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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PivWY9wn5ps

“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
(Ooh!)
I’m asking him to 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 a change
(Take a look at yourself and then make a change)

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
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…)
Change!

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
(Ooooh…)
Oh no, no no…
I’m gonna make a change
It’s gonna feel real good! Come on!
(Change…)
Just lift yourself
You know
You’ve gotta stop it. Yourself!
(Yeah! – Make that change!)
I’ve got to make that change, today!
Hoo!
(Man in the mirror)
You got to
You got to not let yourself… brother…
Hoo!
(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!
Aaow!
(Yeah! – Make that change)
Gonna make that change…come on!
You know it!
You know it!
You know it!
You know…
(Change…)
Make that change.”

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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
(530) 924-4298 mobile
(530) 924-4030 home
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