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Month: June 2016

Homelessness and Innovation Forum

Councilmember Randall Stone recently participates in the Sacramento Homelessness Innovation Forum. Stone is a statewide leader on housing, community, and economic development.

Councilmember Randall Stone recently participates in the Sacramento Homelessness Innovation Forum. Stone is a statewide leader on housing, community, and economic development.

Meeting with State leaders discussing homelessness and innovation. Several primary solutions are being discussed. Mayor-Elect of Sacramento and Senate Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg, Joel John Roberts CEO of PATH, Lisa Wrightsman Director and Founder of Street Soccer USA, and Peter Detwiler, Policy Instructor at Sacramento State University are all discussing these innovative solutions to addressing homelessness in an open forum format.

It was also great to hear from other policy and organization leaders in the North State about their work, research, and findings. All of this condensed into an hour and a half. My hands hurt from writing so fast and furiously.

Special Olympics Summer Games

Butte County Delegation at the Special Olympics Summer Games

Butte County Delegation at the Special Olympics Summer Games

Opening Ceremonies at the Special Olympics Summer Games are off and running.

This really is an incredible place to be. My 15th Summer Games year (I’ve had to defer at least once or twice).

Butte County Rocks!

The Rolling Stones

Krista Stone speaks with Megan McCann regarding Foster Parenting needs.

Krista Stone speaks with Megan McCann regarding Foster Parenting needs.

By a completely coincidental freak occurrence, my wife Krista and I found ourselves appearing on the same broadcast of Action News Now’s Noon News today.

Krista appeared on behalf of her work in recruiting and training Foster Parents with the Butte County’s Children’s Services Division. Krista’s appearance was prerecorded some time ago.

Randall Stone speaks with Linda Watkins Bennett

Randall Stone speaks with Linda Watkins Bennett

I appeared in the studio live to discuss the Chico Running Club’s hosting of the Chico 4th of July Celebration including the CRC Independence Day 5k and Pancake Breakfast in conjunction with the Chico Community Band’s annual performance.

Chico Running Club (of which I am a Board Member and the PIO of the Club, and where Krista is a Board Member and Secretary of the Club) had decided to take over the production of this 50th Annual event after CARD and Do It Leisure decided to stop hosting the event. Chico Running Club has received tremendous community support to offset the challenges in putting on the event on such a short notice (a few weeks). Those community partners include the Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund (of which I am the Executive Director), the Chico Noon Exchange Club, the Chico Community Band, Sheriff Honea and Captain Bob’s Pancake Wagon, and many others.

Randall Stone speaks with Linda Watkins Bennett

Randall Stone speaks with Linda Watkins Bennett

Come out on the 4th of July for Chico’s only public morning 4th of July celebration (and the weather will be cooler in the morning). Let us know that you want to keep this event alive. The 5k starts at 7am, awards at 8:15am, and the Chico Community Band performing at 9am.

Pancakes meals are $5 each (a reduction in price from previous years). The run (including T-shirt and breakfast) is $25 before the event and $30 on race day.

Krista Stone speaks with Megan McCann regarding Foster Parenting needs.

Krista Stone speaks with Megan McCann regarding Foster Parenting needs.

Somewhere in the middle of all of this activity today, our son Rhys managed to spend some time away from us. He’s been suffering from a fever and ear ache since last Sunday evening. Krista will get his temperature dialed in over the weekend. I’ll be off at the Special Olympics Summer Games as Head Track Coach for the Butte County Delegation. Krista and I have been volunteers with Special Olympics Butte County for the past 15 years. I served as the Director in Butte County for the last 8 years – retiring from the volunteer post on January 1st of this year.

This is a busy time of year for us. We wouldn’t have it any other way (except maybe absent triple degree temperatures).

Stone fights to stop Sex Trafficking in Chico

Stone fights to stop Sex Trafficking in Chico

Randall Stone fights to stop Sex Trafficking in Chico

Councilman Randall Stone pushing local, state efforts to stop sex trafficking in Chico.

“These pimps are holding people against their will by taking their identification documents and threatening their families and children,” he said during a recent interview. “They force them into sexual slavery. This occurs in Chico and all up and down the West Coast along our interstate highway networks.”

Using laws in Redding and San Francisco as examples, Stone has drafted a city ordinance intended to crack down on parlors complicit in human trafficking. He introduced it during the City Council’s meeting on April 19, and the panel voted 7-0 to send it to the Internal Affairs Committee. It’s currently being reviewed by City Attorney Vince Ewing and likely will come before the council for discussion and possible adoption within the next couple of months.

