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Oroville City Council controversy continues

The NAACP wants to talk to Oroville's mayor about what some councilmembers are calling racial discrimination on city council.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 6:04 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The NAACP wants to talk to Oroville's mayor about what some councilmembers are calling racial discrimination on city council.

The president of the NAACP Butte County chapter, Irma Jordan, told Action News Now shes never had a situation where an official would not cooperate.

Action News Now spoke to people in Oroville who say city leaders need to put their differences aside and work together.

"I think that they are wasting a lot of time bickering when they should be focused on a lot more problems that we have here in Oroville," Debbie Warner, long time resident said.

"Some people will always be affected by when it comes to projected racial issues that are brought out to the forefront but the majority of the people I don't think so i think the people can see right through this stuff because this has been going on a long time with the city members," Thomas Soerensen, long time resident said.

Last month Mayor Chuck Reynolds removed council women Janet Goodson and Linda Draper from their council committees.

The council women took this as racial and gender discrimination. Not long after - the NAACP got involved.

Jordan said she sent a letter to Reynolds asking to meet with him to hash out the issues. She said he didn't respond.

About a month after her letter to the mayor, Jordan said the Police Chief Bill Lagrone replied saying the mayor could not respond because he was under a gag order with the city attorney.

Action News Now reached out to Reynolds. He said he could not respond because this case is still under legal investigation.

Jordan wants the people of Oroville to know that shes being very cautious in her actions because the NAACP thoroughly believes the council women have been wronged and want them to prevail. 

The NAAP Butte County chapter plans to reach out to the attorney generals office along with the Secretary of State and the Election Division.

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