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District map controversy in Chico

The Chico City Council will vote Tuesday night on the new map that would leave people living in District 4 without a council member representing them.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 8:29 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2020 8:33 PM

CHICO, Calif- The Chico City Council will vote Tuesday night on the new map that would leave thousands without a council member representing them.

The Chico City Council passed the new district map, "Lavender" a few weeks ago.

People in district 1,3, 5 and 7 will be voting for council this year.

Those in 2,4, and 6 must wait until 2022.

Sean Morgan will represent District 4 once this map becomes final.

His term ends in November - meaning he can't run for reelection and no one else can run for district 4's seat for two years - leaving thousands without representation.

Kim Williams, from Chico, says "I think we all should have a representative, someone to go to."

Phil Roberts,  has lived in the area for more than 20 years. He says, "I'm disappointed, not having representation is not a good thing."

We took their concerns to Chico city leaders.

Council member Sean Morgan told Action News Now,"What's happening to District 4 is decidingly un-American. They chose me to be their voice but the majority of the council doesn't  like to hear that voice. So they said lets just get rid of him in this nasty political way, regardless of your political ideology this is wrong, you're removing the voice of the people."

We reached out to Chico Mayor Randall Stone, he told Action News Now, "It's quite the opposite, they will have the same representation they do now, without the specific demographic placement."

Council member Kasey Reynolds also added that if people are concerned about this, they can voice their concerns during Tuesday night's Chico City Council meeting. 

District 4 includes neighborhoods near West Shasta Avenue and The Esplanade in North Chico. 

The Chico City Council meeting will take place February 4th, at 6 p.m. at The Chico City Chambers on Main Street. 

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