Councilmember Randall Stone

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Randall Stone Appointed to the Butte County Assessment Appeals Board

 

Randall Stone recently in the studio of Action News Now 12/24 (CBS/NBC)

Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Finance at California State University, Chico, Randall Stone was appointed to the Assessment Appeals Board for the County of Butte today.  The property owner has the right to file an appeal against an assessment. Butte County has a three-member Assessment Appeal Board appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and a Hearing Officer. They consider all evidence presented by the property owner and by the Assessor’s staff at a formal hearing. The Appeals Board, or the Hearing Officer, determine the assessment for the property in question.

Assessment Appeal Filing Periods are as follows:

Supplemental Assessment – no later than 60 days after the date on which the assessee was notified by Supplemental Assessment Notice.
Regular Assessment – July 2 through November 30.
Assessment Appeals are filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in Oroville.

Assessment Appeals Board
25 County Center Drive, Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965
530.538.7631

Homeless Survey Shows 92% Increase in Chico

PIT Survey Indicates a 92% Increase in Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in 2 Years
Numbers identify a failure in solutions from January 2015 – January 2017.

The Butte County Continuum of Care Annual Meeting is currently underway in the Chico City Council Chambers. The biennial Point In Time Survey has just been released. The Point In Time report surveys individuals experiencing homelessness throughout Butte County.  The full report can be accessed here: 2017 Butte PIT Community Report – Final

A few tidbits from the report:

*** 1,983 individuals experiencing homelessness were part of 1,583 households, 85% of which were made up of adults, 8% family households, and 6% households of minor unaccompanied youth. These numbers are not duplicates and are conservatively recognized as a low number representing individuals experiencing homelessness (read: the figures are recognized as considerably lower than the actual numbers).

*** Chico had the highest count at 1,096 individuals – a 92% increase since the last two-year PIT in January 2015.

*** Oroville had the second highest count at 713 people – an 83% increase since the last two-year PIT in January 2015.

*** More than 75% of the adults and unaccompanied youth had lived in Butte County for more than three years, and more than 50% had lived in the country for over 10 years.

*** Almost 80% were living in Butte County when they became homeless and nearly 90% confirmed that Butte County is their home. Those not originally from Butte County moved to the county for reasons analogous to those NOT in a homeless situation, such as family, college, quality of life, job opportunities, etc.

*** Chico’s biennial (January) counts are as follows:

2009 = 668

2011 = 1043

2013 = 804

2015 = 571

2017 = 1096
*** Males represent 62.5% and females 36.6%. There were 4 are transgender and 5 not identifying as male, female, or transgender.

Continuum of Care Chico City Council Appointee Reanette Fillmer curiously absent.

These figures are embarrassing and appalling and represent a failure in action from January 2015 to January 2017.

 

Randall Stone, MPA

Councilmember, City of Chico

Chair, Greater Chico Homeless Task Force

President, Sacramento Valley Division – League of California Cities

President, Shalom Free Clinic

Member – Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee – League of CA Cities

Member – Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations – League of California Cities

Founder, Nextdoor Sunset Neighborhood

Councilmember Stone Celebrates Mental Health Low Income Housing Facility Grand Opening

“This helps to handle the crises they are going through, not just homeless but mental health crises which is one of our bigger causes for the reason why people are struggling with homelessness,” said Randall Stone, a Chico City Councilmember.
Action News Now reporter Kay Bennett reports on Valley View Apartments Grand Opening
An affordable housing project in Chico helps people with mental illnesses get off the streets and into their very own apartments, with direct access to counselors and other services.  The Butte County community celebrated the grand opening of Valley View Apartments Wednesday afternoon on Silver Dollar Way in Chico.  The project is six years in the making.
 “When I lost my wife on Christmas day five years ago, I just fell apart, I wanted to die, I just didn’t care anymore,” said Wayne, a resident at Valley View Apartments.
Wayne has faced many tragedies in his life; before his wife passed away, he said his father committed suicide.

“That’s when something triggered, I quit my job, everything, and my wife told me to go get checked and that happened to her,” said Wayne.

Just five years later, that’s when Valley View came into Wayne’s life.

“Now I’m getting my independence back, feeling better about myself,” said Wayne.

Fourteen people who were homeless now have their very own, one bedroom apartment, and the project is here to stay.

