Events ordinance moves on

It now appears that a controversial and much-discussed ordinance allowing Chico police to shut down unruly gatherings will be approved, despite widespread opposition and concerns about its constitutionality.

At a special two-hour meeting held Monday (Oct. 15), the Chico City Council heard—for the third time—a wide range of testimony. One notable difference: The North Valley Property Owners Association switched its position following a meeting with local police officers, going from con to pro.

Eventually the council voted 6-1 for the ordinance, with Councilman Scott Gruendl dissenting only because he wanted a slight rewording of the ordinance. The council did agree to revisit the ordinance in a year to see how it’s working. It will come back to the council for a final reading and approval Nov. 6.