Oroville Council Adopts New Redistricting Map – Chico Enterprise-Record

OROVILLE — Oroville City Council convened in a special meeting Thursday to hold the fourth of five public hearings regarding the redistricting.

At the start of the meeting, the motion to adopt the agenda for the meeting was carried unanimously. Demographer Jane Hood of Q2 Data and Research LLC attended the meeting via Zoom to provide answers to advisers’ questions.

During the nine public comments during the town hall, many people commented on the historic district, which remained a hot topic throughout the meeting.

Several councilors have addressed the redistricting, saying it’s a difficult process and divides Oroville.

“There’s been so much controversy over the cards,” Vice Mayor Scott Thomson said. “I’m sorry the town is cut up.”

Councilor Eric Smith said there’s been a lot of discussion about the historic district and he’s “concerned about the rest of the community.”

Mayor Chuck Reynolds said he loves everything about Oroville and redistricting was “tough on all of us.”

Reynolds addressed some comments to the public.

“It saddens me that here we are drawing lines,” Reynolds said. “God bless you all for being so passionate about where you live. We all need to work together. We won’t get anywhere if we start dividing.

After much discussion, Councilor Janet Goodson moved towards the end of the meeting to adopt Map #29. Council and members of the public supported this map.

The motion to adopt card 29 was carried with five yeses, one abstention and one absent. Thomson was absent from the vote due to his requirement to attend another meeting.

Every 10 years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district boundaries to reflect changing local populations. Assembly Bill 849 of 2019 requires cities and counties to involve communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and conducting public outreach, including with communities non-English speakers. Oroville will continue to have six city councilors and a mayor who will be elected by all voters in the city after the redistricting process is complete, according to the City of Oroville’s website.

The next Oroville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 1735 Montgomery St.

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