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Oroville city council approves district voting

A threatened lawsuit is bringing big changes to Oroville voters.

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 12:48 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - A threatened lawsuit is bringing big changes to Oroville voters.

The city council on Tuesday night approved district voting. Now, city council candidates will have to live in the district they campaign for, and voters can only vote for candidates in their district.

"You only get to pick one of six people that get to choose your tax dollars," Oroville City Councilman, Dave Pittman, said. "You don't get to pick the rest of them. So what we really see, my perception is were going to end up having conflict because district one isn't going to like how district six is spending the money so then you're going to have immediate conflict."

"We have an opportunity as far as our leaders speaking to their constituents I think it would be more of a one on one thing they'll understand the needs of their communities," Pastor of Southside Community Church, Kevin Thompson, said.

The mayor will still be at large and will still overlook the whole city. The next step is for the city council to hire a demographer. 

Then that demographer will evaluate the different ethnic groups in the city to determine even representation throughout the city.

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