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Month: November 2016

A Light in the Dark – Candlelight vigil focuses on importance of education for homeless youth

The final address of the evening was by Chico City Councilman Randall Stone. Stone mentioned recent numbers provided by the Torres Community Shelter (which the CN&R confirmed with the shelter’s executive director, Brad Montgomery) indicating the facility served 123 children from 70 families in the fiscal year that ended in September, compared to 87 children in 54 families the year before.
Stone also spoke about education in a different sense—the need to educate policy makers at local, state and national levels about the problem and possible solutions. Pointing toward City Hall, he said, “The people that work in here, myself included, need to understand how pervasive this problem is and how much it continues to grow.
“I’m not picking on my City, or fellow council members, or the nature of the political environment nationally, but the fact of the matter is … people don’t understand what solutions are available and they don’t fully understand or appreciate how to get the job done.
“Look out for each other,” Stone said in conclusion. “If you know homeless youth or are a homeless youth, reach out. There shouldn’t be anyone living on the street in this country, and especially not kids.”

Councilmember Stone Appointed to Housing and Political Reform Committees

Chico City Councilmember and President of the League of California Cities Sacramento Valley Division Randall Stone has been appointed to two pivotal committees on municipal governance with the League of California Cities.  Previously Stone was appointed to the Housing, Community, Economic Development Committee where he served with approximately 25 other state leaders to shape local and state policy as well as lobby for local control for cities.  He was reappointed to this influential committee for the next year.

The Housing, Community and Economic Development (HCED) Policy Committee reviews issues related to general plans and zoning, housing, rent control, Subdivision Map Act, residential care facilities, other land use regulation, development fees including school fee adequacy, annexation and incorporation policy, development agreements, building standards including seismic safety standards, economic development policy including redevelopment and enterprise zones, military base closure and reuse, mobile home regulation, and sign regulation. The principle behind the policies reviewed by this Committee is to foster local control of community planning decisions as they relate to land use and economic development.

Additionally Councilmember Stone was recently appointed to the Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Committee of the League of California Cities.  The Governance, Transparency and Labor Relations Policy Committee reviews state legislation as it relates to transparency, technology (open data), healthcare, elections and political reform. Additionally, the committee oversees pension and workers compensation reform as well as other labor related issues.

These two committees meet for two days at a time in January, March, June, and September throughout the state of California in addition to the work conducted outside of these meeting times.  Councilmember Stone personally provides funding to attend these meetings and events.
In 2016, Councilmember Stone was elected as President of the Sacramento Valley Division of the League of California Cities.  The Sacramento Valley Division is the largest division of the League and includes 57 cities in 18 counties and provides members with the opportunity to exchange ideas and information and share the advantages of cooperative advocacy.  The Division stretches from Galt north, Oregon south, Nevada east, and the Coastal Range west.  The division is guided by an executive committee under the leadership of Division President Stone.  Elected city officials and professional city staff attend division meetings throughout the year to share what they are doing and advocate for their interests in Sacramento.


Division members also participate in the development of League policy through representation on: The League board of directors; Policy committees; The Annual Conference Resolution Committee; and The Annual Conference Program Committee.

League of California Cities Leadership Drives California Solutions

Approximately 107 statewide leaders, including Sacramento Valley Division President of the League of California Cities and Chico City Councilmember Randall Stone, along with departments, policy committees again including Councilmember Stone, diversity groups and board of directors met in Newport Beach on Nov. 10 – 11 and participated in an interactive workshop to develop and set the League’s 2017 strategic goals.
The workshop involved city officials from throughout California and built on the success of prior years while developing a guide for 2017 as well.


The adopted goals are as follows:
(1) Increase Funding for Critical Transportation and Water Infrastructure. 
Provide additional state and federal funding and local financing tools — such as reducing the vote threshold for local initiatives — to support California’s economy, transportation (streets, bridges, trade corridors, active transportation and transit) and water related needs (supply, sewer, storm water, flood control, beach erosion, etc.) including maintenance and construction. Support appropriate streamlining of storm water regulations and CEQA to avoid duplication and reduce litigation.



(2) Develop Realistic Responses to the Homeless Crisis. 
Increase state and federal funding and support to provide additional shelter and services to California’s homeless, and advance the recommendations of the CSAC-League Homelessness Task Force. 



