Rhys Stone, son of Councilmember Randall Stone, cuts the ribbon on the new Comanche Creek Greenway Park and accepts a check for $17,000 from the neighborhood for three years maintenance by City staff.
NEXT GENERATION CUTS RIBBON ON NEW PARK AND BRIDGE Literally and Figuratively
My two-year-old son Rhys made his political debut today. He literally (with big scissors and all) cut the ribbon on the Comanche Creek Greenway Park Bridge. This ribbon cutting was for his generation and so it was fitting that he and his generation literally and figuratively cut the ribbon on this new Park and bridge.
One of the privileges I have as a Councilmember is to be on hand to cut the ribbons and thank great community partners and stewards of all the good that is in this City. Today was a huge one! Friends of Comanche Creek, Barber Yard, Hegan Lane Business Park businesses, Park and Public Works staff with the City of Chico, Brenden Ottoboni, Dan Efseaff, Debbie Villasenior, Janet Ellner, Emily Alma, Adam Fedeli, Susan Mason…there’s no way to thank them all.
This all started in 1999 about the time I really started to engage politically in Chico when the conservative council (at that time) ignored the public and demanded a highway extension across Comanche Creek into the Hegan Lane Business Park. Through the great efforts of community leaders, some of whom I just mentioned, a referendum was born and a 60-40 successful end to the “keep-paving-over-the-City” planning design mostly died – along with the conservative Council.
It was entirely fitting and proper that what seemed like the entire community came out to support the ribbon cutting. It was my honor and distinct privilege to thank those community members for their encouragement, hard work, dedication, and financial support to make this new park and ADA-Pedestrian bicycle path possible.
Rhys and I cut the ribbon alongside Supervisors Steve Lambert and Maureen Kirk as well as other staff and community members. I was so happy to have a member of the next generation on hand to make the historic opening. These projects are for current residents every bit as much as future residents. So it was so much fun for Rhys to ceremoniously kick off this new jewel in Chico’s crown.
Although it seems silly to mention it since he is so accommodating of Mom and Dad’s crazy life, Rhys was so well behaved (even motioning, not speaking, to other children to be quiet) during the speeches. Everyone thought he was so great and enjoying himself so much. It was very cool and certainly a proud parent moment that I share with my wife Krista Stone. Go Team Stone.
Councilmember Randall Stone discusses affordable housing finance and addresses homelessness policy considerations at the Adult Services Coordinating Council forum on Homelessness and Aging on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.
“(Councilmember Randall) Stone, a member of the statewide League of California Cities’ Committee on Housing, Community, and Economic Development, talked a lot about a lack of funding and how it affects vagrancy and homeless problems in Chico. It’s compounded, he said, by the fact that the Chico police have to handle all of it. He has visited large, more affluent counties such as San Diego and said the approach to the problem is entirely different.
“Here, it is still addressed from a law enforcement standpoint. Coordinated services are just not there. We don’t have social workers who work with the police department … The county is reticent to address it any other way,” he said.”
Write up on my Wednesday Night forum regarding homelessness:
Well this just warms our heart, especially after last week’s terrible news for law enforcement and our country.
Way to go Butte County Probation for making a difference! (in this way…BCP is always making a difference).
This is just another great outcome from the Independence Day 5k put on by the Chico Running Club. We’re so proud that CRC could provide the opportunity and looking forward to next year’s even bigger and better celebration.
Congratulations to Butte County Probation. Thanks for all that you do.
BUTTE COUNTY PROBATION POST:
Our Camp Condor youth are at it again! On July 4th, a group of four young people and four officers participated in the (Chico Running Club) Independence Day 5K at Lower Bidwell Park. Everyone had a great time and the group performed very well:
Eduardo came in 2nd in his age group and was 7th overall male with a time of 20:57 (6:45 pace). He won a gift card to Dutch Bros. and shared his loot with the rest of the group on the way back to Oroville.
Despite a shoelace malfunction, David ran a solid 24:09 and was 4th in his age group. He is definitely interested in redeeming himself at the next race!
Tree was also 4th in her age group with a time of 34:30 and Shyanna was 5th in her age group, running a 37:51.
Probation Officer M. Gonzalez ran her 5k in 39:05, Probation Officer A. Dunas ran a 21:51, and Probation Officer C. Lara came in at 33:15.
After the race, everyone enjoyed dipping in the pool and hanging out in beautiful Lower Bidwell Park One Mile Recreation Area.
Councilmember Randall Stone enjoying some rest and relaxation while rock climbing on Grizzly Dome along Highway 70 and the Feather River.
Councilmember Randall Stone enjoying some rest and relaxation while rock climbing on Grizzly Dome along Highway 70 and the Feather River today.
