Want to help us on our quest? There's a couple different ways you can. First is by volunteering. Volunteers are responsible for disseminating information from the coalition to interested parties on the street and communicate concerns to representatives of R-Town. The Second is through making a donation.VOLUNTEER
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R-Town downtown coalition was formed for the sole intent of making Downtown Chico an enjoyable experience, with fabulous shopping, dining and visiting for all visitors and community members.
“R-Town” is a coalition comprised of local volunteers, business people, property owners, the Police Department, and community support organizations who have joined forces to make Downtown Chico an enjoyable shopping, dining and visiting experience for our community members and visitors. The Coalition’s emphasis will be on Respecting our Town and addressing anti-social and criminal behavior on private property in the downtown area. We invite the Chico City Council to join in this comprehensive effort as a private/public endeavor on public property.
Our Historic Downtown Chico is a valuable asset to our community and Butte County. It is an integral component of the social as well as the financial fabric of Chico. It is more than just a place where people shop, dine, visit and conduct business. It is a place where the University and town co-exist, which creates our unique culture we call Chico. Presently, citizens are reluctant to visit downtown due to the perception that downtown is an unsafe place. Mothers are afraid to shop and bring their children downtown; community members refuse to attend “concerts in the park” for fear of exposing their families to the smell of marijuana and the sight of individuals acting in an unruly manner. Women are afraid to visit downtown at night for fear of being accosted. We are crowding out our citizens from enjoying our downtown. This must stop, now. This valued resource is under siege by a population of individuals who have made life choices that do not respect the long standing tradition of this area as being the hub of Chico and an economic driver of Butte County. Their behavior is best categorized as anti-social and not respecting the values of our community as a whole. All of us who live in Chico and love our historic downtown are well too familiar with the plethora of stories regarding the abuse perpetrated by a certain incorrigible element. It would be a waste of time here to recite the many incidents that we all know have occurred in Downtown Chico. What is important and necessary is to articulate what a coalition (“R-Town”) of downtown businesses, property owners, volunteers, police department and concerned citizens have forged into an action plan to address this problem on their private property immediately. To be clear, this coalition is formed to address anti-social behavior that is affecting our downtown community. This behavior includes being intoxicated, loitering, prowling, fighting, trespassing, aggressive panhandling, soliciting, urinating and defecating, consuming alcoholic beverages in certain public places, drug use in public spaces, camping or sleeping in the plaza or others’ private property, littering, destruction of property with graffiti, obstructing sidewalks, living in a vehicle parked on a public street, disturbing the peace by loud and unreasonable noises, using offensive words, behaving in a threatening manner, public exposure to unlicensed, unvaccinated, and/or unleashed dogs, etc. While the problems facing our Downtown are not unique, the social and financial impact that this group of people is having on our community is. That is why it has become necessary for a coalition of downtown businesses, property owners, volunteers, the police department and concerned citizens to forge an action plan to address this problem in the short run.
“R-Town” is a coalition comprised of local volunteers, business and property owners, Chico Residents, Chico Police Department, and community support organizations. This coalition was formed for the sole intent of making Downtown Chico an enjoyable experience, with fabulous shopping, dining and visiting for all visitors and community members.
“R-Town” is a coalition comprised of local volunteers, business and property owners, Chico Residents, Chico Police Department, and community support organizations. This coalition was formed for the sole intent of making Downtown Chico an enjoyable experience, with fabulous shopping, dining and visiting for all visitors and community members. Emphasis will be placed on addressing anti-social and criminal behavior on private property in the downtown area. It is anticipated that the City Council will elect to join in this comprehensive effort as a private/public endeavor on public property. The “R-Town” effort shall be conducted for an intensive (initial) period of two months. Upon such time, a written program evaluation shall be submitted to City Council with recommendations.