(3) Improve the Affordability of Workforce Housing and Secure Additional Funds for Affordable Housing.
Increase state and federal financial support, reduce regulatory barriers, and provide additional incentives and local financial tools to address the affordability of workforce housing and increase the availability of affordable housing.



(4) Address Public Safety Impacts of Reduced Sentencing Laws, Protect Local Priorities in the Implementation of AUMA, and Preserve City Rights to Deliver Emergency Medical Services.
Provide tools and resources cities need to respond to recent changes in statewide criminal sentencing policies. Protect local priorities during development of regulations and legislation to implement the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. In addition, continue to preserve city rights to deliver emergency medical services (Health and Safety Code 1797.201). 
Previous years’ goals are available on the League’s website at www.cacities.org/priorities.

Thank you, Chico

So many thoughts and so much to say.
First off, thank you to everyone who ran for the office this cycle. It is no easy task, campaigns are fraught with damning personal attacks, outrageous allegations, heavy criticism of ideas, and incredible competition over ideas and efforts. Those that choose to subject themselves to such an X-ray really deserve the admiration and respect of all of us, even if their ideas were not selected by the electorate.
Second, a heartfelt and deep thank you to my great friend and colleague Tami Ritter who will be departing the Council in December. Tami was my sounding board, confidant, friend, colleague, and fellow new parent on the Council, as well as the second youngest next to me. Her support and encouragement is not something I will ever forget. I look forward to encouraging her next successes as a community leader and housing advocate.
Third, my congratulations to those that were elected and reelected including Sean Morgan, Ann Schwab, and “new” comer, Karl Ory. I was thankful for where these candidates kept the debate on issues despite those surrounding the campaigns and even some candidates themselves who attempted to insert outrageous vitriol even while simultaneously claiming to be working to eliminate the same.
Karl will be a welcome addition to the Council, but there will never be replacing the incredible Tami Ritter. Equally so, I look forward to working closely with Karl on issues important to this community. Karl is a long time friend, supporter, and activist.
Finally, a thank you to my friends, supporters, allies, and even my occasional opponents. This is the business of governing and it is crazy and chaotic most of the time. I know that not everyone can understand the business of government and I certainly never expect that. To those who have worked so hard for us to get here, I am eternally grateful. From 3am printing failures surrounding an RSM Pinot in place of a wedding shower, to late night/early morning phone calls about how to get the job done, to my colleagues on the League of California Cities. We’ve worked hard for our communities and I am so, so grateful. Lucky!
Tom Nickell! You’re the man, my friend. In Hoc Signo Vinces.
To my wife, Krista, my son Rhys, and my Village. I love you. You can never fully understand how much I love all and appreciate you. Of course, you know who you are. You’re the people who eat at my house every week; tell me where to stick it when I’m being an a$$ (Jessica); argue with strained veining necks over nothing (Mary Beth); remind me what an ungrateful husband I can sometimes be (Tracie); remind me that Breton is still a viable option (Christine); tell me, “I don’t know, man” when I know you’re right (Tami); to mocking my “hatred of trees” (Michael). I endeavor to always make you proud of me and our work together.
You know, we were outraised by nearly 3-to-1 individually, including PACs and attacks, we were outraised by closer to 6-to-1.  I was the *exclusive* subject of two outrageous and baseless hit pieces out of four total delivered throughout the campaign.  I was the subject of a total of three hit pieces of the only four delivered throughout the election cycle.  It was clear that these false tales from these groups came from only one place – those supporting only two specific candidates, who were simultaneously pledging to stop these types of attacks.  Nevertheless, we won this election – quite handily actually – having raised the least amount of money of any of the (realistic) candidates, having the least public exposure, and despite being the subject of over half the attack ads by my opponents.  Thank you Chico for recognizing the candidates who understand and work towards solutions and rejecting those that pander to a false narrative.
Lastly, I’m off to Newport Beach. The work never stops, even for an election. I am off representing the City of Chico at the League of California Cities Leaders Conference for the Division presidents and committee chairs of the League of Cities.
It is and will always be my honor and privilege to serve on the Council and the State of California. Thank you all for the opportunity to make our community the stalwart success story it is.

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