“When you think about this being here for 55 years, that’s going to benefit so many people, so many families, and the community at large,” said James Coles, the director of North Valley Housing Trust.

Each resident has access to mental health treatment, weekly group sessions, and life skills training.

“This helps to handle the crisis they are going through, not just homeless but mental health crisis which is one of our bigger causes for the reason why people are struggling with homelessness,” said Randall Stone, a Chico City Councilmember.

The Valley View Apartments took a massive effort from a small village; the list of contributors includes Butte County Behavioral Health, North Valley Catholic Social Services, the City of Chico, North Valley Housing Trust, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Rabobank, Palm Communities, and a significant amount from the Mental Health Services Act.

“We were able to leverage about two million dollars towards this project with those funding,” said Dorian Kittrell, Director for Butte County Behavioral Health.
All to help folks get off the street and back on their feet, just like it did for Wayne.

“I didn’t want to live but I do now,” Wayne said. “It’s all getting better; I donate time at the bike shop and I like it. I like just being able to come home and relax, I love that.”

Councilmember Stone Addresses Nearby Fire Station Closures by County Personnel

“(Butte County) asked us to pay them to keep their station open – obviously, that’s not something we can do. It certainly is a step in an uncomfortable direction … but we’ll continue to provide services for our residents and back them up,” explained Chico City Councilmember Randall Stone.
It will require the City to do exactly what they’ve been tasked with doing for years – address fire suppression and coordinate with the hospitals and ambulance services to address medical needs. The average cost for a Chico Firefighter is about $168,000 per year. On each engine there are 4 firefighters ($672,000 per year in personnel). On each truck there are 5 firefighters ($840,000 per year in personnel). The average salary in California for a paramedic/EMT is $47,000 per year. There are two paramedic/EMTs per ambulance ($94,000 per year in personnel, not fully loaded cost). When a fire truck responds to a medical that can be addressed by an ambulance, the fire truck is not available to respond to fires and is out of the station – leaving another section of the station’s response area further away and with a much larger response time. If the City is looking to enhance response times, coordinating with medical providers solves this issue. This is the way most other communities in California operate their fire stations – including the authors of the most recent Standards of Coverage report.
Action News Now report on County Fire Station Closures

Stone Receives Claude Whelchel Memorial Community Service Award for 2017

This morning at the Disability Action Center Walk n Roll, Councilmember Randall Stone received the Claude Whelchel Memorial Community Service Award for his lifetime service on behalf of people with disabilities. Councilmember Stone served 16 years with Special Olympics Butte County with 8 years as its Director of the 100% volunteer organization. He currently serves on the ADA Transition Committee which works with the Disability Action Center in developing safe pathways for all community members. Congratulations Councilmember Stone.

Unfunded Pension Liabilities Quadrupled since 2000 in the United States

Yep. There’s a huge problem, and one that will consume the City of Chico’s finances if it isn’t properly addressed, and that right soon. Yet we dither over this issue by arguing about pay raises and increasing staffing on positions that aren’t necessary given our service delivery model (that is one of the most inefficient in the entire state of California).
We shouldn’t be arguing about how old the roof is when the entire house is in flames and jumping to the three neighbors roofs…while the block next door is on fire…and the one next door to that block is on fire.
Fix the problem!

Councilmember Stone Concerned About Park Rangers Shift to Police Department

Councilmember Stone discusses pending proposal to shift Park Rangers to Sworn Police Officers with Action News Now reporters.

Regarding the proposal for Chico Park Rangers to become sworn police officers, Councilmember Randall Stone and Bidwell Park and Playground Commissioner Tom Nickell discuss the issues with Action News Now reporter Hayley Skene.

Stone is concerned that the not-yet-formally-proposed conceptual idea will denigrate the resources and budget of the Parks Department.  Acknowledging the need for law enforcement’s presence in city parks, Stone suggested that dedicating police officers to the parks is a reasonable suggestion.  But shifting Park Rangers to law enforcement without exclusive coverage of the park, and reducing interpretive rangers is not the most effective use of resources – pending a formal suggestion from staff which will be coming next week to the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission.

Commissioner Nickell, serving as Councilmember Stone’s appointee to the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission is a retired CHP officer and Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force officer.

