2020 Local Election Guide
The Chico City Council has clear stated priorities, including public safety, technology and community development. All of these are critical to the health and safety of our economy and our community, yet none are possible without adequate, sustained, and growing funding.
As we head into elections, our ongoing role at the Chamber is to provide you with key information you need to make wise choices. We wanted our candidates to have the opportunity to answer these critical questions to help our voters have more insight and clarity into the ideas and positions these candidates hold.
We have asked each of the candidates 5 questions around the topics that we care about and wanted them to address.
Amidst everything on the ballot in 2020, there are two propositions that the Chico Chamber Board of Directors is supporting. These affect our community and our businesses and we strongly recommend you vote NO on Proposition 15 & vote YES on Proposition 20. See the information below.
Link to Proposition 15: https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/15/
INCREASES FUNDING SOURCES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES BY CHANGING TAX ASSESSMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
Prop 15 is a $12.5 billion property tax increase that raises our cost of living and makes everything we buy – food, gas, utilities, day care and health care – more expensive. Prop 15 repeals taxpayer protections in Prop 13. We urge you to vote no on this proposition that will further hurt our small businesses who are struggling with the impact of COVID-19.
Link to Proposition 20: https://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/20/
RESTRICTS PAROLE FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES CURRENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE NON-VIOLENT. AUTHORIZES FELONY SENTENCES FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES CURRENTLY TREATED ONLY AS MISDEMEANORS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Limits access to parole program established for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term of their primary offense by eliminating eligibility for certain offenses. Fiscal Impact: Increase in state and local correctional, court, and law enforcement costs likely in the tens of millions of dollars annually, depending on implementation.
Districting and Candidates
The City of Chico recently moved to district elections with the City divided into seven districts. This process was officially finalized in February 2020, with the first district election to be held November 3, 2020.
You can find your district using the map below. Councilmembers are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections held in November of even numbered years. Seats are staggered, with either three or four seats up for each election.
The City Council has four seats that will be voted on in this upcoming election, and a total of 10 candidates running for those four seats. One candidate will be elected from each of the four districts.
2020 City Council Candidate Forum
Recorded Thursday, September 24, 2020