Stone enjoys rock climbing, running, cycling, and scuba diving. Together with his wife, Krista, they are avid cross country ski, snowshoe, snow camping, and backcountry ski aficionados.
In their free time, Krista and Randall are coaches with Special Olympics Butte County Track & Field, Bowling, Basketball, and Volley Ball. Randall was the Director of Special Olympics Butte County (an unpaid, volunteer position) for the past 8 years – retiring from the post in January 2016.
Founder and Executive Director of Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund, Randall Stone accepts a $1,200 donation from the Chico Noon Exchange Club. From left to right: Randall Stone (Founder and Executive Director, Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund), Michelle Anderson (Vice President, Noon Exchange), and Greg Meadows (President, Noon Exchange)
Randall Stone, founder and Executive Director of Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund (DDSF) receives a donation of $1,200 from the Chico Noon Exchange Club.
Stone was the keynote speaker at the Chico Noon Exchange Club Meeting to discuss DDSF’s mission as well as how DDSF and Chico Running Club worked with the Noon Exchange on a recent project. DDSF and the Chico Running Club, with support from the Chico Noon Exchange, helped organize the 4th of July Celebration in Chico this year – the only public Independence Day celebration in Chico. DDSF is the primary organizer for next year’s event.
Randall Stone speaks at a gathering of Chico Law Enforcement Officials in July 2015.
I stand with human beings.
Krista and I are heartbroken at the violence yesterday and the last month. We had two records for violence broken in the last month. When does it stop? When do we as a collective group reject the hate mongering and isolation; the exclusion and prejudice based on where we come from or what we wear or the job we perform or some other socioeconomic factors.
I don’t know what caused the events of two days ago. But I know that the people injured or killed last month and last night (except the suspect) did nothing to provoke or expect what happened to them.
It may help to change our language of acceptance and tolerance to signal that we do not accept this type of hate or retribution. We can say we don’t tolerate confederate flag imagery, or people who draw divisions between us, or reject others based on some real or perceived differences. In short, we can let each one of us know that we stand with you – because you are a human being.
Disability Action Center (DAC) Executive Director, Evan LeVang, announced the acceptance of a $1,500 donation from AT&T on July 6th, 2016. DAC welcomed AT&T External Affairs representative, Preston Dickinson, for the presentation of their generous donation. Chico City Council Member, Randall Stone, was on hand as well. “We are honored by AT&T’s generosity,” said Evan LeVang. “Donations such as these enable DAC to provide innovative services beyond the scope of our regular grant-funded programs. We thank AT&T for their support of people with disabilities in our community.”
Council Member Stone, a long-time supporter of DAC, added, “The Disability Action Center’s receipt of AT&T support is testament to the outreach and support DAC provides to all members of our community. Without DAC developing solutions with me, City staff would not have been able to bring forward the Esplanade safety improvements and garner near unanimous Council approval. I am so proud of the work DAC performs and so honored to work closely with such a community asset. It is great when businesses like AT&T see that as well.”
Keeping Chico’s only public 4th of July Celebration alive, Randall Stone enjoys Independence Day with his son, Rhys.
I am a Board Member of the Chico Running Club and spearheaded the campaign to save the July 4th Celebration at One Mile. Considering that just over three weeks ago the announcement was out that the traditional celebration was cancelled, I believe the 1500 people that were at our event had a wonderful day including the hundreds of kids at the concert and run.
I want to thank Sheriff Kory Honea and his fabulous pancake breakfast crew, the Chico Community Band, Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund, Chico Noon Exchange Club, Recology, my Chico Running Club Board Members for working with me on this project, and my wife and fellow Chico Running Board Member, Krista Stone for supporting me and backing me up these last few weeks (and decades).
It was difficult to put together such a coalition in a matter of days. It is now time to look at our future options for next year. I propose that all organizations interested in making sure the 4th of July celebration continues in 2017 and for decades to come contact me at Randall@ElectStone.com so we can have a public meeting in the near future to determine private fundraising, more public activities like sack races, pie eating contests, and other family fun events.
It doesn’t make sense to me that the City of Chico remains absent in supporting community celebrations like the 4th of July. The City has removed itself from permitting community organizations to use City buildings and conference rooms without exorbitant fees. While cost recovery is important to the City, I believe it is inappropriate for the City to charge private entities for the City’s own services and events, such as candidate forums and community celebrations like the 4th of July. I propose that the City of Chico work with Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund – next year’s event host – in developing a permanent plan to ensure the celebration continues. This year’s celebration was possible because the community stepped up to support it. It is past time that the City begin its share of supporting the community in its community activities.