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Stone Pushes for Police Staffing Staffing Plan with Unanimous Success

Councilmember Randall Stone, together with the Chico Police Department, addresses community members in the Downtown Plaza Park.

So far, Councilmember Randall Stone has been the one who has made the motion to move forward with each of the two Police Staffing Plans (2014 and now 2017). We need the officers and the Chief of Police is doing an excellent job of addressing our community’s needs. This hasn’t always been the case for Police Chiefs. Chief Dunbaugh set the stage and teed up for current Chief O’Brien. Stone says he cannot speak more positively about Chief O’Brien and his efforts. Not everyone or everything is perfect. But when it comes to chiefs, O’Brien has this community’s back. More importantly he is genuinely responsive to our residents and community members. He deserves a fully staffed police department.

“Councilor Randall Stone said committing to the plan was a “no-brainer” (as he made the motion for Council to approve the Chief’s Staffing Plan). He proposed the city approve the plan and direct staff to find budget money for those officers. It passed unanimously.

(With regard to homelessness, Councilmember Randall) Stone, Greater Chico Homeless Task Force Chair (and President of the Shalom Free Clinic, as well as Committee Member of the League of California Cities Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee), said he was in support of quarterly educational presentations (to Council to work on Chico’s vagrancy problems).”

Happy Everything, Chico

Randall, Rhys, and Krista at the Chico City Council Swearing In Reception on December 6th, 2016 in the Chico City Council Chambers

Happy Holidays!

However you celebrate the holidays, we hope you spend it surrounded by loved ones and appreciating all that we have in this great community of ours. For my family and I, it is celebrating Christmas with our family from Elk Creek this year and watching our 3-year old son Rhys’s first understanding of what Christmas is and potentially comprehending why we celebrate.

After all of the trials and tribulations of the past year, Krista and I are deeply moved and humbled by how lucky we are and how great we’ve got it. So many of our friends and family members are enduring incredible battles with cancer, arthritis, financial challenges, housing concerns, and other maladies. While none of us are immune to such a consequence, it is comforting to know that we all are in a position to help emotionally, physically, financially. This is truly an incredible community and we are so lucky to be a part of it – all of us.

I also wanted to say thank you for those that supported my successful campaign for reelection. I am truly humbled by your support, encouragement, trust, and faith in me. And to those that did not support my campaign, I will continue to work hard to win your trust and support throughout the next year and beyond. As part of that effort, I encourage you to note my contact information. If there is anything you need, want, or if you have ideas about how to accomplish our shared goals, please do not hesitate to contact my office anytime. I take the job of Councilmember very seriously and want to be sure I’m addressing your concerns as best as I can. 14,362 voters in Chico reelected me to the City Council – a staggering 2,816 votes more (24% more) than four years earlier and with (realistically) the least amount of money. In fact, approximately 4,600 more voters voted for my reelection than the entire regional circulation of the daily newspaper (covering over 18 cities in 3 counties). Given how merciless the PACs and daily paper attacked me with baseless allegations over the last year, I am stunned and humbled by your show of support. Clearly the voters saw through the subterfuge.

There have been a few changes since my last message that may help guide your concerns in the next four years. First of all, the Greater Chico Homeless Task Force elected me to their Executive Committee and appointed me Chair of the organization for the next year. Also, I was elected President of the Shalom Free Clinic that works in conjunction with health care providers to address medical and psychological needs of our most vulnerable and indigent community members. Finally, the League of California Cities has appointed me to two statewide committees: 1) reappointment to the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee, and 2) appointment to the inaugural Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations Committee. Each of these committees requires attendance outside of any funding by the City of Chico throughout the year. I will continue to serve as the President of the Sacramento Valley Division – representing the 59 cities in the North State.

We’ve got a lot of work to do over the next four years – immediately kicking that off with vagrancy and homelessness issues after a successful community discussion on homelessness from Lloyd Pendleton last October. Krista and I are strong advocates for social justice – a testament to our Catholic faith and upbringing, similar to that of Mr. Pendleton’s Mormon faith.

Thank you for being an active member of this community. From Krista and I, have a great holiday – however you celebrate it – and our best to you and your extended family for the New Year. In appreciation of tonight’s Council Meeting, I’ll sign off with the lyrics to an “old” song showcased tonight (and the rest of this month). Stay safe out there in these cold nights and let us know if there’s anything we can do to help in the coming weeks.

Take care,

Randall, Krista, and Rhys

Man in the Mirror
by Michael Jackson

“I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life
It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right…

As I turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street, with not enough to eat
Who am I, to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs
A summer’s disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man’s soul
They follow each other on the wind ya’ know
’Cause they got nowhere to go
That’s why I want you to know

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I’ve been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It’s time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel
to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they’re
not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody’s broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern on the wind, ya’ see
’Cause they got no place to be
That’s why I’m starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself and then make a change)

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways – ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself and then make that…
(Take a look at yourself and then make that…)

