The Orion

Downtown businesses struggle with homeless

Jay, a local homeless man, stands outside of businesses in hopes of compassion Photo credit: Emily Teague

Madison Holmes

April 15, 2014

Katie Vaclavik, the owner of Katie’s Corner, was used to cleaning up urine and trash left by the homeless before opening her store each morning, she said. Before changing store locations from Third and Main streets to the Chico Mall on East 20th Street, Katie’s Corner was often the resting place...

No citations given for ‘Sit and Lie’ violation

A homeless man sleeps on a grassy area of the downtown plaza facing the city chambers, where many transients often reside.Photo credit: Jamie Stryker

Madison Holmes

January 27, 2014

The Chico Police Department has not given out any citations to those violating the Sit and Lie ordinance since it took effect in December. The ordinance prohibits people from sitting or lying on Chico sidewalks next to commercial property between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Those who are cited under the ordinance would be g...

Community rallies to keep cleanup crew

William Reick, age 31, Program Coordinator of the Downtown Ambassadors is working to secure funds in order to reinstate the Jesus Center Cleanup Brigade starting February.Photo credit: Frances Mansour

Jessie Haynes

January 23, 2014

The Jesus Center and R-Town Downtown Coalition are in the planning stages of making the Cleanup Brigade a permanent solution to keeping downtown Chico clean. In November 2013, four individuals from the Jesus Center were hired to clean the streets of Chico early in the morning. This was in connection to a larger plan by R-Town to make th...

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