Reviewing policy

Council will discuss agenda-setting, public comment periods after cease-and-desist filing.

The Chico City Council will review its policies related to agenda-setting and public comments at a future meeting. Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jared recommended the discussion, prompted by a cease-and-desist letter filed by Rob Berry detailing an alleged violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which outlines public participation at government meetings. Without admitting any wrongdoing, the council approved a letter of commitment to cease such alleged violations.

At the Sept. 3 council meeting, Chico Mayor Randall Stone silenced Berry during business from the floor. Stone told Berry he could not address the topic of syringe access programs because it was the subject of a council member request, and the council does not accept public comment on such requests.