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror – Oh yeah!)
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
(Take a look at yourself and then make the change)
(You gotta get it right, while you got the time)
(’Cause when you close your heart)
You can’t close your…your mind!
(Then you close your…mind!)
That man, that man, that man, that man
With that man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror, oh yeah!)
That man, that man, that man
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
You know…that man
No message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself and then make a change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah
(Oh yeah!)
Gonna feel real good now!
Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah! Yeah yeah!
Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah
Oh no, no no…
I’m gonna make a change
It’s gonna feel real good! Come on!
Just lift yourself
You know
You’ve gotta stop it. Yourself!
(Yeah! – Make that change!)
I’ve got to make that change, today!
(Man in the mirror)
You got to
You got to not let yourself… brother…
(Yeah! – Make that change)
You know – I’ve got to get that man, that man…
(Man in the mirror)
You’ve got to
You’ve got to move! Come on! Come on!
You got to…
Stand up! Stand up! Stand up!
(Yeah! – Make that change)
Stand up and lift yourself, now!
(Man in the mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
(Yeah! – Make that change)
Gonna make that change…come on!
You know it!
You know it!
You know it!
You know…
Make that change.”

Randall Stone, MPA
Councilmember, City of Chico
President – Sacramento Valley Division, League of California Cities
976 Mangrove Avenue
Chico, CA 95926-3950
(530) 267-6150 office
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(530) 924-4030 home
Twitter: @ElectStone


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.

Councilmember Stone scores a Grand Slam at Chamber Candidates Forum

Councilmember Randall Stone looks on as Councilmember Tami Ritter answers a question at the Chico Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum held at the CARD Center on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.

Councilmember Randall Stone looks on as Councilmember Tami Ritter answers a question at the Chico Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum held at the CARD Center on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.  Photo by Bill Husa / ChicoER.com

Councilmember Randall Stone “fact checked” and challenged the assertion by other candidates that Stone was not the single greatest catalyst to fiscal solvency, pension reform, and budget accountability.  As one constituent retorted, “The financial turnaround at the City of Chico in all likelihood would not have occurred at all if not for Councilmember Randall Stone and his leadership on the budget and pension reform.”

Randall Stone’s 2012 campaign for Council’s central push was for “pension reform and budget accountability” specifically referencing the requirement that costs continue to rise under the current system of salaries and benefits.  Stone fought aggressively for all bargaining groups to pay their full CalPERS recommended pension payments (instead of requiring the City to make those full pension payments for the employees – in contrast to the pensioner’s insistence that employees pay 8-9% of salary towards pensions).  Stone also fought for rollbacks in employee compensation and benefits.  This resulted in the rollback of $4 million in General Fund expenses (on a $43 million General Fund budget – an unprecedented concession made possible by Stone’s efforts).

As is now clear to those in attendance at the Chamber Candidates Forum, all of the financial and safety policy changes occurred in 2013 and prior to July 2014 – with Stone spearheading the fiscal changes.

These included:

  • Employee Salary & Benefit Concessions – March 2014
  • Budget Reform and Accountability – June 2013 and June 2014
  • Police Staffing Plan Approval and Funding – June 2014
  • All Employee Groups Paying Full CalPERS Recommended Payments – March 2014
  • Alternative Custody Supervison to keep Caper Acres Open and augment park services (Councilmember Stone’s proposal and effort) – November 2013





Stone Concerned by Inconsistent Fee Schedules

Citing fairness and reasonable accommodation, Councilmember Stone argued in June 2016 that the City of Chico should not charge exhorbitant fees for use of its community buildings.  In particular, the conservative council lead by Mark Sorensen and Sean Morgan raised fees for use of the community facilities in an effort to “run the City more like a business” and demanding in excess of $600 per event from the League of Women Voters for their candidate forums – a public service provided by the League to the community.  Stone fought hard to reverse the fee schedule for groups that provide “substantial public, non-partisan benefit.”    Sean Morgan the Council disagreed and the League moved on to another facility citing the high cost as well outside of their budget for public service.  Reportedly there is no League of Women Voters in California that pays any facilities fees for their local candidate forums.

On Tuesday, August 23rd, Congressman Doug LaMalfa was provided the City of Chico fire station with event services (setup prep and tear down) and the active Fire Station 5 during fire season for no cost to hold a “community coffee.”  The facility and services were provided for free for the event.

Chico News & Review Editorial Board calls out the discrepancy in policy and community organizations’ use of community facilities in this editorial.

Stone Elected President of the League, Sacramento Valley Division

From left to right, David Butler (Rocklin City Council, Sacramento Economic Development), Ken Cooley (Assemblymember, District 8), Randall Stone (Chico Councilmember, President - League of California Cities, Sacramento Valley Division), XX (Rocklin Police Chief).

Randall Stone meets with state leaders on pension reform and marijuana legislation.  From left to right, David Butler (Rocklin City Council, Sacramento Economic Development), Ken Cooley (Assemblymember, District 8), Randall Stone (Chico Councilmember, President – League of California Cities, Sacramento Valley Division), Ron Lawrence (Rocklin Police Chief).

Chico City Councilmember Randall Stone was elected President of the League of California Cities, Sacramento Valley Division – the largest division in the League at 57 cities.

Stone was recently recognized statewide for his leadership by the League of California Cities with the Advanced Leadership Award.

Councilmember Stone will be the sole elected official representing the City of Chico at the League’s Annual Conference in Long Beach, California in October.  He also serves as a member of the influential, statewide Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee.


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.

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.


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.

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