come and observe — no need to speak unless you are so inclined. If you do wish to address the Council, there are speaker cards in the back of the chambers, and it’s as easy as filling out two fields and placing it in a basket. (Do make sure your speaker cards are submitted to the City Clerk’s station before your item comes up, particularly if it is on the Consent Agenda or under Reports and Communications, since there may be no discussion whatsoever if there is no request to be heard.)

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can watch from home via live stream or at a later date on the video recording. Our permanent link to the Council Meeting page, along with an explanation of how it works, is here: Watch Council Meetings

Again, we urge you to get involved. This is your community, and being informed and engaged is crucial. The Council works for you, so make your voice heard. Write letters, attend meetings or watch from home, ask questions and make comments on our blog posts, and hold the elected officials accountable at the polls.

Thank you for your continued readership. Please also continue to share our posts with your family, neighbors, and friends. As always, we welcome your comments and questions.

Remember: Truth Matters, Chico!

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Posted on January 21, 2014, in Meetings and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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