Two city council members drop lawsuit against city of Oroville

The suit claimed that Mayor Chuck Reynolds violated the Brown Act and unfairly removed both women from their committee appointments.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 3:00 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 3:22 PM

Two city councilmembers have dropped their lawsuit against the city of Oroville.

The suit claimed that Mayor Chuck Reynolds violated the Brown Act and unfairly removed both women from their committee appointments.

Below are the full statements that were given to Action News Now:

Statement from Janet Goodson,

Councilwoman Draper and I were scheduled to go to court in October. For approximately 6 months, our attorney has consistently connected with the city attorney, cautioning him of the Brown Act violation when the mayor removed Councilwoman Draper and I off of our committees. We received a letter from the Secretary of State confirming that the removal was a direct violation of the city charter which specifically states that the mayor can make assignments but, the assignments must be approved and voted on by the council. I had no doubt that as the court date approached, the city was going to do the right thing and the mayor rescinded his original action, voided it and reassigned committees and the council voted. Although Councilwoman Draper and I were placed on only one voting committee, we were glad that the violation was addressed, cured and corrected. Councilwoman Janet Goodson.

Statement from Mayor Chuck Reynolds: 

That is a completely false statement. There was no violation. The attorney told them over and over.
Although the Mayor has complete authority to remove and appoint committee assignments, I offered them (from the beginning) to put the assignments to a vote of the council. They refused. They said that they weren't interested in anything except getting certain committees. When I asked them to explain why they refused.
They didn't want to go to court because they had no case. And besides looking foolish in court they would have been responsible for the city's attorney's fees.
I simply offered them a "Graceful Exit" and they have abused it.
The letter was not from the "Secretary of State". It was a generic letter The was not signed by anyone. It didn't even have a name on it.
The letter read, "based on what you told us, there could be an apparent violation".

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