Action News Now Report

Councilmember Stone Pushes for Reform of Vandalism Fees

Councilmember Stone discusses development concerns with reporters from Action News Now as the stakeholders meeting he request is formalized.

Councilmember Randall Stone pushes for resolution on California State Building Code regulations regarding permit fees for vandalism in the City of Chico.  Originally approached with the problem in January 2017, Councilmember Stone sought relief for property owners suffering from vandalism who then had to pay an additional $145 permit fee for repeat window glazing.

Not satisfied with the solutions provided for other business owners, Stone sought to find solutions that were still within the confines of the state building code requirements and still worked with property owners for solutions.

“I was surprised that a vandalism repair permit was required and worked with City staff to eliminate the fee on a second incident within a limited time frame. Although this satisfied the permit fee for the second event, it was still uncomfortable to me
that we were charging a permit fee for a glazing service.”

Stone requested that the item be agendized for discussion on how best to negate the fees mandated by state permit requirements.  Stone pressed for stakeholders to work with the City of Chico’s Building Department on an amicable solution.  A joint meeting of stakeholders is scheduled for this Friday, April 14th from 11:00AM to 12:00PM in the Old Municipal Building Conference Room at 441 Main Street in Downtown Chico.  The City of Chico Building Division is seeking feedback from
local commercial businesses and property owners on the most common types of vandalism occurring. The Building Division will also be discussing and evaluating the cost of building permits for vandalism repair and the procedures to obtain them.  All City of Chico business owners, operators, and commercial property owners (including apartment buildings) are invited to attend and participate in this discussion.

 

Councilmember Stone’s email exchanges, as part of the public record, can be by clicking this link: Vandalism Permit History.

Councilmember Stone’s Original Email of January 13th, 2017 to City Manager Mark Orme:

“Evidently there’s been a rash of shattered windows occurring downtown (read: a number of routine shatterings, typically overnight) not dissimilar to the tire slashings that occurred in my residential neighborhood in the Summer of 2015. I’m confident PD has been made aware and hopefully they are adding extra eyes.
My immediate problem and concern is our permit process that requires a $150 permit to replace broken glass downtown. Obviously requiring a permit for changing window frames, or altering the business is important to have review. But in these cases, the businesses are having to replace – some multiple times – just the glass with a glazer. There are no additional changes or other considerations. So you can imagine that a business owner downtown having to repeatedly replace broken glass would find a $150 permit for each change rather exorbitant and facile. Some discussions downtown center on the more splenetic remedies such as plywood over the exposed holes, etc.
My question is, there isn’t really a $150 permit for replacing broken (read: existing) glass – particularly after an incident of vandalism, is there? In the case of Mountain Sports, their window was shattered on the 25th and again last night. Of course, the $150 permit fee was paid on Christmas weekend. But now the window contractor has indicated that the City mandates a fee that must be paid for the second breakage. The contractor is a fairly new contractor and wants to ensure that he is doing everything correctly and therefore won’t usurp the process where others might.
If there is indeed a $150 charge that is unwaiverable, then I’ll request we agendize a
discussion on these more otiose fees. I am also prepared to crowd fund the permit fees for these unfortunate occurrences starting with my own contribution.
I await your guidance on this issue.

Randall”

Councilmember Randall Stone Releases 2016 Chico Compensation Levels

Councilmember Randall Stone discusses Chico SAFER Grant funding in February 2017

Councilmember Randall Stone released City of Chico Employee Compensation data including base pay, benefits, and total compensation by employee.  Every City of Chico employee is identified by title and Employee ID.  The names have been redacted as they are not relevant to the discussion.  However, it is clear in many cases who occupies the position(s).  For example, there is only one City Manager and consequently it is clear which employee receives that stated benefit, etc.

This information is being provided as part of the Public Records Act and in an effort to encourage transparency and accuracy in data reporting.

The Excel Spreadsheet can be downloaded by clicking here: City of Chico 2016 Employee Compensation by Employee

Chico Standards of Coverage Report Released

 

Councilmember Randall Stone discusses the City of Chico Annual Budget with journalists.

Councilmember Randall Stone released the final copy of the Standards of Coverage Report (SOC) prepared by Fitch & Associates with regards to the Chico SAFER Grant.

The report (14MB) can be downloaded by clicking the link: Community Risk Assessment and Standards of Coverage Study

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