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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of ChicoCandidate for City Council

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Andrew Coolidge

Councilmember/Business Owner
14,354 votes (14.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety
  • Passing Chico Safe Now Proposals
  • Maintaining City Fiscal Health

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember / Small Business Owner
Owner, Coolidge Public Relations (1996–current)
Councilmember, Chico City Council — Elected position (2014–current)
Chairperson, Butte County Air Quality Management District — Appointed position (2014–current)
Chairperson, Chico City Council Internal Affairs Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Board Member, Butte County Association of Governments — Appointed position (2016–current)
Board Member, Chico City Council Internal Affairs Committee — Appointed position (2014–2016)

Education

California State University, Chico Bacholer of Arts Degree, English (current)

Community Activities

Creator and Founder, Recycled Art Competition - Butte County (2008–current)
Board Member, Butte County Fair (2012–2014)
Board Member, Chico Country Day School (2009–2010)
Chair, Eagle Scout Board of Review - Buttes Area Council (2004–2006)

Biography

A PROVEN BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADER
  • City Council, City of Chico
  • Chair, Butte County Air Quality Management District Board
  • Chair, Internal Affairs Committee, Chico City Council
  • Board Member, Butte County Association of Governments
  • Former Board Member, Butte County Fair
  • Former PTA President and School Board Member, CCDS
  • Former Chair, Eagle Scout Board of Review, Buttes Area Council
  • Founder, Recycled Art Competition
  • Small Business Owner for 25 years in the City of Chico
  • Graduate from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Father of two, 25+ year resident of Cihco

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Chico Police Officer's Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • The last years I have fought....
  • For making Public Safety our top priority
  • For putting forth the “Chico Safe Now” proposals to make our community safer
  • For keeping a sharp watch on the city budget and helping to bring Chico back from the verge of bankruptcy
  • For standing against increased housing fees, solar energy fees, and parking fee increases
  • For voting to restore our Police Department to recommended staffing levels
  • For leading the Tree Planting Program at One Mile Recreation Area and Lower Bidwell Park
  • For leading community efforts to protect the Esplanade
  • For fighting to protect Art and Historical Landmarks in the City of Chico
  • For standing up for increased Fire Protection in the Chico
  • For bringing forward an LED street light program that conserves energy and saves Chico $250,000 a year
  • For being accessible to the citizens of Chico and respectful of all opinions

Position Papers

City Finances

Summary

Andrew has worked hard to restore financial stability and safety to Chico over the last four years. He continues to make Public Safety his top priority and continually brings forward issues and solutions to the council.

Andrew has worked hard to restore financial stability and safety to Chico over the last four years. He continues to make Public Safety his top priority and continually brings forward issues and solutions to the council. The differences between when he took office in 2014 and today show the success of many of his actions and efforts. Andrew constantly leads the fight on transient and crime related issues facing our city. Support his solution based ideas for the safety of our community.

City facing $20 million financial deficit in budget and reserve funds

City deficit eliminated and now rebuilding reserve funds

Chico PD School Resource Officer position eliminated

Chico PD School Resource Officer being restored

Chico PD Traffic Unit not in operation

Chico PD Traffic Unit Restored

Chico PD coordination with Behavioral Health non-existent

Chico PD now coordinates with Behavioral Health

Chico PD Street Crime Unit not in operation

Street Crime Unit recently restored for summer and Andrew is working towards year round funding

Chico PD Target Team non-existent

Chico PD Target Team Restored

Chico PD Officer numbers at just 65

Chico PD Officer numbers now at 90+

Chico PD Officers without body cameras

Chico PD now with body cameras

Bicycle Patrols Eliminated

Bicycle Patrols Restored

Park gates and bathrooms closed during the day in various areas

Park gates and bathrooms reopened at regular times

 

Crime Issues

Summary

Andrew is the most outspoken member on the Chico City Council about Chico’s problems with crime and public safety.

Andrew is the most outspoken member on the Chico City Council about Chico’s problems with crime and public safety. He has continually led efforts to consolidate services for the homeless, crack down on transient crime, and provide real and actual solutions on the problems at the council level. He believes that Chico can be a safe and beautiful city if we do not allow those who seek to harm others get a free pass. We must make Chico safer for children, students, seniors, families, businesses and our entire community and we must act now!

Andrew brought forward the “Chico Safe Now” initiatives to council, has worked to help increase police department officer levels, and has been outspoken on the issue of transient crime.

Andrew also led efforts to change dangerous “yield intersections” near Chico State where a student was struck and killed by a vehicle. Through his work on the Internal Affairs Committee the entire neighborhood is now being studied for safety concerns on all levels.

Park funding and care

Summary

Park funding remains a constant need in Chico, both now and in the future.

Park funding remains a constant need in Chico, both now and in the future. Andrew has worked directly with city staff to create a tree planting program at the One Mile Recreation Area and lower Bidwell Park which had over 100 trees planted to replace dying trees in the area. Almost all of the work was performed by volunteers on this project.

As the city moves towards financially solvency again and reserve funds are replenished it is important to make our parks a priority. Andrew also led the fight to successfully reopen both park gates and bathrooms.

Videos (2)

— October 14, 2018 Coolidge City Council 2018

This is a two and a half minute video which will help you become familiar with Andrew Coolidge

— October 14, 2018 Nor Cal News Now

An hour long interview with details about Andrew's experience.

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