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Oroville city council lawsuit battle continues

Two city council members continue to allege the mayor violated the Brown Act.

Posted: May 30, 2019 6:12 PM
Updated: May 31, 2019 9:27 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - In a new letter shared with Action News Now, the Secretary of State's office writes, "The complaints brought forward by two Oroville city council members are apparent violations of the Ralph M. Brown Act."

It's the latest development in a lawsuit against the city of Oroville.

In April, councilwomen Linda Draper and Janet Goodson said Mayor Chuck Reynolds removed them from their committee assignments.

Court documents state there was no discussion or vote of the council and no opportunity for public comment.

Goodson took the matter to the Butte County NAACP, which filed a complaint to the state, claiming the mayor discriminated against the two councilwomen.

But city attorney Scott Huber found in his investigation there was no violation of the Brown Act or the city charter or state law. He could not speak to us on ongoing litigation but pointed us to a letter his office sent to Goodson's attorney.

It states in part, that the "removal" of the two council members was actually an appointment of other council members to said committees, and that if the removal was invalid, then the initial appointments of Goodson and Draper to their committees would have been void as well.

The letter goes on to say no member of the public indicated they wanted to speak on the matter at the council meeting.

Goodson said she nor Draper can speak on the case at this time. We reached out Mayor Reynolds. He has not returned our calls.

Meanwhile, locals are left wondering what their elected officials are doing to improve their city.

"It's been going on how long? It's ridiculous. We got other things more important to deal with," said Andy Suplita, an Oroville resident.

"Get issues resolved," said Ron Davis, another Oroville man. "Communicate. Don't pretend to like each other if you don't."

Below is a copy of the summons papers: 

Below is a copy of the letter to the Secretary of State: 

Below is a copy of the letter response from the Secretary of State:

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