As the city shuts down, if you want to stay engaged, you’ll have to try Chico Engaged!

21 Mar

The city of Chico announced they will shut down all meetings to the public, opting for social media to keep the public informed. For months now they’ve been toying with a website called “City of Chico Engaged,” or “Engage Chico.”  I’ve looked at it a few times, and the comments I saw did not seem related to any agenda items, people were using it as a suggestion box. 

Until recently. A lively discussion has come up regarding the sit-and-lie and crimes against property ordinances. Alex Brown has agendized a discussion of overturning these ordinances, and finally, the lobster pot might be overturned. We can hope.

I signed up for the site because I thought I had to have an account to be able to read the discussions. But, from what I can see, the site is no easier to see now that I have an account. This is important because this stuff is all supposed to be public information. We’ll see if this site gets any better as more people sign on. 

But don’t forget to unsubscribe from mailings – or you will get an email every time somebody makes a comment on a conversation you’ve read, commented or voted on. 

https://chico-ca.granicusideas.com/

 

 

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2 Responses to “As the city shuts down, if you want to stay engaged, you’ll have to try Chico Engaged!”

  1. bob March 22, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

    For months now they’ve been toying with a website called “City of Chico Engaged…

    They misspelled enraged. HTH.

    • Juanita Sumner March 22, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

      Well, after I signed up they sent me this message:

      “Please be sure to complete your profile. This is very important and will allow us to invite you to private online discussions where you can interact with the community and provide additional feedback privately. You will get to see and comment on new initiatives first, and make a real difference.”

      “Private” conversations? That sounds like a Brown Act Violation – what, choosing people who fit the “right” profile and giving them more influence? “You will get to see and comment on new initiatives first…” ???

      So, I’m going to email the moderator and ask them what that means.

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