Stone’s proposed ordinance would require workers in massage parlors to undergo basic background checks and fingerprinting. “At least we’d know if somebody is looking for them in other parts of the country,” he said. There would be a code enforcement element, as well.

“It would be code enforcement officers rather than police—it’s much cheaper to go that route—and they’d make sure the facilities are being used for massage rather than prostitution,” he said.

Chico News & Review – Hands On Regulation

Donate Blood

Randall Stone donates blood in Chico

Randall Stone donates blood in Chico

Donating blood with the City of Chico Blood Drive. My personal donations in my lifetime are pushing 7 gallons. The BloodSource bus is on 5th and Flume for a few more hours. You’ll be in and out in no time.

Chico Running Club and Randall Stone Step Up to Host July 4th

Randall Stone finishing the San Francisco Marathon with Chico Running Club Board Members

Randall Stone finishing the San Francisco Marathon with Chico Running Club Board Members

4th of July Saved – Councilmember Randall Stone is working to restore the 4th of July Celebration in Chico.  This 50th Annual Pancake Breakfast and 5k Run in Bidwell Park was cancelled by Do It Leisure.

Stone is working to restore all aspects of the event – Chico’s only public 4th of July celebration.

More details as they develop.  But the Chico Running Club and Develomental Disabilities Sports Fund are the sponsors of the event.  The Chico Community Band is currently working with us to perform at the event.  Randall Stone is the Executive Director of Develomental Disabilities Sports Fund and a Board Member of the Chico Running Club.  He has been one of the race organizers for 4+ years.

Chico Running Club and Randall Stone Step Up to Host July 4 – ChicoER

Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee Meeting

At the League of California Cities statewide committee on Housing, Community, and Economic Development. This is our final meeting this year before our League Annual Conference in October in Long Beach. As Vice President of the Sacramento Valley Division of the League – the largest division in the state with 57 cities to represent, issues such as housing and community development are central to community vitality. It has been an honor and an enlightening experience to serve on this committee.

I am proud to have voted in support of the California Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative at the League of California Cities Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee encouraging the Legislature and the Governor to support this initiative. This support is inline with the Chico Unified School District and State Senator Jim Nielsen. Some possible concerns are pushing for support to just the lowest assessed communities – thereby having the greatest impact on the lowest income communities. Given my debt averse perspective, this is encouraging. However, with regard to school bonds I generally support bond indebtedness that directly benefits the generation that will be paying the debt (i.e. children and education).

Unfortunately, my committee chose to take a “No Position” action on this initiative. It certainly isn’t a perfect initiative (I rarely see one that is). But it was appropriate to support in my opinion.

The California Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative will be the first education-related bond measure to appear on the ballot since 2006’s Prop. 1D, which the League supported. This new initiative is the first education-related bond measure to be citizen-initiated.

The measure would authorize $9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund construction and improvement of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.

Initiative Summary:

• The proceeds from $9 billion in bonds would be stored in a 2016 State School Facilities Fund and a 2016 Community College Capital Outlay Bond Fund. Proceeds would be allocated as follows:

$3 billion for the construction of new K-12 school facilities;
$3 billion for the modernization of K-12 school facilities;
$2 billion for acquiring, construction, renovating and equipping community college facilities;
$500 million for providing K-12 charter school facilities;
$500 million for career technical education facilities.

• The underlying funding formulas and requirements would be based on the state’s School Facilities Program as it stood on Jan. 1, 2015. In most cases, the State Allocation Board provides funding on a first-come, first-served basis.

Councilmember Stone Welcomes Bernie Sanders to Chico

Councilmember Randall Stone and son Rhys welcome Democratic Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders to Chico.

Councilmember Randall Stone and son Rhys welcome Democratic Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders to Chico.

RHYS AND RANDALL STONE ON BERNIE SANDERS’S VISIT TO CHICO – IN THE CHICO NEWS & REVIEW

I’m just excited that a presidential candidate from my political party is here in my town. Him being here is huge. Every time a political candidate comes here, they connect with the voters and bring new ideas. And they send the message that Chico is important in this state. It’s a BFD, especially in Democratic politics, because it’s usually Republicans who spend a lot of time here. I think the message Bernie Sanders is carrying is very important. I appreciate what he’s done during his campaign—for the things I care about, for the future of my son and this country.

– Randall Stone (with son Rhys), Chico City Councilmember

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