If you would like to help, you could volunteer your time or give a donation to our cause.VOLUTEER
R-Town Downtown Coalition is a non-profit, publicly supported organization, associated with North Valley Community Foundation. All donations are fully tax-deductible. R-Town Downtown Coalition is comprised of concerned citizens of Chico; business owners, property owners, police department, service providers, and volunteers. The coalition is dedicated to making our downtown an enjoyable and desirable place to visit, shop, and dine.
We invite you to join us in our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to support our goal. You may donate by check or credit card as follows:
1. Please make checks payable to: R-Town Downtown Coalition C/O David Halimi 181 E. 2nd Street
2. For credit card donations, please follow the link on this site. (online donations is currently down. Please check back again soon)
We appreciate your contribution to making Downtown Chico the place that everyone can enjoy.DONATE
The Jesus Center is participating with R-Town by coordinating the employment of individuals into the program. The Jesus center is responsible for hiring, training and supervising individuals who demonstrate a willingness to help themselves by working in downtown. These workers will work in diligent efforts to keeping downtown clean and are known as our bucket brigade.
The Police Department values partnerships in working towards its purpose of defending, guarding, and protecting the traditions of liberty, freedom, right, and justice. The Chief of Police supports community involvement in finding solutions in overcoming criminal and social issues that cause harm to the health of our City. As the allocation of public funds for police resources declines, it is imperative policy makers, community leaders, the business community, and faith based organizations work collectively to design a plan that will affectively overcome these challenges in a positive manner. As the Police Department shifts resources to address significant community concerns, it is imperative the public support these efforts as well as find solutions for increasing the department’s resources to provide full services that are expected by our citizens.
The Downtown Ambassadors are responsible for recruiting, conducting and supervising our volunteer effort. The goal of the Downtown Ambassadors is to create a more welcoming downtown environment for the Chico community. Ambassadors walk Downtown with a stewardship focus, engaging businesses and visitors in ways that would contribute to the success of the community. Ambassadors will also act as eyes and ears for public safety and social service partners by educating, assisting, and reporting as needed on various needs and problems. The Ambassadors are a friendly source of directions, information, and assistance for the residents, visitors, business owners, and the general public.
“The good old days are back! Diamond W had one its biggest Christmas Preview nights in a long time! We had a line out the door all night; it’s great to be “back in business”! I saw some of my old customers who I hadn’t seen for years. The word is getting around that our beautiful downtown is, once again, the place to be and be seen.” - David Halimi – Diamond W Western Wear
“Last night at Christmas Preview it was so awesome to see so many people there Sabbath House and House of Hope ladies had a great time talking to people and handing out cookies, and connected with hundreds of people. We went through 700 Cookie Shoppe cookies! Anyway, my point here is that I can't count how many people I talked to last night that said they were excited to be downtown, they were so happy with how clean it is, how safe they feel, and how business was bustling. Question of the day and of concern to citizens is how long will it last...” - Laurie Maloney - Chico Homes
“Crush has seen a steady increase in activity downtown this holiday season. when talking to guests, we are finding that some quests are returning downtown to shop and dine due to feeling safer, others just want to come and see what all of the talk is about going around the community. The one real positive is our employees are excited about the business increase and the effort of r-town making them feel safer coming and going to work. ” - Jason Colabove, Crush Restaurant
“"R-Town, a coalition put together by a variety of interested community members is a success in numerous, measurable, ways. First, the group communicated their goals clearly and definitively not only to local government but to the community at large. Next, the group took action on their own accord, using their own funding, to do what government couldn't or wouldn't do. While many were skeptical at the beginning the results are clear: Our downtown area looks and feels safer; community leaders and government officials are more in tune with the problem, and finally, government, business owners, property owners, and service providers are working in alignment to make sure current progress isn't lost and long term solutions and policies are put (and kept) in place. None of this would have happened, I don't believe, if R-Town hadn't been willing to step in and act on, as opposed to endlessly discuss, the issue. ” - Sean Morgan, Chico City Council